Miscellaneous Sports Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

10/25/14

Lesley Visser's Husband Dick Stockton

 

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Lesley Visser and ex-husband Dick Stockton are broadcasting legends. They're heavyweights who've been in the game for so long, they helped shape the language of sports broadcasting. They met in 1975 at Game 6 of the World Series. It was the classic game that Carlton Fisk won with a home run that bounced off the foul pole. People forget that was in the 12th inning! If you watch the clip, Dick Stockton was the guy who was broadcasting the game, and after the hit he delivers a fairly standard reaction from the booth: "There it goes-- a long drive. If it stays fair...home run!" Visser was there too. She was covering the game as a writer for The Boston Globe.

Visser and ex-husband Stockton were married from 1983 to 2010. They had a good long run, and that entire time the two of them were staying incredibly busy doing what they do best-- broadcasting sports. Lesley is now married to a fellow named Bob Kanuth. In a recent interview, Lesley said of her legacy: "This is what gratifies me. I've been a beat writer, I've been a columnist, I've been a feature reporter, I've been a panelist on The NFL Today, I've done the sideline thing. So having done all those jobs gratifies me that a young woman now can say I want to do that and it does exist." Well, she's climbed the K2 of sports broadcasting mountains for women: game analyst. She sits around with all the retired former players and talks about the game. That's pretty outstanding. Fox has been criticized for only hiring women sideline reporters based on their looks, and this is both understandable and a little unfortunate. Visser is the one who laid the groundwork to even be a woman broadcasting sports, and she's a real journalist. According to Wikipedia, her broadcasting credits include the Final Four, NBA Finals, World Series, Triple Crown, Monday Night Football, the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Figure Skating Championships and the U.S. Open. That is a consummate pro.

10/16/14

Leon Spinks' Wife Brenda Spinks & Ex-Wife Betty

 

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Leon Spinks' wife Brenda Spinks and ex-wife Betty may or may not have some things to discuss. Poor Leon Spinks is still having a lot of trouble in the hospital after there were complications in a stomach surgery. The reason Brenda Spinks and ex-wife Betty may have things to discuss is that Betty, though divorced, has the power of attorney and control over life-altering medical decisions. This includes pulling the plug if things get really bad.

Brenda has only been married to Leon since 2011, and apparently Betty (who also wrote a book about Leon) divorced him in '04 but still retains power of attorney unless Leon made another deal to nullify it. So for those of us who aren't so up on their legal jargon-- including myself-- the phrase "power of attorney" simply means the power to act on behalf of someone in financial and legal matters and in this case also medical matters. Fortunately, Betty seems like a nice lady. She herself recently told TMZ "My main concern is that Lee is OK. If I could talk to him, I'd ask, 'How are you? Do you want to come back home to your family?'"

Neither of these ladies is to be confused with another wife of Leon named Nova. Nova Spinks, aside from having a badass name, was the wife of Leon when he beat Ali back in 1978. Granted, Ali shouldn't have been boxing and should have retired a year or two before, but this was a big upset. Nova had Leon's most famous son Cory, who was also an undisputed welterweight champion. As far as keeping things together, Cory is not new to potential loss. His brother Leon Jr. was also a boxer and was killed in a shooting.

10/20/14 (Updated)

Hunter Pence's Girlfriend Alexis Cozombolidis

 

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Hunter Pence's girlfriend Alexis Cozombolidis (awesome last name) has just finished creating a comic music video about Hunter Pence. In case you haven't seen it, check it out below.

Man, how cool is it to be Hunter and have a girlfriend like Alexis that does this kind of stuff? Lexi, as she likes to be called, might be one of the coolest athlete girlfriends I've seen in some time. First of all, she is a production coordinator at IGN. That means she puts together segments and shows for one of the youngest and hippest entertainment sites on the internet. I happen to watch these segments from time to time, and so I understand why Lexi refers to herself as a "closet geek," as the vocation sort of requires you to be up your geeky subjects. She is also a big player of Call of Duty, and while I'm not totally well-versed, I understand that's a seriously competitive video game (maybe the most competitive)? All of this basically amounts to her being really fun and interesting.

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I recently watched Alexis reporting about what the new batmobile looks like in the upcoming Batman movie and what video game features are coming out in future games. She's got that peppy, energetic and slightly skeptical style that works perfectly for IGN. She gets an "A" from me. Hunter's girlfriend Alexis should give a seminar on how to actually do something other than take pictures of themselves. Though most people in general aren't talented enough to project the excitement and bubbly good vibes that she does. Her job consists of knowing what is going on in the world of video games, and so that automatically links her with young people and gives her "cool cred." Not even Hunter Pence can compete with that, though the fact that he reads entire online user agreements before agreeing to changes (according to Lexi's comic video) isn't helping him.