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Great Sports Hook-Ups

by Nick Vitrano

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!