Team training camp colleges make Super Bowl wager
By Tribune-Review
Friday, January 28, 2011

Two more "teams" -- the Benedictines and the Norbertines -- will face off at Super Bowl XLV.

Officials at St. Vincent College near Latrobe and St. Norbert College in Wisconsin made a friendly wager today on the outcome of the Steelers-Green Bay Packers game on Feb. 3.

St. Vincent College has been the summer training camp of the Steelers since 1966 and St. Norbert has hosted the Packers since 1958, making the Catholic, liberal arts colleges the two oldest continuously operating training camps in the NFL.

St. Vincent is sponsored by monks of the Order of St. Benedict. St. Norbert is sponsored by the Norbertines.

St. Vincent President Brother Norman W. Hipps and Renold Sossong, president of the Student Government Association Executive Board, made the wager with their counterparts at St. Norbert College this morning via Skype.

If the Steelers win, St. Norbert will send St. Vincent some of Wisconsin cheese and sausage and a copy of a book about the Packers and St. Norbert in the Lombardi years. The legendary Green Bay coach, after whom the Super Bowl trophy is named, spent nine years at St. Norbert while the Packers trained there.

If the Packers win, St. Vincent will send St. Norbert a gift basket containing a bag of stone ground flour from its historic gristmill, a loaf of its bread, a bag of black-and-gold special blend coffee beans from its campus coffeehouse and a copy of Jim O’Brien’s book, "Always a Steeler," which has stories about player experiences on campus.

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