Tinderviews: Using the Dating App to Talk MLB Rules, NFL Studs, and Oscar Faves

Thursday December 19th, 2013


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You may have noticed that there are things going on in sports right now—things that merit discussion. Seems like a good time for another round of Tinderviews.

(For the uninitiated, Tinder is a dating app that allows you to swipe through photos of people in your area, selecting anyone you find attractive. If any of them pick you in return, you're matched and can talk about whatever you want! This is where it gets fun: Instead of awkward conversation about boring stuff like jobs and the weather, I ask matches about hot—HOT—topics in sports.)

Let's get sports-real with some strangers:

As always, some conversations don't get too far. Just part of the process.


There are also Tinderviews that get a response, but little else.


Now we're cooking. This passionate Tinder user subscribes to the "rub some dirt on it" approach to brain trauma management.


Although our conversation started out about home-plate collisions, this Tinderella's heart clearly belongs to the NBA.


According to this user, running backs should get more MVP consideration, even in the passing-oriented modern game. (I agree. Match!) I later learned that Charles is on her fantasy team. CONFLICT OF INTEREST.


By far, the most interesting conversation quickly shifted away from sports. It also took place with a man, one who apparently at one point changed his gender on Facebook to "Female." No matter—I'm here for stimulating conversation, not love, and I can sincerely say that I learned a lot about this year's Oscars race.


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