Gritting teeth, Minnesota senators formally congratulate the Green Bay Packers

By some cruel twist of fate, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner deal in blow to DOJ | Dems renew push to secure state voting systems | Seattle reverses course on tax after Amazon backlash | Trump, senators headed for cyber clash | More Tesla layoffs Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner merger opposed by Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Trump: `A very great moment in the history of the world’ MORE (D-Minn.) had to read a measure extolling the Packers while Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenBill Clinton says 'norms have changed' in society for what 'you can do to somebody against their will' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump: `A very great moment in the history of the world’ Trump to hold campaign rally in Minnesota next week MORE (D-Minn.) presided over the upper chamber.

In case you’re not up on rivalries, the one between the Packers and the Minnesota Vikings is pretty intense. 

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Klobuchar, a daughter of beloved Minnesota sportswriter Jim Klobuchar, took to the floor and spoke of “Green Bay, Wis., also known as ‘Titletown, USA’ ” and of the Packers as a “team unique in professional sports … known all over the world for their devoted fans.” 

Klobuchar, a diehard Vikings fan, waxed on, calling the Packers a team that “exemplified the hard work, discipline, determination and humility of Green Bay,” and summing up with the requisite congratulations to the team.

How did this happen? Had Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDonald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary McConnell cements his standing in GOP history MORE (D-Nev.) ordered this punishment for some defection on a motion to proceed? Had the Minnesota senators lost a bet with their Wisconsin colleagues? Well, no. 

“I was simply asked to read all the resolutions for the close of the day, “ Klobuchar told ITK. “It happened to be one of them.”

She then did some solid trash-talking, Senate-style: “While it wasn’t my resolution, I congratulate the Packers on their victory and know that next year it will be the Vikings.”