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Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:10 pm
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Top Ten with a Twist: NFL Twitter accounts

A. Foster's Twitter account is deep, interesting and funny (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

For the hardcore NFL football fan, Twitter is necessary. Sometimes, it’s a necessary evil -- slogging through your timeline to read what some players are eating for lunch or trying to get through multiple RTs of fans who want a shout-out from their favorite NFL star can be quite tedious.

But there are players and executives who get the Twitter thing. Those who can put together a nice one-liner or turn a delicious phrase or break a bit of news. It’s a nice way for NFLers to communicate directly with fans and either inform them or make them laugh. In this day and age, Twitter is important (as much as any social media can truly be important).

That’s why, for the second-straight season, we’ve put together a Top Ten with a Twist list on the best NFL player/executive Twitter accounts. These people brighten our day 140 characters at a time, and since much of Twitter is tasteless swill, these are the people who keep us coming back for more. And that is something to RT about.

10. Shawn Andrews (@imshawnandrews): He was my No. 1 selection on last year’s list, but after he was released by the Giants in the offseason, Andrews is out of football. His Twitter account, though, remains look-worthy. If you’re a foodie, Andrews is for you, especially as he tries to appease the weight-watching angel on his shoulder while ignoring the devil who wants him to binge. Recent tweet: These Chick Fil A Chicken Strips In The Mall Taste Like They Been Dipped In A Lil Fish Grease!!! I Like It!!!!! ***Crunch***

9. John Elway (@johnelway): You’ve got to love it when the executive vice president of football operations for the Broncos breaks news on his Twitter account about team signings and coach hirings. Elway has been more transparent about his team’s front office moves than anybody I can remember, and doing it on Twitter is a really smart way to keep the lines of communications open with Broncos fans. His in-season account hasn’t been quite as entertaining as it was in the offseason, but still, give Elway credit. It has been a novel idea. Recent tweet: Tim's doing a great job leading our offense, coming through when we need him the most. He's a winner who gets better every day.

8. Darnell Dockett (@ddockett): The Cardinals defensive end is the definition of the athlete who just doesn’t give a crap what he says or how it might affect him in the future. Which is what makes his account awesome. His best Twitter moment of the year came when he did real-time play-by-play of a traffic stop. His topper, though, was when he refused to allow the police to search his car, and they simply had to let him go. Dockett can be offensive, but there’s little doubt he’s entertaining.  Even if his obsession with hooking up with Oprah is a little disturbing. Recent tweet: I'm going to sleep I'm so tired! I'm gonna dream about @Oprah and them thick chocolate thighs tonight. We gonna get back together soon!

7. Greg Aiello (@gregaiello): A return to the top Twitter list for the NFL’s top PR spokesman. Aiello answers questions from fans in his brusque manner, and he saves scribes e-mail queries but releasing league statements directly to the masses. Plus, his mini-feuds with some scribes during the lockout were interesting to watch from afar, and his haikus are not to be missed. Recent tweet: No. Hemingway. RT @giantspathanlon: Haiku? RT @gregaiello: A man in a good mood as the sun also rises. RT beautiful sight as the sun rises!

6. Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay): You just won’t find an NFL owner who is so in touch with his fans (and maybe not an sports team owner anywhere outside Mark Cuban). Irsay is delightfully weird, posting deep album cut lyrics by classic rock bands, and he made multiple jokes about going after Brett Favre at the beginning of the year when it was clear Peyton Manning couldn’t play. Lately, he’s been less funny and more soothing to an upset fan base. That doesn’t make him any less delightful. Recent tweet: Woke up this morning,with an arrow thru my nose..there was an indian in the corner..trying on my clothes.... .He said "Get lost" and walked towards his Cadillac..and I chopped down that palm tree..and it landed on his back....” (editor’s note: it’s a Neil Young lyric)”

5. Chad Ochocinco (@ochocinco): The Patriots receiver was more fun when he was still a Bengals receiver, and he (we assume) wasn’t hemmed in by Bill Belichick. But he’s still funny and still outstanding to his fans. Somehow, during the worst season of his career, he’s become much more likeable. Recent tweet: I remember when @evelynlozada kicked me out of the house for cheating.......... She takes #Monopoly way to (f------) serious.

C. Kluwe poses for a picture (US Presswire).4. Faux John Madden (@fauxjohnmadden): For me, parody accounts are hit or miss. Mostly misses, actually. Faux John Madden hits much more than it misses, though. And when you’re crawling through your timeline on a lonely Friday night, that is much appreciated. Recent tweet: If you need something to keep you awake while watching this Falcons-Jaguars game.. Call Sam Hurd.

3. Jim Schwartz (@jschwartzlions): By far, the best NFL coach on Twitter (hell, off the top of my head, I can’t think of another coach who’s actually on Twitter). Mostly, he taps out updates of the Metallica songs he’s inputting into his head (or tweeting a picture of Raiders fans flipping him the bird), but you have to appreciate a guy who takes a little time out from watching film and game planning all day to remind us all what James Hetfield had to say in 1987. Recent tweet: #nowplaying on the way to Oakland stadium: Babylon AD "Bang Go the Bells", Metallica "Blackened", Deep Purple "Highway Star"

2. Chris Kluwe (@chriswarcraft): As his Twitter handle implies, the Vikings punter is big into role-playing games. So, you have to wade through some of that, but Kluwe makes his tweets so damn funny, it’s nearly impossible not to be entertained by his musings. He’s a guy who knows how to make great use of the hashtag. Recent tweet: Remember Saints fans, if you're planning on bringing feminine hygiene products to the game to throw at me, please ensure they are unused.

1. Arian Foster (@arianfoster): He’s not only one of the top running backs in the league, he’s also a Zen master on his Twitter account. Foster is one of the game’s most interesting thinkers, and his tweets aren’t the usual athletic bluster. They’re deep and interesting and funny. Which is why he’s the No. 1 NFL tweeter around. Recent tweet: I smile at our potential, but weep for our actions. May the light you see tonight fill your heart with what it needs. I love you all.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 11:58 am
 

Hot Routes 2.28.11: The Wonder(lic) years



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • How about some more NFL combine news? According to two sources for the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Alabama QB Greg McElroy scored a 48 on the Wonderlic test. That’s out of 50, which, if my math is correct, means he scored a 96 out of 100.
  • The Jaguars feel like Luke McCown is one of the best backup QBs in the league, which is why, according to the Florida Times Union , Jacksonville is close to re-signing him to a one-year deal.
  • Last season, the Bears offered S Danieal Manning a contract extension worth $6 million over three years ($2 million of it was guaranteed), but he rejected it. Sounds like he thinks he can get more on the open market if he’s ruled an unrestricted free agent.

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Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:24 am
Edited on: December 22, 2010 9:32 am
 

Top Ten List with a Twist: NFL Twitter accounts

S. Andrews is the top tweeter in the NFL (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Sure, many of the updates on Twitter by NFL players and officials are insufferable. Telling us where they’re going to eat, telling us where they’re shopping, telling us to follow the Twitter account of their wife/brother/buddy/flavor of the month. Basically, you have to wade through piles of manure to find the single, solitary rose that makes it all worthwhile.

But those sweet-smelling flowers ARE out there. And they’re funny and interesting and thought-provoking and question-answering. Much of Twitter – similar to life, I suppose – is just not good and, frankly, a waste of time. But there are special souls out there who seem made for Twitter. And we were made to follow them.

Here is the Top Ten List with a Twist of the best NFL-related Twitter accounts.

10. Vikings P Chris Kluwe (@chriswarcraft): A late entry onto the list but surely shooting up the charts. Kluwe was the player who ripped the TCF Bank Stadium field the day before Minnesota played the Bears last Monday night. It was honest and refreshing. Until somebody asked him to stop. Best recent example: “I find it interesting that the NFL can claim an emphasis on player safety, and then tell us the field is fine. It's beyond hypocritical.”

9. Salarycap101 (@salarycap101): It’s a little Redskins-centric, probably because J.I. Halsell is a former salary cap analyst for Washington, and it’s mainly retweets. But from time to time, he comes up with some interesting salary figures, particularly when it relates to Albert Haynesworth. Best recent example: “As I mentioned back in November when McNabb's "extension" was done; the "commitment" shown by deal, truly was not a commitment at all.”

8. Pro Football Focus (@profootbalfocus): If you want strong analysis and sharp people who know how to watch film and interpret what it means, go to Pro Football Focus (only one ‘L’ in its Twitter handle). Impress your friends. Discourage your enemies. The guys at PFF will help you do both. Best recent example (on Ndamukong Suh): “It’s not nitpicking. They are major flaws in his play that are being ignored by most people. There's no reason to do so … There's nothing wrong with saying he's a massive talent, and potentially a dominant force for years, but flawed right now.”

7. Bills WR Stevie Johnson (@steviejohnson13): I think we all know why Johnson is on this list. Best recent example (after dropping a game-winning TD in Week 12): “I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO...”

6. Cardinals Darnell Dockett (@ddockett): Put it this way: the guy doesn’t mind creating controversy through the 140-character written word. Best recent example: “And don't come to my funeral empty handed, bring some crabs, krispy kreme, jeezy new CD. LO LO's chicken, oysters, and crayons!!”

5. George Atallah (@georgeatallah): He’s the NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs, and he’s been very active lately, detailing the players’ side in the labor dispute. And he’s pretty witty as well. A couple days ago, he conducted a Twitter chat, which was pretty cool. Best recent example: “#NFLPA & #NFL proposed a resolution on rookie $. If that were a key to negotiations, we'd have a deal by now. Our proposal was rejected.”

  4. Colts owner Jim Irsay (@jimirsay): This account comes off, well, a bit weird, because in many – if not most – of his posts, he’s quoting the lyrics to some rock song. But it’s entertaining, because it’s so psychedelic. Best recent example(s): “Ladykiller,Regulation tattoo,silver spurs on his heels."What can I tell ya,as I'm stand'in next 2 U,she threw herself under my wheels!!!"..” and “I understand my own Tweets 80 per cent of the time...the other 30 per cent...I'm just as confused as you!!!!”

3. Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco (@oC. Ochocinco has quite a presence on Twitter (US Presswire). chocinco): Fans love him because he was one of the first NFLers to really embrace Twitter and because he’s prone to inviting his fans to Friday night movies and then paying the admission for everybody who shows up. Best recent example: “OchoHarmony.com First dating site where you don't have to deal with the full headache, you can return them back before they become a problem.”

2. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello (gregaiello): The fact the NFL PR department has made it a priority to talk directly to the people, well, that’s outstanding. More than 13,000 followers agree. He’s also prone to poetry. Best recent example: “Monday Night Haiku: ‘In the stands with fans/Raw, cold, real community/Nothing like football.’”

1. Giants LT Shawn Andrews (@imshawnandrews): I first noticed Andrews’ tweets when he was in the hospital with back problems, and he updated his followers constantly about how hungry he was (if I remember correctly, there was talk about eating the pigeons that mocked him from outside his window). Quite frankly, this dude is hilarious. I don’t know what he’s like in real life, but he’s quite funny in print (which is not easy, mind you). By far, he’s my favorite NFL-related twitterer. Best recent example(s): “If u ever sprayed cologne up in the air & danced in it & then hoppd out real quik out for fear of putting too much on. #YouJustLikeMe” and “If u want a kick-butt Quesadilla try Moe's.... So bad when I have to sneak bites of my son's... #ImSoFat” and “All I want for Christmas/Birthday is for 5 Guys (Burgers & Fries) to announce me as the New 6th Guy...... I'll come off the bench #ImSoFat” and “If you've ever had to take a shower w/ a handtowel cause u aint have any clean washcloths. #YoureJust like me That sucka get heavy don't it?”

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: November 28, 2010 11:50 am
 

Week 12 NFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, here are the players who ARE active today: Vikings WR Sidney Rice, Falcons DT John Abraham, Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon, Redskins WR Santana Moss, and Panthers RB Mike Goodson will start at RB instead of Jonathan Stewart.

And the players who are NOT:

Bernard Berrian, WR, Vikings: He's still dealing with a groin injury, and though he's tried to warm up the past couple weeks, he only manages to hurt himself a little worse.

Will Blackmon, CB, Giants: Replacing Blackmon will be CB Aaron Ross, and WR Darius Reynaud will take over the kick-returning duties.

Shawn Andrews, G, Giants: This isn't a surprise, considering Andrews spent a couple days in the hospital this week with a back problem. But hey, at least he's keeping his sense of humor.

Brian St. Pierre, QB, Panthers:
He goes from starting last week to being completely inactive today. He's not even the third emergency QB; that honor goes to Armanti Edwards.

Donald Lee, TE, Packers: This deactiviation wasn't on the radar at all. He hasn't done much offensively, but still, a big surprise. Andrew Quarless will start in his place.

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:43 am
 

Week 12 injury news and analysis, part I

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jaguars at Giants

Two of Jacksonville’s most important offensive players, WR Mike Sims-Walker and RB Maurice Jones-Drew, are questionable because of an ankle and an abdomen, respectively. Sims-Walker didn’t play last week because of his high ankle sprain, so it’s a bit surprising that he practiced at all this week (high ankle sprains tend to keep players out at least three to four weeks). Sims-Walker was limited Thursday and Friday, which tells us one of two things – either he’s an unbelievably fast healer or coach Jack Del Rio is using a bit of gamesmanship to keep New York guessing.

Jones-Drew has been on fire recently – he’s accumulated 368 yards and three touchdowns in his past three games (he’s also added 123 receiving yards) – and he’s more likely to play than not. If not, look for Rashad Jennings to get more opportunities.

Though he’s been awfully entertaining on his Twitter account since he was admitted to the hospital with back pain (he was released from the hospital Saturday morning), New York G Shawn Andrews is doubtful (Will Beatty will take his place). CB Will Blackmon is questionable with a chest injury.

Steelers at Bills


Once again, LB Shawne Merriman (who still hasn’t played a game since signing with Buffalo) is out with an Achilles tendon injury. RB C.J. Spiller is questionable, but considering Fred Jackson (249 yards, three touchdowns) has been so good the past two games, Spiller’s absence shouldn’t have a huge impact on the offense (special teams might be a different story, though). The team doesn’t want to play Spiller until he’s 100 percent healthy, which he almost surely is not.

Pittsburgh only has four players on the injury report – WR Antonio Brown and DE Aaron Smith are out, TE Matt Spaeth (concussion) is doubtful and S Troy Polamalu (ankle) is questionable. Polamalu most likely will play. He played last week despite the injury, and the Steelers plan was to rest him early in the week and let him play Sunday (he was limited Wednesday and Thursday but had full participation in practice Friday).

Titans at Texans

If you formed a flag football team just out of the players that are listed as probable on Houston’s injury report, you’d have a pretty good chance to win an intramural title. Those players include QB Matt Schaub, WR Andre Johnson, LB Brian Cushing and DE Mario Williams. Unfortunately for your beer-league dream team, all will be playing NFL football Sunday.

For Tennessee, Randy Moss still isn’t listed on the injury report, which confuses me. If he’s active and playing, how come nobody is throwing him the ball? If he was hurt, then it would make sense. Speaking of players who don’t throw the ball to Moss, backup QB Kerry Collins – who will be the starter once again at some point – is questionable. But rookie Rusty Smith still is slated to the start at QB.

Also for the Titans, DT Jason Jones is questionable with a knee injury. DT Tony Brown (knee) also is questionable, but he’s more likely to play.

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 7:55 pm
 

Shawn Andrews to be released from hospital

S. Andrews is scheduled to be released from a New York hospital Saturday morning (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It looks like Giants OL Shawn Andrews won’t have to spend too much more time at the hospital for his back problems. As Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin writes, Andrews is expected to be released from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Saturday morning.

Andrews was hospitalized Thursday with a lingering back problem that prevented him from practicing on Thanksgiving (Will Beatty will take his place on New York’s offensive line).

Apparently, Andrews doesn’t love staying in the hospital. A sampling of passages from his Twitter account in which he laments the hospital food and his extraordinarily long wait for his loved ones to bring him some grub from the outside.

*Lady came in @ 4:55 a.m. To take my vitals.... SMH can't get no rest round here.. She said good morning all I could say was Baaaaaaaaaaa

*Just got a couple calls from some co-workers. I have to save those guys are really awesome. I can't stress that enough..

*I do have some good grub on the way & I hope the ER is open cause this Turkey is DOA!!!!! #ImExcited

*Meds got me dozing off which makes it better cause the longer I nap the quicker the Food gets here.

*Ok now is not the time for this Nauseoustivityness(my word) I'm still gonna eat. Might be over the toilet but I'm gonna eat... SMH

*These River Gulls Flying outside my window are so lucky my window can't open or I'da been done have my Feast. All I need is Pam & a Lighter

*That's a verrrry uncomfortable feeling having needles stuck 7 inches deep into your back! Not as bad as being cut open, but still rough.

*I wanna call & see where my family is w/ the grub, but I don't wanna be disappointed when they say 45 Min. Til we get thru the tunnel...

*They HERE THEY ARE HERE

Well, at least Andrews is keeping himself busy while he’s laid up in the hospital. And he’s keeping his sense of humor. And it's nice to see a happy ending to the story (Andrews finally getting his food after a torturous wait).

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 3:52 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 4:55 pm
 

Brandon Jacobs fined $20K for yelling at fans

Posted by Will Brinson

Brandon Jacobs has had a rough little go of things, monetarily, any time that Tom Coughlin messes with the Giants starting lineup.

First, there was his demotion to backup running back behind Ahmad Bradshaw, which was followed directly by him tossing his helmet into the stands and getting fined $10,000 . Now, he's been fined $20,000 for yelling at Eagles fans during last week's loss to Philadelphia.

"Jacobs was observed by an NFL security representative making obscene gestures and yelling obscenities toward fans in the stands," according to email Randall Liu, NFC information manager, sent to the New Jersey Star-Ledger .

Obviously, this is not directly related to his promotion to starting running back in New York , but the timing is bizarre nonetheless.

More annoying for Jacobs than the hit to the wallet may be the fact that he's running behind a makeshift offensive line -- the Giants are hurting there and, thanks to the fact that backup Shawn Andrews is sitting in a hospital bed tweeting all day Friday , may have to lean heavily on their depth chart Sunday.

UPDATE (4:48 p.m.): But Jacobs wasn't the only one who will have to withdraw $20,000 from the nearest ATM machine.

Raiders DT Tommy Kelly also took a $20,000 hit to his wallet for unnecessary roughness against the Steelers when he unnecessarily struck the head of an opponent on a special teams play. This, by the way, occured when Pittsburgh was kicking an extra point following its final touchdown of the game to make it 35-3.

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 1:47 pm
 

Eugene Monroe out after failed concussion tests

Posted by Will Brinson

Perhaps the Jaguars and Giants should just downgrade to nine-on-nine Sunday, in order to field a full offensive line unit for each team.

You see, while the Giants are having plenty of problems (backup Shawn Andrews was reportedly hospitalized for a back injury on Thursday), the Jaguars aren't exactly doing well.

Eugene Monroe, the second-year tackle out of Virginia, was ruled out Friday after he, according to Jaguars Rapid Reporter Jim Nasella, failed his baseline concussion tests.

Monroe suffered the concussion during the Jaguars win against the Browns -- it was first mentioned Monday, and it seemed a given all week long that he'd be able to play, so the results of the test were somewhat surprising.

Now, Guy Whimper (a former Giant, ironically enough) or Kevin Haslem will start for the suddenly depleted Jaguars.

On the bright side, though, the Giants are dealing with as much attrition from their offensive line as Jacksonville, meaning everyone's on an even playing field for the game. Now if only Jacksonville could quickly acquire the Giants D-line.

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