• Every relationship has its highs and lows, but we have done some unofficial research and discovered that just like the weather, dating can be seasonal too. As any good Cubs fan knows at the start of a season, hope "Springs" eternal with chicks.
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  • There's something in the way that we, as humans, are wired. Most of us like to feel our adrenaline course through our veins. Hence why horror movies, roller coasters, and commitment exist (c'mon guys, you know that fear of commitment is right up there with getting bitten by a poisonous snake in the middle of the Amazon rainforest miles from civilization and any sort of anti-venom).
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  • Whether you're a wannabe spy, or just a Mission Impossible junkie, it's time for you to break out the hidden microphones, spy camera, and shoe phone if you have one. Actually, we're just kidding, PLEASE leave that stuff at home on your next date (and every date for that matter).
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  • Tommy Tutone sounds a little desperate if you ask us, and we're sure Jenny thought so too (if you don't know what we're talking about, shame on you, and watch the video below before continuing). Singing about how he got her number off a wall and begging her not to change it... c'mon Tommy, you can do better than that.
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    • By: Will on July 16, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      With Transformers 3 filming essentially right outside our door here in Chicago, we figure it was only fitting to do a quick write-up (and when we say write-up we mean share some pictures) on the newest leading lady of the Transformers franchise who is coming straight off the Victoria's Secret runway in her first major motion picture, and acting, appearance. Although we hate to see Megan Fox leave (rumor has it she was talking smack about the director, ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Shaun on July 1, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      From the same country that brought us Maria Sharapova and Anna Kournikova (thank you), Russian born Vera Zvonareva has caught our eye today as she advances to the Women's Wimbledon Finals (against Serena Williams) this Saturday. In honor of this achievement we figured we'd put together a few pictures of her that we were able to find on the Internet... ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Matt on May 24, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      Every relationship has its highs and lows, but we have done some unofficial research and discovered that just like the weather, dating can be seasonal too. As any good Cubs fan knows at the start of a season, hope "Springs" eternal with chicks. I was recently catching up with a friend of The 9 (let's just call him Spike) and asked him how his girlfriend of 6 months was treating him. Response: "It's going alright, but you know, it's getting nice out." I brought this up at happy hour last week and determined that Spike isn't just a player but "seasonal dating" is a genuine condition. OK, this is not a disease like sex addiction, but ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Mark on May 17, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      We all know that women are complicated creatures of nature, all with their own likes, dislikes, pet-peeves, and times of the month. But there are certain things that women can agree on, besides always wanting the toilet seat down and wanting us to replace the toilet paper after the roll is finished. One such topic that women tend to agree on (besides bathroom protocol) is, quite simply, that they are attracted to positivity. Now careful here... we're not suggesting that you plaster on a fake smile and constantly talk about how great everything is and how great she is... that can get annoying real quick, and is undoubtedly a recipe ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Shaun on May 10, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      We're sure there is some fable from Aesop that talks to this very topic, but we're a little rusty with our stories about lions, mice, and goats... so we'll just get right to the point and skip to the moral of the story. When dealing with women, it's all about the little things. Forget about the large bouquet of flowers, expensive jewelry, and the grand gestures of love or like (there's a time and place for that stuff)... on a daily basis it's usually the little things like getting a "just because" card or noticing that she's wearing her hair ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Matt on April 26, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      There's something in the way that we, as humans, are wired. Most of us like to feel our adrenaline course through our veins. Hence why horror movies, roller coasters, and commitment exist (c'mon guys, you know that fear of commitment is right up there with getting bitten by a poisonous snake in the middle of the Amazon rainforest miles from civilization and any sort of anti-venom). And it shouldn't be a surprise that the heart-pounding, blood flowing, pupil dilating excitement when you're on a roller coaster is very similar to those feelings you have during sex, so it's time to capitalize on those feelings and use it to your ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Scott on April 19, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      In most situations, there are the things that you should do, and things that you shouldn't. Most of the time the things that you shouldn't do are even more important than the things you should do, especially when you're working on the cute girl you just met. And in today's day and age, with all the different ways to get a hold of each other, when you're enjoying a conversation with that woman you just started talking to and you're aiming to get in touch with her again, you should be careful in only asking for what you should be asking for, instead of asking for the wrong information and ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Jack on April 15, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      Whether you're a wannabe spy, or just a Mission Impossible junkie, it's time for you to break out the hidden microphones, spy camera, and shoe phone if you have one. Actually, we're just kidding, PLEASE leave that stuff at home on your next date (and every date for that matter). But, if you're just getting to know a girl and you've already been on at least a date or two, a good date idea is to go on a mission together. We're not talking about any assassination attempts, rescues, or stake-outs, but rather framing the date with some sort of "goal" and then trying to accomplish that goal. Similar to our ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Brett on April 12, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      We all know that women love to shop. Our theory is that it's rooted in centuries of evolution, going back to the hunter/gatherer times - while men were hunting, women were gathering, and as such had to "shop" around for the best shrubs and berries. But whether or not our evolutionary theory holds any water, women still do like to shop, so it was almost a no-brainer when we came up with the idea of taking women out on a shopping date - it is, afterall, something they love... how can it go wrong? So here's how it works (and at this point we're assuming that she's interested in going out on a date with you, if not, start ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Brett on April 10, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      It's true that we all want what we can't have, and when we get a little taste of something we like, we always want more. Whether it's a quick 1 hour episode of Lost for some, a bite of an Oreo Truffle for others, or rounding second base for all of us, cutting us off before we're satisfied and smiling, leaves us with a thirst for more. And for us men, such power, if wielded correctly, can give us the upper hand when dealing with the ladies. It's actually quite simple... always leave a woman wanting more, especially in the beginning of any relationship or interaction. We're not saying as soon as you ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Gabe on April 9, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      Eye contact is an important part of how we socialize with each other and is crucial in everything from showing others that we are listening, to playing one mean game of "the staring game". And whereas dogs see it as a threat and chimpanzees see it as a signal of aggression, women view eye contact as very important - communicating things like confidence, interest, attention, and even sincerity. And we know that when you spot that hottie at the bar or at a local coffee shop all you want to do picture her naked as you carefully measure her up and down for her birthday suit (what's your inseam ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Gabe on April 7, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      "Enough to break the ice." But we hope you never, and we mean NEVER, use a line like that when you're trying to break the ice with a new found potential love interest. Forget about the cheesy pick-up lines, forget about buying drinks for a woman before even talking to her, and forget about slapping her on the ass (unless you want the favor returned, but on your face). The 9 have had a lot of experience when it comes to engaging women in conversation, from ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Shaun on April 3, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      Booze, hooch, sauce, poison, suds... alcohol has so many nicknames. Our favorite: liquid courage. It's often called that because when people drink they have a tendency to do what they don't normally do - from approaching a group of women and engaging them in conversation, to trying to breakdance at a bar when they don't even know how to (yes, we have seen that before - it's embarrassing but quite entertaining). Now when you're on a date or just trying to impress a new lady-friend, liquid courage in small quantities are fine (of course we're assuming you are at a restaurant or a bar, and not slamming ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Mark on April 2, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      Tommy Tutone sounds a little desperate if you ask us, and we're sure Jenny thought so too (if you don't know what we're talking about, shame on you, and watch the video below before continuing). Singing about how he got her number off a wall and begging her not to change it... c'mon Tommy, you can do better than that. So guys, listen up (and Mr. Tutone, if you're out there, pay close attention), the trick to getting a girls number is how you ask for it. It's not about saying "Give me your number", or asking "Can I call you?" It's bringing up a subject or activity that she finds interesting, and then including her. For example, let's say you're talking to some hottie and are thinking ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Shaun on April 1, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      There are plenty of fish in the sea, and as such, plenty of watering holes to go fishing in. One such place is none other than the naked mermaid loving establishment called Starbucks. Say what you want about the place and their coffee, but it is definitely one of the great places to talk to, and pick up women (and we speak from a long history of personal experience). So the next time you find yourself craving a venti, or a 20 ounce (thank you Italian 101), mocha, and looking to fill up your weekday schedule with some ladies, head over to your local Starbucks and employ our patent-pending (ok, no patents are pending) Starbucks Strategy. Before you even head on over to The 'Bucks, make ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Jack on March 31, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      Buying a drink for a potential new lady-friend seems to be one of the classic moves that appears to still be in circulation among men at bars. When the issue as to whether it's actually a good idea to buy a woman you just meet a drink (or five), men seem to be polarized on their responses - some will say never, some will use it as their ice breaker every time. But the truth of the matter is, there is no hard and fast rule about always or never buying drinks for the fairer sex... it varies from case to case based on a lot of different factors. So we're going to break it down here in a few "DO'S and DON'TS" that we think are pretty good guidelines to follow: 1) DON'T buy a ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Scott on March 30, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      If you haven't heard the expression that "You only get one chance to make a first impression," you've heard it now, and it's true. It shouldn't surprise you that this first impression is very important when you meet some eligible bachelorettes, so don't start making farting noises with your armpit when you first meet 'em - bring your A-game. You don't have to bust out magic tricks, juggle pint glasses, or read peoples fortunes (although all three could come in handy at some point, especially if you're planning a one-man show). The best way to make a good first impressions is as simple as sporting a smile. That's right, you heard us. Whether you're walking into a Starbucks, a grocery ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Mark on March 26, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      Ah, the art of giving a woman flowers. You would think it's a simple thing, but in the beginning of any relationship, and especially the first few dates, it's important to follow a few cardinal rules: 1) Never, and we mean never, give a girl flowers on the first date. Not only does it seem like you're trying to hard, but you're setting expectations too high for the first date. And women sometimes get a little freaked out by guys who show too much "lovey-dovey" attention on the first date (although they can't get enough of it around date #10 and on). The only thing that should smell sweet and flowery is her (and if not, you might need to bail anyway) 2) Never give a girl ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Gabe on March 25, 2010   |   WOMEN & DATING
      So you're about to go on a first date since you've read our advice on what to do after getting digits from that cutie from across the way. The question now is: where do you go? The answer: a Spanish/Tapas restaurant that serves pitchers of sangria (remember: you're not going there to eat, of course). Blood, of any kind, is never good on a first date, but Sangria (Spanish for bloodletting) is the perfect first date drink. A kind of wine punch, Sangria is essentially red wine, brandy or sherry, fruit juice, soda water, and is garnished with slices of fruit mixed in... although tons of variations exist (our favorite being ... ( keep reading )