Troy Vincent's wife Tommi Vincent is the proud mother of two sons who both play football and will both probably play for college. One of those sons already has major offers from a bunch of big name schools, and the other one is a big fella' in 7th grade headed the same direction. So when she was asked recently if she was concerned for the health and well-being of her kids playing football, she said not at all.
She offers a refreshing outlook on the game, though I doubt many mothers would share it. The biggest drawback to having serious football players in the family seems to be the danger of prolonged and sustained impacts to the head. Those mothers and wives who have followed the lawsuit filed by some 5000 former players against the NFL are very aware of how dangerous playing in the league can be, and I think this informs their worries. In an article in NJ.com, Troy Vincent's wife Tommi Vincent says she's not concerned, though:
“You have to realize (injuries) are part of playing the game,” Tommi says. “You have to take the bad with the good. I never watched Troy play and thought about him getting hurt. You knew the possibility was there, but I didn’t think about it. I just watched him play, wanted him to do well and for his team to win.”
On another topic, Troy Vincent's wife Tommi Vincent used to be the co-owner of a massage spa in New Jersey, but they had an incident where an employee of the spa sexually assaulted a woman while giving her a massage. The woman was instructed to strip naked for the massage, and when she said she wouldn't, the masseur apparently tore off her underwear and forced her hand to his package! She screamed and ran out of the room with a sheet wrapped around her. That is definitely not good for business. The guy had apparently been charged with similar sexual assault stuff before, but Troy and Tommi forgot to check on his background. Oops!
All four of the guys on this site play fantasy football (some much, much better than others). In what's become the 21st century version of a bench press competition, fantasy football has become the best way to prove your dominance over your friends, co-workers and random strangers on the internet. Because of the soul crushing pain associated with fantasy losses, we seek out every possibly drop of knowledge, and insider info we can possibly find.
So let's think about this for a minute. Who would have more insider information that they could actually tell you without violating team trust? Who can monitor trends, formations, defenses and patterns? Who knows more about the game? Coaches? Sure,... but good luck getting blood from those stones. Owners? Those who aren't shooting audition tapes with their girlfriends might know, but who knows any owners anyways? Players? They're not going to tell you anything, other than to make sure you draft them. So who does that leave?
An NFL referee would do the trick.
And in this case, the guy in the best position to gain this information would be Shannon Eastin's husband or Shannon Eastin's boyfriend. Shannon Eastin is the first female referee in NFL history breaking the league gender barrier. She's been afforded this opportunity as a replacement official due to an ongoing labor dispute resulting in the NFL locking out officials since June. Shannon Eastin is an active referee in the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference, and will be assigned to Thursday night's preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers. Seriously though, how cool would it be to be Shannon Eastin's boyfriend or husband? Say nothing about the fantasy advice, I mean any bar room debate over NFL rules would be settled immediately and with relative impunity. That's worth it right there!
Now for the million dollar question you've all been waiting for: Who is Shanon Eastin married to? Who is Shannon Eastin dating? Honestly,... we have no clue, and we can't even find out if she is married. As a new face to the NFL landscape, it's not entirely shocking that there's not more information out there about her, but we were taken aback by just how little personal information exists. Should Eastin work in a regular season game, it's likely more information will come out, and we'll be there with it when it happens...
UPDATE 09/2014: Can't you imagine Roger Goodell's wife Jane Skinner feeling the journalist urge at the breakfast table?
The biggest story to hit the NFL in years has put Roger Goodell right in the crosshairs. After retiring from her job as a Fox News broadcaster in 2010, you know Goodell's wife wants an exclusive interview. In the wake of the Ray Rice fiasco, Goodell has sat for one major interview, which flopped in the court of public opinion. You know Jane Skinner just leers across the table at him thinking "you saw the tape, didn't you?"
I'm just spitballin' here, but play this out. Let's pretend Goodell is on the brink of being fired - he chooses one person for a sit down interview, and elects his wife to perform it. While Goodell is sent home for a while, this could relaunch Skinner's career. It's a brilliant move!
I'll take a 5% finders fee on this idea. Thanks, Commish.
Roger Goodell is married to former Fox News broadcaster, Jane Skinner. In 2010, Jane announced on air that she was retiring from broadcasting, citing a desire to be closer to her family. The Goodell/Skinner power duo has twin daughters, and resides in Westchester, NY.
Jane Skinner has worked at multiple television stations as a general reporter across the country including stops in St. Louis, Milwaukee, Portland, ME and New York City. She ultimately finished her career as the host of Happening Now, a midday talk show on Fox News.