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NFL Lines - The Kardashian Kurse

Posted by Jackson Anthony on 10/31/2011 7:17:34 PM

After failed relationships with NFL stars Reggie Bush and Miles Austin, socialite Kim Kardashian went to the NBA to seek romantic solace.

She found power forward Kris Humphries and quickly married the 6' 9" role player on August 20, 2011. However, after just 2 months, Kardashian filed for divorce.

I don't really care much to write about celebrities, let alone celebrity relationships, but there's an interesting tie that may exist between athletic performance and dating a Kardashian.

Let me digress…

In 2009, Kim Kardashian was dating then-Saints running back Reggie Bush. Bush was in his 4th year and recorded his highest rushing yard average per carry in his career (5.6 yards/carry).

From 2008-2009, Bush scored 17 total touchdowns and was an explosive threat, poised to be one of the most dynamic players in the NFL.

After the Saints won the Super Bowl in 2009, Bush and Kardashian split. The next season, Bush only played half the year after suffering a broken leg in Week 2.

In 2010, Bush posted the lowest yardage totals in his career and scored just one touchdown. To make matters worse, the Saints drafted running back and Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and shipped Bush to the lowly Miami Dolphins.

Through 7 games, Bush has recorded just 335 yards and 1 touchdown and has taken a big fall from a Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl winner to the backup running back on a winless team.

Admittedly, Bush is just one case. After Bush, Kim Kardashian dated Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin in 2010. The 27-year-old wideout was coming off the best year of his career, in which he recorded 81 receptions, 1,320 yards, and 11 touchdowns starting just 12 games.

However, the year he met Kardashian proved to be a regression for the wide receiver. He averaged just 65 yards per game (almost half of his average in 2009) and recorded 10 games of 3 catches or less.

This NFL lines season, Austin already missed almost a month with a hamstring injury.

So for those of you that aren't forced to watch one of the 5 Kardashian reality tv shows, Kim's sister, Khloe is also in a relationship with an athlete - Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom.

Khloe and Lamar married in 2009, after Odom had a career year in 2007-08. He posted 14.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game (a career high) and started 77 games for the Lakers.

The 2008-09 season was a bit of a let down for Odom as he was moved out of the starting lineup and into a 6th man role.

Odom married Khloe before the start of the 2009-10 season and his numbers deteriorated further. He remained in his 6th man role and recorded 10.8 points per game (the lowest average of his career).

Although Odom's numbers popped back up in 2010-11 he still remained in his reserve role.

Now this leaves us with Kris Humphries, who is coming off his best year as a pro. Humphries averaged a double-double (10.0 PPG, 10.4 RPG) in 2010-11 and started a career high 44 games.

We could say that Humphries is already worse off than Austin, Bush, and Odom due to the lockout and being a free agent but it remains to be seen how he'll perform when the NBA starts again.

So the big question is… If you were an athlete would you rather be on the cover of NBA Live or Madden and risk that curse or date a Kardashian?

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