Just like last year, we're showcasing the people, ideas and memes that made Deadspin 2009 shine. Today: Athlete Power Couples.
Tom Brady kicked off months of grueling rehab by lounging at the pool with Gisele. They had a literal shotgun wedding. Gisele was manhandled by chiseled naked black men. The Golden Couple produced a Golden Child.
Shelden Williams stayed in the news by getting Candace Parker knocked up, and ESPN The Mag drooled over her C-cups. The WNBA rearranged their schedule to accommodate their really tall baby.
Carmelo's lady La La brought out the racism in Mavericks fans.
Newly-single Alex Rodriguez sewed his wild oats with Kate Hudson. She smashed up his car, but at least it was accidental. The Yankee wives were extra-mean to Kate. She was the 26th member of the World Series winning team. The flame of love blazed strongly, but burned out quickly.
Paris Hilton put a hex on Cristiano Ronaldo.
Tony Parker and Eva Longoria reminisced about oh, oh those summer nights.
Elin Nordegren became a household name.