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15 years of marriage to my very patient wife

Aug 10, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

A milestone was reached on Wednesday when my wife Stephanie and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary.

The journey together started on Aug. 8, 1997, in Salt Lake City.

Of course, the marriage has focused around me being hooked on sports.

My last night as a bachelor was a party attending a Salt Lake Buzz game. The Buzz are a minor league baseball team. It was the only big sporting event going on in the city that night. It was the perfect way for me to spend the last night of being a single guy.

Stephanie learned quickly

that I talk a lot about sports, and I love watching sports on television.

A typical Sunday for me includes going to church, a nap and then watching football, basketball or baseball way into the night.

If I happen to get finished early putting the paper together on Saturday night, I usually spend a few minutes talking to my wife, and then it's downstairs to the "man cave" so I can watch whatever sporting event is on at the time.

When we have people over the house, it's not for a dinner party, but to watch the game on my television.

When we go on trips, I like it to be all about sports.

One of my favorite trips with Stephanie was when we were living In Kingman, Ariz., and we were only two hours away from Las Vegas.

I thought that it was a must that attend the University of Wyoming-University of Las Vegas men's basketball game at the Thomas and Mack Center.

We went two years and it turned out the Pokes won one of those time we watched them play vs. the Rebels. I know when Wyoming won, Stephanie was chanting "W-Y-O, W-Y-O" with the rest of the 1,000 Wyoming fans, and she had a smile on her face.

Stephanie said her favorite sporting event with me in 15 years was a minor league hockey game the family went to in San Diego. Stephanie claims hockey is her favorite sport. I don't follow hockey at all.

The best sporting event trip for me with my wife was a few years ago when the Colorado Rockies advanced to the World Series.

I decided we needed to be there in person for a playoff game when the Rockies played the Arizona Diamondbacks. We had seats in the outfield, and the game was played in a rainstorm. Stephanie didn't like it at all, but I thought that it was the best thing in the world because the Rockies won the game. The playoff game in person didn't turn Stephanie into a baseball fan .

One of the best things about my wife is she doesn't care how long I go downstairs and cheer on my favorite sporting teams.

The only team she does cheer for Is the University of Wyoming. She won't cheer for the Denver Broncos or the Utah Jazz.

She puts up with a lot from me. We make an unusual pair, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I know she will wait up for me when I'm out covering different sporting events in Fremont County, and we always end the day by saying good night.

Although, we haven't always seen eye to eye on sports, marriage has taught me a little about compromise. Stephanie is the best teammate I could ask for.

I can't wait to spend the next 15 years with her.

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