March Madness rivalry gets play on Senate floor

Freshman Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) on Monday jokingly taunted fellow freshman Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) about the NCAA men’s basketball championship.

Coats bragged hat Indiana's Butler Bulldogs would be triumphant over the University of Connecticut Huskies in Monday night’s game. And he didn’t give Blumenthal much of a chance to respond.

“I could extol of Butler for quite some time and take advantage of you,” Coats told Blumenthal, who was sitting at the dais as acting Senate pro tempore during the discussion. Blumenthal was unable to respond to Coats because under Senate rules, the senator acting as president pro tempore is not allowed to engage in floor conversations. 

“Butler has been a dream and a joy for those of us in Indiana,” said Coats, who revealed that he and Blumenthal had placed a gentlemanly wager on the game consisting of a collection of edible products from their respective states.  

“I'm looking forward to receiving your part of the bargain delivered to my office,” Coats said. 

The Butler Bulldogs will tip off against the Connecticut Huskies at 9 p.m. Monday.