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E! has recently released a new reality television show entitled WAGS (Wives & Girlfriends of Sports Stars). Check out the trailer below…

Let’s break down this WAGS portrayal.

  • “She thinks she’s famous because she has a million followers.” There are WAGS that seriously post a thousand selfies of themselves. They make their social media accounts public and they live off of likes, followers and people telling them they are pretty. Don’t get me wrong they are PRETTY; sometimes they make me reconsider eating pizza and then I realize cheese is a main food group for me and I get over it. These WAGS though, sadly, do exist. 

Point +1 Reality WAGS

  • “The WAGS lifestyle is extremely glamourous.” Not exactly…for us this season alone we have moved 7 times as we bounced between two teams. I have cried, laughed and sometimes I think gone a little crazy because of this instability. I have packed and unpacked countless times. Forgotten things in one city that I desperately needed in the other and spent over 100+ hours in the car driving to meet Kirby wherever the game takes him. For the mommas I am around I’ve seen them try to watch their men at a game as their child screamed, cried, spit up on them and sometimes missed games all together because they are so damn tired. And the most glamorous thing for them is the hotel bed. Some of us spend 9am-5pm everyday working remotely, teaching in our classrooms or slinging drinks behind a bar then we are expected to attend games every night and support our men even though we want to drink wine and pass out. And some WAGS don’t even travel alongside their men they stay home working or raising families visiting when they have the chance. Sometimes going weeks or months without their guy. Talk about glam. 

Point +1 Real WAGS

  • “Being a WAG you have to be selective of the girlfriends you bring around.” I don’t disagree with this statement, but I think in life you should be selective in who you involve yourself with. This isn’t some special rule to WAGS…common sense people don’t bring crazies into your life, no good things come from them. 

Point +1 Reality WAGS

  • Whoever is walking in there is a representation of your man too.” Obviously with our spouses careers they are considered public figures so whom you bring to games, charity events or work related functions is a direct representation of you and your spouse. We all have those annoying uncle that will come to Spring Training shirtless, but you can’t prevent that.

Point +1 Reality WAGS

  • “Know your place in the hierarchy. There are rules.” There are rules that most teams have such as dress codes, events you need to attend, ticketing practices, travel guidelines etc. Those you should always follow and respect because the team [your spouses employer] is expecting you to do so.  Veteran players and wives deserve respect…I don’t disagree with that; however, just because you have been around longer and make more money doesn’t give you some entitlement to control what I do. I appreciate the veterans that are there for me to share their knowledge and advice, the ones that I know I can call when something is unknown to me in this crazy life and the ladies that have my back. Those are the people I respect. Hierarchy or not, I don’t have to respect someone that isn’t respectful to me. Respect is earned on both ends, never given.

Point +1 Real WAGS

  • “You know that your not their #1 priority and you have to be comfortable with that.” I honestly cannot think of one person in pro sports whose man would put their sport before their spouse or families. NO WAY. Even more absurd is that you would be comfortable with that. HELL NO. That to me sounds like a bad relationship  Every player I have met in sports is very passionate about the game they play; however, they are so much more invested and dedicated to their families. They are constantly aware of how their choices and actions affect the people they have supporting them. If your man is putting a sport above you on the priority list, I’m curious as to what happens when his career ends? 

Point +1 Real WAGS

  • “We just understand each other.” There is no denying that. NO ONE, not your closest friends from home, your parents or even your siblings can understand what your life is like as a WAG. The only people that can relate to what you are going through are your teammates spouses. They will complain with you, celebrate with you, encourage you and advise you. The women you meet as a professional athletes spouse are some of the greatest friendships you’ll ever have. There is no one like them.

Point +1 Reality WAGS

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