Thursday, May 26, 2011
Welcome to the NFL Twindex
By Paul Kuharsky
Shaun Phillips, left, and Aaron Rodgers hold the top two spots in the debut of our NFL Twindex.
Welcome to the ESPN.com NFL Twindex. Or Twitterdex. Or Twitter Index. (Shall we vote?) No, we’re going Twindex.
This is our periodic look -- I’m thinking twice a month for now, weekly once we’re in a season -- at what players and others who work for NFL teams are saying via Twitter. Because I love being subjective and we all love lists, it’s a subjective list.
I’m following everyone I can find -- 328 people and growing -- and I hope they’ll follow me back. It’s difficult to read every tweet every day, so if you see a great one, forward it to me. I’m @ESPN_AFCSouth and @PaulKuharsky. The Twindex will be built from the best sampling I am able to do while still also fulfilling the obligations of a full-time job.
Each guy who makes the list each week will get a tweet notifying him of his status. We’re fluid. If a guy is interesting this week, he may find himself in the top five. Be boring next week and he may disappear, depending on what his competition is doing. Former players, coaches, owners, equipment guys and mascots are eligible, too. Bring it.
What gets you here? Tweets beyond the ordinary.
You’re scored down for morning greetings (sorry @MikeSimsWalker), birthday wishes, constant song lyrics (sorry @JimIrsay), weather updates and dinner reviews (unless, maybe, you are @PotRoast96).
You are rewarded for witty observations, clever lines and exchanges, smart life advice, amusing family stories, a great re-tweet or picture and, certainly, high-quality football information or commentary. A good week of tweeting can get you a spot. One outstanding tweet can, too.
As I am a positive guy, this is a positive list. Generally, we want to be a place players want to be. Like in our MVP Watch or the best restaurant in town or in unrestricted free agency after a great season. It’s an evolving concept, and whether you’re a candidate or a reader, I welcome your input.
Titans cornerback Jason McCourty and his twin brother, Patriots Pro Bowl cornerback Devin McCourty, combined Twitter accounts and have made a big push to let fans see them.
When I told him about this during their recent ESPN car wash, Jason wasn’t ashamed to say he wanted @McCourtyTwins to get a spot on the initial Index.
“I think guys are so competitive, anything like that with a list and a top spot, guys will get some enjoyment out of it,” he said. “Somebody may post, ‘Hey, check out so-and-so, he’s No. 1 this week on the Twitter poll.’ I think it’ll probably be a cool idea. I’ll check it out.
@ShaunPhillips95 -- Proposed a flag football league for remainder of lockout and said
his first pick after himself, would be @DeseanJackson10 and that no one would take
Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Philip Rivers. Also complained when someone handed him a valet ticket as if he was a valet. Shaun, who's insuring the flag
football league? I don't like your top pick at all.
@AaronRodgers12 -- Announced his candidacy for "Celebrity Jeopardy." How could they not
call him now? Also made a bold prediction: "Somewhere that end of the world predictor is telling himself, '3rd time's the charm'. Be on the lookout for
the next set of billboards" Sure enough, dude's come out with an Oct. 21 date.
@ochocinco -- (Pre snake-wrangling.) "This just in:The End Of The World has not been canceled just postponed until
the #LOCKOUT is over." Bitter over another Steelers win, but complimented Hines Wards for "Dancing with the Stars" title. Also provided picture of the
week: "I was trying to give my #LapGiraffe a bath and look where he ran to." I am fascinated by
the lap giraffe and am saving up for one.
@DariusButler28 -- With the Rapture due last Saturday, Butler offered to give his
account number to anyone who believed it was going to happen so they could transfer their funds to him. Then he bemoaned it when his balance didn't
change. I'm sure people just needed more time or, in great anticipation, had their wills drawn up in advance.
@T_Porter22 -- "Why is everyone askin me and lil bro @Mark_Ingram22 who gon wear 22 like we gon tell u? We don't even have a season right now
lol #crazy" I don't get it either, Tracy. People are fascinated by uniform numbers. And maybe they figure jerseys are cheaper during the labor impasse?
As a flag football observer, Porter also offered some commentary on footwear and women players.
@A_Train_92 -- "#EPICTWEET I just discovered the holy grail of breakfest! Order a McGridle
and get the steak egg [bagel] sauce on it!!! #UrWelcomeAmerica" Thanks but I already ate. Austen was also funny on the missed Rapture prediction,
saying he lived it up in anticipation and then had to apologize to everyone.
@jayfeely -- Solid Joakim Noah commentary, both funny -- his wife said, "I wish my pony tail
looked as good as Noah's" -- and serious: "I've said many things after I miss a kick or in the midst of a game that I regret saying or wouldn't say in
any other setting."
@RobertMathis98 -- "damn I just told a family member #No and it felt good.....almost
#ADDICTIVE" Also expressed NBA-related dismay regarding one guy being blamed for a loss in a team sport and speed trap-related dismay at the number of
police on his route from Georgia to Birmingham.
@PatrickWillis52 -- "I'm going biking in the morning. Its crazy how I can be nervous
about that but not to go play in front of thousands smh" Also said something I think we all think more often than we'd like: "Sometimes I don't