U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown gradulates the University of Florida Gatas on their third national tyla, second tyla under Corch Irvin Meyers.
This is what she had intended to say:
I rise today to congratulate my University of Florida football team for winning their second NCAA BCS Championship bowl game in the last three seasons. Go Gators!
I want to congratulate the University of Florida not only for being a great academic school but also one of the best athletic schools in the country. In their 24-14 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners, they displayed great teamwork and sportsmanship while fielding the best defense I've ever seen. They held the highest scoring offense in the country to just 14 points!
The Gators proved that the University of Florida's season was no fluke and that the Florida Gators are a championship team that made history. Congratulations to their great players and outstanding coach, Urban Meyer, for coaching a remarkable group of guys!
Let's do a quick fact check:
The Gators have won their second national championship in the past three years and the third in the school's history. Florida is the fourth school in the modern era to win two outright national titles in a three year period. Florida finished the 2008 season with a 13-1 record, matching the single-season school record for wins.
Tim Tebow became the fifth player since 1950 to win a Heisman Trophy and two national championships.
The win makes Urban Meyer the fifth active coach with multiple national titles and the fifth coach since the AP Poll began in 1936 to win two national championships in his first four seasons at a school.
Tim Tebow, Florida's leader and quarterback, not only ran for 109 yards but also completed 18 of 30 passes for 231 yards. He was flawless in the fourth quarter alone, when it mattered the most and the pressure was on.
Percy Harvin, whose gutsy play won him the game ball, came back from an ankle injury and dashed for 122 yards on only nine carries. It was his 52-yard run down the stretch that set up Jonathan Phillips' 27-yard field goal early in the quarter for a 17-14 lead, which the Gators never lost. And they never looked back!
There has been some discussion in this body about having a national championship playoff. Let me be clear: we've had a playoff! The Gators played in the best conference in the country and emerged victorious.
And I hate to say it, but everything is just not all equal. We want to encourage all of our kids to participate in sports and activities because we know that it builds character. But it is clear that the Gators are superb to any other schools in the country and in the conference that we play in.
In closing, I want to leave you with the Gator chant that I just love: "One, two, three, four, five, them there Gators don't take no jive!"