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They haven’t exactly been sitting in a tree, but this hasn’t stopped Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo from doing a lot of public k-i-s-s-i-n-g recently.

But why her, Nick? What is it about this host of MTV’s Total Request Live?

“She’s a guys’ girl,” a friend of the couple’s told Us magazine for a cover story. “Jessica was always about going somewhere that was a scene with a big entourage. Vanessa can play darts and chill.”

Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd
Photo via ABC

Evidently, balls also played a role. Not Nick’s. Vanessa’s love for them … on the field.

After all, Minnillo also scored points for being a fellow sports nut. While Simpson rolled her eyes at Lachey’s passion, Minnillo revels in it.

One story said that when she and Lachey were still in the platonic friendship stage, “Nick commented on his love for the [hometown NFL team], Cincinnati Bengals and Vanessa blew him away by running off the team’s poor stats,” says a Lachey source. “He tells friends, ‘It’s like talking to your best guy friend, but she’s a smoking-hot chick.'”

But just how hot? Check out this picture of Vanessa and Jessica and let us know!