Monday, March 10, 2014
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Former McAuley basketball star Sarah (Marshall) Ryan will be joined Sunday by a large group of family and friends from Maine watching her husband, Matt, try to lead the Falcons to a win over the Patriots.
She was recently hired by the WNBA franchise the Atlanta Dream as a sponsorship sales consultant.
"I love it," she said. "In addition to sponsorship sales, I'm getting a behind-the-scenes look at how the team is run. And to be back in basketball is very exciting."
She and Matt are heavily involved in local charities, particularly the Boys and Girls Clubs and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
"Any time you can help children going through major issues is a big deal," said Sarah.
Sarah said her husband -- known as "Matty Ice," a nickname he was given in high school (and which Tom Brady says is "pretty sweet") -- has tried to remain calm this week. This is a big game for the Falcons, who have started out 1-2 and are facing a Patriots defense that has yet to give up any fourth-quarter points.
"He's so good like that," she said. "He knows no matter what's going on, you can't get too high or too low. We'd love to be 3-0, but that's not the case. It's still early."
She'll be nervous, as always.
"The week leading up is busy," said Sarah. "There's a lot of nerves on Sunday. We'll get to the game way too early. It's the whole process of hurry-up-and-wait."
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