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NFL playoffs feature QB keepers

It’s depressing to grasp, but there are only three games left in the NFL season.

It’s depressing to grasp, but there are only three games left in the NFL season. Then we’ll have two months of NFL draft hype, a month of March Madness, two months of NBA playoffs, a month to enjoy baseball (July) and then breathless buildup throughout August about the return of football.

Next September can’t arrive soon enough.

Let’s go ahead, though, and enjoy the rest of January, shall we? There’s plenty to watch for on the field, such as how many touchdowns the Packers put up or how many pretty-boy quarterbacks will suffer from the Jessica Simpson curse. You remember when the now-bloated blonde showed up to Tony Romo’s games only to jinx the Cowboys’ quarterback.

Well, all four remaining quarterbacks in this postseason have done particularly well with a variety of somewhat famous women. And most are susceptible to the dreaded girlfriend curse this weekend.

Jay Cutler, Bears: The moptop currently dates reality show staple Kristin Cavallari. She celebrated her 24th birthday in Vegas on Saturday, then flew to Chicago to celebrate the Bears’ win over Seattle on Sunday. In a way, Cavallari is a lot like the Bears. They are both elite talents but there’s still a step up — Lauren Conrad and the Packers. Wow, we watch too much MTV.

Aaron Rodgers, Packers: He’s become something of a ladies’ man in the last few years since emerging from Brett Favre’s shadow. Our guess is he didn’t take Brett’s sexting advice. Our pick for Super Bowl MVP was rumored to have been more than friends with ESPN’s Erin Andrews. In reality, he dated Hillary Scott, the lead singer of chart-topping country music group Lady Antebellum, and moved in on model Julie Henderson (you’ve seen her in the SI swimsuit issue). Now, he’s definitely hanging out with “Gossip Girl” actress Jessica Szohr. Things are reportedly getting “serious,” but it hasn’t distracted him through two playoff games.

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers: In the days before being accused of sexual assault at college bars in Georgia, he was quite the player. Remember how he hung out with the golfer who has posed for Maxim, Natalie Gulbis? And underrated actress Missy Peregrym? Of course, he can’t land women like that anymore, so now he’s engaged to a non-celeb from the Pittsburgh area. We figure they’ll get divorced once the Super Bowl is back in Atlanta.

Mark Sanchez, Jets: He’s still taking flak for a ridiculous GQ spread, where he posed like Hasselhoff and was paired with model Hilary Rhoda. They supposedly dated (she’s now with hockey goon Sean Avery), then he moved on to Jamie-Lynn Sigler. It seems he’s waiting until the the offseason to hit up another Hollywood starlet.

–Jason Raj McIntyre covers athletes away from the field of play and runs the popular blog, TheBigLead.com

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