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.