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In the world of low-stakes sports reporting, finding out a little gem like the one about Larry English's girlfriend Nicole Williams is always odd. It was reported by Larry Brown Sports that Nicole folds Larry's underwear. What an odd, stupid thing to report on. Larry, do you have a mother complex, perhaps? Or maybe Nicole just digs folding underwear. Imagine if the question came up out of the blue from the paparazzi or whoever asked it, without context. "You're looking real nice today, Nicole, what are you up to today? Oh, that's cool; do you fold Larry English's underwear by chance?" Weird stuff comes out of peoples' mouths when they're talking to women as hot as Nicole.
Well let's get to the thing I've become obsessed with recently- the pre-draft measurables. Now, I know- Larry has been in the league for quite some time, but I wouldn't be talking about this if there weren't something to talk about. First off, he scored a 34 on the Wonderlic test. He's a linebacker, folks. He's supposed to be a drone hunter-killer, not a strategic wiz. For those of you who forgot, the Wonderlic test is supposed to tell people how good someone is at problem solving. Secondly, the dude jumped 36 inches for his vertical test. He's 6'2" and 255 pounds. What a monster. Imagine me, a 5'9" 160 pound guy, walking up to Larry English and telling him to his face that he has a mother complex. Maybe if I was wearing full protective NFL gear. I'd still get multiple bones broken, but it'd be less messy. I wouldn't sue him either; I know I had it coming.
I have to say: Nicole Williams is legit model material. Very beautiful woman. When you used to hear the word "model" in the late 80's (not 90's because of the weird grunge girl craze that happened in conjunction with grunge music taking over everyone's soul) this is the woman you would picture. Just a legitimately beautiful woman. She has the classy air about her too. Larry English knows he's lucky.
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Joe Haden's wife Sarah Haden changed her last name to his, as is the custom her for some reason. Seems arbitrary but whatever. Her former last name was Mahmoodshahi, which is way cooler sounding than Haden. It's pronounced "Mahk-mood-shah-hee" as compared to "Hay-din." No offense to Joe, but that's a trade-down.
Sarah and Joe were recently featured on one of those garish Wedding magazines for their wedding. It featured 19,000 square feet of white carpet (donated to Habitat for Humanity afterwards), cotton-candy martinis (barf) and strawberry Collins (gross) were the featured drinks. Joe wore gold shoes because he likes to show off. Haden is a solid player and got selected for the Pro Bowl last year after his 43 tackles and 4 interceptions. He got suspended for four games and four game checks for testing positive for Adderall. The suspension will cost him $1.356 million. Now what the heck was he doing with Adderall-- studying game footage into the wee hours of the night? Does Adderall help you lift weights now? I don't get it. Haden's wikipedia page is confusing when it comes to his pre-draft measurables because it has him down as a 4.69 in the 40-yard dash, and then it says that he ran 4.57 and disappointed the scouts. Well which was it? It's then cleared up that Joe had a bad back that day and later ran a 4.43 time on another "pro day." Still doesn't beat Champ Bailey's 4.29 time, Joe, and let's not even start with Bo Jackson's 4.12. I don't know why I get so caught up with these 40-yard dash numbers every time, but Bo Jackson is a machine.
So here's to hoping Sarah enjoys her life in Strongsville, Ohio in the lap of luxury as Joe pulls in $67.5 million over the next five years. The Browns have said they're paying him like he's the best cornerback in football.
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Stuart Scott is the face of ESPN, and Stuart Scott's girlfriend Kristin Spodobalski is fully appreciative of his tremendous talent for words and getting across a feeling. Never has this been more apparent than during his speech at the 2014 ESPY awards show where Scott was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award.
During Scott's five minute speech, he goes out of his way to thank his girlfriend, Kristin Spodobalski. As so many people affected in some way by cancer have seen, those brave and dedicated family members are the will of the patient. They drive the fight against the disease. As Scott so vividly paints, the sight of Kristin sleeping on a miserable cot next to his bed reminded him what he was fighting for. He thought of the fear that so many parents have, seeing his daughters and "the best thing [he's] ever done Taylor and Sydni," grow up without a father. Stuart Scott is blessed with a professional drive that few can rival, yet his professional success seems to have little motivation in comparison to taking care of his family and girlfriend.
Stuart Scott was previously married to Kimberley Scott, the mother to his two daughters, though the marriage ended in 2010. Shortly after their marriage ended, Scott was linked to Sandi Williams, though that appears to have ended later that year. Scott and Spoodobalski have been dating since 2013, shortly after she obtained a Master's degree from St. Joseph's University.
Part of what makes Stuart Scott having cancer so poignant is that a very large population of the United States feels a kind of connection to him through familiarity. We have all become familiar with not only him but his style. When it comes to sports, Stuart will talks forever. Players like him, and they're not pretending or being nice because they think they have to be. I have seen countless interviews and segments where he's interacting with a player and goofing around, and they pick up on that; it puts them at ease.
We wish Stuart Scott all the best in his continued fight against cancer. If his determination and drive are any indication, we fully expect to be reading about his second victory over the disease in the months to come.