How to Congratulate @Duke_MBB: Federal Official Edition
As the waning seconds ticked off the clock in last night’s NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship game, we — like any tech-savvy Duke fans — took to Twitter to watch the praise (and a little criticism) pour in from around the globe. Clearly we were not alone, as ‘Duke’ was still trending world-wide as of lunchtime Tuesday. Former players, celebrities, ecstatic alumni, and – yes – even federal officials chimed in with commentary on the night’s game. ICYMI, don’t worry, here’s a cheat sheet of how lawmakers said congratulations to the Duke University men’s basketball team — the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champions.
Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Duke’s representative in Congress, tweeted a quick congrats to the team:
— G. K. Butterfield (@GKButterfield) April 7, 2015
Then sent a friendly reminder to Representative Mark Pocan (R-WI), who represents Wisconsin’s campus, of their Monday afternoon wager.
Duke faculty member Rep. David E. Price (D-NC) gave a nod to the three weeks of outstanding basketball:
Both Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) pointed out that, contrary to some rumors, Duke really does lie in North Carolina (not New Jersey):
— Richard Burr (@SenatorBurr) April 7, 2015
— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) April 7, 2015
Then there are those members of Congress who are also members of the Duke alumni family, Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA, T ’80) and Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL, T ’77):
Congrats to NCAA men’s basketball champions @Duke_MBB!
— Rep. Scott Peters (@RepScottPeters) April 7, 2015
So proud of my alma mater, @DukeU, on winning the 2015 National Championship! Great job by Coach K and the whole team!
— Rep. Bradley Byrne (@RepByrne) April 7, 2015
And while the Blue Devils busted President Obama’s bracket, his former opponent Mitt Romney (who will visit Duke later this week) wished he would have bet bigger on the team:
Should have put $10,000 on my bracket. Congrats, Coach K and @DukeU.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) April 7, 2015