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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Updated: April 21, 8:18 AM ET
Readers give All-Time Sports Tweets

By Jerry Greene
Special to Page 2

To tweet is a treat.

That's what we learned this week when we asked you to suggest tweets that might have been made by sports figures if Twitter capability has always been with us. The response was large and enthusiastic as many mentioned this was a Top 10 list that they found particularly appealing.

Keeping that in mind, we'll try to be brief.

Many prominent names in sports history were mentioned frequently including Steve Bartman, Bill Buckner, O.J. Simpson (although nothing about his football), Pete Rose, Secretariat (how difficult must it be to tweet with hooves?) and, of course, Mike Tyson.

Some of you gave us the most ancient sports tweeter in Pheidippides -- the Athenian in 490 BC who ran 175 miles in two days to tell Athens that the Greeks had beaten the Persians in the Battle of Marathon. "We have won!" he said -- and promptly died.

What might Pheidipides have tweeted?

"First the good news -- we have won! Now I'm out!" -- suggested Erik D. of Elmhurst, N.Y.

Most were more contemporary. Let's get to it.

Top 10 Imaginary All-Time Sports Tweets

10. "I'm feeling pretty good about the ninth hole today." -- Kevin Na, as suggested by Mark H. of Pittsburg, Kan.

9. "I could really use something to eat right now." -- Mike Tyson before second fight with Evander Holyfield in 1997, as suggested by Nathan V. of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

8. "Heading home for peaceful evening with Elin." -- Tiger Woods on Nov. 28, 2009, as suggested by Fabio P. of Baschi, Italy.

7. "Oops." -- Bill Buckner in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, as suggested by Roger H. of Parts Unknown, N.J.

6. "Little cards with our pictures on them and a stick of gum? Sounds stupid." -- Honus Wagner, as suggested by Frank H. of Stillwater, Minn.

5. "Great getting a day off. Looking forward to being back in lineup tomorrow." -- Wally Pip in 1925, as suggested by Jonathan S. of Somerset, Ky.

4. "Vitamin injection from personal trainer 2day. Feel great. HR record here I come. Need new hat." -- Barry Bonds, as suggested by Lisa A. of Benson, N.C.

3. "Yes! Stanford's going to win! Last game in band, hope I get on TV!" -- Stanford trombone player Gary Tyrrell at end of 1982 football game against California, as suggested by Greg W. of Windham, Conn.

2. "Come on, 2-to-1 that I just get a slap on the wrist." -- Pete Rose, 1989, as suggested by David K. of Fort Smith, Ark.

1. "Just scored 100 times tonight. Plus, earlier today, I did real well in a basketball game." -- Wilt Chamberlain, March 2, 1962, as suggested by Casey M. of Columbia, S.C.

A lot of fine entries just barely missed the cut. We also had some good ones that were posted as comments at the bottom of our Monday call for entries. Here are three of those that stood out:

• "Lost the Super Bowl today. Got a good feeling I'll be back soon." -- Dan Marino.

• "Lost bet today. Got to compete in high jump backwards tomorrow." -- Dick Fosbury.

• "Tyson finally knocked down Douglas. About time. Oh, wait, I should stop tweeting and start counting." -- referee Otavio Myran in 1990.

Finally, IMO, the one man who would have been perfect for tweeting was Yogi Berra. Who would not want to follow him and start the day with a tweet such as this:

"You should always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't come to yours."


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