Miscellaneous Sports Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

01/28/15

Troy Brown's Wife Kim Brown

 

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Troy Brown's wife Kim Brown was the subject of a detailed character portrait in Boston Magazine back in 2005. You really get a sense of her in this article. Basically, she's a very pragmatic person who does not fall into the trophy wife category, though she is lovely. She's seven years his senior, which makes her fifty years old now.

The couple met while Troy was attending Marshall University. They were both at a party, and Kim danced with Troy and said "he was kinda nerdy looking." Kim thinks Troy liked Kim because she had a nice little sports car and a job. She had doubts about dating a guy who was still in college, but she said in the Boston article that he was very sweet. At the time, he wasn't much of a standout on the football team, and she didn't care about him playing football at all. Her job, which she loves, is a chemist for the US Army Engineers. Troy Brown's wife Kim Brown brings home the bacon, but I don't know what being a chemist for the Army entails. Maybe cooking up some weapon chemicals?

Troy Brown's wife Kim Brown finally decided to marry him after seven years of dating before tying the knot. They've also had three kids together. I really love what she says about getting hitched: "I love my job, and I wouldn't give it up for anything in the world. For financial reasons I don't have to work, but for my peace of mind and for my own self-worth, I have to work, and he understands that." The article makes mention that Troy expected her to quit her job and "marry into" being an NFL wife, but this is not something that Kim Brown was down for. During his NFL career, Kim says he'd be gone for almost the entire year, and she'd see him a few months out of twelve. Now she must see him quite a lot more since he's not playing any more.

01/27/15

Ty Law's Girlfriend Nicole Haynes

 

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Ty Law's girlfriend Nicole Haynes just had their child Sydney in September of 2014. I have no idea why Google thinks Ty Law's wife is named some chick named Janine, but he is certainly not with her now (or if he is, things just got really complicated). But all joking aside, Ty is the father of a new baby girl with the lovely Nicole, who does not appear a day over 32, though she recently celebrated her 40th birthday.

There's plenty to talk about with Nicole, since she is a reporter and often does freelance commentary for the NFL Network. She wore a pink blouse during Breast Cancer Month last year to support it, and she can sometimes be seen reporting for FSN West and FSN Prime Ticket in Los Angeles. Apparently she was a really solid heptathlon athlete and came close to making the Olympics. She placed 5th in the 2000 Olympic trials for the heptathlon, according to Wikipedia. I've also spotted Nicole reporting for ESPN on something called "ESPNHS," which is the high school sports part of ESPN, as you might've guessed. The other thing about Ty Law's girlfriend Nicole Haynes is that she's Canadian, and the pictures of her competing in heptathlon feature her wearing red and white tights for good old Canada. I actually don't know much about the heptathlon, but it does include throwing a javelin, and throwing javelins is pretty badass.

So now that we know about Nicole, I'd like to know a little more about the actual status of her relationship with Ty Law. I suppose he could have been married to this lady Janine back in the day and got divorced, but as of now Nicole is the lady in his life. And a charmed life it seems to be. I doubt he'll be topping Willie McGinest in the retired Patriots Mansions Contest though.

01/26/15

Michele Tafoya's Husband Mark Vandersall

 

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There are some of you out there that might have got a crush on Michele Tafoya since she's a great sportscaster, but Michele Tafoya's husband Mark Vandersall has some bad news for ya - as she's been his wife since the year 2000. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. There's plenty of fish in the sea, and you don't need a pro sportscaster as a spouse; they're always gone and they don't want to talk about sports with you like you think they might. They want to veg out after a day at the office. Okay, I'm not entirely certain that's true, but it sounds like it'd be kind of accurate doesn't it?

Michele Tafoya and her husband Mark Vandersall have had two kids after Michele had four miscarriages. She was forty when she got pregnant and had her first kid in 2005. Michele's been quite open about having struggled with anorexia when she was a teenager. She told iVillage that she'd felt a lot of pressure as a teenager growing up in Manhattan Beach, California where "all the cute popular girls wore great bikinis and tight jeans." She said she wound up being 5'5" and weighing 80 pounds. She certainly seems to have a handle on it now, but then again she's 50 years old so I would hope so. She says of anorexia that lack self-esteem and being a type-A personality and being around beautiful people in California was the perfect storm for becoming an anorexic. Beautiful people in California, eh? Well, I've never been there but all this talk of bikinis and tight jeans is making me hungry!

Mark Vandersall keeps a pretty tight Twitter page with plenty of sightings from his wife Michele Tafoya. There's plenty of shots of their children, and they included a picture of putting the star on their Christmas tree. Most of the posts revolve around sports. I sense that Michele and Mark are both raging sports nuts. You kind of have to be to be a sportscaster, right? Are there sportscasters that don't like sports? I'm sure there's financial advisors that don't like sports, but Mark Vandersall is not one of them.