Opening Lines, Pinky Probes, and L-Bombs : The Girls & Sports Dating and Relationship Playbook

Opening Lines, Pinky Probes, and L-Bombs : The Girls & Sports Dating and Relationship Playbook
Justin Borus and Andrew Feinstein
October 2006
Full Color Illustrations Throughout
8 x 10

From the Creators of the Nationally Syndicated Comic Strip “Girls & Sports”!

The comic strip, “Girls & Sports,” currently appears in over 150 mainstream newspapers and 75 college newspapers nationwide, including The New York Daily News, The Denver Post, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and many more. “Girls & Sports” has even become a hit in Stars and Stripes, the newspaper distributed to the United States military worldwide. The comic strip now reaches over six million readers daily through the prominent Creators Syndicate.

For their first full color, book-length work, creators Justin Borus and Andrew Feinstein chose to fearlessly tackle the issues most important to single people, including dating, sports, relationships, the bar scene, working out, parties, vacations, and much more.

Opening Lines, Pinky Probes and L-Bombs: The Girls & Sports Dating and
Relationship Playbook
treats readers to an honest and humorous look at dating and relationships. This smorgasbord of advice features charts, graphs, pithy observations, not-so-obvious truisms, and sports-influenced strategies.

The book covers the whole cycle of a relationship, from “Getting the Night Started” and “Scouting the Prospects” to “First Dates” and “Going All the Way” to “The Serious Relationship” and “Getting Out of the Game” (i.e. getting married). Fans of the strip and new readers alike will love this irreverent guide to all that is girls . . . and sports.

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Author Information

Justin Borus

The co-author of Opening Lines, Pinky Probes, and L-Bombs has conducted extensive “research” for the “Girls & Sports” comic strip while on location in such fertile environments for new material as dingy bars, exotic nightclubs, blind dates and serious relationships. Borus currently lives in Denver and will continue to spend his time investigating the intricacies of dating, relationships and sports until these great cosmic mysteries are solved.

Andrew Feinstein

The co-author of Opening Lines, Pinky Probes, and L-Bombs currently resides in Los Angeles where he previously worked in the animation department for Warner Bros. Feinstein has also worked for Turner Sports, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon. When he’s not sitting at his drawing table penciling the next “Girls & Sports” comic strip, Feinstein spends his time lining up a date for Friday night, watching lots of sporting events and tirelessly practicing his jump shot, which, like his dating skills, still needs much improvement.


“Getting serious is no laughing matter, except, perhaps, in Opening Lines, Pinky Probes, and L Bombs: The Girls & Sports Dating and Relationship Playbook. Justin Borus and Andrew Feinstein, creators of the syndicated “Girls & Sports” comic strip, use dozens of their strips to help illustrate this colorfully busy guide to dating and its potential consequences—even marriage. Besides the strips, there are sidebars, charts, graphs, words of wisdom and sports-influenced strategies that offer guidance about first dates, blind dates, online dating, phone and e-mail techniques, dinner dates, where to find dates, and other topics. Specific information describes how to use the “pinky probe” to determine if that first date might end in a first kiss; how to recover from being dumped; and how to react when she drops the “L bomb”—that is, says “I love you”—for the first time. There’s even a mathematical formula to help a man determine if a girl is too young for him to date (along with advice to simply ignore the result).”
Associated Press (nationally syndicated)

Opening Lines, Pinky Probes, and L-Bombs tackles the issues most important to single guys.”
Playboy Online

“Ever wish you had a dating and relationship guide book that was fun to read? Your wish has come true!”
Suburban Nitelife (Chicago)

Borus and Feinstein artfully peg the many different types of animals roaming through the wide world of dating. . . . This book is geared towards guys in that it looks at dating like a sport, outlining different plays, practicing right words and playing to the end. The ladies will find it just as enjoyable in that they will laugh at all the things listed that they themselves have shoveled onto a guy (or slightly less funny, had a guy shovel onto them.) All–in-all, this book was thoroughly enjoyable. Hats off Mr. Borus and Mr. Feinstein to your first successful book-length venture.”
The Chanticleer

“The truth is, once a guy has finished school, it becomes much more difficult to meet girls, and the “Playbook” provides a lot of well-devised advice and presents it in a humorous way. It should be required reading for anyone entering the always formidable dating scene.”

“A playbook for young adults. . . . it will force a smile and the glimmer of recognition at the battle of the sexes we are all engaged in.”
The Comics Review