ABC News' Mary Compton reports:
At the start of the Senate session, yesterday afternoon, Majority Leader Harry Reid asked permission to move the vote on the Food Safety bill to Tuesday morning and then congratulated the University of Nevada Wolf pack for its Friday night win over Boise State. It is not uncommon for members of Congress to commend a local sports team or hometown hero on the House or Senate floor.
In a less-than-rousing, sometimes rambling six-minute speech, Reid lauded the team, calling the victory one of the “top upsets in college football.”
“Beating a powerhouse like Boise State was no piece of cake. No one had beaten the Broncos since December 2008. The Wolf Pack were 14-point underdogs,” Reid said. “It wasn’t that long ago that the University of Nevada didn’t even field a Division I team. Now our proud program has knocked off one of the toughest teams in the nation.” Going into Friday’s game, The University of Nevada had not won against Boise State since 1998.
Reid congratulated his friend and Nevada football coach Chris Ault, the team’s quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, and Anthony Martinez, whom Reid said “kicked the most important field goal in state history.”
“Sometimes it’s true what they say – that it’s just a game,” Reid said. “But this is one of those times when it’s much more. This remarkable, memorable win means so much for an underrated and underappreciated athletic program, for a great university and for the whole state of Nevada.