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02-07-2010, 10:54 AM
Double-teamed for life: Charger bride, Steeler groom
(Nice wedding pictures with the article. See the URL above if you are interested. - mesa)

Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 12:04 a.m.
Love blossomed for Travis and Blanca Frazier when they discovered they both were die-hard football fans, although they root for separate teams. Bub’s Dive Bar in Pacific Beach, which caters to Steelers fans like Travis, was the couple’s regular date site.

Travis and Blanca’s wedding embraced several football references, including a cake topper with a bride tackling a groom carrying a football.

Travis Frazier departed from the red-and-white motif Blanca selected for the couple’s wedding and paired a black tuxedo with a Steelers-yellow tie.

Travis and Blanca Frazier at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, where the couple attended a Steelers game.

Travis and Blanca Frazier are spending their first Super Bowl as a married couple quietly on the sidelines. Neither of their teams made it to Miami today.

Yet you can bet they will be watching the gridiron action at Sun Life Stadium. It was their deep love of the sport that brought the two together in the first place.

Travis, who grew up in Pennsylvania, has been rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers since he was 4 years old. Chula Vista native Blanca, the baby sister of three brothers, got interested in the San Diego Chargers at a tender age.

“It was either play by myself or do what they do,” said the 28-year-old newlywed from her Serra Mesa home a mile from Qualcomm Stadium. “I am a football fanatic.”

Actually, Blanca’s fan antics are modest compared with those of her groom, a 34-year-old advertising products specialist for Cox Media. She wears her Chargers jersey, but on Steelers game day, Travis dons two jerseys.

“I will wear my favorite No. 43 Troy Polamalu jersey. I will occasionally wear a long wig.

“I will also wear a No. 10 Santonio Holmes jersey. During the course of a game, I will wear the offense jersey when offense is on the field, and I will switch to the defense jersey when they are on the field.”

Travis does draw the line at one fan ritual.

“I hate face painting. I’m not that crazy.”

Blanca has her boundaries, too.

“I told Travis I will root for the Steelers as long as we (the Chargers) aren’t playing each other, and there is not a division title in the mix.”

Blanca and Travis met through a social networking site two years ago. On Travis’ profile, he had nothing more than a picture of himself and the words “Go Steelers!”

Blanca, who works in quality assurance for Heinz in Otay Mesa, wasn’t much more forthcoming. Her sparse profile included the rally cry “Go Chargers!”

Call it destiny.

Dates consisted largely of Blanca accompanying Travis early Sunday mornings to Bub’s Dive Bar in Pacific Beach, where they would get in line by 8 a.m. and wait with other Steeler devotees for the bar to open. Once inside, they would secure a table and wait until the East Coast games began at 10 a.m.

“I’ve lived in San Diego all my life,” Blanca said. “Who knew a Steelers bar existed in San Diego?”

At Bub’s, Blanca got to see Travis in all his football regalia and glory. It was extreme, she admits, but not unlike her passion for the sport.

“I saw a different side of him watching football,” she said. “One minute he was next to me, the next minute he was jumping from here to somewhere else, running around the bar and high-fiving everyone.

“It’s that personality I ended up falling in love with,” she said. “It is similar to my personality. I love watching my team, and it was interesting to see someone else behaving as other people see me behaving.”

For their Dec. 4 wedding at the Bonita Golf Course, Travis and Blanca wove a not-too-subtle Steelers theme into their special day. For a groom’s gift, Blanca gave Travis Steelers cuff links, and she departed from her red-and-white color scheme to outfit him in a black tux and Steelers yellow tie.

Underneath her formal white gown, Blanca wore a Chargers garter on one thigh, a Steelers garter on the other.

Travis escorted his mother down the aisle to the Steelers fight song, “Here We Go.”

“As I was walking my mom down the aisle, all of a sudden the fight song started playing and my mom said, ‘This is the wrong song.’ I said ‘No, this is right.’ ”

Blanca, preceded by five bridesmaids, one maid of honor, a ring bearer and a flower girl, came down the aisle to the traditional wedding march.

The 120 guests — many friends from Bub’s — often laughed knowingly as the couple recited vows they wrote themselves. The ceremony was punctuated with references to the Steelers.

“I started with a Top 10 list of why I fell in love with her,” Travis said. “No. 10 was ‘You come to the Steelers bar at 8 in the morning,’ and No. 9 was ‘You root for the Steelers whenever we are not playing the Chargers.’ ”

Blanca’s vows included, “I will always be on your side even when Pittsburgh loses,” and “You will always be my MVP.”

The Steelers fight song was struck up again when the newlyweds entered their reception. At Travis’ request, it was played multiple times during the reception before the D.J. cut him off.

The wedding cake topper was a bride tackling a groom with a football.

“Football brought us together. It gave us that common ground,” Blanca said. “We became best friends. That’s how I see it. I married my best friend.”

Now that football is over, Blanca will hang up her Chargers jersey and pull out her baseball jersey in preparation for the Padres’ season. Travis is making no such sartorial segue.

“I have to watch the games upstairs by myself,” Blanca said. “He thinks baseball is boring.”

02-08-2010, 12:47 PM
Well, it's neat that they both like football that much, although I've never really seen Steelers-Chargers as a very big rivalry.

I would think that having a butt-ugly wife is the much bigger threat to this guy's marriage.

02-08-2010, 02:15 PM
Well, it's neat that they both like football that much, although I've never really seen Steelers-Chargers as a very big rivalry.

I would think that having a butt-ugly wife is the much bigger threat to this guy's marriage.

Indeed..she looks like The Grinch who stole bachelorhood.

02-08-2010, 02:29 PM
I have a friend here in Lexington that is a die-hard Steelers fan and he married a girl from San Diego who is a Chargers fan. They have been married for 6 or 7 years.

02-08-2010, 02:33 PM
My wife's a Vikings fan, but don't really have much against the Purple Gang as it is.

02-08-2010, 03:51 PM
My wife's a die-hard Eagles fan, but that's never caused any trouble. Mostly, it means she's just disappointed a lot. I swear, every year when they get eliminated she says she's never watching football again.

02-09-2010, 03:37 PM
Here's a funny, yet true, story. In the mid '90s I found myself engaged to a high school sweetheart. Although she had been a cheerleader in high school, she really didn't care to watch the game and had no feelings toward the Steelers. One day we were watching a Steelers game in her apartment (they were playing the Chiefs). Bettis busted a good run and was on his way to a score. When he reached the 5 yard line (with no one in front of him) the t.v. suddenly went to another channel. When, in disbelief, I looked over at my fiancÚ I saw she had the remote in her hands and a smile on her face. Of course I had to use some 4 letter words to describe to her the seriousness of her offense. Her remedy was to flick the channel back to the game and tell me I could watch the replay. I watched the rest of the game from my own apartment. I'm now married to a huge Steelers fan, born and raised in the 'burgh. Not only do I not have to worry about the game getting turned off, I'm encourage to eat lots of food that she makes, drink beer and invite all my friends over to see our Steelers kick ass. So, on game day when I look at my wife in her Bettis jersey (ironic, isn't it?), my daughter in her Polamalu jersey and my son in his Roethlisberger jersey, I wonder about a spinster sitting in a rocking chair with a cat on her lap watching figure skating and I thank God I made the right decision.

02-09-2010, 03:47 PM
I would think that having a butt-ugly wife is the much bigger threat to this guy's marriage.

I've got to cry "foul" on that statement. This guy is a fellow Steelers fan and for all you know, she looks hot with some strong beer goggles on ... or maybe he's blind and he doesn't realize she's really 56 and not 28.

02-09-2010, 04:10 PM
Best friend of mine is a Cryboys fan, while his wife is an Eagle fan.
They get along great. Even on game days!

02-09-2010, 09:41 PM
Best friend of mine is a Cryboys fan, while his wife is an Eagle fan.
They get along great. Even on game days!

Now that is funny!

02-09-2010, 09:42 PM
Could you imagine a Steelers and Ravens fan getting married?

02-10-2010, 03:13 PM
She's a bit "rough," but, I've seen far worse from the burgh.