House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco – but a Baltimore native – spoke on the House floor today to congratulate the Baltimore Ravens on their victory against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII:
“I want to, Madame Speaker, to congratulate, I was going to call him Dutch, but Congressman Ruppersberger and the other Members of the Maryland delegation, more importantly, join them in congratulating the Ravens on a – they beat a mighty champion at the Super Bowl. As a proud 49er fan, who grew up on Johnny Unitas in Baltimore, going to those games as a teenager, and raising my own children on Joe Montana and Steve Young, you can just imagine how exciting this game was for me.
“But I think you quoted, Mr. Ruppersberger, you quoted coach Harbaugh. I will quote him in another way. They asked him after the game: ‘Was it hard coaching against your brother, your very own brother in the Super Bowl?’ He said: ‘It was hard; it was very hard. The only thing that would have been worse is if one of us were not coaching in the Super Bowl.’
“So, while it was hard to lose to the Ravens, it would have been even harder to lose to someone else. If someone had to beat the 49ers, I congratulate the Ravens on a game well played. I was in the stadium. I wondered who on the Baltimore side decided to pull the plug on the electricity. They were wondering who on the 49ers side did. In any event, there was good spirit. I think if you were there, and you saw that delay of game, not, not term of art, but like it, and you saw the mood of the people there, it was a real tribute to the people of New Orleans, who had extended such gracious hospitality in every way. That people were in a good mood, and they rode out that, that time.
“I want to join you in commending the leadership, the ownership, to Steve for his leadership of the, of the Ravens. But I also want to acknowledge the wonderful leadership of Art Modell. He passed away in the fall after being such a great leader in the Baltimore community, bringing the Ravens to Baltimore, and in being a part of the city in philanthropic and other ways. He was a great man and it was wonderful to see the Ravens with the ‘Art’ on, and everyone else – including Governor O’Malley and Mayor Rawlings-Blake with their ‘Art’ on their lapels throughout, throughout the weekend.
“So, to Art Modell’s family, to the ownership of the Ravens, congratulations. To the people of Baltimore, I know how exciting it is, and what it means to Baltimore. So I extend congratulations, and I also don’t have a bet because I said: ‘While I’m rooting for the 49ers, I would never bet against Baltimore.’ So, congratulations to all concerned. Thank you. I yield back the balance of my time.”
Pelosi’s Baltimore ties run deep. Not only was she born and raised there, but her father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., was a Maryland congressman from 1939 to 1947 and Baltimore’s mayor from 1947 to 1959; her brother, Thomas D’Alesandro III, was Baltimore’s mayor from 1967 to 1971.