f I could have gotten her here, believe me I would have. Elton John is a little tough."
The conservative budget hawk, best known for giving Democrats fits by using procedural tactics to block spending measures, then stumbled through the first verse as he read the lyrics from a printout, occasionally straining for a high note as Nelson laughed and joined in for a partial duet.
Nelson, who spared Coburn from singing the entire song, said the football victory was sweet, but "this of course today makes it all the sweeter."
It's not the first time Nelson has won an unusual football bet with a Senate colleague. Two years ago, he perched on one knee over Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and counted as Brown tried to do 55 push-ups. The number equaled the total score of that season's BCS title game in which Florida beat Ohio State 41-14.
Brown only made it to 43, and Nelson finished the rest.