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How Much of a DistractionAre Celebrity Girlfriends?

How Much of a Distraction Are Celebrity Girlfriends?

Is it harder for a high profile football player to keep his mind on the field when he has a high profile girlfriend in the stands?

Posted by Emil Steiner on September 11, 2008 12:48 AM
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Bernard: I know lots of men who decry other men who are able to have lots of girlfriends. Men who have had multiple women in their lives are dubbed ...

Bernard: I know lots of men who decry other men who are able to have lots of girlfriends. Men who have had multiple women in their lives are dubbed ...

dan: He's a stud, she's a nice girl who happens to be insanely attractive. Who cares if she's not smart enough for you? This whole subject is...

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Turkish :

Jessica Simpson is a blithering idiot, she made her fortune sounding like a blithering idiot and every time she opens her mouth she proves it. The fact that Tony Romo could be so distracted by her proves that he is just as stupid.

Anvil :

Jessica is hot and McNabb is crusty

Jack57 :

What difference does it make if a guy's girlfriend is a celebrity or an unknown hottie? These are NFL players we are talking about, who are pretty much celebrities in their own right. If a guy lets who his squeeze is and whether or not she is in the stands affect his play he's not going to succeed in the league.

mommadon'tletyourboysgrowuptobecowboys :

I could care less about anything non-physical pertaining to Jessica Simpson. However, any fodder for the demise of the Cowboys, tangible or not, is good news.

Inspector :

You know this is going to be a distraction. It already is. Jessica Simpson is a jinx. She's Romo kryptonite. Remember Kerry Underwood?

thehammer :

Truth is y'all are just jealous 'cause Romo's knockin' the bottom out of it & you ain't!!
ROFLMAO!!!!

Darth :

Hammer you know Simpson wears the jock in the family. Romo is going to end up doing Proactive commercials after he chokes yet again.

Terrils :

Would it be OK for her to go rah rah for her boyfriend if she weren't a celebrity? I don't know or care about football or Simpson, but surely the opposing teams don't give any weight to her little rah-rahs just because she's famous.

5th and Long :

The point is in such a heated rivalry coaches will use what ever they can to motivate the team. If I were a defensive coordinator for the Eagles I would play her comments over and over and over again during practice until the LBs went crazy and then practicing blitzing drills on a Tony Romo tackling dummy.
She is hurting him.

Anonymous :

Who cares...This is stupid..

I'd rather have some decent Redskins coverage from the WAPo. Put these guys on the Skins and get rid of the little soccer putz?

Anonymous :

Thanks for removing my post...weak move dude

Ron MD :

Jessica Simpson is not only the downfall of human intellect, she's the downfall of the Dallas Cowboys. Who would have thought one little blond could be so destructive?

DirtyHarry :

If I was the Cowboys QB and the Skins just finished kicking my butt, I wouldn't mind going home to a little Jessica lovin'

MikeP :

well, since the whole point of being a stud like Romo is to *get* the hot babe, who cares? Not Tony...

CT :

I do agree that celebtrity girlfriends are too much of a distraction for players, the league and the fans. The easiest and might I say most obvious solution is to pack up all of the hottest celebrity girlfriends of NFL stars and sequester them at my house for the season. I have a lot of room, a great yard they can run around in, and I'd be happy to stock my kitchen with gum and diet Coke.

I wouldn't even ask for compensation for the inconvenience. It would be my pleasure so that fans and players could enjoy the season in peace. You are all welcome.

But call before visiting.

God Milk? :

If you are a superstar you forfeit your privacy. That's the price for getting girls like Simpson to toss themselves at you.

csdiego :

We're blaming the girlfriends now? Oh please.

AxelDC :

It's not Simpson's celebrity that bothers me; it's that she is as dumber than a pile of rock.

Sophia G. Young :

I am a true Cowboy fan to heart - I believe Ms. Simpson needs to take a hike! Tony Romo has shown that he is not able to fully focus, especially in big games (i.e., wild card playoffs for the 1st time; and NFC Championship) as a result of some chick in the stands wearing a pink number 9 jersey. Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith knew that women were huge distractions and decided to handle them accordingly - like getting involved after their careers were well underway or perhaps while they were hanging up their cleats for good. Take for instance Joe Theisman who decided to prance around with his famous girlfriend, his season soon ended (weak at the knees and ankles). Boxers aren't even allowed. I think Romo needs to head the message and remember what the Big Tuna ADVISED - "Stay out of the Popularity Scenes." To this day, I never knew Roger Staubach's significant other! Romo is a great player and has a chance to be listed with some of the best, if he is not careful - Jessica and the other blonde could possibly ruin it for him. I believe JJ needs to have a strong sit down with Romo and a beat down with Jessica (who may be using Romo to enhance her career - chicks of her kind are not to be trusted, especially when it comes to football) So with that said - Romo "Are you ready for some football?" This is the year for the Cowboys - too many weapons on offense and defense! I love that metallic silver and blue! How bout them Cowboys - without Jessica!-

Mokey :

Celebrity girlfriends are not going to be any more or less of a distraction then the single players centered around still partying with their old college teammates or the married players with 4 kids worrying about what school they'll go to after the off-season.

With the celebrity girlfriend the player gains a high profile status sure but it should only impact their play if they're dumb enough to start talking about their girl during the game, try to toss a ball up to the luxury box, or actually have her on the sidelines.

More comments will be made out of jealousy and ignorance vs true insight into how it impacts someone like Romo. I seriously doubt he's any more impacted week to week then someone like Jason Witten who has to worry about his family of any Kansas Jayhawk on the commish's sh#%# list even before their first tip off.

KevinMD :

What a stupid premise. Romo is a professional and will play well regardless of who he is dating. If the Eagles defense can't get motivated to play without this sideshow, then they should look for another line of work.

Eaglesfan :

I hope she keeps being this stupid. (Chicken of the Sea?!) It's good motivation for The Eagles and other NFL teams to show the Cowboys who they came to play with.

David :

what a stupid, stupid entry this is.

what happened to literary sports journalism, anyway? and why has it been replaced with this vapid nonsense?

johndtuttle :

I wish I was as dumb as Jessica Simpson...She's worth millions of dollars playing the "look at lil' ol' me I'm dumb and sexy" schtick. She's laughing all the way to the bank at you schmucks.

antihero013 :

those are two huge distractions 0_0

OZZIE :

Celebrity girlfriends are not a distraction, they are a reward. Kinda like a signing bonus, but for your genitals instead of your wallet...

Tom B :

I wonder, Is it harder for a high profile business executive to keep his mind on the marketing and financial game plan when he has a high profile girlfriend in the annual stockholders' meeting? Now, THAT would be interesting! (Not!)

kevin :

Tony Romo is a good kid as you've probably recently read about him changing an older couples tire after the cleveland game in Dallas at 1am, busted chin and all. Tony just needs to learn to treat his women like Tom Brady does. The football field needs to be his office. Most of our wives or girlfriends don't travel to the office with us or get up in our business at the office. Same principle here.

Tewks :

Give me Jessica - You can have the game!

Johnny :

Since when is Jessica Simpson beautiful? She looks like an idiot to me. That photo is just a silly fake smile with her tongue posing like a receptacle... Like she's ecstatic as she waits to provide service. All the rage these days for 18 year old brain dead bikini model photos.

Tito :

I wonder if Romo ever has Jessica dress up like T.O. when there alone. You know like in that scene in the original Scary Movie when Shawn Waynes has his girl dress up like another guy on the football team as a turn on. That would be pretty weird.

Rich Flatts :

I am not a huge Simpson fan (actually not a fan at all), and as far as chicks go I am not even a big fan of blonds, fake or otherwise, BUT lets be real here. She is smokin' hot.

steve :

Jessica Simpson is an incredibly beautiful and sexy woman.

Scapegoat :

I agree with CSDIEGO - oh please!
Anyone in agreement with this idea equates hours of practice, training and preparation with the bat of a fake blonde's eyelashes. This isn't Hollywood. Anyone who's gotten to the pros has learned to stay focused amid distraction, drown out the crowd (including hecklers)...or else they wouldn't even be there.
Hey "sports" writers: quit scraping the bottom of the barrel, go back to the drawing board and write up a REAL topic

Anonymous :

What else but a distraction would you call those! O O

David S :

If anybody actually watched the Cowboys game against the Giants, you should know that Romo's play was NOT why they last. He had a decent game. If you have to single out one factor, it was Patrick Crayton's huge drop of what would have been a TD in the 3rd quarter; and inexplicable pattern breakoff of what what have been a TD in the last minute. Romo's Mexico trip with Simpson was stupid, but to suggest it affected his play or the game's outcome is just as off base.

As far as her appearance; I wouldn't kick her out of bed for eating crackers....

Swoon :

Jessica Simpson is an idiot. I hate everything about her. Romo needs to get rid of her ASAP. Go Eagles!

Texan :

It is a nonissue.

palintheexaggerator :

If Romo can't handle having a beautiful woman and playing in the NFL then he should not be playing football at all. All NFL quarterbacks have the most beautiful wives or girlfriends. How come they are not being distracted as some are claiming Romo is? The problem must be with Romo, not Jessica, the girlfriend. Let us not blame the decent woman for a false speculation given by a Las Vegas gambler on hard times.

Anon :

What does Jessica Simpson have to do with his playing? Either you know how to do your job with ANYONE watching or you don't. I assume this fellow knows most celebrities watch football as well. I would think he'd be most comfortable playing in front of a loved one, as most men would. It should be easier for him in fact, KNOWING that this woman in particular is not it for his paycheck.

redskins :

It's pretty simple. Jessica Simpson is a succubus.

Kimster :

Who cares really...Jessica Simpson is a noting more than a walking, talking Barbie doll. Oops...I didn't mean to insult Barbie!!!

But Terrell Owens said it best...BAN JESSICA FROM TEXAS STADIUM. Even though he took those words back and said he was just joking...I'm convinced he was serious!!!

C-Adams "MADISONVILLE" :

i dont think jessica is stupid or a dumb blond. i think toni just cant handle it at nights an she weakings him so if he cant get his head straight he needs to hand her on over to me.........

C-Adams "MADISONVILLE" :

i think lil kimster might be a lil jeouse........am i right or wrong...................

C-Adams "MADISONVILLE" :

i think lil (kimster) might be a lil (JELOUSE)........am i right or wrong...................

Bernard :

I know lots of men who decry other men who are able to have lots of girlfriends. Men who have had multiple women in their lives are dubbed commitmentphobes, playboys, players, etc. In many cases, the sad truth is that men who use those are labels on other men are casting moral judgments because they themselves are not attractive enough, don't have dynamic personalities, and aren't all that bright or special: in other words, women just don't find them all that attractive. The bottom line is: many men are as envious as all get out. That's all there is to it. Those who can't, either teach or they criticize. It's always been like that.

Bernard :

I know lots of men who decry other men who are able to have lots of girlfriends. Men who have had multiple women in their lives are dubbed commitmentphobes, playboys, players, etc. In many cases, the sad truth is that men who use those labels on other men are casting moral judgments because they themselves are not attractive enough, don't have dynamic personalities, and aren't all that bright or special: in other words, women just don't find them all that attractive. The bottom line is: many men are as envious as all get out. Those who can't do, either teach or they criticize. It's always been like that.

dan :

He's a stud, she's a nice girl who happens to be insanely attractive. Who cares if she's not smart enough for you?

This whole subject is ridiculous.

 
 
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