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The Readers' List:
Greatest sports wives
From the Page 2 mailbag
On Monday, Page 2 ran its list of the greatest sports wives in history. We asked for your take, and you filled our mailbag with plenty of choices.
1. Janet Jones -- Wayne Gretzky's wife
How can you leave off Janet Jones-Gretzky? She embodies "greatness!" Wayne and Janet are practically Canadian royalty. Yes, she might have had something to do with Gretz leaving the Oilers for Los Angeles, but do you blame Wayne for wanting to spend more time next to Janet on the beach? I didn't think so.
Buffalo, N.Y. For me, this is when Wayne truly became The Great One. Have you seen The Flamingo Kid? She also showed she is perfect hockey wife by taking a plexiglass hit and staying on her feet.
Alexandria, Va. Because she saved The Great One from the ineptitude of the Canadian economic system that is crushing the sport.
2. Amy Mickelson -- Phil Mickelson's wife
The conversation should start and end there. Since Phil has become the best-known professional athlete from Phoenix, she's basically been the First Lady. During the 1997 Ryder Cup, we kept hoping the BBC footage would continue to show her instead of the pathetic golf that was being played by the U.S. squad. Did you see the way Arnold Palmer fawned over her while giving her a Rolex when Phil won the Bay Hill a couple of years ago? Earl Woods is right. The difference between Tiger and Phil? Gotta be Amy.
Phoenix I always love seeing Lefty in contention, because the cameras are bound to show some shots of his wife when he's on 18.
Minneapolis I'm a huge Phil Mickelson fan and I hate seeing him come so close and never win a major. But whenever they show his wife hugging him after he came up short yet again I tend to feel less sorry for him.
3. Marilyn Monroe -- Joe DiMaggio's ex-wife
Eugene, Ore. Marilyn Monroe. Hands down. No contest. No one else even comes close. Like sports at its finest, she was the standard to which we all aspired. Larger than life and the girl next door in the same breath. We cheered her rise and mourned her demise. All the while we remained completely captivated. Presidents, athletes, playwrights, we were all entranced. Yet somehow she still remains as elusive as a 56-game hitting streak.
4. Tawny Kitaen -- Chuck Finley's wife
How could you watch her in the movie "Bachelor Party" (with multi-Oscar winner Tom Hanks) and in music videos for Whitesnake and not put her in the Top 10?
Cleveland Anyone who's ever seen the movie "The Perils of Gwendolyn" would understand. Dan Patrick once asked Jim Thome in an interview if Chuck ever brought her around the clubhouse, and Jim answered without hesitation "not with the guys in our clubhouse." That has to count for something.
Columbus, Ohio Remember the girl crawling on the hood of a car in a Whitesnake video ... yeah, her!!! She must have a thing for mullets!?
5. Elsa Benitez -- Rony Seikaly's wife
Cypress, Calif. How the heck can you have one of these lists without mentioning Elsa Benitez, one of the most beautiful women in the world, and that's not just for sports wives. She was on the cover of SI swimsuit edition, for crying out loud. Not putting her on the list or even in the honorable mentions is a travesty. Did I mention she is married to Rony Seikaly? That could go on the list of biggest sports mysteries of all time.
Halle Berry, hands down. This woman is just stunningly gorgeous from head to toe and is a pretty darn good actress to boot. She's also a sweetheart, which makes you wonder how Dave Justice could be such a jerk to her. He'd have an excuse if Randy Johnson ever beaned him in the head with a fastball, but they were in different leagues at the time. What a fool!
Arlington, Va. One Word: Goddess! Did you see "Swordfish"? As a Red Sox fan, having a man on the Yankees who divorces someone as beautiful as that gives me even more reason to hate them.
7. Bridgette Wilson -- Pete Sampras' wife
Sampras has at least 25 unforced errors per match because of her being in the stands.
8. Carmen Electra -- Dennis Rodman's ex-wife
The only person who made people look away from Dennis Rodman. For a few weeks at least.
9. Vanessa Williams -- Rick Fox's wife
Without a doubt, Vanessa Williams. She has classic beauty combined with style and grace. I expect that if we had a picture of Helen of Troy she would look very much like Vanessa Williams. Plus she is an OK actress, a great singer and she looks fantastic after what, four kids? Rick Fox is da man.
10. Steffi Graf (eight letters)
Although they haven't officially tied the knot yet, my choice is the soon-to-be Mrs.Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf. How many wives can practically guarantee their husbands that their offspring will be future millionaires? I read that their unborn kid is already getting offered millions to appear in future tournaments! Talk about getting a good return on your investment.
Angie Harmon, Victoria Beckham, Jody Mientkiewicz, Robin Givens, Janet Elway, Jennifer Montana, Carol Alt, Patti McGuire, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Candace Cameron (Valeri Bure), Brooke Gordon (Jeff)
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