With the news that Lamar Odom is engaged to Khloe Kardashian after a six-week relationship, I actually got a little sad thinking that there were some high school girls out there going, "OMG! Who is Lamar Odom anyway?"
For better or for worse, Khloe Kardashian might be more famous than Lamar Odom. For someone with no talent who's not even that attractive, Khloe has been on two TV shows and is tabloid fodder. Lamar Odom is that other guy on the Lakers. No, not the tall guy who looks like Coldplay, the other guy.
Here are 10 wives, girlfriends, or in some cases, mistresses that might be more famous than their athlete significant others.
Earlier this summer, Khloe's more famous and hotter sister Kim and Reggie Bush tragically split up, but were able to patch things up about a month ago.
That's good news for Reggie, who is on his way to becoming entirely overrated. But as long as he stays with Kim, we'll at least get to see him in magazines, even if we almost never get to see him in the open field.
When I'm older, there will come a time where I'll have to explain to my child that the Spice Girls were once the biggest thing on the planet.
I have no idea how I'm going to do that.
So when Posh Spice, or Victoria Adams, hooked up with one of the most famous footballers in the world, David Beckham, it was a hurricane of famous. However, Beckham, as famous as he was, couldn't hold a candle to the kind of publicity his future wife received.
With women of the world desperate for a new stupid show to watch when Sex and the City finally came to an end, Desperate Housewives was there to fill in the slack. And the youngest, hottest female in the cast was Eva Longoria.
As talented as he is, it was still a shock that Tony Parker managed to land her. He wasn't a household name to anyone other than sports fans and she was the newest "It" girl.
I still maintain that she was smitten by his rapping.
Pete Sampras may have been one of the greatest tennis players to ever step out onto a court, but I (and millions of other horndog teenagers) was infinitely more interested in the woman that Adam Sandler was trying to feel up in Billy Madison.
Sure, it's hard to argue that someone whose greatest film role was that of Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat was more famous than Pete Sampras, but she definitely photographs a little better.
Who doesn't love Ashley Judd? She's always so cute and spunky in her movies and she's a huge sports fan, too. Which is why it probably shouldn't come as a shock that she married an IRL driver that most people have never heard of.
While Dario drives Indy cars, Judd just plain drives men crazy.
Let me put it this way: I have a female friend—who is married—who told me the other day that she hates Tom Brady.
I asked why and she told me it was because she recently found out that Gisele was pregnant and it's all Tom Brady's fault for potentially ruining the figure of one of the most beautiful women in the world.
When I asked her who Tom Brady was she said, "Some baseball player or something."
After A-Rod broke up with his wife, he was dating Madonna for a while, which was gross.
But he finally came to his senses and is now dating Kate Hudson. While much younger and hotter than Madonna, Hudson has actually done wonders for A-Rod. He seems happy and is playing well.
That's what happens when you start dating someone who was once one of the hottest movie stars in the world. She may have lost her mojo at the box office, but I guess that doesn't really matter when you're with someone who is still in his $252 million contract.
If you're into MMA, you know who Tito Ortiz is. But if you're a man, you definitely know who Jenna Jameson is. Let's just face facts, porn is a bigger industry than almost anything, including MMA.
As famous as all of the women on this list are, it's possible that more men know Jenna Jameson than any one of them.
Tony Romo was a no-name quarterback who eventually took over for Drew Bledsoe on the Dallas Cowboys. That would have made him famous, but what really made you remember his name was the pair of blond beauties that he started dating almost as soon as he put on that Cowboys uniform.
Almost nothing is bigger than American Idol and Romo dated a winner, plus someone who was hot enough, talented enough, and blond enough to make it as a star on her own even without the show. Just a little more famous than some guy who throws a football around.
This is the relationship that started it all. Who would have thought that celebrities and athletes would do great as couples?
The world's most famous pin-up girl took on the world's most famous baseball player. Joltin' Joe may have been a legend, but even he couldn't compete with the enormity of Marilyn Monroe.