You Can’t Win Them All

Losing is never easy, and Sunday’s game was no different. I was teary before the game started because I knew it might be our last game at Mile High Stadium, win or lose. The anthem was just beautiful, the crowd was electric and the roar of the pre-game fly over gives me chills every time. You see, Jacob will be a free agent this year and we don’t know where this crazy business will have him playing next season.

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Waiting for the game to start with my little buddy

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Player introductions on the jumbotron

 

Dealing with “lasts”is hard. You want to just soak it in and remember everything so you won’t ever forget what it was like. It reminds me of my senior year of high school, which was full of “lasts”. But Sunday’s game was an uncertain “last”. We may be back, we may not. That’s the nature of the business. So, after the game Luke and I were down on the field walking towards the tunnel. We stopped to take one last picture and I knelt down beside him and put my face next to his. I said, “Baby, soak it in. Look at the lights, see what they look like? Look at the scoreboard, see how big it is? Feel the grass, this is where Daddy played! We might not be back here, so just take one last look around.” I was saying this all to him, but really it was for me. So I could intentionally stop, take it all in, and remember.
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This pic was taken right before Luke and I had our talk about taking it all in

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Huddling up during warm-ups

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Jake lining up at fullback before going in motion

 

After the game, I found several wives and girlfriends and gave them hugs and we said our goodbyes. It’s always so awkward because these people who you’ve shared joy and pain with, who’ve prayed for you, who’ve been in this crazy NFL world with you in an instant can just be… gone. Even as a wife, a big loss, especially a season ending loss, makes it seem as if life is just crashing down. It’s just over. Done with. There is no more – until next year. But next year, even if we stay in Denver, it won’t be the same. Different coaches, different players, different friends. We will never have *that* team again. Oh sure, we will keep in touch through social media and texting, but it won’t ever be the same. While it is so sad, and boy did we cry some ugly tears, we have so many blessings! As one wife said as I hugged her goodbye, “You know what? What do we have to complain about? We are going home to healthy babies and healthy husbands!” She was SO right!
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Friends, teammates, Bible study partners, and all around just two great guys… in my opinion!

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Post game prayer circle at midfield

Once Jacob left the locker room, we walked out of the tunnel and stood in the parking lot and just stared at the stadium taking it all in. All he said was, “It was fun.” Gosh, it sure was!
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Last post game pic of the year of our fam (minus Lyla)

We spent most of yesterday packing everything we could into a u-haul trailer to begin the trek back to Kentucky. We are sad to leave Denver (even though we may be back), but could not be more excited to be going back home!
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Leaving the tunnel: Luke with his Granddaddy and Aunt SJ

Tonight we will have a little farewell dinner with some of our teammates and friends and I’m sure we will cry more ugly tears, but in the end it’s all just a blessing! The wins. The losses. The tears and frustrations. The friendships that will grow stale, but hopefully not. It’s all part of this awesome journey God chose us to be on and we are choosing to enjoy the ride!

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Miss Lyla didn’t make it to the game, but I couldn’t leave her out!

Football Friday: Game Day Gear

It’s playoff time in Denver and this game is BIG for our family and that other football dynasty of a family that a few of you may know, the Mannings. The Broncos are hosting the Colts (Jake’s former team) in the divisional round of the playoffs and I am so excited to attend the game. The Broncos played the Colts in their home opener, but since my sweet baby girl was only a month old, I opted to stay home and watch it on tv.  Needless to say, I can’t wait to watch the Broncos play the Colts in person this weekend! Here’s what I’ll be wearing on Sunday!
Bronco Game Day Wear

 

1. Under Armour cold gear mock t-neck shirt. It’s usually pretty chilly in Denver during the winter, so a cold gear base layer is a must. Most of my active gear is from Nike, but my go to on game day is from Under Armour.

2. My beloved jersey. This of course is a staple on game day. Some girls like to dress up for games, but you can usually find me in my jersey and jeans. You can get your own Jacob Tamme jersey here.

3. Tiffany & Co. heart charm bracelet. This bracelet is my good luck charm and I’ve worn it to every single one of Jake’s games since I received it as a gift from my sister in 2006.

4. Smart Wool socks. Don’t leave home without them. They are the warmest socks I own and they don’t itch or stretch out when you wear them.

5. Sorel Tofino Boots. I searched high and low for the warmest boots to wear to Super Bowl XLVXIII and these came out on top. They are waterproof, super insulated, comfy and I happen to think they are adorable.

6. 1969 skinny jeans from GAP. These are tried and true. I’ve been wearing GAP jeans since high school and I still love them. They fit great and don’t cost a fortune.

 

I hope you’ll be cheering for the Broncos this Sunday!