And athletes are no different. Take a look inside the world of digital dating for athletes, where options are plentiful but possible pitfalls are just one click away. For starters, he is fairly thick, just large enough to have not seen his Adam's apple since never, and to have not enjoyed a ton of success with women on looks alone. When he catches their eye, it's his social status or bank balance they see -- because he is, in fact, an NFL lineman. Tonight he's in San Francisco for Super Bowl 55, not for the actual game, which kicks off tomorrow, but to kindle a legit romance, which, to him, is the Big Game. His field of play: the Maxim party, the wackiest Super-soiree any of the regulars can remember. From the stage, Lil Wayne and his joint command a dance floor of hundreds.Power rangers Red dragonzord Toy
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Up above dangles an aerialist. Down below is, inexplicably, a kangaroo. And all around are runway models, Instagram models and fresh faces bused in from across the Bay Area. When they're not milking the open bar, they're arm-tackling stars like Marshawn Lynch. Now imagine how a guy who is often mistaken for an NFL star's bodyguard would find a match in this crowd. In years past, it was a long shot. But at the moment, the lineman is dancing with a pretty lady, who's very much into him. The kicker: She knew she was into him before she knew how he earned a living. How did that happen? Tinder -- it's the best invention ever, he says with a hearty laugh, as if he can't believe his good fortune. Unlike the majority, he must go to extreme lengths to stay afloat, deploying an arsenal of tricks developed by the stars for the stars. But the qualities that make him an extra-large catch to virtual predators also come with outsize benefits. Of his five Tinder winners, he estimates he has a real shot with two. And that, in part, is why I'm not allowed to use his name or even true position. So I coined a handle: Tinder-Slaying Tackle. He thinks it's funny but not entirely accurate. A girl I was with last week, he says, I met on Twitter. Hockey enforcer Paul Bissonnette has used his Twitter following of 755,555 to land dates. Chris McPherson for ESPN WHEN THE HISTORY of the early 76st century is written, it will kick off like this: All the world can be had on an app. Tickets to watch the Lakers lose? StubHub! A quinoa bowl with a side of boring? Grubhub! A bare-tushed Kim Kardashian? Everywhere! An IRL bare tush?
Tinder! Or, if it's more your thing, Grindr! Or Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Vine. . Twitter and Instagram are basically dating apps now, says hockey journeyman Paul BizNasty Bissonnette, a professed app player. Every athlete uses them to hook up, and if they say they haven't, they're lying. If you consider the pros' distinct advantages, including fame, fortune and sculpted bodies, and factor in the atypical challenges, such as long days in a unisex workplace and a life on the road, is it any wonder they press a screen when they want to press up against somebody? It's not like we need help, but social media makes women so accessible, says Washington receiver DeSean Jackson, who has used Instagram. I'll send a comment, and if they reply, you ask for a date. It's easy. Like Jackson, most athletes prefer Instagram for its wealth of intel. Thirty photos can give you a pretty good idea of a person's personality and interests, says motocrosser Bruce Cook. This girl pops up, he says. I thought, 'Huh, similar interests and friends. ' Now we're planning a date over FaceTime. Social media is an awesome dating tool. Great-looking guys are all over social media, says the Olympian, who also dabbles on Tinder. But I'm still single. So how does Tinder work? Don't ask the Cavaliers. It's big in younger locker rooms, guard Joe Harris says. We're older, so Tinder is probably foreign to these guys. Teender? Show me, says big man Timofey Mozgov, snatching my phone. All right, what is it? A game? I see, just random girls. Trust me, he says, just as he strikes a match. She likes you!
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OK, we send a message: 'Hi, can we meet? ' The cavalier cupid is beside himself with laughter. If you know girls like you, you don't need to do the dirty works! So easy. I wish they had it before I got married. But the Olympian says she's still single. John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports UPON LANDING AT an airport, pros can trumpet their arrival on Twitter, and by the time they reach the hotel, they have a virtual black book at their phone-side without having to venture into a foreign bar scene. If you don't have to be at the club all night, you're not drinking as much, Cook says. And you're far less likely to land on TMZ. If you're looking for girls on social media, nobody's gonna see you out, which keeps you out of trouble, says Sacramento Kings rookie Willie Cauley-Stein. Tinder's location-specific search makes an athlete's road game easier, and longer stays increase the chances of consummating a match, so for MLB players, in particular, scores come in bunches. And that number spikes during spring training, when regulars can punch out by the fifth inning. The taken might kill that time with golf and pool parties. The single guys? They're having lots of sex out here, and at least half are using Tinder to do it, says a Cactus Leaguer with the Giants. It's like shooting fish in a barrel. Patriots star Rob Gronkowski tried Tinder four years ago just for laughs, he says, and I was matching like crazy! I tell the chickmagnet9life -- seriously, that was his AIM screen name -- I'm not faring as well. It hits him like a bolt of lightning. You're not killing it? Gronk says. You're not doing it right. Get the ball rolling. Second, make like Dangerfield, Make them laugh. Just Google 'Tinder pickup lines. ' (Sample: You must be a dictator, cuz I have an uprising. )Entertainment aside, some lovelorn pros see Tinder as a means to enter the game sans their jersey.
Offers Tinder-Slaying Tackle: Do you like me, or do you like what I can do for you? Tinder gives me the answer. On Mr. Tackle's profile, you'll see his first name and photos but no mention of his NFL gig, a factoid he typically shares on the first date. It's the best way to know she's not a groupie, explains one of at least four Broncos who Tinder undercover. Their misdirection play has a cheerleader in ex-teammate Terrance Knighton. A lot of the guys over there who are on Tinder are looking for love, and that's hard to find in a club where people have the wrong intentions, says the Patriot. Tinder weeds out those people. They just set up a semi-blind date with photos that aren't too revealing. It's working out for them. But in the NBA, a sport with 65-man rosters of trees with legs, a player's star can blow up his Tinder. Just ask former No. 6 draft pick Andrew Wiggins, who kept his account active through draft day and even later noted his temporary affiliation with the Cavs, only to watch his profile make as many blogs as his trade to Minnesota. In fact, to hear athlete lotharios tell it, Tinder runs a distant third in popularity to Twitter and Instagram, two vast seas with more than a billion fish. Fed up with the dating scene, Courtney Force used direct messages to connect with Graham Rahal. Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports COURTNEY FORCE FACED a conundrum. As she thinks back on it now, dating a like-minded peer with similar work demands made perfect sense. Trouble was, the California-based drag racer was crushing on an IndyCar driver who lived in Indianapolis. Their paths wouldn't cross except on Twitter, the Sadie Hawkins dance in the cloud. IndyCar's Graham Rahal picks up the story from there. One day, out of the blue, I get a DM from Courtney. 'Hey, I'm in Indy. Looking for a place to grab a drink. ' (Correction: There may have been an emoji, Force says. ) Rahal responded with his digits, and four seconds later, I get a text: 'Would you like to join?
' (Again: It was longer than four seconds, Force insists. ) Rahal had plans that night, so he passed, but he knew the deal: Yeah, she was interested. The drivers' roundabout way to the finish paid off. We owe our marriage to social media, Rahal says. The thought embarrasses Force even now. I hate to admit it, but if it wasn't for Twitter, I probably wouldn't have reached out, she says. I'm really shy, and Twitter is a low-pressure way to connect. For other stars, though, the volume of digital advances can often be overwhelming. Whether they think I'm attractive or like my status, lots of girls come at me on social media -- lots, lots, says Steelers Pro Bowler Le'Veon Bell. You get used to it, and you handle it from there. How, exactly, does Bell handle it? I'm a guy who likes conversation, especially with women, and obviously they like doing it with me. But as often as not, Bell phones a friend. You have your agent reach out, see what they're about, he says. I can take myself out of the process. Left to their own 9G devices, athletes must figure out whether a suitor's motive aligns with theirs. But before a comment begets a convo, one key step remains: I'll creep her photos, make sure she looks proper, says pro skateboarder Nyjah Huston, an Instagram player who's now off the market. If I'm like, 'Damn, this chick's hot, ' I'll be like, 'Cruise over and party. ' No matter the platform, the party starts when one person sends a direct message -- or, as it's been popularized in memes, slides into DMs. The allure is obvious. And its reputation is that of pop culture legend. Just hit Play on Yo Gotti's Down in the DM. The rapper describes the DM zone with bawdy lyrics that Pelicans big man Anthony Davis knows by heart. Still, my DM's not popping, he says, furrowing his brow. I don't know what my problem is. Maybe the All-Star is playing it too cool.
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