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Rihanna’s Looking for a Baller … Is it Andrew Bynum or Baron Davis?

Given all the off-court issues Andrew Bynum’s had lately, I’m not so sure that dating a celeb is something he should be doing right now. Much less a celeb who’s involved in a shaky breakup from Chris Brown amidst a potential physical assault incident. Regardless, multiple reports say the Lakers’ center was seen getting cozy with singer Rihanna last week. Bynum’s playing it the right way, not divulging any information to the paparazzi. But if Bynum really is getting it on with Rihanna, looks like he might have some competition.

Here’s lesson one in how to twist a story: Rihanna celebrating Baron’s birthday now means the two might have a relationship. According to the NY Daily News, “Rihanna is back in action! The sexy songbird was decked out in ’80s club gear at L.A. hot spot myhouse, where she helped L.A. Clippers star Baron Davis’ celebrate his 30th birthday — and danced, sipped Grey Goose and flirted with Davis and his teammates all night.” So that does say the two were flirting, right? I wonder what Teri Hatcher has to say about that. To use Ben Maller’s line, the good part about Baron for Rihanna is that the Clippers don’t beat anyone. Zing!

Athlete/Celebrity Couples

Jennifer Aniston Is After David Wright

Not that I keep up on this sort of thing, but apparently Jennifer Aniston’s relationship with John Mayer ended recently. Side note, if there’s anyone whose piece I’d like to switch with, it would be Mayer’s — his flawless dating record includes stints with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson, and Aniston. So back to it, now that Aniston’s on the market, she apparently has a few target audiences for her next conquest. As Sports by Brooks shared via Now Magazine:

A current favourite is US baseball player David Wright, 26, who’s in hot demand thanks to his bachelor status, £30 million contract and all-American good looks.

A friend of Jen’s tells Now: ‘She’s never dated a sports professional before and she says it’s an experience she’s definitely curious about, especially after hearing about Madonna’s passionate relationship with baseball star Alex Rodriguez. She says David’s her exact physical type, right down to his boyish smile.’

That weird “L” looking symbol would be for the English Pound, signifying where this rumor came from. One word of advice for Aniston: if you’re trying to model anything in your life after A-Rod, it’s probably a bad idea. I guess she’s just looking for some more P.R. to stay relevant. As for Wright, I might take this chance. The guy can bag pretty much anyone he wants, but Aniston has looks and status pretty well locked down. Too bad Wright might already be taken.

Athlete Celebrity Couples
Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen
A-Rod and Madonna, Kate Hudson
Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson
Baron Davis and Teri Hatcher
Tony Parker and Eva Longoria

Terence Newman: Jessica Simpson Distracts Romo from Being Great QB

T.O. says it (half-jokingly) and it becomes a firestorm. Terence Newman says it (a week ago) and not much attention is paid. Newman had an interview with WFAA in which he talked all things Cowboys. I thought he had a great take on team captains, saying that it should be the guys who played the best the week before because they’ve earned the right to speak. After that, maybe a few guys are needed to step up and say something when it’s appropriate, but in general, leadership is earned. He was also asked about everyone’s favorite Cowboys subject (now that The Player is gone), Tony Romo. Here were Newman’s thoughts on whether or not Romo’s grasped what being the Cowboys quarterback is all about:

“I think that with the situation Tony was in, I think that kind of maybe hurt him a little bit, being a first-year starter. Then you have the limelight with his girlfriend and situations of that nature — it’s going to take away from him being a quarterback, being a successful quarterback. He won 13 games and everything was perfect, but now, after this past season, it was, ‘Is he doing enough for the team? Is he working hard enough? You know, he’s got this girlfriend, so …’ I think that once he inherited the starting quarterback job and his relationship got into the national media attention, I think that that was something that definitely hurt and took away from Tony Romo being a great quarterback.”

I’ve defended Tony Romo in the past saying people are too quick to criticize him, forgetting how young he is in his NFL career and how good he’s already been. I’ve said it before and I truly believe that winning cures all. Because the team lost and didn’t make the playoffs, people look for reasons to explain what went wrong. I don’t condone going to Mexico the week before a playoff game, but I don’t think anyone would be saying this stuff had they won a few more games last season. And losing was more a factor of a bad secondary, a brutal schedule, and an unfortunate pinkie injury to Romo, rather than his flakiness because of a girlfriend. It’s too bad that Newman fell into the trap along with so many others.

UPDATE: Newman has since tried to “clarify” his comments

Video of the entire interview below in case you want to check it out (Romo comments at the 6:45 mark or so):

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen Are Officially Married

Much like Tiger who knocked up his wife while he was out with a knee injury, Tom Brady has been busy putting his personal time to use while he recovers from knee surgery. The Patriots’ QB wed his supermodel girlfriend, Gisele Bundchen on Thursday in Santa Monica, confirming the reports I posted back in August that they were planning to get hitched. The details from US Magazine:

The ceremony — which began at dusk — was “very small and intimate,” a source tells Us, adding that guests mostly consisted of immediate family. Brady’s son with ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, was also present.

A pal close to the couple told Us Bundchen and Brady are perfect together.

“She’s definitely ‘The One,'” the source said. “She really makes him comfortable and just happy.”

Perfect together, huh? The only perfect completion for Brady that I know of involves him and #81 or #83, as long as they’re on my fantasy team. Two thoughts here: amazing how Brady is able to date a famous supermodel and wed her without much distractions, while Tony Romo can’t get through a month without a new Jessica Simpson issue. Secondly, how could something so big as the ultimate marriage go on in my town without me knowing it? I must be slipping in my old age. Meanwhile, I’m guessing Tom just did it for the money.

Alright, So Who Isn’t A-Rod Dating?

I’m really starting to wonder a few things here. For one, how the heck is A-Rod going to play this season with all the freaking off-field distractions he has. Two, how is A-Rod liking New York now that he has the paparazzi all over him. And lastly, since breaking up with his wife and moving onto Madonna, who hasn’t A-Rod been rumored to date? The man bangs a bunch of call girls you’ve never heard of and he’s also being spotted next to every celebrity. First Madonna, then Donna Karan on New Years, and now … Kate Hudson:

NOW that Madonna isn’t as interested in him anymore, Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez is playing the famous-faces field. He got hit on in Parrot Cay over New Year’s by Donna Karan, and last week he took Kate Hudson (above) out on a date. Our spy says they had a three-hour meal at the Lure Fishbar with friends and were very cozy. Later, A-Rod went with Hudson to the Rose Bar, where they met up with her friend Ron Burkle. Hudson, currently starring in “Bride Wars,” has been single since Lance Armstrong dumped her. Said her rep: “Kate was at Lure with a group of 10 people.”

That he and Madonna are no longer an item is news to me. And Kate Hudson? I’ve said it a thousand times before, Rodriguez can do so much better. All I know is that if I were in a fantasy league this season, I wouldn’t have A-Rod on my draft list. How do you expect a guy to hit when he’s got all kinds of people following his every move, privately or publicly? And didn’t he get a new P.R. team? Aren’t they supposed to be helping matters and keeping him out of the papers?

Khloe Kardashian and Rashad McCants Now Dating?

Well, I had a pretty good idea that Rashad McCants wasn’t going to grace the pages of LBS for his play on the court, so I guess this was his way of making himself relevant. The National Ledger passes on a report from life & style weekly saying the younger sister of Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, is dating Timberwolves swingman Rashad McCants.

The report claims, “Khloe Kardashian has scored a basketball player boyfriend! Life & Style has learned exclusively that she’s dating Minnesota Timberwolves guard Rashad McCants. Reggie Bush, who dates Khloe’s big sis Kim, introduced the couple, both 24, in the fall.

“They’re getting serious,” says an insider close to Khloe. “Rashad knows that the Kardashians are incredibly close; if you date one member, you basically date them all. But he’s not worried — he loves Khloe and can’t wait to get to know the whole family better!”

I dunno about you, but I have a hard time being convinced that Khloe came from the same gene pool as Kim. Just my thoughts on the matter. And if I were a player on the T-Wolves, I’d much rather go after a no-name girl that’s hot than the lesser of the three Kardashian sisters. He could do much better.

Madonna Wants Alex Rodriguez’s Baby? A-Rod Moving into the Neighborhood?

So I still haven’t completely comprehended the whole Madonna/Alex Rodriguez couple. It’s still pretty strange that A-Rod wound up with her in the first place. Think about it: when you’re A-Rod, you have the pick of the litter. Anyone you want and it’s yours. And you choose some of the chicks that he does? I don’t get it. Well since I guess many of us are past this totally weird couple thing, try this on for size:

Rodriguez shares Madonna’s belief in the mystical Jewish tradition of kabbalah. Monday, Britain’s Daily Mail quoted a friend of Madonna as saying, “She thinks he’s physically a great specimen. And if she is going to have another child, he would be the ideal man.”

One report had Rodriguez close to buying the $80million four-bedroom, 5,200-square-foot penthouse there. Insiders told The News he was scoping out several cheaper condos.”

Dude, A-Rod, get out before it’s too late. Seriously man, what are you thinking? I can’t believe how easily swayed he is. He really doesn’t sound too far off from the kid Jose Canseco described in the book, Vindicated. And how about something a little more in your age group too, A-Rod?