A few weeks ago at a friend’s wedding, I was asked by an engaged couple what wedding planning advice I had. Frankly, I was stumped (although I was able to stumble through a few generic answers). I think it was partially because for my wedding I basically handed the reins over to my mom to pick out everything besides the dude, but it’s mostly because I’ve never really been to a wedding and been all that critical. You have a pretty consistent template, and all the details in between have never been catered to me, so why does it matter what I think? As long as the bride and groom are happy, I’d consider it a successful wedding (if you are catering to me, though, free champagne).
With all that being said, when I found out there was a couple getting married on the field before the Broncos-Colts Thursday Night Football game we were going to, I had to raise my eyebrows a touch. Seriously, I’m not judging them on the location, because I would have considered it had I had the means and connections, but couldn’t they have picked a better game? Yikes. Jokes on me, though, since the Colts gave them tickets to the Super Bowl as a wedding gift. It would have been a for sure yes from me, regardless of the game, if I’d known there were Super Bowl tickets involved.
Now that I think of it, maybe that should have been my advice to the engaged couple. Get married at an NFL stadium right before a game. You might get Super Bowl tickets.
Besides the Indy 500, Indianapolis is also known as the home of the NCAA offices. They have an associated museum, and since it was a little chilly to do anything outside, we decided to go check it out. We had pretty low expectations, but we were pleasantly surprised by the fun we had. There are trivia stations for all the NCAA sports- we crushed some (volleyball, football, basketball) and epically failed others (fencing, skiing, sailing). After that, there are some interactive simulation stations, a basketball court to get up shots, and lots of other cool exhibits. There were also some murals of great NCAA moments, including Pat Summitt winning one of her national championships, which struck a chord with me. Pat’s a legend who left a legacy that will never die, but it’s hard for me to come to terms with the time we missed out on. Selfishly, I’ll always be left wanting more of those steely blue eyes patrolling the sidelines and beating Geno Auriemma. We finished up our stop by watching a video explaining the origins of college football, which was set in motion thanks in large part to Theodore Roosevelt. Who’d have thunk?
Entry was fairly cheap, as was parking, and we spent far longer there than I’d anticipated. It was a great time that I would recommend to any sports fans!
And so ended the Indianapolis leg of our trip. We were off to the last leg up in the great state of Michigan!
Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.