Gotta Watch: Waiting is the hardest part
Defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan of the Chicago Bears gets carried off the field by defensive lineman Richard Dent #95 and teammate as they celebrate their victory over the New England Patriots in Super bowl XX
October 7th, 2011
11:07 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Waiting is the hardest part

It's a long-standing tradition that championship-winning sports teams get invited to the White House.  The Super Bowl 20-winning Chicago Bears are no exception.  In 1986, the Bears were scheduled to meet President Ronald Reagan at the White House to celebrate their big victory. However, just days after the championship, space shuttle Challenger blew up and their trip got cancelled.  Today, 25 years after their scheduled visit, that Chicago Bears team is finally going to the White House. In honor of this long-awaited and well-deserved honor, we at Gotta Watch put together some videos of people who had to wait a long time to get something.  While waiting may be the hardest part, some rewards are worth waiting for.

A piece of her late father - It's not often that people leave messages for their loved ones in a bottle and toss it in the sea.  It's even less often that a person receives that message five decades later.  Check out the story of a New Hampshire woman who, through a strange turn of events, is reunited with a note from her late father.

Worth the wait - Of all the military decorations, the Medal of Honor is the highest. This war hero who fought in Laos in 1968 had to wait four decades to receive his Medal of Honor, but as you can see in this video, he finally gets the recognition he deserved.

Flushed, but never forgotten - Seven decades ago, this man flushed his class ring down the toilet. Check out how he got it back so many years later.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    lBanasy What about Da Bears? Rams are without an offensive line to help Bradford, and the recievers need some glue or velcro to hang on to the ball. "Put me in coach"

    October 7, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mr President

    Ahhhhhh, this will make me look good. Illinois predisdent, IL team. Good old Politics. Anyone seen my crackpipe/

    October 7, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • EmBEARassed

      being a bears fan I'm happy for them...being a chitown sports fan, I'm happy we have a president that supports all chicago sports, being an american, I'm embarrassed that this countries leadership is sinking this nation into the abyss... One can say that there is a direct correlation to the way Chicago sports teams are managed, to the way Obama manages the US...same results, it truly is "wait til next year" in so many ways

      October 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gov Ryan

    You think I can go?

    October 7, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Gov. Rod Blagojevich

    I plan on going.

    October 7, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Patron

      But you already offered me the seat.

      October 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    I don't get why "Mr.President" keeps trashing our POTUS, assering that he smokes crack, when everyone knows what GWB snorted enough nose candy to keep the Columbian cartels happy for a decade.

    @Scottish Mama:
    I know, right? Better late than never, I guess, for DA BEARS

    October 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.C.

      He is confusing President Obama with Washington D.C. ex-Mayor and present member of D.C. City Council for the 8th Ward, Marion Barr. Easy to do when you are a tea party racist and can't tell "them" apart.

      October 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.C.

      (edit) Barry.

      October 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©


    October 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. OurManFlint

    A little late on the award....particularly for the GREATEST TEAM OF ALL TIME!!!

    October 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. boogietime

    Da Bears.

    October 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Coach Ditka

    Hey, why is da picture of Buddy Ryan? What da heck's going on here? I was da head coach.

    October 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MPL


    A little late on the award....particularly for the GREATEST TEAM OF ALL TIME!!!

    Damn, I had a good laugh at that. As Bugs would say, "What a marooon"
    The Bears are 1-1 in the SB. Ignoring the Niners,Cowboys,Steelers records, are we?
    You are a joke,your team is too. Let us all know when Jay gets you to Indy in Feb.

    October 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MPL SSSSssssssucks

    Hey, FY! If we think the Bears are great, so what? You gdamned idiot, we are loyal to out team, wheras fair weather fans like you are a dime a dozen. We like the team, not the record. And yes, we ignore the records of the cowboys, the Steelers, and the niners, because we AREN'T FANS! What is so hard to understand MoronPrikLikker? I got a great laugh out of the arrogant pompous stat geek that your are, you're the real joke here! You clicked in the link, gaymeister.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |