Professional athletes can be a very superstitious lot, which is what the New York Post took advantage of during yesterday’s showdown between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. On January 14, the Post reported that they brought Lynsey Nordstrom, a Jessica Simpson-look-alike, to the game in the hopes of jinxing Dallas Cowboy’s quarterback Tony Romo.
Traditionally, when Romo has had a girlfriend in the stands, his performance on the field suffers, which is what the New York Post seemed to achieve with the Giants’ win over Dallas. Last year, Romo also had a dismal performance when his lady love Carrie Underwood attended the game.
The newspaper’s actions were, arguably, a publicity stunt as well as a dirty trick, but it does point out the need for professional athletes to keep their heads in the game, no matter what’s happening off the field:
Jessica Simpson, Tony Romo, Lynsey Nordstrom and Other Attractive Sports Distractions: Sex before Competition
Coaches have been telling male players about the dangers of having sex with wives or girlfriends the night before a competition for years, but some experts argue that intimacy before a game actually can take the nervous edge off a game-day performance.
In 2007, the London Daily Mail reported that the wives and girlfriends of the players on England’s rugby team would be allowed to sleep with their significant others before and after the World Cup matches. At the time of that report, England had slipped in the world rankings to No. 7. In contrast, New Zealand players were banned from bringing their main squeezes to their hotel rooms before and after matches.
With New Zealand ranked No. 1 by the IRB, there might just be something to the abstinence theory.
Source: London Daily Mail (September 5, 2007), “Scrum down – England players can score between the bedposts”
Jessica Simpson, Tony Romo, Lynsey Nordstrom and Other Attractive Sports Distractions: Brooke Shields and Andre Agassi
In September 2005, Inside Tennis printed a timeline of Andre Agassi’s tennis career which, of course, featured Brooke Shields, the actress who later became his spouse and later his ex-wife. While dating Ms. Shields in 1994, Agassi won his first U.S. Open title, but, two years later, fans reportedly said that “Brooke was making him squishy in the head.”
Agassi seemed to get back on track, though, after starting a romance with Steffi Graf after breaking up with Shields.
Source: Inside Tennis (September 2005), “20 Seasons”
Jessica Simpson, Tony Romo, Lynsey Nordstrom and Other Attractive Sports Distractions: Alex Rodriguez and Wife Cynthia
In the summer of 2007, as New York Yankee’s star Alex Rodriguez was making the papers with stories of marital infidelity, his wife Cynthia appeared at Yankee Stadium wearing a tight-fitting shirt with a well-known obscenity stenciled on the back. Mrs. Rodriguez’s garment violated stadium rules, embarrassed some fans with children, but when stadium security took no action, the New York Post quoted one fan as saying “I guess you don’t kick A-Rod’s wife out of the game.”
People at the game also weren’t quite sure who Cynthia Rodriguez was directing the obscenity at.
Source: The New York Post, “Mrs. A-Rod is a Bronx F-Bomber,” Dan Mangan and David K. Li
Jessica Simpson, Tony Romo, Lynsey Nordstrom and Other Attractive Sports Distractions: Tawney Kitaen and Chuck Finley
Without a doubt, baseball player Chuck Finley had a volatile relationship with his wife, 1980’s sex bomb Tawney Kitaen, who allegedly attacked him while the couple was driving home in 2002. Kitaen appeared opposite Tom Hanks in the lowbrow 1984 comedy “Bachelor Party” and, more notably, had a featured spot in a video for the group Whitesnake.
While in the middle of his divorce from Kitaen, Finley was taking the field with the rest of his Cleveland Indian teammates when the Chicago White Sox’s music director played a well-known Whitesnake song over the loudspeaker. White Sox management reportedly apologized and fired the music director responsible for the musical dig.
Source: ESPN, “Who let the prudes out?”, Jim Caple
Source: New York Post, “‘Boys Seeing Double,”Jennifer Fermino