Friday, September 2, 2011
NFL Twindex: Unique Foster takes top spot
By Paul Kuharsky
The Texans' Arian Foster leads the way in this week's Twindex ranking.
OK, the Twindex has been retooled a bit as we set sail on the 2011 NFL season.
While I sift through hundreds of players' tweets, only five will make our weekly list, though there will be quirky honorable mention categories for stuff that grabs my attention.
As always, I ask for your assistance. If there is a tweet that needs to be considered, call it to my attention at @ESPN_AFCSouth or @PaulKuharsky.
You can see the “finalists” by looking at favorites at the ESPN account.
An announcement to our fine player pool: It’s time to crank it up fellas. Camps are over, you’re back home and getting to your in-season schedule. It demands a lot of time to rest. During said rest, why not cleverly tweet us insight into football and life and football life?
@ArianFoster -- Please don't let people who don't like your Twitter style to alter it. The hamstring MRI was classic. And your stance on people who are too fanatical regarding fantasy football was dead on: "I know opinions are usually cement. But, I love all my fans. My quarrel is with people who value a digital game over a humans health" Stood up to @ESPN_Colin too: "Did you want to be a critic as a child? Or did your dreams die with your humility?"
@TCrabtree83 -- Emphatically corrected people on the always misused "couldn't care less." Offered advice to someone who asked what round to pick him in a fantasy draft: "Other than 1st? Probably 2nd." Claimed to share a picture of himself from the future. Considered a life talking in tweets: "Have you ever tried to SPEAK at 140 characters at a time? Really challenging."
@ConnorBarth -- "funny when you pull up to the stadium and the fans have no clue which team is in the buses...some wave and some flick us off. #priceless" Just the sort of football life stuff we crave. Also quality observational stuff like: "You know you are a baller when you have to use cranes to plant palm trees at your house..." And "Kinda funny to read about how Gadhafi's son was dating a Dutch playboy model...must be the money!!!"
Wide Receiver | New England Patriots ... Last Poll: 9
@ochocinco -- Wish I could be as delicate. To a fan who asked what number he'd be wearing with the Patriots, he replied: "Kind sir did u think b4 u sent this?" Also encouraged random reach-outs: "Variety is the spice of life n the expansion of 1's mind,Now tweet random people u don't know n tell them u luv them.You'll feel great after" Someone then actually tweeted me he loved me. Powerful stuff.
@RealRClark25 -- Served himself up on a platter: "Yessir! I am super fool! I love it" Followed in short order by: "Autocorrect. Lol. Clearly I don't consider myself a fool." Also shared advanced word on his training plans for 2012: "I'm not training next offseason. I'm getting one of these Captain America machines!"
@LarryFitzgerald (Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona receiver) -- Just finished up dinner w/ some of my teammates and a few friends from Broncos @E_Decker, @VonMiller [@MillerLite40], Champ Bailey & Eddie Royal
@DariusButler28 (Darius Butler, New England cornerback) -- "Riding around Foxboro. I feel like I'm n a scene from I am Legend" (Post Hurricane Irene.)
@ChrisWarcraft (Chris Kluwe, Minnesota punter) -- I wish I could grow a magnificent facial hair animal like @AaronRodgers12. I'd groom it to look like a marmot. #curseyoustragglyhairgenes
@C_Mitch18 (Carlton Mitchell, Cleveland receiver) -- "People who investigate strange noises in horror movies deserve to die. #Shrugs #JustSayin"
@antoniogaray71 (Antonio Garay, San Diego defensive tackle) -- "Why watch the VMAs when I'm getting a play by play from my twitter feed...but a lot of you need to work on your commentary!"