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ADHS: The Newlywed Game

Casey and Brittney Jacobsen were married in Hawaii last May.

The Newlywed Game

By Kayte Christensen,
Phoenix Mercury
Posted: Feb. 2, 2004

Life as newlyweds, by all accounts, has its share of challenges. Just ask Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. But what’s it like to be a newlywed when your husband is in the NBA? I sat down with Brittney Jacobson, wife of Casey Jacobson, during a recent game to find out just what life is like for an NBA wife and, of course, to see if I might be able to get a little gossip on the Suns’ golden boy.

Believe it or not, Brittney and Casey’s relationship started just as the song by George Straight says, with a note asking her to “check yes or no.” Although it may be hard to believe, this whole romance story started with a note Casey passed in a class at Stanford asking Brittney if she wanted to go out on a date. A simple note that sparked a three-and-a-half-year romance that led to marriage last May.

So how did the somewhat bashful Casey win over the three-time All-American rugby player? It’s safe to say he didn’t do it by flashing his muscles and asking her “How you doin’?” According to Brittney, most people don’t realize just how considerate, thoughtful and attentive her man really is.

Instead of enjoying the glamorous nightlife one might expect a young budding NBA star and his wife to lead, Mrs. Jacobsen admits that they prefer spending their time together at home in their sweats and slippers, cuddled up watching what they both consider to be, “Hands down, the best show on television,” 24. However, as I know all too well, the travels of a professional athlete can seriously mess with the life of a TV addict like Casey. Thanks to Tivo, he never misses a thing. But as luck might have it – hopping hotels across the country, from time to time you can rub elbows with stars of all sorts – Casey was just lucky enough to run into “Jack Bauer,” known to the rest of the world as Kiefer Sutherland, at his hotel earlier this year in New Jersey. The only question is, who was more star struck, Kiefer or Casey?

When they are not sitting on their couch in front of the TV, the cute couple spend all their free time decorating their new 1951 ranch-style home. Thanks to Casey’s artistic capabilities, he designs the furniture and remodeling he wants, while his father does the building. And when Casey is on the road, Brittney oversees the whole process, something she enjoys immensely.

One might expect the travel schedule to be somewhat taxing on a young married couple but Brittney claims it’s quite the contrary. What she likes best about being an NBA wife is the fact that when her husband and the Suns are home, they are home. Unlike the typical 9-to-5 job, they get to spend a lot of time together.

So what comes after the remodeling? Being that both Casey and Brittney come from large families – Casey the third child of four kids and Brittney the fifth of seven – you’d probably guess children, right? Not so fast. While both want to have kids eventually, Brittney says they have their hands full for now with their year-old miniature English Bulldog, Harley, affectionately named by Casey after his first purchase following the 2002 draft, a Harley Davidson Ford F150 truck. But those of you who have dogs know that they are the perfect precursor for babies. Especially a puppy with a weak stomach and a snoring problem like Harley! So for the time being, there will be no pitter patter of babies feet in their home. Just Casey following Harley around cleaning up her dinner she couldn’t quite keep down.

Phoenix Mercury forward and budding broadcaster Kayte Christensen contributes a regular column to Suns.com looking into the different ways the Phoenix Suns choose to "Inhale Life."