The Hottest Good Luck Charms In Sports

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2010

The Hottest Good Luck Charms In Sports

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    In a perfect world, most male athletes picture themselves having a successful career full of awards, championships, and plenty of wins.

    If they're lucky, they'll also have a beautiful woman right there with them through it all.

    Skeptical?  In a world full of gold diggers, I'm here to tell you that those women do exist.  There are plenty of ladies out there who have been known to bring good luck to athletes' careers.  Their significant others are fortunate to have them.

    Here are the hottest good luck charms in sports:

20. Khloe Kardashian: Lamar Odom

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    Say what you want to say about Miss K, but her record is spotless.

    As Mrs. Lamar Odom, she has helped deliver a second consecutive title to Los Angeles.

    Kim K. isn't the only lucky one; baby sister is too.

    Now the question that Laker fans want to know: Can she do it again this season?

19. Dannyl Gammon: Troy Tulowitzki

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    If you've followed his end-of-season surge, you have to admit that there's something out of this world about his performance.

    Tulo nearly willed the Rockies into the playoffs this year.

    His stats in September: .376 AVG, 15 HRs, 40 RBI.

    Those are crazy numbers that baseball doesn't normally see in September, and PEDs can't be the reason for that surge:  It's got to be Dannyl.

    The pair just got married in the offseason after dating since they were youngsters.  If you were wondering if Dannyl was around during the Rockies' magical 2007 run to the World Series—yes, she was.

    I'm telling you, she's lucky.

18. Deidre Pujols: Albert Pujols

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    It's been said that Albert Pujols married an older woman at only 19-years-old.

    That woman was Deidre, and Albert has more than proved to be mature and ready since being called up to the major leagues.

    In 2001, the year following their marriage, Pujols was named NL Rookie of the Year.

    He's gone on to have a fabulous career with the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Pujols has made nine All-Star appearances, won three NL MVP Awards, a Gold Glove, and the 2006 World Series.

17. Brittany Brees: Drew Brees

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    The season after Drew and Brittany were married, Drew went on to win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award and made his first Pro-Bowl appearance.

    His string of luck has yet to run out. 

    After successfully recovering from a torn labrum in 2006, he went on to sign with the New Orleans Saints where he has become the leader of a prolific offense.

    Of course, we know that the Saints went on to win the Super Bowl last year.

16. Abby Manning: Eli Manning

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    They say that Eli was so superstitious about his wife, Abby (who was his fiance at the time), showing up at games that he asked her to withstand an extremely torturous time in the freezing stands of Lambeau Field to watch him play during the 2008 playoffs.

    Eli and the Giants went on to win that game against Green Bay and take the Super Bowl championship against the favored New England Patriots.

    Perhaps they should give Abby some thanks.

15. Kourtney Kardashian: Free Agent

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    If Kim is responsible for Reggie Bush's Super Bowl and Khloe had a hand in Lamar Odom's second NBA title, then there definitely has be some truth to the Kardashians' positive effect on the athlete-boyfriend.

    This Kardashian, Kourtney, is also on the market.

    She's the eldest of the three sisters and the shortest.

    Anyone up for a cute, petite Kardashian?

14. Heidi Hamels: Cole Hamels

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    If Heidi looks familiar, that's because she's been a contestant on Survivor and has posed playfully in Playboy.

    Since getting married to Cole Hamels in 2006, the Phillies have become a force, winning four consecutive division titles and a World Series title in 2008.

    That same year Hamels played the best baseball of his young career, earning him NLCS MVP, as well as World Series MVP honors.

13. Ashley Manning: Peyton Manning

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    If you're wondering why Peyton Manning has been on fire since entering the NFL, it's because Ashley has been with him the whole time.

    The two supposedly met while Peyton was playing college ball in Tennessee.

    He's gone on to make 10 Pro Bowl appearances, win a record or AP NFL MVP trophies, a Super Bowl championship, as well as Super Bowl XLI MVP honors.

12. Kandi Harris: Hunter Mahan

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    Kandi is an ex-cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys.

    But she also has to be the reason that golfer Hunter Mahan has been having a terrific 2010.

    She was there to bring him a backup driver on his way to winning the 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open, and she was also there to watch him win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

    Two tour wins in a year is a pretty solid feat, and Kandi definitely brings good luck.  No wonder Hunter proposed to her.

11. Kendra Wilkinson: Hank Baskett

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    Despite seeing limited action over the last year, five receptions for 34 yards in 12 games with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Indianapolis Colts, Hank Baskett is still in the NFL.

    After being cut by the Eagles for two consecutive seasons, he's caught on with the Minnesota Vikings.

    How does he manage to find work?

    Kendra, of course. The PR reasons of having Kendra, ex-Playboy model, in the stands watching him are good enough to keep him on the roster.

10. Jana Ferova: Marian Hossa

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    Marian Hossa has played for three different hockey teams in three seasons.

    He's also been to the Stanley Cup Finals each time.

    If that's not luck, what else is it?

    It's no coincidence that his new wife, Jana, has been there with him since 2008, the same year he was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins and started his Stanley Cup appearance string.

    The following season he made it back to the Finals as a Red Wing.

    This past season, Hossa chose to settle down with a multi-year deal and guess what happened: He won the Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks.

9. Sara Carbonera: Iker Casillas

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    Poor Sara got a lot of grief for being hot and distracting to her boyfriend, Spanish goaltender Iker Casillas, during the World Cup.

    In fact, she was blamed by fans for a surprise 1-0 loss to Switzerland.

    At the end she got the last laugh, though. Spain finally delivered with a World Cup win, and she got a big smooch from Iker during the interview.

    Who knew? Sara was actually lucky.

8. Bridget Moynahan: Tom Brady

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    There's a lot of talk about how hot Tom Brady's current flame, Gisele Bundchen, is.

    But let's not forget what his ex did for his career.

    They started dating in 2004, when Brady was on his way up.  That year the Patriots notched the first of two consecutive Super Bowl championships (XLVIII, XLVIX). 

    Since they've broken up, Brady has torn his ACL and has yet to make it back to the Super Bowl.

    Sorry Gisele, you may be a supermodel, but Bridget was better for Brady's game.

7. Emily Kuchar: Zack Greinke

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    Kuchar is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and the 2008 winner of Miss Daytona Beach.

    She's a true good luck charm, helping Zack Greinke win the 2009 Cy Young Award as his fiancé.

    In 2009, he had a 2.16 ERA with a 16-8 record while pitching for the Kansas City Royals.

6. Kate Hudson: Alex Rodriguez

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    The year she hooked up with A-Rod, he finally won a World Series title.

    But A-Rod didn't show much appreciation for her positive effect on his game; he promptly dumped her for Cameron Diaz.

    Let's see how A-Rod does this year.  Don't you have feeling he'll want Kate back?

5. Kim Kardashian: Reggie Bush

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    By now you know about the Kardashian effect.

    She was with Reggie for that big Super Bowl win. 

    Two games into the new season without Kim, and Reggie goes down with a leg injury that could sideline him for up to six weeks.

    Sounds like bad news will be coming to Dallas now that Kim decided to split up with new beau Miles Austin.

    Fantasy owners should sell high on Austin—who knows what kind of bad breakup luck he'll be dealing with in the next few weeks?

4. Vanessa Williams: Rick Fox

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    The Lakers' three-peat from earlier this decade is often credited to the duo of Kobe and Shaq.

    But let's not forget how successful the Vanessa Williams-Rick Fox pairing was for the team.

    The couple had a five-year run together that started in 1999.  Coincidentally, during that time the Lakers won three titles and made four NBA Finals appearances.

    At the same time that Rick and Vanessa's marriage was falling apart, so were the Lakers.  Fox filed for divorce in 2004, his last year with the Lakers and the same season in which they fell to the Detroit Pistons.

3. Elin Nordegren: Tiger Woods

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    Tiger was a great golfer before Elin.

    And he kept up his pace of being one of the greatest to ever play the game with her at his side.

    Now, without her in his life, he's not the same player.

    As much as he tries to keep his personal life out of his professional success, it's going to hurt him and his game.

2. Eva Longoria: Tony Parker

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    Beautiful Eva Longoria married Parker back in February 2007.

    Later that year he won his third NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs.

    He was also the star of the team and a big reason for the title. As a result he won the 2007 NBA Finals MVP trophy.

1. Vannesa Bryant: Kobe Bryant

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    For all the bad things that Kobe has gone through in his career, the truth is that it could have all been a lot worse.

    Imagine what it would have been like had Vanessa elected to leave him after word of his infidelity and sexual assault allegations got out.

    But she didn't.  She chose to stay, and he's become a better basketball player since.

    He's grown into a less selfish, more mature athlete.  Of late he's been reaping the benefits of it with two straight NBA titles.