THE TIGER WOODS-Lindsey Vonn pairing - when Tiger goes on Match.com, I'd love to see how he customizes the attributes he's looking for in a mate - has revived the jock-jock twosome business. There's nothing like good-looking, in-shape partners; if the world's entire gene pool came from athletic blood, there'd be twice as many Olympics as there are wars.
Here's a selective listing of the best of today's sports couples:
Rory McIlroy-Caroline Wozniacki: In the long run, I just don't think a Northern Irish golfer and a Danish tennis player can make it work - too much of a nuanced culture clash.
Alex Ovechkin-Maria Kirilenko: They're engaged, but with no date set, I think she's just killing off a penalty before leaving him.
Andre Agassi-Steffi Graf: The gold standard of post-modern jock duos, with 30 Grand Slam tennis titles and 11 years of marriage. According to STATS LLC, they are the only 30-10 couple in sports history.
Nomar Garciaparra-Mia Hamm: He used to play shortstop and she used to play soccer; nowadays, I assume they just talk about rattan chairs and baby strollers.
Christian Ponder-Samantha Steele: This is the rare athlete/TV personality pairing; closest thing I can recall was Hepburn and Tracy pulling it off in "Pat and Mike," though that involved a sports promoter, which is sort of like a sportscaster.
Matt Treanor-Misty May-Treanor: Opposites attract - he crouches on the dirt, she spikes on the sand.
Curtis Conway-Laila Ali: The former NFL wide receiver might wear the pants in the family, but she packs the punch.
Bret Hedican-Kristi Yamaguchi: A former NHLer and a former figure skater - their marriage is testing whether they're as good off the ice as on the ice.
(Column Intermission: I know President Obama has bigger fish to fry, but if he has time to fill out a bracket every March Madness, he should have time to help legalize, regulate and tax online poker. In fact, if POTUS ever invites me to roll a few frames at the White House bowling alley - I like to play 10 cents a pin, 25 cents a game - I believe I could convince him of this.)
Jose Canseco-Madonna: I just threw them in here for entertainment purposes. They had a brief non-fling in 1992, plus Madonna's not even an athlete, though she was a cheerleader in high school and that's now considered a sport.
Dennis Rodman-Madonna: Yes, our de facto secretary of state and our de facto secretary of sex almost procreated back in the day - that newborn would've made Blue Ivy look like Baby Huey.
Mike Fisher-Carrie Underwood: Sure, another non-athlete, but a lesson here - Underwood was dating Tony Romo, but he wouldn't relocate to Nashville. So she switched from the NFL to the NHL and found herself a hubby.
Lamar Odom-Khloe Kardashian: Granted, she's also not an athlete, but every one of the Karadashians is a "player," and they seem to play the game above the rim.
A.J. Feeley-Heather Mitts: She won three soccer gold medals in the Olympics, he threw 31 career interceptions in the NFL.