It's a tradition in Washington to publicly congratulate champion athletes. Superbowl and World Series winners, for example, are routinely invited to the White House for a photo-op with the President.

So it caught our eye last night when Rep. Marion Berry (D-Ark.) was the sole vote against congratulating a few college championship teams.

Berry voted against resolutions congratulating the Iowa Hawkeye men's wrestling team and the Syracuse men's lacrosse team, both of whom won national championships.

A little research shows that this isn't Berry's first "no" vote on such honorary resolutions. In January, for example, he was one of 5 votes against congratulating the Florida Gators for winning the BCS national championship.

Clearly, Berry has a philosophical objection to resolutions honoring sports teams, right?

Not so fast: In July, he voted in favor of congratulating the Lakers for winning the NBA championship. And in the last session of Congress, he voted to congratulate several college teams, including the Boise State and Louisville football teams.

What gives?

Berry's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.