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  • Congratulating the Baltimore Ravens

    by Representative C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger

    Posted on 2013-02-06

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    RUPPERSBERGER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. RUPPERSBERGER. Madam Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the world champions of football, the Baltimore Ravens. On February 3, the Vince Lombardi Trophy returned home to ``Charm City.'' Like Coach Harbaugh said, the win wasn't pretty, it wasn't perfect, but it was Baltimore.

    We overcame the doubts of a Nation. Baltimore was just an afterthought, playing against a 3\1/2\-point favorite.

    We overcame injury. Bernard Pollard, our safety, played with not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, but six broken ribs throughout the season.

    We overcame an agonizing 34-minute delay, when we seemed to lose not only power in the stadium but the wind in our sails.

    We overcame a second-half surge that left us screaming at our televisions, from Dundalk to Havre de Grace.

    I watched the game with my family and my 92-year-old mother, and even she was fired up. The team stuck together and got it done.

    I want to congratulate the owner, Steve Bisciotti, a class act who does so much for our city on and off the field. Also, Ravens President Dick Cass and General Manager Ozzie Newsome, who has the greatest mind in football. And, of course, the players--especially No. 52, Ray Lewis, and No. 5, Joe Flacco, who won the MVP of the game.

    Last Sunday, the lights were out in the Superdome for awhile, but at the end of the day, it was just lights out for the 49ers. Baltimore cannot be more proud to welcome our players and the Vince Lombardi Trophy back home.

    I also want to say that our leader, Nancy Pelosi, who is homegrown Baltimore, now a 49ers fan, did accept the defeat with her regular class and dignity.


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