There was never a chance we were going to get to the Super Bowl kickoff without the subject of visiting the White House coming up, and that's exactly what happened Thursday when the San Francisco Chronicle asked Richard Sherman about that hypothetical.

The Chronicle's Scott Ostler said that even though it's "way too early to start talking about a White House visit or a possible boycott of same by the 49ers," he still asked Sherman whether he'd take the trip if San Francisco beats the Chiefs next Sunday.

"I haven’t thought about it. We’ve got a long way between now and then, but I doubt it," Sherman said in a manner that makes it sound like he doesn't want to appear like he's looking past the Chiefs.