— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 2, 2011
Spanning the Twitterverse to bring you the constant variety of tweets…the thrill of the retweet…and the agony of the unfollow…the human drama of the twitter timeline..This is CadChica’s Wide World of Tworts
There is no way that I was going to pass this tweet up today.
Michael Pineda passed his drivers test today. Evidently, his mph on the road was significantly less than on the mound.
— Jim Caple (@jimcaple) April 21, 2011
For those that don’t know, or have never heard of Michael Pineda, he is the 2-time minor league pitcher of the year for the Seattle Mariners. Lots of buzz beginning to go around about this young guy. Watch him here and here. FYI: he’s hit 99 mph on the radar gun this year. Hope he never hits 99 in a car. Wow!
One more from the Mariners because there’s no other way to explain it other than saying “only in Seattle”. You’ve got to see that picture!
The Seattle Mariners newest Environmental Superhero- Kid Compost. He'll be introduced at Safeco Field tomorrow. http://yfrog.com/h6q6yngj
— Rebecca Hale (@RebeccaMariners) April 21, 2011
SPORTS IN LIFE
I came across this tweet a couple of days ago that I’ve been meaning to post. I realize that not everyone will understand the significance of it but if you stop and think about it, you might see the whole idea is powerful. I like being able to find stories of how sports can change a culture, a thought pattern or just how it can affect life. This is one of those.
VIDEO – Pakistan's first female football club breaks down cultural barriers – http://bit.ly/ecO2Mt #Pakistan
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) April 19, 2011
Here is the link to the video. In the midst of the current NFL labor issues, the pending NBA labor issues, craziness in the SEC and who knows what with the L.A. Dodgers, it’s nice every once in awhile to look at the good side of sports.
TWITTER FOLLOWER UPDATES
Missouri State account: @CuonzoLMartin 1844 followers
Tennessee account: @CuonzoMartin 4089 followers
Yes, you’re reading that right. The Missouri State account “picked up” followers AGAIN!! Why? I have no idea. But, the Tennessee account gained as well. I can’t see Missouri State people following him now, can you?
Here is where it gets interesting. I checked the accounts of Coach Shaka Smart & Coach Brad Stevens 4 times today. I felt this would give me a better feel of the impact of Twitter in sports. The first number is from 8am this morning. The 2nd number is pre-game. The 3rd number is right after the game and the last one is at 10pm tonight. Quite interesting.
Shaka Smart: @coachsmartvcu Followers-5980/6092/6270/6355
Brad Stevens: @BUCoachStevens Followers=10528/10624/10765/10930
In the span of a day, each coach gained ‘around’ 400 followers. Coach Stevens gained the most since this morning with an increase of 402 followers. With his name & team still in the news the next couple of days. I will also keep watch on Coach Smart’s account. There are still at least a couple of coaching jobs he’d be rumored about. That alone will keep his name in the public eye as well.
I wanted to check on some other coaches’ accounts as well just to see the effect on Twitter. Here is the list with two comparisons for each; this morning & tonight. Everyone gained except 1. You can figure out why for yourself.
@CoachCalhoun = UConn Coach Jim Calhoun: 230/240
@UKCoachCalipari = Kentucky Coach John Calipari: 1,133,087/1,133811
@LonKruger = New Oklahoma Coach Lon Kruger: 2900/2921
@MasonCoachL = George Mason Coach Jim Larranaga: 2673/2674
@JoshPastner = Memphis Coach Josh Pastner: 2965/2969
@CoachTubbySmith = Minnesota Coach Tubby Smith: 7239/7248
@CoachBrucePearl = Former Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl: 21656/21629
Somehow I can’t see Jim Calhoun as much of a Tweeter but, as die-hard as UConn fans are, his numbers may increase until Monday night. John Calipari led his Kentucky team to the Final Four this weekend so not surprised that he increased but I am amazed that he’s over a million; he does have another account (verified even) but he hasn’t tweeted since 2009 on that one so I didn’t count it. Lon Kruger just got hired by Oklahoma so I can understand the increase there. Not huge increases for Jim Larranaga or Josh Pastner but they were interesting to me so I thought I’d throw them on the list. I did see Tubby Smith during one of the games tonight so I’m not surprised to see a slight increase there. The power of a camera shot! And last but not least, at least some Tennessee fans get it don’t they? Bruce Pearl’s numbers decreased today. But maybe they started following @CuonzoLMartin instead of @CuonzoMartin. Maybe?
That’s it for the Twitter updates today. Lots went on today in sports, not the least of which was the start of the Final Four in men’s basketball. Two close games with Butler and UConn pulling out the wins. Thoroughly entertaining. I did want Butler to win so I was satisfied. But, for some reason I was cheering for Kentucky. I’m not much of a fan of either coach but I had to choose one. Regardless, I’m hoping for a Butler win on Monday night. It appears that their coach and players are doing things the right way. Reminds me of the old Gonzaga ‘Cinderella’ days. And what do you know??? They’re both BULLDOGS. Let’s go Butler!!
Seattle Sounders played the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-2 tie. UGH-LY tie. Some would say all ties are ugly but it was just hard to watch sometimes. It probably didn’t help that I was watching the San Jose television feed. I understand homerism to an extent with local broadcasters but, their announcers were over the top. Nearly every bit of contact that the Sounders made with one of the San Jose players, their announcers were all over it, calling for a yellow card or foul. I’m not defending the Sounders mind you, but this is soccer/futbol/football. It’s not a sport for sissies. You play hard, attacking football or you go home with a loss. As a broadcaster, I think you can be objective while still being a homer. It’s called balance. Good broadcasters and journalists are “balanced” in their reporting. Prime example: late Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus. He loved his Mariners; boy did he love them. But he also wasn’t afraid to say what the fan was feeling when a mistake was made, a lead was given up or another loss in a lost season. He was balanced.
Prayers go out today for a member of the Gonzaga family. Longtime announcer, Harv Clark, passed away today from heart failure. I remember seeing Mr. Clark roaming around the fields of the old “North Complex” during my daughter’s soccer games. He was part of the soccer association’s growth in the 80’s and 90’s here in Spokane. I didn’t realize he was part of the Gonzaga family as well. Not only was he part of Gonzaga but he was involved in local radio too. Great, great voice for radio. We extend condolences and prayers of comfort to Mr. Clark’s family.
Three days & counting. In just three more days, the Final Four begins. Butler, VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University), Connecticut (UConn) and Kentucky begin their final quest to become the NCAA Men’s champion for 2011.
I am really hoping that the last few games live up to the tournament up to this point. We have had some amazing games, fantastic finishes and of course, in my case, heartbreaking endings (Arizona-UConn: ‘missed it by that much’). While you would expect that we will see great basketball this weekend, the question is, can they be what we want? Nobody knows for sure at this point but, all signs are pointing in that direction. That being said, I would be remiss if I didn’t give the Twitter Coaching updates today. So here we go:
Shaka Smart @coachsmartvcu : 5393 followers
Brad Stevens @BUCoachStevens : 10237 followers
(Forgot this one yesterday. Comparing new Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin’s 2 Twitter accounts)
Missouri State account: @CuonzoLMartin 1799 followers
Tennessee account: @CuonzoMartin 3913 followers
I’ll to try keep following this over the next week. It will be interesting to see how much the followers jump after Saturday’s game between Butler & VCU. Will the winner of that game see a huge jump in followers????? We will see.
MY OH MY: The immortal words of legendary Seattle Mariners broadcaster, Dave Niehaus. Those words will never be uttered by him again. As many already know, Dave passed away last year of heart failure.
Being the college basketball fan that I am, I haven’t given much attention to baseball. I thought it was strictly because of basketball. Then I thought it was because baseball is so dog-gone long that you don’t really need to pay attention until the end of May or June right before the all star game; if for no other reasons that to see how far your team is out of it (excluding Yankee & Red Sox fans) or to find the latest rumors of which players on your team the aforementioned teams will be coming after. This year, with the Mariners, maybe by the end of April, we’ll begin to hear the rumors of the vultures circling (who am I kidding, we’ve been hearing it since the end of last season…not that there’s anyone other than Felix Hernandez).
But I read an article on ESPN today that made me realize how sad this baseball season is going to be without Dave’s voice. Musician Duff McKagan, who is from Seattle, really strikes a chord (pardon the pun) with his article about Dave. Speaking for many Mariners fans not only in Seattle but througout the entire Northwest. Dave’s voice was a constant for baseball fans from March-October. Like all great baseball broadcasters, he painted a picture with his voice describing every play to make you feel like you were right there in the ballpark. His was a voice that made you feel like everything was going to be alright. Things were okay as long as you could hear Dave’s voice on the Mariners broadcast. In this chaotic, crazy world we live in, sometimes we need those calm, reassuring voices in our lives to bring peace to the turmoil. Yes, even in baseball.
But this year will be different. No more ‘break out the rye bread & mustard grandma, it’s grand salami time’. No. Things will not be the same. I’m not sure how much I will pay attention this year. I know they still have Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims, Mike Blowers, et al. But they aren’t Dave and they would never try to be. His shoes are too big go fill, his microphone too much an extension of that voice. Mariners games won’t be the same. Then again, it’s like life. Life is never the same from year to year. Why should baseball be any different?
According to my calendar, Spring has sprung. It is also track season here. Early track season. And early track season means, be prepared for really, crappy weather. Like today for instance.
At 3:30, my oldest son’s track meet began. At approximately 8:45, I arrived home. During that wonderful, lovely 5+ hour time frame, I sat in rain, hail, wind and sun. Thankfully, there was no snow. Being that it’s March in the Inland Northwest however, that would not have surprised me. Praise the Lord it did not!!
Given that I sat outside for 5+ hours without access to my laptop, my Twitter-Time today was somewhat limited. I was able to check it periodically throughout the day but given the elements I was in this afternoon, it just wasn’t happening. Nevertheless, here are some observations on the day in Tworts.
Baseball season is 2 days away. @MLB asked:
“What’s your favorite opening day memory?”
My reply: I don’t have one. By the time the season is done, I forget what happened on opening day.
As the Coaching Carousel Turns continues from @goodmanonfox
Louisiana Tech hired Ole Miss assistant Mike White today, sources told FOXSports.com. White is son of Duke AD Kevin White.
Memphis coach Josh Pastner has inked a new five-year deal to stay with the Tigers. Sources told FOXSports.com Oklahoma never called him.
But my favorite tweet today came from @garyparrish
Can’t wait to see who breaks the Painter news today on Twitter. My guess: A radio station in New Mexico
As of this posting, we are still waiting. Should hear more tomorrow if Matt Painter from Purdue is going to take the Missouri job.
Lots more went on today that at 10:30 at night I don’t have time to comment or get into. Suffice to say John Junker, the Fiesta Bowl and Evan Longoria’s stolen AK-47 were in there somewhere. However, keeping with the theme from yesterday’s posting, here are some numbers from today. Tracking on Twitter at 7am & comparing to tonight at 10:30 pm PST.
Coach Brad Stevens from Butler: This morning , he had 9851 followers. Tonight he has 10,089.
Coach Shaka Smart from VCU: This morning, he had 4282 followers. Tonight he has 4716.
Interesing stuff to say the least. Twitter is continuing to change the sports landscape. Not only in terms of media but the “all access” ability of sports figures and fans, recruiting, etc. Knowledge is power. And Twitter is leading the way.
So the Final 4 has been set. Alas, it was a sad time for me this weekend. My Arizona Wildcats did not win their Elite 8 matchup with UConn losing 65-63. A last second three-pointer by senior Jamel Horne hit the rim but it wasn’t to be (read more here). With a full day to recover from the loss, The Arizona Daily Star offers some perspective to Arizona’s season here.
So we have until Saturday to talk about the games that were and the games to come. And of course, we will also talk about what seems like a never-ending soap opera of As the Coaching Carousel Turns. It’s become an annual ritual. I know it’s not just in the NCAA men’s basketball programs but in all sports, NFL, NBA, MLB, you name it. It happens. But here is my Tworts tidbit for today:
The University of Tennesse hired Cuonzo Martin as their new basketball coach to replace Bruce Pearl. Cuonzo Martin sent his first tweet out today as Tennessee coach @CuonzoMartin. One tweet is all he has done but here are his stats so far:
1 Tweet 72 Following 3596 Followers 34 Listed
Compare that to his previous account as head coach at Missouri State @CuonzoLMartin and here is what you come up with:
159 Tweets 14 Following 1713 Followers 88 Listed
I’m no math genius here but in the span of a few hours he has doubled the amount of followers he had by leaving Missouri State (Missouri Valley Conference) and going to Tennessee (Southeastern Conference). Yes, it’s because he moved to a bigger conference but still, that’s just within a 5 hour time frame. His first tweet today under @CuonzoMartin was only 5 hours ago. I’m not sure when he created this new account but chances are, it was just today. Those SEC fans can be rabid about their sports, even if it’s not football. No, he’s no Charlie Sheen in the Twitter Universe but who is?
Correction: make that 3597 followers. I just decided to follow him.
There is a hidden world out there. Okay, maybe not so hidden but I see a world that is growing exponentially. What is this world? It’s Twitter and it is a gold-mine in the world of sports media.
Sports blogs are a dime a dozen these days. If you go to ESPN or FoxSports or any other number of sports websites, there are blogs everywhere. Even your local news stations probably have a sports section with sports anchor blogs. Twitter has become an instant blog for the sports media. Depending on WHO you follow, you can get instant updates and insight from national sports media on the Superbowl or your local college sports journalist regarding March Madness. Yes, you can read what they have to say on their “blog” or hear them on the television but in the “instant” gratification society we live in, Twitter is like our microwave sports fix.
I am on Twitter every day. It is like my caffeine. I follow about 500 people (so far), not all of them sports mind you but they are predominantly sports. Ranging from @douggottliebshow & @notthefakesvp from ESPN to @TLKREM2 & @700espn from here in Spokane, I can get so many different viewpoints on the same thing. Not only can you get insight but up to the minute scores. Can’t be there for the game? Check Twitter. Doing a honey do list this weekend? Check Twitter. Twitter is the be all end all for sports fanatics like me. Oh wait, I’m just a fan.
Or maybe I’m a Twort-a-holic? A Tworts Reporter?? I just made up a whole bunch of new words. I like “Tworts”.
And so that begins my sports blogging life. Twitter-style. Or should I say “Tworts”-style.