In case you had not noticed, 2014 has been a terrific year for sports WAGs.
Don’t get me wrong. Wealthy, good-looking, young men don’t typically struggle to find gorgeous female companionship. In fact, such companionship is probably the number one perk of being wealthy, good-looking, and young. And it’s pretty much the only reason anyone wants to be a pro athlete.
Nevertheless, the women who entered into WAGdom this year are simply off the charts. We had one of the greatest influxes of hot new WAGs we’ve ever seen. And today we’re going do a little retrospective. Like one of those in memorium segments they do on awards shows, only in reverse.
Before we get started, though, a word of who qualifies as new. Basically, for our purposes here, WAGs are classified as “new” if (a) they started dating an athlete in the calendar year 2014, or (b) their significant other turned pro in 2014, or (c) a previously unknown/unconfirmed relationship was widely discovered/made official in 2014.
In other words, “new” doesn’t necessarily mean new new. It just means new to us.
Got it? Good. Now, on with the hottest new sports WAGs of 2014…
Dallas Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva actually started dating Michelle Game in 2013. However, it wasn't until he put a ring on it in 2014 that everyone was like, wait, Charlie Villanueva is dating who?!?
(Michelle is a fitness model, by the way. Not that you couldn't tell.)
17. Michell Game
St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie was definitely dating Lauren Cosgrove in 2013. We know this because Cosgrove gave birth to Oshie's first child, a daughter, in March. However, it wasn't until Oshie's heroics in the shootout against Russia at the Winter Olympics—a performance that gained him 200,000 new Twitter followers—that the world discovered any of this.
Thank goodness for that performance, too, because Lauren Cosgrove is a stunning addition to the NHL WAGdom.
16. Lauren Cosgrove
About midway through the 2014 MLB season we started to get the feeling that Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was dating IGN personality Lexi Cozombolidis. However, it wasn't until the Giants won the World Series that we knew for sure—because nothing confirms relationship statuses better than championships. You just cannot contain yourself when your significant other wins the big one.
15. Alexis Cozombolidis
When did we first learn that Lakers super-sub Nick Young was dating curvy Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea last spring? When they appeared together in a sexy spread in the pages of GQ.
That's a pretty impressive way to make things official.
14. Iggy Azalea
Back in January, no one could have guessed that Caroline Wozniacki would be a new WAG come December. After all, she'd been with Rory McIlroy for a couple of years, and they actually got engaged over New Years.
However, McIlroy dumped Wozniacki in the spring (allegedly via text), making her a free agent. And now she's apparently dating Ryan Kerrigan of the Washington Racial Slurs, which makes her, technically, a new WAG.
13. Caroline Wozniacki
We learned back in February that Dancing with the Stars veteran Julianne Hough is dating Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Laich. (Or if you prefer, that Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Laich is dating Dancing with the Stars veteran Julianne Hough.) More recently, Hough called Laich the love of her life...so I guess things are serious.
12. Julianne Hough
Why did the Lakers draft Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft? Was it his abilities on the court, or the fact that his girlfriend Kendra Shaw would fit right in to the L.A. party scene?
11. Kendra Shaw
After spending the whole summer galavanting around the country and partying with gorgeous women, Johnny Manziel finally settled on a girlfriend in TCU student Colleen Crowley.
He could do a lot worse.
10. Colleen Crowley
In October, we learned golfer Rickie Fowler was dating a swimwear model named Alexis Randock. And, not that Rickie cares, but this is totally okay by us. They have our blessing.
9. Alexis Randock
In 2013, right after the Spurs lost Game 7 of the NBA finals to the Heat, it was revealed that Tim Duncan and his college sweetheart wife were going through a messy divorce. (Allegedly—ALLEGEDLY—because she cheated on him.)
Fast forward to the 2014 NBA Finals, and not only do Tim Duncan and the Spurs clobber the Heat, but the world learns he had a new, super-sexy girlfriend named Vanessa.
8. Vanessa Macias
I don't know when Andrew Wiggins started dating Alex Reid, here. But she officially became a pro sports WAG when the Cavs selected Wiggins first overall at the 2014 NBA draft. And, as you have probably noticed, she is somewhat attractive.
7. Alex Reid
Former Philadelphia news reporter Kacie McDonnell quite her job and moved to Kansas City with boyfriend Andrew Murray when he got drafted by the Chiefs. Now she is a Total Pro Sports-certified hot NFL WAG.
6. Kacie McDonnell
We first learned about Blake Bortless's smoking hot girlfriend, Lindsey Duke, right before the 2013 college football season. However, she became a new WAG again when Bortless got drafted by the Jaguars in the 2014 NFL draft.
5. Lindsey Duke
Minnesota Timberwolves point guard J.J. Barea split up with his incredibly hot Puerto Rican beauty queen wife, Zulyka Rivera, in April of 2013. In March 2014, she started dating a new incredibly hot Puerto Rican beauty queen named Viviana Ortiz.
J.J. Barea obviously has a type.
4. Viviana Ortiz
Right after Klay Thompson signed a huge $70 million extension with the Golden State Warriors, we learned he was dating Instagram model Hannah Stocking.
It's good to be Klay Thompson.
3. Hannah Stocking
Aaron Rodgers started dating actress Olivia Munn in 2014, and he's having one of the best years of his career. Hmm.
2. Olivia Munn
The hottest new WAG of 2014? Ariel Meredith.
Hakeem Nicks started dating the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model in March. Four months later they were engaged. Because Hakeem Nicks is a very smart man.