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Jon DeNunzio

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Two quick polls, based on hypotheticals:

1. On Monday night, when Eagles Coach Andy Reid addresses his team before they take the field for a big road game in Dallas, let's say he references Jessica Simpson's comments on Good Morning America on Tuesday in his speech. Something like "When you line up tonight, dear friends, remember that Jessica Simpson said the Cowboys were going to kick our butts tonight! Now, once more into the breach!"

2. Let's say the game goes down to the wire. The Dallas offense faces a key third down with three minutes left.

You get the point. Pro athletes have had attractive girlfriends since middle school. That's half the reason they stuck with sports, right? By the time they make it to the big time, they know the drill.

So no, I do not think a celebrity girlfriend is a significant distraction for a pro athlete. And I don't think his opponents derive any motivation from the TMZ- and US Magazine-fueled silliness that seems to flare up now and then -- often at times that just happen to coincide with an album drop or movie premiere.

It's ridiculous enough to make me ask: Who thought of this dumb question, anyway? Oh, wait a second ...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 11, 2008; 12:13 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Thanks for bringing up Jessica Simpson. You just wasted a full hour of my work time. After I read this I had to go surf for Jessica Simpson pics. Please keep discussions to NFL players, coaches and owners. This prevents me from doing any EXTRA googling at work and I won't get fired.

Thanks.

Posted by: SS | September 11, 2008 3:33 PM

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