Gritting teeth, Minnesota senators formally congratulate the Green Bay Packers

By some cruel twist of fate, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharReported pressure on CNN in Time Warner merger raises retaliation fears Dem sens demand answers over reports DOJ wanted CNN sold Ted Cruz, Debbie Dingell help Chuck Todd celebrate 70 years of 'Meet the Press' MORE (D-Minn.) had to read a measure extolling the Packers while Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenOvernight Tech: Senate panel subpoenaed ex-Yahoo chief | Twitter gives all users 280 characters | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | EU wants tax answers from Apple Week ahead: DHS nominee heads before Senate | Ex-Yahoo chief to testify on hack | Senators dig into election security Feinstein: Sessions should re-testify on Russia meetings 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 ReidTop Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor GOP in uncharted territory rolling back rules through resolutions 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.”