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Dinner With Cupid

Fan club

Can these daters find more in common than a shared love of football?

From left, Drew Haughn and Stefanie Barron.

From left, Drew Haughn and Stefanie Barron.

DREW HAUGHN

25 / EDUCATOR

WHAT DROVE HIS EXES NUTS?

I can be a little indecisive.

WHAT HE WOULD NEED ON A DESERTED ISLAND

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Music, books, alcohol

STEFANIE BARRON

24 / RISK ADVISER

WHO WOULD PLAY HER IN A MOVIE?

Jessica Biel

WHEN SHE IS HAPPIEST

When I finish up a great workout and I get to spend my day with friends

8 P.M. TOSCANO, HARVARD SQUARE

> PREGAME

DREW Definitely downed a brewski before the date. I am walking into a blind date. . . . I was at least going to have a buzz while this all went down.

STEFANIE I had a glass of wine while I got ready.

DREW My state of mind before the date was pretty cynical. I basically was preparing myself not to be disappointed and setting my expectations low.

STEFANIE I was optimistic — I knew I was going to have a good meal and hopefully meet a good guy, too.

> THE KICKOFF

DREW The host brought her to the table. I was sort of relieved. I thought she was quite cute. Dressed nicely, seemed like a classy girl.

STEFANIE I could tell even when he was sitting down that he was taller than me. He was well dressed and had darker hair, which I like.

DREW She seemed pretty calm. I didn’t see her hands shaking or anything. She was willing to talk right away. No awkwardness at all.

STEFANIE We shared an awkward half-hug and laughed about it right away. He seemed like he was confident in himself. He was very upbeat, asked a lot of questions right off the bat, and seemed very engaged in the conversation.

DREW I discovered she has a great sense of humor and can be sarcastic like myself. I also discovered she is a big football fan. Talked and argued about sports. I tried giving her advice on her Fantasy Football league.

STEFANIE He told me he was a huge Ohio State fan. I went to University of Michigan for my freshman year of college, so we had a little rivalry there to joke about.

DREW I am glad she wasn’t mortified at some of my jokes and comments. I can be sarcastic and dry a lot and borderline inappropriate. She seemed to be able to take those in stride.

STEFANIE The conversation was really easy the entire night. We had a lot of the same general interests, so it was easy to talk to him.

DREW She is a big Eagles fan and I’m a Browns fan. We joked and commiserated about how bad our teams suck this year.

> TOUCHDOWN

STEFANIE After we ate, we got one more drink at the restaurant. It was a mutual decision. I was having a good time.

DREW The date ended with us leaving the restaurant and me walking back with her.

STEFANIE He asked me for my number. After I gave it to him, he flagged me down a cab. We hugged and said bye.

> SECOND DATE?

DREW I would definitely be up for it.

STEFANIE I’d go out with him again.

> POST-MORTEM

DREW A+

STEFANIE A

 — Compiled by Vanessa Fernandes

GO ON A BLIND DATE. WE’LL PICK UP THE TAB. Fill out an application at boston.com/cupid.

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