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Zach Leibowitz
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Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

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Celebrity girlfriends are distractions. Period. There is a beautiful price you risk paying for the company of such a woman.

Dallas faces hated rival Philadelphia on a national stage Monday night. And we're talking about Jessica Simpson. If Tony Romo comes out firing and hits T.O. on a slant pattern through the Eagles defense for a quick 7-0 lead, the cameras will first watch for Sharpees, and then pan up to the box suites. It's can't miss television to see how Jessica shakes her body in celebration.

How America loves its soap opera, especially when it's in a place called Dallas. The hero and the villain, the rivalry, the glory, the family, the envy, the money and of course, the beauty.

But what if Romo comes out and gets blindsided by Brian Dawkins, fumbles, and lays facedown in the turf while Darren Howard returns it for a 70-yard score? Even better must see TV -- how will Jessica react? Is she praying he gets up ok? Will she even want to still date her beloved Tony after a national moment of embarrassment? CaCee Cobb will send out the press release.

But this is what we're talking about. Tom Brady went down. How will New England cope? And how will Gisele support her man?

Every relationship is different, filled with its own treasures and complexities, commitment and insecurity. Throw in the word celebrity and it's a whole new ballgame. The examples are endless over the years, with the good, bad and lots of in betweens. These were a couple that came to mind immediately. Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn are currently pregnant with their third child. Andre Agassi fell over 100 spots in the tennis world during his time with Brooke Shields. He re-emerged after the divorce and secured his spot as one of the all-time greats once matched with Steffi Graf.

There really isn't an exact science to determine the levels of distraction a celebrity girlfriend can cause.

But when it's a popular, pretty woman like Jessica Simpson, and her stud Dallas quarterback, the distraction is already in place. America will be watching it's soap opera in prime time.

It's up to them to maneuver how big the distraction will become.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  September 11, 2008; 10:44 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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