NFL Nation: Twindex

NFL Twindex: Another Brown on top

September, 30, 2011
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Carlton MitchellAP Photo/Mark DuncanCarlton Mitchell leads this week's Twindex.
Faith is a key piece of the lives of a lot of NFL players on Twitter.

Many tweet Bible verses or favorite passages, particularly in the morning when they get in a prayer and a daily reading.

It can be a piece of a well-rounded tweeter, though it's not something that typically scores for a guy in the NFL Twindex.

We seek well-rounded players who deliver good humor, good commentary and good football insight.

You can find what I consider the best player tweets of the week by looking at my favorites.

I try to scan through as many tweets as I can, but it's difficult to see them all and I can always use your help. Call my attention to anything of interest at @ESPN_AFCSouth or @PaulKuharsky.

This week's list:

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September, 23, 2011
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Mohamed MassaquoiTom Cammett/Getty ImagesMohamed Massaquoi tops this week's Twindex.

It was a good week for pictures from NFLers on Twitter.

We had tourist shots of Larry Fitzgerald at the Lincoln Memorial and at The White House, a picture of Antonio Garay driving a Hello Kitty car, a shot of a receipt showing off just how much Michael Huff’s dad spent for groceries on his son’s credit card and a freeze frame of Josh Scobee’s locker on TV.

We at the NFL Twindex are in favor of all sharing. We seek insight into football lives, and do our best to weed through a lot of junk to find it.

If you see good humor, good explanations or yes, good pictures from an NFL player or coach or mascot or anyone on Twitter, please make sure we see it by calling our attention to it. Twindex headquarters can be found at @ESPN_AFCSouth and @PaulKuharsky.

To our new edition.

Chris HarrisAP Photo/Nam Y. HuhBears safety Chris Harris had an interesting take on the penalties in the Broncos-Raiders game.
Free advertising. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance?

When Randall Cobb gets his charitable foundation up and running, he’s likely to be using a logo he acquired thanks to a simple tweet.

Perhaps a young graphic artist out there will be able to add a line to his or her résumé after designing a mark for an NFL up-and-comer.

Cobb had a big debut in Green Bay’s season-opening win. Days later he decided to take advantage of the eyes on him. I’m guessing he’ll land a good logo out of it.

The smart marketing ploy gets him the No. 2 spot in this week’s NFL Twindex.

You can influence the poll by calling my attention to quality Tweers from NFLers. I’m @ESPN_AFCSouth and @PaulKuharsky.

Arian FosterHoward Smith/US PresswireThe 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?

We’ll be watching.

Tom CrabtreeMichael Heiman/Getty ImagesCreative tweeting earns Packers tight end Tom Crabtree the top spot on the latest Twindex.
Want to rise and grind? Want to know how long a flight is delayed out of Atlanta? Want motivational quotes and bible passages?

Me neither.

That’s not what I am looking for on Twitter. But I am curious what NFL players are saying and I have made a commitment to sort through it all to give you the highlights from NFL players since the last edition of the NFL Twindex.

Comedy is key during the lockout, but once things are settled we expect far more football talk to be involved here.

It’s not all about laughs on Twitter, and Amy Nelson illustrated so well in this piece about Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds.

Check out tweets I made favorites. That's the list I then worked with to craft our new poll.


Seeing quality tweets you want to make sure are considered? Point me to them. I'm @ESPN_AFCSouth and @Paul Kuharsky.
Carlton Mitchell and Steve BreastonGetty ImagesCarlton Mitchell and Steve Breaston were the cream of the NFL tweeting crop in the latest Twindex.
My eyes glazed over as would-be analysts offered little worthy of attention on Twitter regarding the NBA Finals, starting with too many of these: “Who ya got tonight, Mavs or Heat?”

Yawn-inducing, akin to, “What up [insert city here]?”

Over the last two weeks, we heard who came close to missing a flight and who was delayed and what they thought of the airports they were delayed in.

But even in such a desolate landscape, wonderful things popped up.

Little known Carlton Mitchell, a second-year Browns wide receiver, was consistently hilarious and emerged from nowhere to take the top spot -- not by a nose, but in a landslide.

Laughs are aplenty among the rest of the field in the second edition of the NFL Twindex, one man’s subjective rankings of the best NFL tweeters out there over the last two weeks.

Big names who did well in the feature’s debut disappeared, with only three players retaining a spot in the top 10.

Without further ado, the new list:


Have a tweet I need to see? A Tweeter who needs more consideration? Find me at @ESPN_AFCSouth and @PaulKuharsky.

You need look no further than 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis for evidence that the NFL Twindex is sweeping the nation.

I was a guest this morning on "The Grady and Big Joe Show," and Colts punter and Twitterer extraordinaire Pat McAfee sat in for Big Joe. The vast majority of my segment consisted of McAfee bemoaning his status in the initial Twindex last week, when he garnered just an honorable mention.

He took a shot at the original No. 1, San Diego’s Shaun Phillips, while praising the runner-up, Aaron Rodgers. But his biggest complaint was over No. 8 Jay Feely, the Arizona kicker. McAfee called Feely “boring.”

Of course this got back to Feely -- "the wonder of twitter," he tweeted when I asked how. He was quite non-boring in a three-tweet response. Tone’s always tough in type -- I read this as in completely good humor:

http://twitter.com/#!/jayfeely
http://twitter.com/#!/jayfeely

That left McAfee doing something my 19-month-old son likes to do -- backing up while making beeping noises:


Yeah, not strengthening the Twindex bid there, Pat.

McAfee was an excellent radio stand in. But he’s on Twitter notice for the next seven days. (And you think a jailbreak on a punt creates stress.)

I’m planning the second edition of the Twindex next Friday.

All of this was a long way of getting to this point: My player list is up to 463. (No, not all verified. If a guy is an unverified contender and I plan to touch on him here, then I'll make a positive ID.) That’s a lot of people to track.

So if you see a great tweet or string of tweets from a player you follow, I urge you to call my attention to it. Aim it to me at @ESPN_AFCSouth or @Paul Kuharsky.

And thanks in advance for contributing.

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