Just so I won't die without having two consecutive Bryan Namoff posts on my resume, let's take a minute to learn about Bryan's wife, Nadine. As you might have heard during their recent PR blitz, Nadine is campaigning for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Woman of the Year Campaign. Smartly, she's affiliating her candidacy with watching D.C. United games while drinking, via four viewing parties at Eighteenth and Red on 18th Street. The first is this Saturday at 6. A $10 donation to her campaign gets you $2 beers, $3 rail drinks and memories to last a lifetime of hanging out with the spouse of the most famous active right back in the entire metropolitan area.
You can read more about her campaign on her blog, but I told her I wouldn't give her free publicity without a thrilling Q&A about what it's like to be married to an MLS player.
So what's it like being married to an MLS player?
It's great! Not many people can say they are married to a professional athlete, so I love it. It's funny, because everyone thinks I'm some version of Posh or something; then they just get to know me and realize it's the complete opposite.
Were you a D.C. United fan before you and Bryan met?
Honest answer would be no. I'm from the D.C. area and never went to a single game prior to meeting Bryan.
Do you consider your husband a celebrity in D.C.? Does he get recognized when you go out?
Last weekend we went out for morning coffee and two people approached him, patted him on the shoulder, and said "good luck tonight Namoff." The next day at the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler another guy congratulated him on the assist. I guess we can thank his Twitter updates for that!
Do all the wives/family members sit together at home games? And how do you cheer?
We all sit together in the mezzanine section and every so often we'll get together for a happy hour. We have all grown to become great friends. I go to every game. The one game I did miss was win Bryan scored the game winner in the Open Cup semis...go figure. My cheering ranges from being a total nonchalant clapper to being in the middle of the Barra waving the flag screaming "D.C. UNITED" at the top of my lungs. Definitely one of the best moments of a DCU game.
Do you wear a Namoff jersey? Or are you like some of the NFL wives that jerseys that say "Mrs. Smith," or whatever?
When Bryan and I first met he gave me a number 26 jersey with "Nadine" on it. Now that I'm officially a Namoff, I proudly sport the Namoff jersey.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about RFK Stadium?
Favorite thing is driving through the parking lot before a game and seeing all the fans getting rowdy, beer being chugged, hot dogs being cooked, etc. Least favorite is the intense heat in the summer and not being able to breathe in the mezzanine. I'm already dreading it...ugh.
If you're home by yourself, and an MLS game not involving D.C. United is on TV, what are the odds that you would watch?
I would say "one in a million." Your response will then be "So you're saying there's a chance!"
How often do you hang out with teammates and wives/girlfriends away from the stadium?
Like I said earlier, we've all grown to become great friends. I talk to Clyde's girlfriend (Katri) almost every day. Megan Olsen, Judy Goodstein, Carrie Hicks, Katri, and I will usually watch the away games together. I see the guys pretty often too. All of us often participate in "Sunday Funday" which usually includes going to Momo's and stuffing our faces with wings.
How often do you read Steve Goff's Soccer Insider in a typical day?
All the time! I actually commented for the first time [Tuesday]. Some guy said my viewing party this weekend was really a tupperware party - what's tupperware???