“Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity.”
~ Vince Lombardi
Lambeau Field. The Frozen Tundra. Titletown, USA. Home of the Green Bay Packers. Holy ground for football fans. And site of holy matrimony for my dear friend Kelly and her sweet Phil.
Saturday, July 7, 2012 felt less like the Ice Bowl and more like the Rice Bowl. The stadium was quiet, the bleachers were empty, but still there was an energy. It was a feeling of anticipation, a new beginning. We were there to witness it from the start. Yes, the first time I stepped out onto the bleachers at Lambeau Field, I had heels on. And a dress.
It was more than that though. This was the uniting of two families, divided by two teams. You see, the bride is not just any Packers fan. Kelly is a diehard, shareholding Green Bay Packers fan. The groom Phil, a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan. The bridesmaids wore Packers green and carried flowers of gold and white (with a touch of purple). The groomsmen wore purple ties and boutonnieres. They vowed to love, cherish, and cheer for each other’s teams. They cited passages from the Bible. And Vince Lombardi.
The themes: truth, loyalty, passion, teamwork, commitment, sacrifice. The very things that make for a successful team, also make for a strong marriage. As Lombardi put it, “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
Congratulations, Kelly and Phil. I wish you more victories than defeats, more laughter than tears, more sunshine than rain, and the love and support of family and friends to carry you all the way. In football. And in life.