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07/23/14
 

Barry Bonds' girlfriend Mari Holden

 

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Barry Bond’s girlfriend Mari Holden is a force on a bicycle. She’s an Olympic cycling medalist, a former world time trial champion and a fixture at the major US tours.

The couple connected because the former MLB player took up a new sport, cycling. When the couple met, Mari Holden could crush Barry Bonds on an incline, and apparently he loved that. “He’s very animated about it, and very funny,” Specialized Bicycle Components founder and CEO Mike Sinyard, Bonds’ friend, told sportsonearth.com. “He couldn’t believe it: ‘How is this little, beautiful woman passing me going up this hill?’”

But Barry Bonds isn’t cycling to win; he’s doing it to stay in shape without pounding on his body. He turned to cycling after a string of knee, back and hip surgeries. Mari Holden, on the other hand, is cycling to win, and she’s done a good job of it. In 2000, the Ventura California native won the world time trial championship as well as a silver medal in the Olympic Games time trial in Sydney, Australia. She’s also won six US championships. Not to mention the fact that she became the first American woman to win three consecutive U.S. time trial championships (1998–2000) and scored a double by winning the US time trial and road championships in 1999.

The 42-year-old Mari Holden began cycling with her high school fitness club. It wasn’t until 1992, when she moved to Colorado Springs, that she began training with the US cycling team. These days, Mari Holden is being called one of the "greatest ambassadors in the sport of cycling" by Ride Magazine (March, 2008). She coaches and holds cycling clinics and camps as well as serves as a consultant on women's cycling issues and products. She also served on the board of directors of USA Cycling. And most interestingly, Mari Holden also formerly served on the athletic advisory committee to the U.S. Olympic Committee and was athlete ambassador to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. It’s too bad the couple wasn’t dating in 2011, when Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice. Perhaps she could’ve given him some pointers.

07/22/14
 

Larry English's Girlfriend Nicole Williams

 

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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.

07/21/14
 

Joe Haden's Wife Sarah Haden

 

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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.