Playing (and losing) the dating game

We all know Valentine's Day is supposed to be spent on a romantic date with your significant other, but what about dating disasters? Whose date threw up on him? Whose dating nightmare was with his future wife? Boston athletes share their worst date stories with ESPNBoston.com.

Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox closer: "I don't have one. I'm used to dating top-notch, quality women [laughs]."

Marquis Daniels, Celtics guard: "It wasn't my date, it was actually my cousin's. He was meeting someone on a blind date. Since he had never seen her before, we got in my car and I drove him up to where she lived. We got to the house and he asked to speak to the girl, and when he saw her, she didn't look like he had expected. He was like, 'OK, I've got to turn around and get out of here.' So we tried to leave, but the car wouldn't start. So we were stuck there and he had to talk to her. It was funny. I was rolling laughing. It was a classic. We finally got the car started. It was a long time ago, like ninth or 10th grade, but it was hilarious."

Glen Davis, Celtics forward: "I went out to dinner with a girl and it wasn't going very well. Then she got food poisoning. So I had to take care of her and she ended up throwing up all over me. That was our first and last date."

Rajon Rondo, Celtics guard: "I ain't been on no bad dates. I'm very selective. I do a good job of picking dates, but I haven't had to pick a date in like seven years."

Tony Allen, Celtics guard: "Worst date I've ever been on? I pretty much was always the life of the party. So whether it was a bad date or not, I had fun. So I can't really answer that one. I always made a bad date a good one."

Johnny Boychuk, Bruins defenseman: "One time I went on a date and the girl I was with had a voice that was so annoying that I had to just leave. I couldn't take it. Her voice was the worst. It was like a raspy high voice, kind of like the woman on that show 'The Nanny' [Fran Drescher], but it was higher than that. When I had talked to her on the phone, she didn't sound like that. But that day, wow. I had to get out of there. I think I went to the bathroom and just left."

Blake Wheeler, Bruins forward: "The worst date ever is when there is no talking going on. The old awkward-silence date. I definitely had a couple of instances where you're hanging out with the girl and there's not much communication going on. Makes it weird."

Matt Hunwick, Bruins defenseman: "I didn't do that many dates, really. I think everyone has a date where they figure out pretty quick that this is not the person for me, not even short-term, but not even tonight. Like I don't even want to finish the meal, but things drag on and you kind of are almost having a conversation in your head. I always just tried to get through it. No dessert, I get the check early."

Shawn Thornton, Bruins forward: "I've only had a couple of dates, to tell you the truth. My wife would probably tell you our first date was the worst one ever. I showed up so hung over. Went to work out in the morning, hadn't slept yet, went to sushi for lunch with her, had half a tuna roll and buried six Sapporos because I felt so bad and I thought it would make me feel better. It was right at the end of the season, so I was still in my party mode. Then she went back to work and that was it. Yeah, it was pretty bad. I don't know how I got a second date with her. I guess she was pretty into it. It turned out great, though. I got the guesswork out of the way for the rest of our lives. I can do whatever I want now."

Milan Lucic, Bruins forward: "There was one where there wasn't much talking. It was more so just looking at each other. There was no talking. It was quick, eat, pay the bill and get the heck out of there. I shook her hand at the end and said, 'Oh, this was great.' That was it. It wasn't even an 'I'll call you.' It was a 'see you around,' one of those. I'm not really into doing a date by taking them out to dinner. I'm more of a take them out bowling or doing an activity. For me, I've done three dinner dates and all three didn't really go too well. It's not that I'm a bad talker, I'm actually a really good talker. But I feel, as a guy, that I shouldn't be doing all the talking."