Connecticut’s contingent in Congress spent a good part of Tuesday reveling in last night’s triumph by UConn’s Huskies in the NCAA men’s championship.

Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, said he mentioned the team’s victory every time he got in front of a crowd, including at this morning’s meeting of the House Democratic Caucus. Rep. Joseph Courtney, D-2nd District, lauded the team in a speech on the House floor, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal did so on the Senate floor.

But it was Joseph Lieberman, Connecticut’s senior senator and an independent, who really went all out. In a speech on the Senate floor, Lieberman said that ex-Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., once joked that he wasn’t sure Lieberman would be a good enough cheerleader for UConn. So on Tuesday, Lieberman set out to prove his former colleague wrong.

“U,” Lieberman shouted out from the chamber’s floor, with his arms up in a U shape. “C-O-N-N,” he continued, making the alphabet out with each new letter. “UConn, UConn, UConn.”

“I know my N needs a little work,” Lieberman conceded. “And I’ll be working on that from now until next year, when hopefully we secure another championship.”

All he needed was pom-poms. You can watch the performance here.

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