5 Mistletoe-Worthy Athletes

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite holiday traditions is mistletoe. C’mon, it’s good, clean fun. Find a cute guy, meet him under the mistletoe and pucker up. I gotta say, I’ve got some fond memories of mistletoe meetings.

Unfortunately, I never had the good luck to meet the following gentleman under that kiss-inspiring sprig. But, boy, how much fun would it be to pucker up with one of these cuties?

Number 5: Shaun White, Team USA snowboarder


Ok, look at Shaun from his previous two Olympics showings, and he’s got a definite Carrot Top vibe going on. I mean, what’s with all that orange hair? But Carrot Top’s, er, Shaun’s all grown up, and he’s improving with age. He’s tamed that wild mane of red hair into a coiffed ‘do that lets you notice his gorg eyes. He could practically pass for a model now! I love his smile, though – it’s as unrestrained as his hair used to be and as white as the snow he snowboards on.

Only thing I can’t figure out is how a California boy ended up being an Olympian snowboarder.

Number 4: Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher

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Adam’s a southern boy with southern charm. You know, it’s not every day you come across a modest pro baseball player, but Adam’s a definite contender. His “aw, shucks” appeal coupled with his classical features – in a certain light, there’s a bit of the Ben Affleck to him – make him a definite mistletoe contender.

Number 3: Wesley Matthews, Jr., Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard.


Pardon me while I go grab a step stool to meet this basketball cutie face-to-face. Totally worth it to look into his dark eyes. Plus, this is one thankful guy. Every other day – literally, he tweets “Another day another blessing.” How awesome is that – a prized athlete who’s truly humble. Pretty hot!

Number 2: Mark Sanchez, New York Jets quarterback


This guy’s so good looking he made the cover of GQ. A regular on “hottest” lists, Mark’s got a definite chameleon vibe going on: he’s GQ-smooth, he’s surfer-boy, he’s rugged football player… Now he’s grown his hair out into a tumble of curls. When he’s got it back in one of those cute man-headbands, he looks like a Real Madrid soccer star. Another hot look for Mark Sanchez!

Number 1: Reto Berra, Calgary Flames, goalie


I’m not sure if I’d need to tell Swiss-born Reto “Merry Christmas” in French, German or Italian, but he’s definitely oh la la cute! It’s such a pity that handsome face has to spend so much time under a mask, though, with those sparkly hazel eyes. Plus, he’s got European style fashion sense. Hockey players aren’t often known for their clothing – kinda jeans and t-shirts guys (love the biceps in those t-shirts!) – but Reto’s got this whole scarf thing going on – maybe that’s the French in him coming out.  Then there’s the sexy accent… wasn’t the mistletoe tradition invented in Europe? I can see why!

How about you? What athletes would you most like to meet under the mistletoe?!


Contributed by Nadia Archuleta

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