WAGS in Real Life

Let’s face it, reality TV shows are anything but real. Everyone knows that. But when we heard about the new show on E! about professional sports WAGS (wives and girlfriends), many of us felt moved to represent what it’s really like to be married to a pro athlete.

So I tweeted some friends and offered up the hashtag #WAGSinRealLife.


The real life of a professional athlete's wife #WAGSinRealLife


A few girls jumped in and started sharing funny stories and anecdotes. I laughed and retweeted a few, then went to bed.

When I woke up, the hashtag had taken off.


The real life of a professional athlete's wife #WAGSinRealLife


I felt like this could go one of two ways. It could become a “woe is me” complaining session, or it could become a bonding moment where we realize we are not alone and have much to be grateful for.

Thankfully the latter happened, and my feed was filled with hilarious stories, genuine encouragement, gratitude, and a reminder that we are in this thing together.

“Lived on inflatable furniture for a season because I refused to pay the ungodly amount asked to rent furniture.” #WAGSinreallife (via @msisky7)


The real life of a professional athlete's wife #WAGSinRealLife


Thank God for facetime! via @TheRuggianos

“Thank God for facetime!” #WAGSinRealLife (via @TheRuggianos)


The real life of a professional athlete's wife #WAGSinRealLife


“Giving back and helping out. Not expecting things.” #WAGSinreallife (via @AmandaAhmed_)


This reinforced what I have seen lately “behind the scenes” as women of all ages, income levels, and experience in the sports world help each other out with tangible and spiritual needs.

No drama. No hierarchy. Just women helping women.

I guess real life is too tame for reality TV.


If you want to know more about what life is like as a wife or girlfriend of a professional athlete, you can follow #WAGSinRealLife on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Raechel powell August 22, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Loved reading this post– it is all too real.

  • Carrie August 28, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I cracked up reading this post – and then realized how close it is to military wife-life (and not the “Army Wives” version on tv, either…) We were on our way back from a day trip to the beach last week and were reminding all the kids that they had, at one point, had a ‘closet bedroom’ for one reason or another, the most fun one being when we all crashed in my husband’s BOQ room for a beach “vacation”. Those of us who love, love, love baseball at every level (and maybe love it even a little more at the minor league/Cape Cod League level) appreciate all that you families do to make it work!