The Twitter 100

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For our second annual Twitter 100, we once again polled Sports llustrated staffers who are hard-core Twitter users (they are among the 140 million active on the service) and asked them which feeds they considered essential to their daily routine for finding news, information and entertainment from the sports world. We received hundreds of worthy suggestions but eventually whittled down the list to our Top 100, presented in alphabetical order. The list intentionally does not include any members of SI but we encourage you to follow SI's staffers here as well as our main feed (@SINOW).

    1. J.A. Adande
    2. columnist, Around the Horn staffer
    3. Follow @jadande
    A feed with a West Coast vibe: Adande will keep you wired about all things Kobe and Dwight Howard.
    1. David Aldridge
    2. and TNT reporter
    3. Follow @daldridgetnt
    The thoughtful TNT/ reporter is a must-follow for NBA fans.
    1. Tony Allen
    2. Memphis Grizzlies guard
    3. Follow @aa000G9
    The prolific, eccentric, exclamation-point-loving tweet machine provides hilarious 140-character updates on his life.

    Sample tweet: "1st rule of thumb / if u listen u can Learn!! It ain't chinese algebra!!!"
    1. Josina Anderson
    2. ESPN NFL reporter
    3. Follow @josinaanderson
    Anderson fuses football information with amusing glimpses into her life.

    Sample tweet: "So one has coughed or yawned on me on this plane. #TheLittleThings"
    1. Bruce Arthur
    2. National Post sports columnist
    3. Follow @bruce_arthur
    The terrific Toronto-based scribe opines on everything from sports to politics.
    1. ASAP Sports
    2. Producer of press conference transcripts
    3. Follow @asapsports
    The official word from sports press conferences and interviews around the world.
    1. Paul Azinger
    2. PGA golfer
    3. Follow @paulazinger
    The 12-time PGA Tour winner isn't afraid to tweet what's on his mind in golf and beyond.

    Sample tweet: "Name all things you CAN'T do while texting. Obviously driving a car's not one of them. #Epidemic"
    1. Guillem Balague
    2. Sky Sports soccer commentator
    3. Follow @GuillemBalague
    Balague tweets (sometimes in Spanish) about international soccer and provides sharp commentary during games.
    1. Judy Battista
    2. New York Times NFL writer
    3. Follow @judybattista
    The quick-witted and sharp-tweeting reporter covers all things NFL for The Gray Lady.

    Sample tweet: "It's going to be a race among players, coaches and reporters to leap joyfully into Ed Hochuli's arms when the regular officials return."
    1. Ken Berger
    2. NBA writer
    3. Follow @@KBergCBS
    Berger is a one-stop shop for NBA-related content, from transactions to trade rumors.
    1. Matthew Berry
    2. ESPN fantasy sports analyst
    3. Follow @MatthewBerryTMR
    Need help deciding who to sit or start on your fantasy team? Consult "The Talented Mr. Roto."
    1. Jay Bilas
    2. ESPN college basketball analyst
    3. Follow @jaybilas
    His strong, unfiltered opinions and topical humor make him a smart follow. But will he ever follow anyone?

    Sample tweet: "You see me standin' here, like a chandelier, Gangsta of the Year, sippin' Belvedere. I gotta go to work."
    1. Paul Bissonnette
    2. Phoenix Coyotes forward
    3. Follow @BizNasty2point0
    Always up to something -- whether it's partying, tweeting hilarious pictures of himself or making snarky comments about the NHL.

    Sample tweet: "The Stanley Cup makes the Lombardi trophy look like a red headed step child. #NHL"
    1. Ato Boldon
    2. NBC Olympics/Track analyst
    3. Follow @AtoBoldon
    Television's best track and field commentator brings Usain Bolt-like flair on Twitter.

    Sample tweet: "The Vatican invitation to Bolt shouldn't surprise you many times have you seen him make the sign of the cross pre-race?They noticed."
    1. Boxing Scene
    2. Boxing news, coverage and opinion
    3. Follow @boxingscene
    The Twitter feed of will keep you updated on the sweet science.
    1. Andrew Brandt
    2. ESPN NFL business analyst
    3. Follow @adbrandt
    The former cap guy for the Packers is a great source for the business of the NFL.
    1. Tim Burke
    2. Deadspin editor
    3. Follow @bubbaprog
    If you do something crazy on video, Deadspin's sharp-as-a-tack video guru will find it.

    Sample tweet: "Trent Dilfer is the ugly person they sent to stand next to Berman in order to make him prettier."
    1. Jose Canseco
    2. Retired baseball player
    3. Follow @JoseCanseco
    A never-ending funhouse of unexpected and surreal tweets. He recently told followers that time travel can exist.

    Sample tweet: "U all miss me right? I complete you."
    1. Greg Cosell
    2. NFL Films senior producer
    3. Follow @gregcosell
    The NFL's wonk's wonk -- and a favorite of SI's Peter's King -- Cosell provides great NFL analysis.

    Sample tweet: "As with all positions, I feel you can isolate skill sets + evaluate based on attributes. Not an exact science, but that's been my approach."
    1. Mark Cuban
    2. Dallas Mavericks owner
    3. Follow @mcuban
    It's always fun when Cuban, one of the most accessible owners in pro sports, retweets Twitter hate directed at him.

    Sample tweet: "Great move by espn having steve javie on explaining calls. Have him during games. Skip bayless discussing 2 yr old knows more."
    1. Draft Express
    2. NBA Draft website
    3. Follow @draftexpress
    Site founder and editor Jonathan Givony has a great feed for player updates and projections.
    1. Joe Drape
    2. New York Times sportswriter
    3. Follow @joedrape
    If you love horse racing, follow Drape. He's been known to tweet out the Kentucky Derby winner.
    1. Darren Dreger
    2. TSN hockey analyst
    3. Follow @DarrenDreger
    You are not following the NHL if you are not following Dreger, as wired as it gets on the NHL.
    1. Kevin Durant
    2. Oklahoma City Thunder forward
    3. Follow @KDTrey5
    Durant keeps his nearly three million followers updated on his life on and off the court.

    Sample tweet: "So if you think a young lady looks nice your considered thirsty?? Absurd"
    1. Kelly Dwyer
    2. Yahoo! Sports NBA blogger
    3. Follow @KDonhoops
    The editor of Yahoo!'s "Ball Don't Lie" blog tweets plenty of interesting NBA news.
    1. ESPN Stats & Info
    2. Stats and information
    3. Follow @ESPNStatsinfo
    That cool stat you heard on ESPN? Well, it probably comes from this group.
    1. Bob Estes
    2. PGA golfer
    3. Follow @BobEstesPGA
    The four-time PGA Tour winner has a great sense of humor, and responds often to followers.

    Sample tweet: "What a difference a week makes--firm fairways & greens last week, soft fairways & greens this week. As usual, one good rain was all it took."
    1. Every Day Should Be Saturday
    2. College football commentary
    3. Follow @edsbs
    A look at college football with an irreverent bent, and a must-follow on Saturdays.

    Sample tweet: "I'm not even really sure what happened, but tonight I love big dumb Will Muschamp football."
    1. Bruce Feldman
    2. CBS Sports columnist/commentator
    3. Follow @BFeldmanCBS
    A combination of analysis and news-breaking on all things college football.
    1. Gabe Feldman
    2. Director of Tulane Sports Law program
    3. Follow @SportsLawGuy
    One of the country's premier sports law voices and a great source of legal sports news.

    Sample tweet: "Most students' dream sports law job when I was in law school? Agent. Today? GM. Jerry Maguire era is over. Billy Beane era in full swing."
    1. Pat Forde
    2. Yahoo! Sports columnist
    3. Follow @YahooForde
    Formerly of ESPN, Forde is a great resource on college basketball and football.
    1. Arian Foster
    2. Houston Texans running back
    3. Follow @arianfoster
    The eccentric Pro Bowl running back describes himself on Twitter as "an aspiring human being."

    Sample tweet: "It'd be cool if 'quantum physics' was trending."
    1. A.J. Francis
    2. University of Maryland defensive lineman
    3. Follow @The_Franchyze
    The Terp entertainingly dishes on college football and college life.

    Sample tweet: "People be telling their life stories in the first day of class introductions... Say your name, hometown, specializtion and keep it moving!"
    1. Jay Glazer
    2. Fox NFL reporter
    3. Follow @JayGlazer
    The Subway-loving, MMA-fighting newshound is one of the NFL's biggest news-breakers.
    1. Jeff Gluck
    2. motorsports editor
    3. Follow @jeff_gluck
    A seemingly 24-hour presence in the NASCAR world.

    Sample tweet: "More rain. Fans putting jackets back on. Except one guy who took shirt off and has hands to sky like in Shawshank Redemption."
    1. Jeff Goodman
    2. senior basketball writer
    3. Follow @GoodmanCBS
    Goodman delivers quality information and reporting on college basketball.
    1. Kevin Harvick
    2. NASCAR driver
    3. Follow @KevinHarvick
    The driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series has fast taken to Twitter.

    Sample tweet: "Interstate 77 north shut down we have gone 2 miles in 30 minutes on a side road.. Only good news is we are going too slow to hit anything."
    1. Ariel Helwani
    2. Writer for and FUEL TV
    3. Follow @arielhelwani
    One of the premier MMA voices in social media.

    Sample tweet: "They just announced Arlovski as 'the world heavyweight champion.' Which world are they talking about?"
    1. Ray Hudson
    2. Soccer commentator
    3. Follow @RayHudson
    The fantastic soccer analyst tweets out verbal gymnastics such as "Giovinco is as cool as James Bond in a white tuxedo on that goal!!"
    1. Andre Iguodala
    2. Denver Nuggets forward
    3. Follow @mindofAI9
    Iguodola has a great sense of humor and tweets out amusing photos from his life.

    Sample tweet: "The moment you realize it's Sunday when u pull up to chick Fil A drive thru..."
    1. Kevin Iole
    2. Yahoo! Sports MMA/Boxing columnist
    3. Follow @kevinI
    The veteran journalist is one of the foremost reporters for boxing and MMA news.
    1. Jim Irsay
    2. Indianapolis Colts owner
    3. Follow @JimIrsay
    The NFL owner drops philosophical gems such as, "Rulers make bad lovers..better put your kingdom, up for sale....."
    1. Daniel Jeremiah
    2. and NFL Network analyst
    3. Follow @movethesticks
    Jeremiah, a former scout for the Ravens, Browns and Eagles, delivers boots-on-the-ground insight.
    1. Lolo Jones
    2. U.S. Olympic hurdler
    3. Follow @lolojones
    Whether the topic is speed dating or her speed on the track, Lolo never disappoints on Twitter.

    Sample tweet: "29. Unmarried. The longer I'm single, the more I ponder, has the demand for green cards dropped??"
    1. Nate Jones
    2. Digital media and pro athlete marketing for Goodwin Sports Mgmt.
    3. Follow @JonesOnTheNBA
    A fun and obsessive tweeter (more than 70,000 since he joined) on all things basketball.

    Sample tweet: "What value is a 'free' college education to the guy that was in bad schools and just got passed so he can hoop?"
    1. Andy Katz
    2. ESPN college basketball reporter
    3. Follow @ESPNAndyKatz
    One of the preeminent voices in his sport, Katz often breaks news and is a great follow for college basketball fans.
    1. Oliver Kay
    2. Chief football correspondent for The Times (U.K.) newspaper
    3. Follow @OliverKayTimes
    For news on the Premier League and international soccer, Kay is a solid resource.
    1. Christina Kim
    2. LPGA golfer
    3. Follow @TheChristinaKim
    Funny, honest commentary through the eyes of a professional golfer.

    Sample tweet: "Hopefully my putts will allez au chateau demain. That's Franglish to you all. I think."
    1. Los Angeles Kings
    2. NHL team
    3. Follow @LaKings
    The feed of the 2012 Stanley Cup champs draws rightful praise for its creativity and connectivity with fans.

    Sample tweet: "SPOILER ALERT - Our Stanley Cup Champs film may have the greatest ending in the history of cinema."
    1. Chris Kluwe
    2. Minnesota Vikings punter
    3. Follow @ChrisWarcraft
    Whether taking on the issue of gay marriage or the NFL replacement refs, Kluwe might be the boldest pro athlete on Twitter.

    Sample tweet: "Every time a politician 'misspeaks,' you can be 100% certain that it was one of the most honest things they've ever said about who they are."
    1. Kevin Love
    2. Minnesota Timberwolves forward
    3. Follow @kevinlove
    Love's feed combines honesty, a great sense of humor and cool photos.

    Sample tweet: "They need the WWE Royal Rumble in the Olympics. Would have been very fitting to have had it in #London2012"
    1. Paige Mackenzie
    2. LPGA golfer
    3. Follow @Paige_Mackenzie
    Mackenzie provides great tweets about her life on the LPGA Tour.

    Sample tweet: "Overheard: 'I'm single. I call it playing the field, you might call it trying to find prostitutes.' #ToEachHisOwn."
    1. Floyd Mayweather
    2. Boxer
    3. Follow @FloydMayweather
    You want to know what the Money Life is like? Well, Floyd provides.

    Sample tweet: "Write Floyd a letter. Send it to: ID# 01363917, Clark County Detention Center, 330 S. Casino Center Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101."
    1. Brandon McCarthy
    2. Oakland A's pitcher
    3. Follow @bmccarthy32
    As an added bonus, follow his wife, Amanda (@Mrs_McCarthy32), as the two often tweet at each other.

    1. Graeme McDowell
    2. PGA golfer
    3. Follow @Graeme_McDowell
    A devoted tweeter who interacts often with his 380,000+ followers.

    Sample tweet: "How come you scrub your teeth like never before and dig out the floss, right before heading to dentist for cleaning/check-up?!#factsoflife."
    1. JaVale McGee
    2. Denver Nuggets center
    3. Follow @JaValeMcGee34
    His Twitter bio? "I RT myself cuz what i say is that important!" He also tweets as Pierre, his "alter ego." Look for his feed to heat up during the NBA season.

    Sample tweet: "White church's service is always shorter then black church's ! I used to fall asleep on my mama every Sunday!"
    1. Jason McIntyre
    2. Editor of The Big Lead website
    3. Follow @TheBigLead
    Sports media musings, pop culture and plenty of sky-is-falling tweets about the Jets.
    1. Bob McKenzie
    2. TSN Hockey analyst
    3. Follow @TSNBobMcKenzie
    His Twitter bio speaks the truth: He is the hockey insider.
    1. Brett McMurphy
    2. ESPN college football reporter
    3. Follow @McMurphyESPN
    Like Bruce Feldman and others, the terrific reporter is a must-follow for college football fans.
    1. The Mid-Majority
    2. College basketball blog
    3. Follow @midmajority
    The message statement: "We proudly feature the other 24 college basketball conferences."
    1. MLB Trade Rumors
    2. Baseball news
    3. Follow @mlbtraderumors
    If there's a transaction in baseball, the official Twitter account for will have it.
    1. Buster Olney
    2. ESPN MLB analyst
    3. Follow @Buster_ESPN
    If you are a fan of baseball, Olney should be your next follow.
    1. Dana O'Neil
    2. ESPN college basketball writer
    3. Follow @ESPNDanaOneil
    A terrific writer who will keep you updated on all things hoops.
    1. Onion Sports Network
    2. Sports satire
    3. Follow @OnionSports
    An irreverent, and usually hilarious, look at the wild world of sports. Just don't take anything it says too seriously.

    Sample tweet: "Alabama Crowd Repeatedly Spells 'SEC' Incorrectly During Celebratory Chant."
    1. John Ourand
    2. Sports Business Journal reporter
    3. Follow @Ourand_SBJ
    One of the many terrific reporters -- Ourand specializes in media -- at the respected trade publication (@SBJSBD).
    1. Outsports
    2. Sports news and information
    3. Follow @outsports
    The premier source for gay sports news, photos and videos.
    1. Gary Parrish
    2. college basketball columnist
    3. Follow @GaryParrishCBS
    Along with colleague Jeff Goodman, he's one of the best on the beat.
    1. Brandon Phillips
    2. Cincinnati Reds second baseman
    3. Follow @DatDudeBP
    An affable tweeter whose feed is filled with tons of photos of Phillips posing with fans.

    Sample tweet: "GoodDay #Cincinnati... Today we host those @Pirates for a 3 game series at #GABP! Its time to turn these 'Losing Only Pies' to#WINNING Pies."
    1. Bob Pockrass
    2. The Sporting News NASCAR writer
    3. Follow @bobpockrass
    One of NASCAR's most respected reporters; he's been writing about the sport since 1992.
    1. Pro Football Focus
    2. NFL stats and analysis
    3. Follow @pff
    Player ratings, positional rankings, injury updates and very advanced statistics.
    1. Pro Football Talk
    2. NFL website
    3. Follow @profootballtalk
    The feed churns out links from PFT, one of the most plugged-in NFL sites on the web.
    1. Dan Rafael
    2. boxing writer and television commentator
    3. Follow @danrafaelespn
    ESPN's boxing guru delivers monthly pound-for-pound rankings and daily boxing news.
    1. Ken Rosenthal
    2. Fox Sports senior baseball writer and on-air reporter
    3. Follow @Ken_Rosenthal
    The respected Rosenthal breaks plenty of baseball stories.
    1. Jim Ross
    2. Legendary WWE broadcaster
    3. Follow @JRsBBQ
    Unplugged commentary on pro wrestling, MMA and yes, barbeque sauce.

    Sample tweet: "RIP Michael Clarke Duncan...a great wrestling fan..respectful..SO talented. The big fella will be missed. Loved seeing him @ ringside.@WWE"
    1. Ronda Rousey
    2. MMA fighter
    3. Follow @RondaRousey
    Rousey tweets like she fights -- with serious intensity.

    Sample tweet: "Just saw a one-eyed cocker spaniel trying to hump another dog - I would make a joke but... #tooeasy"
    1. Darren Rovell
    2. ESPN sports business analyst
    3. Follow @darrenrovell
    The sports business tweet machine provides plenty of interesting data.

    Sample Tweet: "Winner of the most savvy small school award: Arkansas State. Got $950K to play Oregon and will get $1M from Nebraska."
    1. Rush the Court
    2. College basketball news
    3. Follow @rushthecourt
    If it's happening in college basketball, this feed will have a take on it.
    1. Adam Schefter
    2. ESPN NFL reporter
    3. Follow @AdamSchefter
    The NFL insider is a transaction machine. Does he ever sleep?
    1. Michael Signora
    2. NFL Vice President of Football Communications
    3. Follow @nflfootballinfo
    The NFL's VP of football communications -- a mega-stathound -- is a great follow on NFL game days.
    1. Bill Simmons
    2. editor-in-chief and columnist
    3. Follow @sportsguy33
    ESPN's online majordomo drops commentary, podcast links and one-liners to his more than 1.8 million followers.

    Sample tweet: "Just heard an all-kids band play 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' at an outdoor carnival. We were one female kid stripper away from the apocalypse."
    1. Jason Sobel
    2. senior writer
    3. Follow @JasonSobelGC
    Covers everything in golf -- and does it with a great sense of humor.
    1. Soccer by Ives
    2. Soccer analysis
    3. Follow @SoccerByIves
    The American soccer journalist Ives Galarcep blankets the beautiful game with Messi-like flair.
    1. Emma Span
    2. Sports on Earth writer/editor
    3. Follow @emmaspan
    Funny and passionate tweets about baseball (and most everything else) from the Brooklyn-based writer.

    Sample tweet: "First time in a locker room in at least four years. It turns out the advent of smart phones has made this roughly 200% less awkward."
    1. Marc J. Spears
    2. Yahoo! NBA reporter
    3. Follow @SpearsNBAYahoo
    One of your essential NBA follows -- a great source of NBA news, commentary and transactions.
    1. Sports Quotes
    2. Famous sports quotes
    3. Follow @sports_greats
    The best quotes from the greatest athletes.

    Sample tweet: "'Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.' - Mike Singletary."
    1. Jayson Stark
    2. ESPN baseball reporter
    3. Follow @jaysonst
    His rumblings and grumblings on baseball -- and frequent trivia questions -- make Stark's feed fun.
    1. Marc Stein
    2. ESPN NBA reporter
    3. Follow @ESPNSteinline
    Another newsbreaker on the NBA beat, but we particular enjoy his soccer tweets.
    1. Sweat Science
    2. Exercise science writer
    3. Follow @sweatscience
    Fitness myths and training truths from Runner's World columnist Alex Hutchinson.
    1. Tennis Reporters
    2. Tennis writer
    3. Follow @tennisreporters
    Northern California-based tennis journalist Matt Cronin keeps you up-to-date on all things Federer and Serena.
    1. Janko Tipsarevic
    2. Pro tennis player
    3. Follow @TipsarevicJanko
    The ATP veteran from Serbia is honest -- and occasionally controversial -- about life on the ATP Tour.

    Sample tweet: "I really wouldn't care at all if girls earn the same as guys if the same amount of effort is applied.#bestoffivesets."
    1. Bubba Watson
    2. PGA golfer
    3. Follow @bubbawatson
    The self-deprecating Masters champion shares great behind-the-scenes stories from the Tour.

    Sample tweet: "Missed the cut, the last 2 days was the worst I have played all year! Got to keep practicing & learn from this! #GolfIsHard."
    1. Delonte West
    2. Dallas Mavericks guard
    3. Follow @CharleeRedz13
    From photos to weather-related tweets ("Man a tornado just came through dis joint.....I feel like Noah Watchin over my flock."), West is a Twitter funhouse.

    Sample tweet: "Didn't need no alarm clock dis stomach woke me up....stomach tap me on my shoulder ..said excuse me kind sir...find tolet now."
    1. Dan Wetzel
    2. Yahoo! Sports columnist
    3. Follow @DanWetzel
    The prolific sports columnist covers everything, and tweets on the scene from major events.
    1. Ryan Whitney
    2. Edmonton Oilers defenseman
    3. Follow @ryanwhitney6
    Off-the-cuff observations on life, sports and everything in between.

    Sample tweet: "I keep hearing about all the apparent sex that goes on in the athlete village. I saw none of that in Vancouver... But I also have zero game."
    1. Candice Wiggins
    2. Minnesota Lynx guard
    3. Follow @candicewiggins
    Her Twitter bio sums it up: pretty. witty. girly. worldly.
    1. Steve Wilson
    2. AP European sports editor
    3. Follow @stevewilsonap
    The AP writer is a great source of Olympic-related and European sports news.
    1. Henry Winter
    2. Daily Telegraph (U.K.) soccer correspondent
    3. Follow @henrywinter
    Winter is on top of everything when it comes to the Premier League and the fortunes of England's national team.
    1. Adrian Wojnarowski
    2. Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist
    3. Follow @WojYahooNBA
    Yahoo!'s ace NBA columnist delivers a fantastic blend of analysis and breaking news stories.
    1. Metta World Peace
    2. Los Angeles Lakers forward
    3. Follow @MettaWorldPeace
    The Forrest Gump of sports Twitter accounts: You absolutely have no idea what you are going to get.

    Sample tweet: "If u like a wild twitter stay here. If not I should leave and Unfollow.. My twitter is not for corn buckets. Or boring people."
    1. Greg Wyshynski
    2. Yahoo! Sports NHL blogger
    3. Follow @wyshynski
    The editor of the Puck Daddy blog is a full-service resource for hockey, and asks fun questions such as "Who's your favorite fat hockey player?"