I know where I was on Super Bowl Sunday 1988, I was at Lutheran Hospital, Wheat Ridge, Colorado in the Maternity Ward
What was I doing, resting up after delivering a healthy baby boy.
Brett Thomas Stipe had been born to Rev. and Mrs. Thomas R. Stipe and we were enjoying “Superbowl Fever” in the maternity ward as our beloved Denver Broncos took on the Washington Redskins.
We had faithfully served as chaplain and wife for the 1987 Bronco season and were overjoyed as our beloved Denver Broncos entered their second Superbowl bid. We had been to the Superbowl the year before and endured the loss to the New York Giants at the Rose Bowl and we had high hopes that it would all end differently in 1988.
Unfortunately, we were not to be rewarded–by half-time our hopes were diminishing and by the fourth quarter–all fans had evacuated my hospital room. Alas Superbowl 22 was not to be Elway’s day.
But on the other hand–Tom and I had reason to rejoice–our one and only son–had been born, what an incredible blessing God had bestowed upon us!
Thomas is today a photojournalism and videography major at Metro State University in Denver, he plays bass and is gifted like his father with a keen ability to articulate before audiences. He makes us proud every day of his life. Happy 24th Birthday Thomas!
I love you, Mom
Meanwhile…Memories of Superbowl 1988 from http://www.football.com/nfl/superbowl/XXII.html
Washington Redskins vs. Denver Broncos
Date: January 31, 1988
Host City: San Diego, CA Stadium: Jack Murphy Stadium
National Anthem: Herb Alpert
Halftime Entertainment: Chubby Checker and The Rockettes
Final Score: Washington-42 Denver-10
Denver’s second consecutive trip to the Super Bowl would be marred with similar results. Ultimately, they would chalk up another L in the Super Bowl column, in a game they came into as the favorite. John Elway and the Broncos jumped out to an early 10-0 1st quarter lead, yet were countered in the 2nd quarter in a record setting way. Doug Williams would rewrite the history books beginning the in the second quarter. Beyond the social avenue he opened being the first African American QB to play in a Super Bowl, he would become the first QB to throw for 4 TDs in a single quarter as well as a half. The Redskins defense was electrified by the offensive production, and were able to contain Elway for the final 3 quarters. Williams would go on to win the MVP award, throwing for a total of 340 yards and 4 TDs.