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Posted: Thursday December 28, 2006 10:34AM; Updated: Thursday December 28, 2006 1:18PM
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I really like this guy that I have known for about two years. We both love the Dallas Cowboys and are always debating the latest hot topic in sports, but we rarely talk about anything else. Even when we have had serious conversations, we always seem to find our way back to sports. I'm not sure how he feels about me and I want him to think of me as more than just one of the boys. How do I find out how he feels about me without making it look like I am trying to force him into a relationship?
-- Rene, Baton Rouge, La.

Sorry to say this Rene, but it sounds like he sees you (to quote a good friend of mine) "as just one of the boys, only with long hair -- and boobs." You're cool enough to hang with the boys, but for some reason they don't see you as dating material. When every conversation you have revolves around T.O.'s latest drama, and the closest you come to discussing "dating" is talking about Tony Romo seeing [insert hot, blonde pop star here], then it's up to you to determine whether or not the two of you have enough in common to forge a relationship on other fields of interest. Having a common bond like sports or the love of a team is great, but if there is no chemistry or conversation otherwise. then why bother risking the friendship? If you want to know if there could be something more there, try having conversations completely not related to sports, or better yet, just be blunt and ask him out on a non-sports type date: you know, the whole dinner and a movie spiel. I wouldn't completely disinterest him and take him to a vegan restaurant and a chick flick, but maybe a good steakhouse and some We Are Marshall would do. Even if things don't click the way you want, at least you would find out where you stand, and it wouldn't be incredibly too awkward. Plus, you would get to see Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox, which is always a bonus.

My hairline has been gradually receding around the temples since high school 10 years ago. I like wearing it long, (around the shoulders, to hide my big ole forehead) but would shave it all off before reaching "Hulk Hogan" territory. At what point should a guy concede to nature and pull a Brian Urlacher and just shave off the whole thing?
-- Cory, Vermillion, S.D.

I'm not quite sure I understand where you are going with this: It's long enough to cover your forehead, but receding in the temples? Are you sporting a comb over, or what? I fully sympathize with your desire to cover the "five-head," but when the rest is receding, soon all you will be left with is a patch of hair above your forehead that resembles fantasy island: alone and in the middle of no where. Honestly, as long as you don't have some weird conehead shape going on, why not take the plunge and just shave it all? Everyone's doing it. Not only does it require less maintenance, but as long as you aren't 5-foot-10, 135 pounds, you could look like a bad ass. Do you think Vin Diesel gets his roles for his acting? If you think the answer is yes, you obviously haven't seen The Pacifier. So go ahead, pull out the Bic and get started.

You mentioned as part of the Road Trip video wanting to go to next year's Michigan-OSU game. That's great, but why are you sad that it's not in the Horseshoe? Have you been to Michigan Stadium during the OSU game? It's a fantastic setting for a football game; no offense to our scarlet-and-grey friends.
-- Jim, Ann Arbor, Mich.

I only said that because I have been to Columbus, and seen the outside of the stadium but never got the chance to take in a game there. A rivalry game is big regardless of where it takes place, so no offense whatsoever was meant toward the Big House.

Hey, Jenn, what do you think of the recent Miss USA controversy? Do you think that a Miss USA is holding too much burden to be "ideal" and have no room for flaws and mistakes? What is your general view about beauty pageants?
-- Sandman, Bay Area

Spending the past few years in college has made me numb to the entire party scene. While most adults see her partying as an absolute disgrace, her peers have come to unfortunately recognize this as the norm for college students. Underage drinking is illegal, but it happens all the time all across the country, so to find out Miss USA isn't exactly leading AA meetings is hardly surprising.

When you accept a title, you accept all the fine print that comes with it. Tara Connor embarrassed herself, her state and the competition. If that's not grounds for being "fired" I don't know what is. If you choose to put yourself in the public eye, be prepared to be judged and misjudged, and held to a higher level of standards. So, while I admire The Donald for finding the kindness in his heart to give the beauty queen a second chance, I can't say I agree with his decision of allowing her to keep her crown. Then again, I don't have a tower named after me or my own television show.

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