Lazzari’s Sports Roundup – 2/18/11

I’ll match up “Grey’s Anatomy” star Sandra Oh with former big league pitcher Butch Henry. If they ever tied the knot, old candy lovers would delight in her married name of Sandra Oh Henry……….LPGA golfer Wendy Ward hooks up with former Middlebury College (VT) wide receiver Tom Cleaver. If they ever got hitched, fans of “Leave It To Beaver” would surely delight in her married name of Wendy Ward Cleaver……….Former SUNY-Fredonia basketball player Danielle Bleecker hooks up with MLB pitcher Huston Street. If they married, lovers of NY’s Greenwich Village would delight in her married name of Danielle Bleecker Street……….LPGA golfer Meredith Duncan hooks up with ex-Iowa State track athlete Neil Hines. If they ever tied the knot, cake lovers would surely savor her married name of Meredith Duncan Hines……….LPGA golfer Teresa Lu marries former University of Prince Edward Island soccer player Chris Diamond, divorces, then marries former major league infielder Mike Phillips. Fans of the popular “La Bamba” actor would surely delight in her full married name of Teresa Lu Diamond Phillips……….LPGA golfer Alena Sharp marries PGA golfer D.A. Points. There’d be nothing “dull” about her full married name: Alena Sharp Points……….Former Lock Haven University track star Sandy Ritz marries Hall of Fame pitcher Steve Carlton, divorces, marries PGA golfer Duffy Waldorf–divorces again–then marries former big league outfielder Dave Hilton. Lovers of expensive hotels would delight in her married name of Sandy Ritz Carlton Waldorf Hilton………Former Lewis & Clark College basketball player Gwen Forrest hooks up with PGA golfer Scott Gump. If they ever walked down the aisle, fans of Tom Hanks’ flicks would surely delight in her married name of Gwen Forrest Gump……….Former FDU basketball player Tommica Woods marries ex-NFL linebacker Gerald Irons, divorces, marries NFL WR Donald Driver–divorces again–then marries MLB manager Eric Wedge. Golf equipment manufacturers would surely delight in her full name of Tommica Woods Irons Driver Wedge……….LPGA golfer Brandie Burton walks down the aisle with former NBA player Terry Cummings. Fans of The Guess Who would surely delight in the married name of this “American Woman”: Brandie Burton Cummings……….If pop singer Pink married former major league pitcher Jim Panther, could she then be referred to as Pink Panther?………Pop singer Jewel marries former big league outfielder Terry Puhl, divorces, marries Champions Tour golfer Doug Tewell–divorces again–then marries former major league pitcher Vern Ruhle. Could we then call her Jewel Puhl Tewell Ruhle?……….Former women’s college basketball player Ann Ching marries ex-tennis champion Michael Chang–divorces–then marries former world-ranked badminton player Andy Chong. She’d then be playing pick-up games with the name of Ann Ching Chang Chong……….Tennis star Lindsay Davenport marries former big league pitcher Frank Linzy, divorces, then marries former Rider University track star Justin Lindsey. She’d be gracing the courts with the repetitive married name of Lindsay Linzy Lindsey……….LPGA golfer Brooke Tull marries former Le Moyne College basketball player Sid Pond, divorces, marries former big league catcher Steve Lake–divorces again–then marries singer Billy Ocean. She’d be roaming fairways with the water-themed name of Brooke Pond Lake Ocean……….WNBA player Betty Lennox marries former track star Carl Lewis, divorces, marries Coast Guard football coach Bill George–divorces again–then marries former NFL RB Chuck Foreman. Fans of the heavyweight ranks would enjoy her full name of Betty Lennox Lewis George Foreman……….Tennis player Venus Williams marries Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars, divorces, marries former Virginia high school quarterback Jon Jupiter–divorces again–then marries sportswriter/author Terry Pluto. Astronomy buffs would take note of her full married name of Venus Mars Jupiter Pluto……….LPGA Hall of Famer Betsy King marries NHL’er Joey Crabb. Seafood lovers everywhere would surely love her married name of Betsy King Crabb……….Former Hillsdale College track star Trudy Chase marries former NHL goalie Kelly Hrudey, divorces, marries former USC quarterback John David Booty–divorces again–then marries golfer Charles Coody. She’s then known as Trudy Hrudey Booty Coody………. Pop singer Olivia Newton-John marries former big league infielder Bill Stein–divorces–then marries Champions Tour golfer Chip Beck. Of Mice and Men fans would surely delight in her full name of Olivia Newton-John Stein Beck……….Women’s tennis player Virginia Ruano Pascual walks down the aisle with former White Sox infielder Mike Squires. Fans of the old ABA would love her new name: Virginia Squires……….Compliments of my good friend Wayne Norman of WILI AM radio: If ex-UCONN athletes Mel Thomas and Terry Caulley were to ever marry and produce a child, could we then call their offspring a “Mel an’ Caulley baby“?……….Aforementioned Mel Thomas walks down the aisle with former big league outfielder/World Series hero Kirk Gibson. “Lethal Weapon” fans would surely delight in her married name of Mel Gibson……….Finally, former Canadian college basketball player Jamie Born walks down the aisle with former NBA guard World B. Free. Fans of a former on-screen, orphaned lioness named Elsa (and of Andy Williams’ music) would enjoy her married name of Jamie Born Free.

About the Author

Bob Lazzari

Bob Lazzari is an award-winning sports columnist for both Connecticut's Valley Times and NY Sports Day--where his "Sports Roundup" column is featured weekly. He is a member of the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance and host of "Monday Night Sports Talk" --a cable television show on CTV/Channel14 in Connecticut. A Fordham grad, Bob is a regular contributor to ESPN Radio's "Inside Yankee Baseball"; he can also be heard weekly every Tuesday morning on WXLM/104.7 FM in New London, CT. He has a popular blog where many of his past columns have been archived.

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