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Ballparks no place for punk rockers

The dangers of athletes dating singers and the dangers of singers performing for athletes.

Tony Romo, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys and frequent romancer of celebrities, got married over the weekend to Candice Crawford, a former beauty queen.



Romo, who previously dated country singers Jessica Simpson and Carrie Underwood (and allegedly actress Sophia Bush), started dating Crawford late in the summer of 2009. We’ve covered her in this space before — her brother is an actor on “Gossip Girl,” and she was Miss Missouri in 2008.



As athletes often do, Romo has sputtered on the field for the Cowboys since the relationship moved into the “serious” stratosphere. (Note: As any New England Patriots fan will tell you, Tom Brady hasn’t won a Super Bowl since he has been with Gisele.) Romo broke his clavicle seven weeks before he proposed, and the Cowboys missed the playoffs. No doubt everyone in Big D is hoping Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t find a dame after he wins his first NBA championship next week.



I especially enjoyed how Romo and Crawford made their wedding registry public. They registered at Macy’s and Crate and Barrel. Their requests ranged from the incredibly mundane (baking dishtowels) to the somewhat pricey (Samsonite luggage). Not surprisingly, every item was fulfilled. Perhaps by Jerry Jones, an invited guest.



Avril off pitch



Avril Lavigne, the punk rocker who you probably secretly love, recently threw out a pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays game, followed by a concert. Technical problems emerged, and the crowd (totaling more than 24,000, much higher than the usual 18,000 that turn out for games) booed the 26-year-old emo queen. She responded with a flurry of expletives. “Sound problems f—ing happen on a baseball field.”

I’m not sure why anyone was surprised a rock star dropped a curse word. The rest of Tampa’s “summer concert series” should be more fan-friendly: REO Speedwagon, Goo Goo Dolls and something called The Wiggles.



Even though I don’t own any Lavigne albums, I don’t mind her as a singer or an emo crush. I’m not ashamed to admit I have a few Lavigne songs on my iPod (more than Bonnie Raitt, less than Beyonce).



Old man Elway



You would think John Elway to be a carefree person after marrying a former Oakland Raiders cheerleader in 2009.



The Hall of Fame QB, though, is requesting the band Elway change its name. The Colorado punk band, formerly known as 10-4 Eleanor, plans to keep the name and keep rocking for the usual basement crowds.



–Jason Raj McIntyre covers athletes off the field and runs the popular blog, TheBigLead.com



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