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The Twitter 100

The Twitter 100

As we mark Twitter's fifth anniversary, it's a good time to acknowledge the social media site's influence on the sports landscape. Every NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL franchise has a Twitter presence and its impact on news has been profound, as SI.com's Jon Wertheim reports in this story. For SI.com's inaugural Twitter 100, we polled more than 50 Sports Illustrated staffers -- from reporters to writers to editors -- who are hard-core Twitter users and asked them which feeds they considered essential to their daily routine for finding news, information and entertainment from the sports world. We gave them one guideline: You could not choose anyone associated with SI or our main Twitter feed (@SINow). After weeks of debating the endless possibilities, we've whittled down the list to our top 100, which we present in alphabetical order (click here to view by sport).

*Of course, we know this list is subjective and we want hear from you about who we left out and where we screwed up. Weigh in with your thoughts here.

    1. Gilbert Arenas
    2. Gilbert Arenas
    3. Orlando Magic guard

    The eccentric former All-Star tweets everything from pictures of himself planking to live play-by-play of his blind dates.

    1. ASAP Sports
    2. ASAP Sports
    3. Producer of press conference transcripts

    If you want to read full transcripts from postgame news conferences, ASAP Sports is your source.

    1. Bruce Arthur
    2. Bruce Arthur
    3. National Post columnist

    Arthur has sent more than 49,000 tweets on basketball, politics and pretty much every other subject.

    1. Paul Azinger
    2. Paul Azinger
    3. Professional golfer

    The 12-time PGA Tour winner has a sharp wit and retweets terrific golf-related content including videos.

    1. Baseball Reference
    2. Baseball Reference
    3. Baseball statistics website

    The most detailed analysis of baseball statistics on Twitter.

    1. Judy Battista
    2. Judy Battista
    3. New York Times NFL writer

    Sharp-tweeting writer keeps her followers updated on the latest in pro football.

    1. Matthew Berry
    2. Matthew Berry
    3. ESPN fantasy analyst

    The Talented Mr. Roto is a must-follow source for fantasy news -- and the occasional ode to his beloved Howard Stern Show.

    1. Jay Bilas
    2. Jay Bilas
    3. ESPN college basketball analyst

    Bilas combines his immense knowledge of the game with strong, unfiltered opinions and humor. But will he ever follow anyone?

    1. Paul Bissonnette
    2. Paul Bissonnette
    3. Phoenix Coyotes forward

    He may be a fourth-line grinder, but Bissonnette is the most entertaining hockey player on Twitter.

    1. Cindy Boren
    2. Cindy Boren
    3. Washington Post writer

    Boren, the paper's social media editor for Sports, is a great source for staying abreast of the latest news, especially involving D.C. teams.

    1. Andrew Brandt
    2. Andrew Brandt
    3. Sports business analyst

    The former cap guy for the Packers and the president of the National Football Post is a must-source for the business of the NFL.

    1. Albert Breer
    2. Albert Breer
    3. NFL Network reporter

    Breer has his ear to the ground for all things labor and NFL transactions.

    1. Bylaw Blog
    2. Bylaw Blog
    3. NCAA compliance blog

    The feed of John Infante, a compliance officer at Colorado State, is the Twitter authority on all things related to NCAA infractions.

    1. Jose Canseco
    2. Jose Canseco
    3. Retired baseball player

    Proposing to Lady Gaga? Check. Calling ex-girlfriends evil? Check again. The Juiced author's feed is a never-ending funhouse of unexpected and often surreal activity.

    1. Stewart Cink
    2. Stewart Cink
    3. Professional golfer

    One of the first golfers to embrace Twitter, the entertaining Cink has developed a huge army of followers.

    1. CloserNews
    2. CloserNews
    3. MLB closer blog

    Nobody monitors relief aces like Tim Dierkes. The perfect feed for racking up points in the saves category.

    1. Larry Coon
    2. Larry Coon
    3. NBA Salary Cap FAQ author

    The authority on the intricacies of the NBA collective bargaining agreement. His feed will be busy for a while.

    1. Natalie Coughlin
    2. Natalie Coughlin
    3. U.S. Olympic swimmer

    The 11-time Olympic medalist is also an amateur cook and loves to tweet about urban farming.

    1. Mark Cuban
    2. Mark Cuban
    3. Dallas Mavericks owner

    David Stern's favorite owner delivers championship-worthy TwitPics and rants (some of which have been fine-worthy).

    1. Oscar De La Hoya
    2. Oscar De La Hoya
    3. Retired boxer

    Champ-turned-promoter loves talking boxing with the sport's power brokers and fans in equal measure.

    1. Lou DiBella
    2. Lou DiBella
    3. Boxing promoter

    The occasionally foul-mouthed DiBella pulls no punches with his candid dispatches on the sweet science and current events.

    1. Novak Djokovic
    2. Novak Djokovic
    3. Professional tennis player

    He's new to Twitter, but the Djoker is hooked. The Wimbledon champ and new world No. 1 tweets candid photos and funny one-liners.

    1. Darnell Dockett
    2. Darnell Dockett
    3. Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman

    From political opinions to his live-tweeting of being pulled over by the police at a traffic stop, Dockett offers a kaleidoscope of amusement.

    1. DraftExpress
    2. DraftExpress
    3. NBA draft website

    If you love the draft, you must follow site founder and editor Jonathan Givony.

    1. Darren Dreger
    2. Darren Dreger
    3. Canadian sportscaster for TSN

    Dreger is the first to know everything in the hockey world -- or at least it seems that way.

    1. Jared Dudley
    2. Jared Dudley
    3. Phoenix Suns forward

    Dudley is well known in the basketball social media world for his JMZ twitter videos -- funny clips of his teammates that he posts during road trips.

    1. Kevin Durant
    2. Kevin Durant
    3. Oklahoma City Thunder forward

    The NBA's leading scorer actively engages fans and broke the news of his five-year extension with the Thunder on his account.

    1. Kelly Dwyer
    2. Kelly Dwyer
    3. Yahoo! Sports basketball blogger

    A combination of analysis and quirky tidbits, Dwyer's Ball Don't Lie blog is a must-read for basketball junkies.

    1. ESPN Stats Info
    2. ESPN Stats Info
    3. Stats and factoids from ESPN

    These Bristol statheads tweet great factoids after big events.

    1. Bruce Feldman
    2. Bruce Feldman
    3. ESPN The Magazine senior writer

    The college football writer delivers a steady stream of interesting tidbits throughout the day.

    1. Jennie Finch
    2. Jennie Finch
    3. Former U.S. softball pitcher

    Great tweets and photos on her burgeoning family (she and Giants minor league pitcher Casey Daigle have two sons: Diesel Dean and Ace Shane).

    1. Bryan D Fischer
    2. Bryan Fischer
    3. CBS Sports college football writer

    You want quality volume? The recruiting expert has tweeted more than 34,000 times.

    1. Eric Fisher
    2. Eric Fisher
    3. Digital media, MLB and technology writer for SportsBusiness Journal

    One of the best reporters for the definitive sports business publication (@sbjsbd). Individual reporters such as Tripp Mickle, Liz Mullen and John Ourand are also great follows.

    1. Larry Fitzgerald
    2. Larry Fitzgerald
    3. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver

    The All-Pro receiver is one of the best at interacting with fans and followers.

    1. Pat Forde
    2. Pat Forde
    3. ESPN.com senior writer

    A mixture of news and opinion, the colleges writer is a master at getting under the skin of certain fan bases (especially Kentucky's).

    1. Scott Fujita
    2. Scott Fujita
    3. Cleveland Browns linebacker

    The NFL veteran offers honesty (including his own political bent) from inside the locker room.

    1. Jay Glazer
    2. Jay Glazer
    3. Fox Sports NFL Insider and MMA reporter

    Sure, there's plenty of self-promotional MMA stuff on the feed, but nobody breaks bigger NFL stories.

    1. Jeff Gluck
    2. Jeff Gluck
    3. SB Nation motorsports editor

    A huge presence in the NASCAR blogging/social media world, Gluck organizes tweet-ups at Cup races. Among those who have attended: NASCAR chairman Brian France, Hall of Famer Bobby Allison, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch's wife, Samantha Sarcinella.

    1. Jeff Goodman
    2. Jeff Goodman
    3. CBS Sports senior basketball writer

    The newsbreaker is a must-follow for recruiting and college coaching information.

    1. Ozzie Guillen
    2. Ozzie Guillen
    3. Chicago White Sox manager

    Whether it's slamming Sean Penn or baseball's umpires, the outspoken skipper is always entertaining.

    1. Hank Haney
    2. Hank Haney
    3. Golf instructor

    Tiger's former swing coach offers lifelines to frustrated hackers as well as insight into Woods and other players.

    1. Kevin Harvick
    2. Kevin Harvick
    3. NASCAR driver

    The boisterous racer mostly uses his account to tweak his opponents (Kyle Busch, most recently).

    1. Stuart Holden
    2. Stuart Holden
    3. U.S. soccer and Bolton midfielder

    The midfielder gives soccer fans an entertaining taste of what it is like playing abroad.

    1. Jim Irsay
    2. Jim Irsay
    3. Indianapolis Colts owner

    The most active NFL owner on Twitter, Irsay is an amusing stream of consciousness, from music to football to all things in between.

    1. Lolo Jones
    2. Lolo Jones
    3. U.S. Olympic hurdler

    Jones tweets openly about her social life and responds often to fans.

    1. Nate Jones
    2. Nate Jones
    3. Lawyer and agent for Goodwin Sports Management

    The digital guru obsessively tweets (more than 40,000 since he joined) on all things basketball.

    1. Andy Katz
    2. Andy Katz
    3. ESPN.com senior writer

    Katz is ESPN's premier college basketball reporter. Also knows Obama.

    1. Oliver Kay
    2. Oliver Kay
    3. The Times of London soccer writer

    Once August comes around, look to Kay for all your Premier League soccer needs.

    1. Brad Keselowski
    2. Brad Keselowski
    3. NASCAR driver

    Perhaps the most active Sprint Cup driver on Twitter. Regularly converses with fans and has even engaged in debates with media.

    1. Christina Kim
    2. Christina Kim
    3. Professional golfer

    The LPGA's most prolific tweeter riffs on life, love, technology, music and, occasionally, golf.

    1. Kevin Love
    2. Kevin Love
    3. Minnesota Timberwolves forward

    The bruising Love is one of basketball's most honest tweeters. On future teammate Ricky Rubio playing in America: "I'll believe it when I see it."

    1. Erik Malinowski
    2. Erik Malinowski
    3. Wired.com writer

    The man behind the site's sports blog is a great source for unexpected and cool stories.

    1. Floyd Mayweather
    2. Floyd Mayweather
    3. Boxer

    Whether he's sending TwitPics of winning betting slips, name-checking rapper friends (50 Cent! Gucci Mane!) or linking to impromptu webcasts on Ustream, Mayweather is unafraid to put his crazy life on full display.

    1. Rory McIlroy
    2. Rory McIlroy
    3. Professional golfer

    The U.S. Open champion isn't prolific, but he posts fun pictures and doesn't censor his charming, goofy, fun-loving personality.

    1. Bob McKenzie
    2. Bob McKenzie
    3. TSN hockey analyst

    A respected Canadian hockey journalist, McKenzie breaks oodles of news and brings a great insider's take of the game. His Twitter tag: The Hockey Insider.

    1. Mid-Majority
    2. Mid-Majority
    3. College basketball blog

    The basketball-centric account covers the 24 mid-major conferences.

    1. MLB Depth Charts
    2. MLB Depth Charts
    3. MLB blog

    With its up-to-the-minute roster news, this feed is essential for those obsessed with their fantasy team.

    1. Daryl Morey
    2. Daryl Morey
    3. Houston Rockets general manager

    Morey gives refreshing opinions beyond the typical PR banalities; he's the only NBA GM who actively tweets.

    1. Logan Morrison
    2. Logan Morrison
    3. Florida Marlins outfielder

    LoMo has hilarious R-rated tweets. If you don't want that, well, as the second-year player has tweeted, don't follow him.

    1. Hikaru Nakamura
    2. Hikaru Nakamura
    3. U.S. chess player

    The 23-year-old American chess Grandmaster tweets about chess and poker. What more could you want?

    1. Chad Ochocinco
    2. Chad Ochocinco
    3. Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver

    The flamboyant wideout has turned his feed into a promotional tool for his non-football stunts.

    1. Outsports
    2. Outsports
    3. Sports news and information

    The premier source for gay sports news, photos and videos.

    1. Candace Parker
    2. Candace Parker
    3. Los Angeles Sparks forward

    Parker presents an honest and amusing glimpse into the life of a WNBA superstar.

    1. Wendy Parker
    2. Wendy Parker
    3. Sports journalist, blogger and web editor

    The former Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports writer is one of the definitive sources on Twitter for women's sports news.

    1. Jay Paterno
    2. Jay Paterno
    3. Penn State football assistant coach

    One of the few college football coaches who tweets, JayPa loves sharing photos of life in Happy Valley.

    1. Andrea Petkovic
    2. Andrea Petkovic
    3. Professional tennis player

    She's ranked No. 11, but Petkovic is our No. 1 when it comes to WTA players on Twitter.

    1. Brandon Phillips
    2. Brandon Phillips
    3. Cincinnati Reds second baseman

    The power-hitting Phillips has a 2.0 goal: He wants to be the Chad Ochocinco of baseball tweeters.

    1. Bob Pockrass
    2. Bob Pockrass
    3. SceneDaily.com NASCAR writer

    He's considered one of the sport's most authoritative reporters.

    1. Ian Poulter
    2. Ian Poulter
    3. Professional golfer

    The Ryder Cupper from England can be defensive, self-indulgent and sometimes cranky, but he's rarely boring.

    1. Old Hoss Radbourn
    2. Old Hoss Radbourn
    3. Fake 19th century pitcher

    Named after a real-life pitcher from the 1800s, this "dapper gent" gives his raunchy, 19th-century views on baseball events.

    1. Megan Rapinoe
    2. Megan Rapinoe
    3. U.S. women's soccer team

    The bleached-blonde, gum-chomping, fun-loving midfielder has delivered on and off the pitch during the World Cup. After Stu Holden gave her team a shout-out, Rapinoe tweeted: "Cheer your pretty face off!!!!"

    1. Joe Rogan
    2. Joe Rogan
    3. Comedian and UFC color commentator

    Rogan shares his insight and opinions on all things Octagon. Don't let the veteran comic's irreverent and sarcastic front fool you: The guy knows his stuff.

    1. Ken Rosenthal
    2. Ken Rosenthal
    3. Fox Sports senior baseball writer

    Few are as plugged in to baseball as Rosenthal, who tweets at least 20 times a day.

    1. Darren Rovell
    2. Darren Rovell
    3. CNBC sports business reporter

    Rovell offers plenty of interesting nuggets and photos (especially if you like ballpark food), as well as the occasional self-aggrandizing tweet.

    1. Angela Ruggiero
    2. Angela Ruggiero
    3. U.S. women's hockey defenseman

    Want to feel smarter? Start following this Harvard grad, IOC member and one of the greatest women's hockey players ever.

    1. Rush the Court
    2. Rush the Court
    3. College basketball blog

    The feed features a great collection of opinionated writers.

    1. Zack Ryder
    2. Zack Ryder
    3. WWE personality

    Professional wrestling's first "Internet Champion" has used social media to become one of WWE's fastest-rising stars.

    1. Adam Schefter
    2. Adam Schefter
    3. ESPN NFL insider

    Schefter is one-stop shopping for all things NFL. "Filed to ESPN" is his favorite tweet.

    1. The Secret Footballer
    2. The Secret Footballer
    3. English Premier League soccer player

    Anonymity allows this player to supply his candid thoughts on the soccer world. @WhoisTSF is dedicated to trying to deduce his identity.

    1. Bill Simmons
    2. Bill Simmons
    3. ESPN.com columnist and Grantland.com editor-in-chief

    ESPN.com's alpha dog is worth the follow. Unless you have an irrational hatred for Boston sports teams.

    1. Kelly Slater
    2. Kelly Slater
    3. Professional surfer

    When he isn't riding a wave, the surfing icon is constantly on Twitter.

    1. Soccer By Ives
    2. Soccer By Ives
    3. Soccer blog

    American journalist Ives Galarcep is a plugged-in source of news and rumors on the pitch.

    1. Marc Spears
    2. Marc J. Spears
    3. Yahoo! Sports NBA writer

    Along with his colleague Adrian Wojnarowski, Spears' feed is a terrific aggregate of NBA news and commentary, especially on potential trades.

    1. SportsFeat
    2. SportsFeat
    3. Long-form sports journalism website

    The feed features current and past articles posted several times a day.

    1. Sports Law Guy
    2. Sports Law Guy
    3. Tulane Law School professor

    Gabe Feldman provides analysis of the ever-increasing melding of sports and the law.

    1. Eric Stangel
    2. Eric Stangel
    3. Late Show with David Letterman head writer

    Letterman's head writer and executive producer devotes most of his Twitter time to cracking jokes about sports. You'll be laughing.

    1. Jayson Stark
    2. Jayson Stark
    3. ESPN.com senior writer

    Stark is a terrific source for breaking baseball news (especially on the Phillies) as well as a go-to page for periodic trivia questions.

    1. Marc Stein
    2. Marc Stein
    3. ESPN.com senior NBA writer

    Stein tweets less than his colleagues, but what he delivers is always pertinent and interesting information.

    1. Jared Sullinger
    2. Jared Sullinger
    3. Ohio State basketball player

    The talented sophomore retweets nasty posts about himself, and has the most refreshingly honest feed of any college athlete.

    1. Tennis Reporters
    2. Tennis Reporters
    3. Tennis writer

    If you are looking for a wired tennis journalist, look no further than the Northern California-based Matt Cronin, who runs this account.

    1. Pete Thamel
    2. Pete Thamel
    3. New York Times national college sports reporter

    A bulldog reporter who breaks big stories across college sports.

    1. Janko Tipsarevic
    2. Janko Tipsarevic
    3. Professional tennis player

    The ATP veteran from Serbia tweets about classic literature and does a mean video impersonation of Novak Djokovic.

    1. Ken Tremendous
    2. Ken Tremendous
    3. Television producer and baseball writer

    The nom-de-Twitter of Michael Schur, the co-creator of NBC's Parks and Recreation and the Fire Joe Morgan blog, Mr. Tremendous provides hilarity on baseball and other sports issues.

    1. Dana White
    2. Dana White
    3. UFC president

    The always-outspoken White offers abrasive opinions and engages fans. Can't imagine @nflcommish telling followers to "e mail and tweet ESPN for f***in up the results, not me."

    1. Ryan Whitney
    2. Ryan Whitney
    3. Edmonton Oilers defenseman

    The fun-loving Whitney always speaks his mind. Sample tweet: "Not many things are more satisfying than seeing someone fly by you on the highway only to see them pulled over a mile up the road."

    1. Jack Wilshere
    2. Jack Wilshere
    3. Arsenal midfielder

    The young footballer posts candid pictures from the English Premier League team's training ground, retweets his fans and likes to whinge when things at Arsenal aren't going quite to plan.

    1. CJ Wilson
    2. C.J. Wilson
    3. Texas Rangers pitcher

    The All-Star left-hander is not your typical athlete: He is a science-fiction fanatic who lives a straight-edge lifestyle.

    1. Steve Wilson
    2. Steve Wilson
    3. Associated Press European sports editor

    The writer will be a must-read when the 2012 London Olympics come around.

    1. Adrian Wojnarowski
    2. Adrian Wojnarowski
    3. Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist

    The well-connected Wojnarowski is often first with news from around the league.

    1. Greg Wyshynski
    2. Greg Wyshynski
    3. Yahoo! Sports NHL blogger

    The editor of the Puck Daddy blog, Wyshynski delivers NHL fans a daily smorgasbord of news.


  • (Follower counts as of July 12)
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