The congressional football game returned on Wednesday after a year off due to COVID-19, and it’s really back to normal – Capitol Police handily beating lawmakers.
Created in 2004 to benefit the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, the game featured the Mean Machine, a bipartisan team of lawmakers, against the Guards, made up of Capitol Police officers.
For the eleventh time in 12 games since then, the Guards won over the Mean Machine, this time by a final score of 26-6.
“The score is zero, but my heart is full that we supported the police today,” said Rep. Jimmy panettaJames Varni PanettaAmerica Veterans Hold National Security Force Reserve, We Should Harness GOP To Achieve Return Of Congressional Baseball Game 20 Years Later: Washington Decision Makers Remember 9/11 (D-Calif.), Co-captain of the Mean Machine with Rep. Rodney DavisRodney Lee Davis Illinois Democrats Propose New ‘Maximized’ Congress Card GOP Representative Presses Capitol Police Council On Pending Security Recommendations House Approves John Lewis Voting Rights Measure MORE (Stream.)
“Winning would have been better, but hey, they’re great guys,” added Davis.
– United States Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) November 3, 2021
Members of Congress were eager to return to the field this year after a year-long absence from Audi Field. The last time the two sides met, in 2019, lawmakers scored their first victory, aided by new Rep Anthony Gonzales (R-Ohio), a former Ohio State University wide receiver.
representing Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Emergent BioSolutions – Facebook Maintains Trump Ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace ex-Cheney aide Pierson, who plans Congress race READ: Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Ala.) Was among those who dusted off their boots again this year. The congressman played football in high school, but admitted to feeling rusty. He remembered throwing the game-winning touchdown in 2017 – for the other team.
“Four years ago I was the starting quarterback,” Sessions said. “I threw the winning touchdown and we lost six to nothing – pick six!”
Each year, the game features former NFL players as guest coaches or team members. This year, former Arizona Cardinals player Ken Harvey coached the Mean Machine and former New York Jets defensive back John Booty coached the Guards.
Bacon recalled when the Heisman Trophy won running back Herschel Walker – now a Senate candidate in Georgia – played in 2017. “This guy had thighs the size of my chest,” he said. “Fortunately, it’s a two-handed touch. “
Off the pitch, Panetta and Davis work closely together on the House agriculture committee, so the decision to co-captain the team was easy, Panetta said.
“In this line of work, it’s easy to be partisan. You don’t have to do things like play soccer and baseball or work together. But that’s what a guy like Rodney Davis does, ”Panetta said.
“I went to his district, he went to my district. I know his crops, he knows my crops. We have different districts, we have different policies, but we work together, ”he added.
In the first quarter, Panetta dove in for a nearly missed deflection effort. Later in the game he pulled off the same move, this time successfully.
“I’m getting to the age where I better be careful when I do this, but I’m glad I had an incomplete on those two dives,” he said.
The game raised more than $ 600,000 for the Capitol Police Memorial Fund between corporate sponsorships, ticket sales and private donations, according to Panetta and Sessions.
“We proved last year that we can win,” said Panetta. “But we have benefited from the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, and it’s more important this year than ever with January 6.”