LEFTOVERS: Flirting on Twitter can pay off

Apparently the offseason monotony kicked in quickly for Memphis Grizzlies forward Quincy Pondexter.

Days after his team was bounced from the NBA playoffs, the former Washington star posed a question to his Twitter followers.

“Who won Miss Tennessee this year?” he posted at 10:22 a.m. Wednesday.

By just after 3 p.m., he not only had found out the answer was Chandler Lawson but also had a date with her.

Lawson responded by identifying herself and including the hashtag, “#gogrizz.”

After exchanging tweets in which they both established themselves as single, Pondexter took the next step.

“Date? Lol.”

Lawson said yes, and the two plan on getting together.

The best part of the Twitter exchange was some of the other people who offered opinions.

Memphis vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger referred to Pondexter’s method as “the ultimate heat check.”

Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley has given Pondexter the ball on plenty of fast breaks, but doesn’t think Pondexter can finish.

Asked on Twitter what his teammate’s chances of scoring a second date are on a scale of 1-10, Conley posted “3.”

If it works out for Pondexter, Leftovers will be signing up for Twitter immediately. Unless Kate Upton is reading this.

In that case, Date? Lol.

■ LUCKY BREAK? — It takes a combination of hard work, talent and determination for even the best college football players to make it to the NFL.

In the case of Matt Brown, it also helped that he is a procrastinator.

The former Temple running back and return specialist announced two weeks ago that he had agreed to play for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League.

He was on the way to sign the deal Tuesday when he got held up at the airport in Baltimore, where Brown was not allowed to board a plane because his passport had expired.

So Brown went to Philadelphia to update his documents so he could book a new flight to Saskatchewan. He instead received a phone call from his agent, who told him the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wanted to sign him.

Because Brown never made it to Canada to sign his contract there, he was free to sign with the Bucs.

It’s not all good news for Brown. While the NFL is a significant upgrade over the CFL, he will be stuck in Tampa.

■ BATTING EIGHTH, PLAYING SS — It’s that time of year when school is almost over for students across the country.

That means it’s also yearbook season.

Every year, reports surface of mistakes or pranks that slip through the editing process. This year is no different.

A user on Reddit submitted an unfortunate typo in an ad placed by the proud family of a graduating senior in his yearbook with a photograph of him in action on the baseball field.

“Congrats to our Home Run Hitler. Class of 2013. Love Mom, Dad and Kota.”

Read that again. How embarrassing. Someone named their kid Kota. It even would have been a problem for the class of Two Thousand Nein.


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