With the news full of Belinda and Tie it's worth remembering there's a long way from there to here, and your top power couples in sports:
|Norma Jean and Joe D: The gold standard.|
The gold standard
Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. Baseball icon meets screen icon. Unsurpassable pop-culture union of the century.
The next level
Imran Khan and Jemima Goldsmith. Divorced two years ago, but the Pakistan cricketer turned politico (and quite probably, the future President) and the heiress to a billionaire entrepreneur was as big as it gets globally while it lasted.
Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones. Canada and U.S. Hockey and movies. Big. King Hockey big.
Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. All-tennis pair, but they've done enough outside the games to qualify. Pretty strong, and still going strong.
David and Victoria Beckham. With Real souring on Becks and Posh's pop-singing days on the wane, they might well fall off this perch quite soon. But we'll always have Beckingham Palace, right?
Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra. All-American union of Dodger-Blue baseball and soccer icon. A match made in Nike.
Going down the line
Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford. Another all-American union of football and sweatshops.
|Eva and Tony: Call on them.|
Andriy Shevchenko and Kristen Pazik. Athletes and models are kinda mundane, but these two are the hottest going.
Tony Parker and Eva Longoria. French-accented hoops and Desperate Housewife. Two points.
Filling out the ticket (hint: one of these is not real)
Madonna and (fill in the blank). Rodman, Messier, etc.
Anna Kournikova and Sergei Fedorov/Anna Kournikova and Pavel Bure. Hockey's most bewildering threesome.
Jim and Chris Evert.
Ron Greshner and Carol Alt. Another sports/model union.
Anna and Kris Benson. Always good for comedy relief.
Brigitte Nielsen and Marc Gastineau. Story goes that they had matching hearts tattooed on their bums. Then they had matching tattoo removals.
Gloria Steinem and Jim Brown. The feminist and the abusive footballer. Just a guess, but perhaps that's why it didn't last all that long.