Before Ronda Rousey met her main squeeze, fellow MMAer Travis Browne, the fighter dipped her toe in Tinder's water for a nanosecond -- and even used an alter ego, Brynn Campbell -- only to flee with a case of cold feet.Rousey aimed to avoid the inevitable backlash that comes with being a known woman on the dating app that snowboarder Jamie Anderson calls scandalous. I have a better chance of getting a read on them that way."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. In 2012, the biggest name in NHRA Funny Car racing wanted a relationship, not a fling, but even when she did manage to find someone who wanted her for her, that person typically couldn't stomach her work schedule."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 4G devices, athletes must figure out whether a suitor's motive aligns with theirs.
The kicker: She knew she was into him before she knew how he earned a living. "Tinder -- it's the best invention ever," he says with a hearty laugh, as if he can't believe his good fortune. "I'll send a comment, and if they reply, you ask for a date.The taken might kill that time with golf and pool parties. "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. "You're not doing it right." The tight end offers two fixes: First, make like Mozgov, "Swipe right on everything."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! Get the ball rolling." Second, make like Dangerfield, "Make them laugh. (looking STUNNING, btw) -- and the singer gave some advice for women looking to date a professional athlete -- don't.More than 100 million people use social networking to find love - or lust. Take a look inside the world of digital dating for athletes, where options are plentiful but possible pitfalls are just one click away.