Lolo Jones seems to have concocted a sure-fire plan to get Tim Tebow to take her on a date.
During her appearance on June 25 on "The Tonight Show," she told Jay Leno that she has tried numerous sites to find dating partners, including eHarmony and Twitter. She admitted that she has had no success in finding her dream man.
Due to her bad luck with dating sites, she said the best way to make sure that she won't get rejected is by asking the New York Jets' new heartthrob quarterback on a date to church.
"I did E-Harmony and it didn't work out," Jones told Leno. "I've tried it all. Right now I'm just seriously focused on the Olympics. I'm pretty sure I'm just going to invite Tim Tebow to church. It's a 100% way of not getting rejected. I'm totally just going to invite him to go to church."
Invite Tebow, a devout Christian who wears his religion on his sleeve, on a date to church? I say that's genius on Jones' part, as that's just about the most wholesome date idea of all-time.
A church provides an atmosphere ideal for a first date. First, there are typically hundreds of other attendees in the audience, and the location is well-lit and God-focused.
Essentially, that immediately takes the pressure off the meeting becoming too intimate, too fast. You want to spend a first date with someone by getting to know them a little bit better in a low-pressure, casual environment.
Some would opt to go to Starbucks to grab a coffee and talk, while discussing interests and seeing if you have anything in common with your date partner. Others might opt for a walk in the park or the traditional "dinner-and-a-movie" date.
For two athletes who take religion very seriously, a church date seems like a wonderful option.
The first date should be all about getting to know your partner a bit better and seeing if there is a true chemistry or spark to build upon.
Going to church for a first date is a cute, innocent way to spend a day together. In some churches, attendees hold hands during the Lord's Prayer. I could see that being a romantic, tender little moment if Jones shared that experience with Tebow on a first date.
For now, Jones said she's focused on winning a medal in the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
"I'm single right now," she said to the crowd on hand. "I'm not looking, so please do not ask me on Twitter for a date...but that's where I normally look for my dates. I'm trying to concentrate on the Olympics, like seriously let me get this medal for Team U.S.A."
Perhaps when the Olympics comes to a close in mid-August, Jones will get her wish for a church date with Tebow. There will be a small window of opportunity in late-August after the Olympics ends and before the NFL season starts.
Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Jets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.