Crimson Tide’s Catholic Championship Connection

‘Bama football prayer support comes from unlikely Catholic source.

It’s still difficult to fathom. After an undefeated regular season including wins over 4 top-20 opponents, how could #1 Notre Dame have been so thoroughly manhandled by #2 one-loss Alabama in the 2012 BCS national championship game? Where in Heaven was St. Michael the Archangel to defend the Irish in battle? What in the name of Our Lady of Victory happened?!

St. Mary girls volleyball

Image source: St. Mary Parish School

Turns out the intercessory prayers of a certain Catholic 8th-grade girls volleyball team may have tipped the cosmic scales in favor of the Crimson Tide. Here’s the story.

During the regular season, the St. Mary Warriors of Menomonee Falls, WI lost a key game to a rival team earlier in the season. To motivate the team to learn from their mistakes and rebuild their confidence, coach Brad Van Dam used the story of Alabama’s 2011 national championship season in which they overcame a similar loss.

St. Mary rebounded to win the 2012 Division I Seton Tournament in November. Van Dam contacted ‘Bama coach Nick Saban by email, telling him how his 2011 team had inspired the girls’ championship run. In turn, Coach Saban read the message to his team following a disappointing home-field loss to Texas A&M.

The teams stayed in contact, and St. Mary Warriors and Alabama Crimson Tide have been cheering for each other ever since. In one correspondence Coach Saban even joked that the girls’ prayer support just might lift his team to victory in the big game. Well, we all know the result. Maybe we all should start sending these girls our prayer intentions.

Lest anyone take issue with St. Mary’s siding against the Golden Domers, please note that Coach Saban is Catholic and arranges Mass for his staff and players before every game. Who knew?

Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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    • says

      Joel was all excited when it came up on his Milwaukee news feed and he started to tell me all about it. I said, “Shush honey. Go blog about it.” I’m glad he did. It is a sweet story! :)

  1. says

    Maybe we need to get them praying for A&M. Coach Sumlin’s wife is Catholic and he considered joining the church the last time he was in College Station. Whoop!!

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