On Thursday night, the Lakers and the Magic faced off in Game 4 of the NBA finals, but they weren't the only adversaries in the Orlando arena. Days before, singer Chris Brown had been subpoenaed to appear in court after being charged with assaulting his former girlfriend pop-artist Rihanna. Though not sitting together, both were in attendance cheering on the Lakers, but each may have had other motives for being there. Reports had surfaced that the new man in her life was Andrew Bynum, who plays center for the Lakers, but a source and friend of the singer told the Daily News of a different pro baller she was digging on.
Sore muscles, grueling training and abundant egos are the pitfalls of a professional athlete's career. For those married to fellow pro athletes, add long stints of time apart, living in different time zones and competing playing schedules to the list. The compromise and support these relationships require is something we can all appreciate, even if our own relationships seem ordinary next to the hectic lives of athletic superstars.
I grew up in a family where sports was not a major part of life. We played an occasional game of badminton or croquet and maybe tossed a softball, but we never followed sports in the newspaper or on television. When it came to baseball cards, I chewed the gum and threw out the cards. When I read the newspaper, the sports section went untouched. All of that changed when I met my wife. As our relationship blossomed, so did my understanding of sports. Under her guidance, I learned about college basketball and March Madness along with terms like Sweet Sixteen and the Final Four. We and our kids now enjoy the annual tradition of filling out the brackets, even if it frustrates me that her bracket predictions are usually more accurate than mine.
Does the start of fall mark your transformation into a sports widow? Does spring fever mean the only home runs being scored are on the baseball diamond? And does March Madness leave you playing one-on-one, solo? If so, take a time out and watch Love U's "How To Enjoy Watching Sports With Your Man."
Team USA basketball is off to a good start. They've won their first 3 games including avenging a gut-wrenching loss to Greece in 2006. Unfortunately, point guard Jason Kidd has lost a relationship out of it. He ditched girlfriend May Anderson because her tabloid antics were distracting him.
Some guys love sports so much that, well, it sometimes seems like they'd rather spend time filling out brackets than talking with you. Carrie Melago's boyfriend is obsessed with March Madness; in this essay she explores his love of college basketball, and her love for him. "Jon turned to me and smiled. 'Can you hand me the sports section?' he asked. I suppose I should have expected this: It is mid-March, the time when many a man's fantasy turns to college hoops. In the coming weeks, I knew from experience, there would be brackets to fill out and seemingly endless games to watch with hawk-like vigor. But that wasn’t all. For three weeks a year, Jon logs endless hours on the phone talking to friends, who discuss players as if they know them. Is J.R. Reynolds an old buddy from college I haven't met yet?, I’ll wonder. Oh, right, no, he’s a guard at U.V.A."
Ready to attack that bracket? YourTango asked ten women their methods of approaching the Madness. Though they might not all agree, each has a time-tested strategy. So, whether you're looking to conquer your company's office pool, gain bragging rights over your boyfriend, or win millions online, pick your favorite and get in the game.