Tag:Chris Kluwe
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: December 20, 2010 10:49 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2010 12:09 am
 

Hester sets NFL record (UPDATED)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

All game long tonight, Vikings P Chris Kluwe did all he could to avoid punting the ball to Bears WR Devin Hester. Every time Kluwe kicked the ball, he aimed it out of bounds so Hester couldn’t get his paws on the ball.

Kluwe had good reason to worry.

After nearly taking the second half opening kickoff all the way for the touchdown, Hester took a line drive Kluwe punt early in the third quarter and ran it in for the 64-yard score, breaking the NFL record for kick/punt return TDs with the 14th of his career.

UPDATED (12:06 a.m.): Hester on the record-breaking return: "The return felt great. It's a big load off my back – not only mine but my teamates. My teamates wanted it as badly as I did."

Hester went out of his way to thank the 10 teammates who blocked for him, and then in a nice scene, Hester got emotional - he nearly broke down in tears - when talking about the rest of his teammates and how much they meant to him.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: December 20, 2010 10:53 am
 

Snow in the forecast for Monday night's game

Posted by Andy Benoit

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is the latest player to rip the field conditions at TCF Bank Stadium. And, of all the players to speak out, Kluwe by far takes the cake for most eloquent and critical.

One comment he made Sunday was that perhaps a snowfall could help soften the playing surface. He was being facetious, but nevertheless, the theory will likely be tested.

The Pioneer Press is reporting that three to five inches of snow could be dumped on TCF Bank Stadium Monday night. From KARE11:

Expect around 2 to 3 inches on the ground by the start of the game. Snowfall rates will be around .5 inch per hour. So look for an additional 1 to 2 inches during the game.

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Posted on: December 19, 2010 2:55 pm
 

Kluwe says TCF Bank field is "unplayable"

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The NFL apparently has taken great pains to make sure the playing conditions for the Monday night game between the Bears and Vikings are safe at TCF Bank Stadium. But if you follow Vikings punter Chris Kluwe on his Twitter account, you’re hearing a different story.
 
A sampling of tweets from Kluwe after Minnesota had a walk-through on the field:

-Serious time - All respect to the people that cleared the field and got it ready, you did an amazing job. That being said, it's unplayable.

-The field is as hard as concrete an hour and a half after they took the tarp off, and anyone that hits their head is getting a concussion.

-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.

-I can only hope, however unlikely, that no one gets catastrophically injured at the trainwreck that's about to take place tomorrow night.

-@PaulCharchian Without a doubt. It's worse than that old AstroTurf they used to have (and got rid of for safety reasons).

-I've been asked not to tweet anymore about the field so as not to distract teammates (who were there) and I will honor that.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: October 22, 2010 2:36 pm
 

Hot Routes 10.22.10 Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Titans players seem to have a knack for getting in serious bar fights but not charged with a crime. First Vince Young, and now Kenny Britt. The difference, of course, is Britt’s incident did not happen in May – it happened at 1:45 am Friday morning on the week of a game.

Speaking of the Titans…it’s now been one year since they started 0-6. Since then, they’ve gone 12-4 and, statistically speaking, been one of the most solid teams in all of football.

Chad Ochocinco sent T-shirts to some of the Falcons players this week. So, Roddy White responded with this homemade video. Guerilla trash talk, gotta love it.


The Chiefs will get defensive end Tyson Jackson back Sunday. The No. 3 overall pick of the 2009 draft has been out since Week 1 with a knee injury.


Joey Porter insists he will have double-digit sacks when all is said and done. So far, Arizona’s $5.2 million outside linebacker has one.


The Ravens don’t agree with those who say their offensive is conservative.


Interesting article about how the Bills passed on Haloti Ngata in the 2006 draft. (They took Dante Whitner instead.)


The Panthers have benched right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau. Geoff Schwartz will move from right tackle to Bernadeau’s spot. Stepping in at right tackle will be second-year player Gary Williams, making his first NFL start. Bernadeau understood: “They said I’ve been playing pretty well, but not to the best of my ability. And I know I wasn’t. Little things were holding me back, nothing too crazy,” he said. “Right now we just need a win and we’ve got to make some changes, and that’s one of them.”


Redskins veteran leader Phillip Daniels is traveling to Chicago earlier than the rest of the team so that he can attend his son’s high school football senior night. Daniels left the Bears in 2003 but his family stayed in town. Daniels’ son, DeVaris Daniels, is a defensive back/wide receiver and has committed to Notre Dame.


Thanks to wrist surgery, Nick Barnett is now learning how to be a southpaw.


The Dolphins are making a push for stadium improvements. For the second time in seven months, they’re trying to drum up support for some public funding.


The Bucs are practicing at Raymond James Stadium on Friday because Raheem Morris wants his players to get more familiar with being in their end zone. It’s not a pure metaphor – they’re literally spending more time on that part of the field.


The Wall Street Journal says the numbers suggest the 2-4 San Diego Chargers might be the greatest bad team in NFL history.


Mathias Kiwanuka expects to play against this season, but WHEN, exactly, is unclear.

Chris Kluwe offered some unique analysis on the league’s illegal hit policies.


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