In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I thought it’d be fun to visit sports hook-ups. Over the years, there have been plenty of “entertaining” relationships involving sports figures. Tawny Kitaen and Chuck Finley come to mind. Of course Tiger takes the cake…the 50-tiered, feeds a million, Buddy Valastro cake! Any number of Dennis Rodman hook-ups have been headline grabbers. There is Joe DiMaggio/Marilyn Monroe – arguably the most powerful celebrity couple of all-time. Oh, remember when A-Rod and Madonna were a number? That was fantastically awful. I didn’t know it was possible to root more feverishly against either until they joined forces. But there are two relationships over which I have scratched my head more times than any over the years.
#1 – Lance Armstrong and Ashley Olsen. Turn the final page of the Sheryl Crow chapter in Lance’s love novel, and you’ll find an interesting insert - the now disgraced cycling champ apparently fancied the company of ½ of the Olsen Twins. I don’t know which one, Mary Kate or Ashley, is the better catch…they are twins after all. I caption every picture I ever see of them as adults in the same way: “This chick is a mess.” But then again, they are twins. Maybe I’m always seeing the same one in pictures and thinking it’s the other one…or vice-versa…or neither. I don’t know. Either way, that was such a bizarre relationship.
#2 – Andre Agassi and Babs. I learned a lot from Agassi’s autobiography “Open.” The wig and the drugs and the throwing of matches…all of that rocked me to my core, Agassi being, hands-down, the biggest sports idol of my youth. But most puzzling was the brief section dedicated to a brief relationship he shared with Barbra Streisand. Yeah - the king of image and Yentl. Hmm.
What sports hook-ups stand out in your mind?
Oh…I almost forgot: Delonte West and Lebron’s Mom. Hey OOO!