Gritting teeth, Minnesota senators formally congratulate the Green Bay Packers

By some cruel twist of fate, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill’s Whip List: 30 Dems are against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee FCC: Over 12,000 callers couldn’t reach 911 during AT&T outage Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing MORE (D-Minn.) had to read a measure extolling the Packers while Sen. Al FrankenAl FrankenWe need congressional debate on Yemen The case against Gorsuch: It’s all about precedent The Hill’s Whip List: 30 Dems are against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee 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. 

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 ReidRepublican failure Senate about to enter 'nuclear option' death spiral Top GOP senator: 'Tragic mistake' if Democrats try to block Gorsuch 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.”