Thursday's question of the day: In honor of the Lamar Odom-Khloe Kardashian wedding, who is your favorite athlete-celebrity couple?
Reportrs from the Tribune family tackle the question of the day, then you get a chance to chime in and tell them why they are wrong.
Paul Doyle, Hartford Courant
Sorry, but a marriage between a D-list reality TV personality and a second-tier NBA player doesn’t begin to approach the union of Joe D. and Marilyn.
Throw all the celebrity/athlete couples together – Brady & Bundchen, A-Rod & Madonna, Jeter & fill-in-the-blank – and they won’t add up to the significance of DiMaggio & Monroe.
Think about the level of stardom. Monroe was and is a pop culture icon, DiMaggio was and is a baseball legend. She was a rising movie star in Hollywood, he was a reticent and recently retired ballplayer in New York.
The marriage was over in less than a year, but they’re forever linked and their celebrity hasn’t faded. Lamar and Khloe can only hope to have the same staying power as a power couple.
Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times
My favorite athlete-celebrity pairing is an unusual one: George Zaharias and Babe Didrikson Zaharias. George was a professional wrestler who competed under the name “The Greek Hyena”. He was a classic heel, and back in the days when pro wrestling wasn’t so obviously scripted, genuinely scared many fans. Away from the ring though, he was a real teddy bear. Zaharias met Babe Didrikson, probably the greatest female athlete of all time, at a charity golf event in 1938. The promoter of the tournament thought it would be hilarious to put the rough and tough “Greek Hyena” with a woman. Zaharias and Didrikson immediately hit it off, and were married late that year. He retired to manage his wife’s sports career, and they remained devoted to each other until Didrikson died of cancer in 1956.
Shannon Owens, Orlando Sentinel
Clay Aiken probably won’t be singing at the Kardashian-Odom wedding this weekend.
I’m no gay rights activist, but why, oh why, in the name of California can this quickie relationship be legal?
It was enough for the world to be subjected to Hank Baskett and Kendra Wilkinson’s playboy nuptials (um, I thought Hugh Hefner and Kendra used to be a couple?)
And now this?
Give me the days when athlete-celebrity relationships didn’t put all their business in the streets, Us and People magazine.
No one balances the public-privacy relationship better than retired NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and actress Holly Robinson. They’ve been married 14 years strong.
Happily married? Now that’s worth a headline.
Kevin Van Valkenburg, Baltimore Sun
First off, all due respect to Lamar Odam, but calling Khloe Kardashian a celebrity is like calling Dan Brown's books literature. It might technically be true, but it also dulls the true meaning of the word. Celebrity is such a loose term that it has almost no meaning anymore. That's why my favorite celebrity/athlete couple of all time has no celebrities. It's Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.
Agassi is proof that there really are second acts in American lives. The flamboyant flake grew up, married the cold, German winning machine, and together their rough facades melted away. They found happiness and a quiet dignity together. They don't chase the spotlight or attention. They don't go on Oprah and boast about their fairytale marriage or sell photos of their adorable children. They just privately bask in the joys of their unlikely, but blissful, union.
Photo: Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. Credit: Associated press