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American football legend, Vince Lombardi and wife Marie Lombardi will surely be looking down from the heavens to watch this Sunday's 2014 Super Bowl. As head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, Lombardi led the team to three straight and five total league championships in seven years, including winning the first two Super Bowls ever. Lombardi, arguably the best and most successful coach in NFL history, never lost a season, compiling a regular season winning percentage of 73.8% (96-34-6), and 90% (9-1) in the postseason for an overall record of 105 wins, 35 losses, and 6 ties in the NFL. But before he was donned "The Pope", Vince met an important key to his success, none other than future wife Marie Planitz.
Apparently, Marie Lombardi served a critical role as an unofficial buffer between her determined and aggressive husband and the players he coached. When players had trouble with the coach, they went to Marie, who would get Lombardi to back off a little. It seems that she was such an essential part of the team's winning dynamic, that when she skipped out on a game in Texas, Vince became so bad-tempered that the players implored her never to do it again. During his reign in Green Bay, Vince was treated like a king, feared and adored by many in and out of football. But, Marie was known to be able to take Lombardi and give it to the coach like no one else, providing him with a release valve and governing his temper. Vince also didn't make life easy for his wife and two children by putting football first in his life. He even left his honeymoon early to get back to coaching.
But, Vince didn't always have it easy with Marie Lombardi either. After losing their first two children, Marie allegedly began drinking heavily. Suffering from chronic depression, multiple reports indicate there were several suicide attempts. As contentious as their relationship could be, it was obvious to anyone that knew them that Vince and Marie always had each others' backs and truly loved each other. Marie wasn't even a sports fan, but she learned enough about football so she could speak with Vince about plays and watch footage with him at home. It was special to Lombardi that she was always there, that she was always involved and knew the players and talked with them and knew their wives.
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Word has it that Clay Matthews may need to update his relationship status... sorry ladies. The NFL rumor mill is buzzing about Clay Matthew's new girlfriend Kristi Stalter. Who is that you ask? Well it turns out Kristi is a fairly regular girl who happens to have scored one of the NFL's most eligible bachelors.
Kristi may not be a household name yet but she is on her way as her fashion blog grows in popularity. Over 20,000 readers visit her site daily to scope out the latest fashions and advice. Kristi's keen sense of style has attracted sponsors from all over the world who provide her with free clothes and accessories. Kristi also models most of her fashion finds herself, perhaps in hopes of scoring an actual modeling gig. While the blog is doing great, it doesn't yet pay all the bills because Kristi also teaches second grade in Bloomington Wisconsin. Is she the girl next door or what?
Clay and Kristi have reportedly been seen cozying up around Greenbay and Kristi has been spotted at several Packers games cheering on her man. Clay Matthews may be known for sacking the quarterback but it looks like he has Kristi in his sights instead! Watch out!
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Clay Matthews has been an enigma.
Usually, a top level professional athlete can only last so long before rumors of his girlfriend spring up. Unfortunately with Clay Matthews, the only whispers seem to be unsubstantiated at best. And, in yet another example of this, we've been urged to go looking further to find out if Clay Matthew's girlfriend is Casey Noble.
In March of 2013, Clay Matthews was seen attending a Los Angeles Kings vs San Jose Sharks game with the HGTV & Travel Channel personality, Casey Noble at the Staples Center. TerezOwens.com got the scoop, and photographic evidence of the two "hugging it out," while at the game. Mega star football player taking an attractive quasi-celebrity to a hockey game shouldn't really sound any alarms, until you get to the fact that Noble is married. Unfortunately, the trail runs cold there as it's not clear whether or not Noble and her former husband are still together. Unfortunately the answers on Noble's marital status are lost somewhere in a murky pool of unsubstantiated rumors of there divorce, though again, not clear.
Matthews and Noble followed up their hockey game by attending a charity event in May, 2013, looking every bit the couple at that time, which was followed up by a courtside appearance at an Bulls/Bucks game in Milwaukee. Their relationship seems to have advanced to the point of comfort in public, but with the looming uncertainty of the relationship with Noble's husband, it's not a shock that there's no public word on their relationship.
For most guys who weren't aware (like me), Noble is the host of Design On a Dime on HGTV, while also serving as an interior designer and host on other HGTV and Travel Channel remodel/home makeover shows.
Legit final thought - do you think it's weird for Clay to be dating someone with his brother's name?