Kim Kardashian Wedding: Where It Ranks on All-Time Sports Hookups

Zack Pumerantz@z_pumerantzAnalyst IIIOctober 5, 2011

Kim Kardashian Wedding: Where It Ranks on All-Time Sports Hookups

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    With every passing fling and high-profile relationship in the sports world, fans become more engaged with the personal lives of their favorite athletes and those who flaunt their love lives in front of the media.

    Socialite Kim Kardashian has set the standard for gossip and a public display of affection, especially with her new husband, NBA baller Kris Humphries, joining the family's show Keeping up with the Kardashians.

    As social networking continues to improve, the dialogue between athletes and fans improves every day, with followers yearning for a stronger grip on everything that is occurring behind the scenes.

    Relationships in sports come and go with the frequency of a jock-strap change, causing fans to be on their toes at all time.

    But only the significant marriages can stick in the minds of fans.

    With Kim Kardashian's wedding special set to air on E! as a two-part special, we couldn't help but wonder where it ranks among the best.

    Here are the 15 most significant marriages in sports.

    Enjoy.

15. Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood

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    Known as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, country singer Carrie Underwood never has a problem garnering attention.

    She couldn't have been more pleased when her husband, NHLer Mike Fisher, was traded to the Nashville Predators.

    Anything to be closer to this beauty is alright with Fisher.

14. Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker

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    Don't let the innocent look fool you, this couple is fearless.

    Currently the second-highest ranked American player behind Mardy Fish, fiery tennis star Andy Roddick has never been shy about voicing his opinion.

    With the hardest serve in tennis, Roddick was able to attract Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker.

    While he may be inconsistent and unpredictable with a tennis racket, he has seemingly conquered his love life, marrying this omnipresent beauty.

13. Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf

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    This couldn't be a more ideal situation for these two tennis stars.

    Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf were the champions at the 1999 French open, which was a surprise considering he had not won a Grand Slam title since 1995 and she hadn't since 1996.

    They met at the winner's ball and were married in 2001. 

    Their matches must be vicious and loud.

12. Jennie Finch and Casey Daigle

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    She helped lead Team USA to the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

    Dominant softballer Jennie Finch is still revered more for her looks than her dominant pitching, which often translates to a 98 mph fastball.

    She was referred to as the most famous softball player in history. Ironically, she married arguably the most unknown player in Major League Baseball.

    Now in the San Francisco Giants minor league system, Daigle never could extend his cup of coffee with teams. The same can't be said for his love life.

11. Misty May and Matt Treanor

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    This beautiful volleyball star paired with Kerri Walsh to form what is called "the greatest volleyball team of all time." 

    She has 107 career wins of her own, more than any female in history.

    Her husband may be a journeyman catcher, but he's enjoying his time from the bench of the Texas Rangers as they progress through the playoffs.

    He's enjoying his love life as well.

10. Heather Mitts and A.J. Feeley

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    This soccer star, possibly known more for her looks than her stellar play, sure can't be called material.

    Her husband, journeyman signal caller and current St. Louis Rams backup A.J. Feeley, has never shined under center like some scouts expected, but he was bright in the eyes of Heather Mitts.

    He can thank her for making this list.

9. Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones

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    Known as "The Great One" and arguably the greatest hockey player ever, Wayne Gretzky surely had no problem finding women.

    As a judge on Dance Fever, Wayne Gretzky couldn't contain himself, shocked by this actress' beauty.

    Janet Jones clearly had an affinity for hockey that couldn't be ignored.

8. Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm

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    Former Boston Red Sox star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra is the lucky recipient of Olympian and World Cup Champion soccer star Mia Hamm.

    It's safe to say that with 95 career steals, Garciaparra can handle a soccer ball too, albeit not his specialty.

    She may have the more stellar resume.

7. Tony Parker and Eva Longoria

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    On a team that preaches a methodical and mundane style of play, Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria provided flair and flash, and the crowd embraced it.

    That was until she allegedly discovered texts between Tony Parker and his teammate Brent Barry's wife, Erin Barry, provoking her divorce from him.

    SportsCenter and especially San Antonio sure misses her.

6. Carmelo Anthony and La La Vasquez

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    The star of the New York Knicks did not resist a lavish wedding to this entertainer, which had 320 people in attendance.

    While he led the Syracuse Orangemen to their first National Championship in 2003, Melo is still searching for that NBA title.

    New York fans are anxious for him to bring the team back to promise alongside dominant power forward Amar'e Stoudamire.

5. Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian

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    It's to be expected that multiple Kardashians have high-profile marriages, considering they seemingly rule the world of gossip and PDA.

    After the Lakers star married the reality television personality in 2009, Khloe naturally began to garner some of the attention that her sister was hogging.

    However, Khloe & Lamar is just another example of the Kardashians' need to produce a television show every time their lives change in the slightest fashion.

4. Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe

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    He is known for his 56-game hitting streak and his prolific 13-year career as a center fielder for the Pinstripes.

    Hall-of-Famer Joe DiMaggio attracted the attention of arguably the most glamorous female icon in recent time.

    However, his alleged jealousy would lead to a short marriage, which was said to have been filled with violence.

    Marilyn Monroe filed for divorce 274 days after their wedding, citing mental cruelty as the reason.

    Big tree falls hard.

3. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

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    After averaging a double-double last season, Kris Humphries garnered respect from beleaguered New Jersey Nets fans who were yearning for some excitement before the team moved to Brooklyn.

    However, having only averaged 5.6 points per game in his eight-year career doesn't usually earn a player a high salary.

    The cost of the engagement ring he gave to Kim Kardashian was quite baffling.

    Humphries married the reality television personality in August, after proposing with an engagement ring that had 20.5 carats, and reportedly cost $2 million.

    Without a doubt the most talked about relationship in sports.

2. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen

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    Speaking of power couples, these two form quite the tandem.

    While Tom Brady continues to tear apart the psyches of opposing defenses, his Brazilian-model wife rips the hearts out of her fans.

    It's seemingly a love-hate relationship.

1. David Beckham and Posh Spice

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    Arguably the most dominant and powerful couple in the UK, wealthy footballer David Beckham and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham form quite the potent force.

    They have seemingly set the standard for media-prevalent couples around the world, let alone the sports dome.

    Posh Spice continues to turn everything she touches to gold.