(Courtesy Chap Petersen)

Last year at this time, DeAngelo Hall was the coach for the Virginia state senators in their annual charity basketball game against members of the House of Delegates. Not content to remain on the sidelines this year, Hall became a player-coach and scored basically all of the points, but the state senators still lost. And no one likes to lose.

(Courtesy Chap Petersen) (Courtesy Chap Petersen)

I’ll let the Virginian-Pilot take it from there:

Each year the Virginia Senate gets a thorough trouncing by the House in basketball.

Senators say it’s not their fault – the younger delegates have the advantage of speed and better cartilage. But after years of ribbing by their more sprightly counterparts, they’d had enough.

At this year’s game on Tuesday, they fought back with a secret weapon – three Washington Redskins.

The strategy was hatched by Portsmouth Sen. Louise Lucas, whose nephew is Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall. He played in last year’s game, and said he scored 16 of the Senate’s first 18 points. The Senate still lost, so this year he upped the ante by bringing two teammates – wide receiver Josh Morgan and cornerback David Amerson.

The thing I can’t exactly figure out is how Hall, Morgan and Amerson count as state senators. The Redskins might as well trot out a team of nothing but Seahawks.

Regardless, this clever strategy of relying on pro athletes did the trick. After a back-and-forth game, Amerson tied the score  for the senators inside the final minute, and Morgan hit two go-ahead free throws, and the perennial losers triumphed, 29-27. And state senator Chap Petersen of Fairfax took to Facebook to explain the moment, under the headline “Miracle on Broad Street.”

The opposing team had a number of young and fast players [in the final moments], including Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Mike Futrell (D-Prince William), Nick Rush (R-Christiansburg) and Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond).

For the defenders, it was me and Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania). Oh yeah, we also had DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson and Josh Morgan from the Washington Redskins. DHall is the best cover corner in the NFC East. And the other guys can ball….

This is the first basketball game that the Senate has won in at least eight years. It’s a relief to finally get that monkey off our back. Thanks to our Redskins who played ball and stuck around afterwards to sign autographs for the pages. That was classy.

To my friends in the House — you played hard and played well. But never stand between a man and his dream.

Full disclosure: my daughter is friends with the son of one of the losing House members.