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Old Rivalries Die Hard

Votes in the House commending college championship sports teams usually are a lopsided affair, and this year's vote congratulating the Florida Gators for winning their second consecutive NCAA basketball title was no exception: it passed 415-0. But the lack of opposition doesn't mean everyone was in favor.

Along with 13 lawmakers who skipped the vote, four voted "present" on the resolution on May 1 - essentially a declaration of "I'd rather not have to state a position on this bill." One was freshman Democrat Zack Space of Ohio, who earned a law degree from Ohio State, the team Florida beat for the crown. The other three? Democrat John Barrow and Republicans John Linder and Jack Kingston of Georgia. Kingston grew up in Athens, Ga., where he went on to attend Florida's arch-rival, the University of Georgia. Barrow's also a UGA alum. Linder was born in Minnesota, but apparently has fully adopted Georgia's outlook on its southern rival.

And in case you were wondering, the House didn't act on a resolution honoring the Gators after they won the championship in 2006 (the Senate did pass a resolution by unanimous consent).

By  |  May 3, 2007; 2:29 PM ET
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Your tax dollars at work: while congress ignores the carnage in Iraq and the failings of a domestic health care system, it manages to spend time congratulating a basketball team. It's a tough job, but some moron has to do it.

Posted by: Lior Stattenhouse | May 4, 2007 3:58 AM | Report abuse

We should give the GATORS a MEDAL OF FREEDOM!!! Then, we should give everyone in Congress and the White House a Medal of Freedom.

Posted by: Frank | May 4, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The representatives from Georgia should be reminded of why the St. John's River flows north.

Of course, that is because Georgia sucks!

How 'bout them Dawgs ....

Posted by: gator | May 4, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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