On any given day, Congressional offices are chaotic enough. But with their bowl-bound college football teams poised to battle for statewide bragging rights, staffers for Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) spent Friday gripped by total Bedlam.
The annual matchup between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and the University of Oklahoma Sooners has been known to pit Oklahomans against one other, with each fervently fanatic side sporting team colors — orange and red, respectively — far and wide.
The Hill proved no exception.
“This year, the Inhofe office here in D.C. joined into the rivalry,” Inhofe spokesman Jared Young told HOH. “Cowboy” staffers strutted around in black-and-orange caps, sweaters and even stockings, while their “Sooner” colleagues donned red-and-white T-shirts, boots and polka-dot pants.
An OSU win would clinch the Big 12 Conference title and bolster the team’s chances of appearing in the BCS National Championship Game. An OU victory would grant them co-ownership of the Big 12 crown.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.