For many sports fans, Twitter is still the social media platform of choice.
It's often where sports reporters break news. Sometimes they get it wrong in a big, conspicuous way and someone like Wilmer Flores ends up crying on the field, but they usually get it right. It's also where current and former pro athletes get themselves into trouble—Curt Schilling, who was suspended from his job as an ESPN on-air analyst after sending a tweet comparing Muslim extremists to Nazis, is a notable recent example—and nobody wants to miss that.
True fans are pretty savvy about whom they should follow on Twitter to stay informed. Nearly everyone's must-follow list includes more or less the same national sports writers and commentators, sport-specific or team-specific journalists and bloggers, and a handful of high-profile athletes and sports celebrities.
But keeping up with the latest sports news is just one part of being a sports fan—being entertained is at least as important. And you're missing out if you're only following the big-time reporters and superstar athletes and not supplementing that with entertaining folks like these, who just seem to get Twitter:
1. Christina Kim
Professional golfer on the LPGA Tour
Kim manages to be at once self-deprecating and fearlessly self-assured on Twitter. She can be crude, but that only helps her swat away critics and would-be trolls, whom she often dismisses with her signature send-off, "Jackass!" Kim is at her best when doing impromptu Q&As with fans. Here's her response to a question about whether she prefers hamburgers or hot dogs at a barbecue:
Yes. But only if it's cheeseburger. With a hot dog sliced lengthwise. Put in another cheeseburger. https://t.co/wJQrrGN2og
— Christina Kim (@TheChristinaKim) August 25, 2015
And when some joker tried to razz her about potentially failing to earn her LPGA Tour card next year?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA BLOCKKKKKKKKK https://t.co/4xtcvrgIBX
— Christina Kim (@TheChristinaKim) August 25, 2015
2. Brandon McCarthy
Veteran MLB pitcher currently with the Los Angeles Dodgers
McCarthy is one of the funniest pro athletes on Twitter—period. He's opinionated, irreverent, clever and snarky, and the right-hander will chime in on everything from what's going on in baseball and other sports to politics and pop culture—even ads.
I'll be damned if I'm going to celebrate #lefthandersday. I'm still mad we let them vote
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) August 13, 2015
3. Chris Kluwe
Retired NFL punter formerly of the Minnesota Vikings
A punter turned activist, Kluwe is as outspoken on Twitter about things like same-sex marriage and gun control as he is when publicly discussing issues like openly gay players in the NFL for whom he famously advocated. Kluwe is a must-follow for socially conscious, left-leaning sports fans. If you disagree with his politics, though, he may not be for you.
Just a reminder, if you reply to me with a tone deaf hashtag of privilege like #AllLivesMatter, I will mute you and not feel bad at all.
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) August 8, 2015
4. Joffrey Lupul
Veteran NHL player currently with the Toronto Maple Leafs
If you could only choose one NHL player to follow, it would have to be Lupul. There's one caveat, however: In an April 13 tweet, Lupul said good-bye to his fans and then announced he's "quitting Twitter." He has tweeted a couple of times since though (once about the Toronto Blue Jays). Lupol's still worth following, even if it's only to see if he comes back. If not, his followers will surely miss such deep thoughts as these:
Saying "you should call more often", doesn't typically make people want to call more often.
— Joffrey Lupul (@JLupul) November 22, 2014
Sometimes kids are awesome.. And other times they are on an airplane..
— Joffrey Lupul (@JLupul) August 14, 2014
(If Lupol remains true to his word, try Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, instead. In fact, follow him anyway.)
— Strombone (@strombone1) August 31, 2015
Guys don't tell anyone but I'm currently deflating a few pucks for the breakaway relay…. #NHLAllStarWeekend
— Strombone (@strombone1) January 25, 2015
5. Brad Keselowski
Nascar Sprint Cup Series driver currently with Team Penske
If you're a Nascar fan, you should absolutely follow Keselowski. If you're not, you should consider it anyway, because you might just learn something about a very popular sport. Keselowski tweets a lot about Nascar, discusses it with fans and doesn't shy away from its more controversial aspects. He retweets articles he thinks are good—or not so good—often adding his own commentary. He also comments on specific races, the sport in general and how it's portrayed in the media, and mixes in random, funny observations about other sports, pop culture and fatherhood.
Not a football expert but thinking the Cowboys should just call those same plays every game. @NFLonNBC
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) September 14, 2015
Warning- I've officially graduated into one of those annoying parents that's telling everyone about their baby's first laugh today.
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) August 27, 2015
6. Cespedes Family BBQ
Fan account primarily focusing on pro baseball
No, this tweeter isn't Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, but the account is named in the Cuban slugger's honor. It's no spoof, either. CFB is a hilarious account—and companion podcast, The Cespedes Family Barbecast—started by two college students providing, along with some of the best baseball humor on Twitter, pretty solid commentary on the game.
"There is a Cuban baseballer on the
Oakland Athletics Boston Red Sox Detroit Tigers New York Mets named Yoenis Cespedes," they write in the "backstory" on their website. "When he became a free agent in 2011, he released a workout showcase video and sent it to all 30 major league general managers. The video is the stuff of legends, but what happened at the end of the video turned Cespedes from man into god." (That's followed by a GIF of a young Cespedes roasting a whole pig on a spit at what appears to be—you guessed it—a family barbecue.)
This was Cespedes Family BBQ's tweet after starting the hashtag #YoWatch2015 and agonizing over where Cespedes, whom they fondly call Yo, would land at the trade deadline:
Sup New York pic.twitter.com/dlOsIpbWKb
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) July 31, 2015
Since the trade, CFB has been tweeting a lot about the Mets but most often with a focus on their guy:
when someone asks you about Matt Harvey and you're the one carrying the team to the god damn postseason pic.twitter.com/nIvdN52ZdZ
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) September 7, 2015
Whom they obviously love:
Man Crush Monday pic.twitter.com/EUY1E7c2kB
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) September 14, 2015
Anonymous SB Nation guest contributor and die-hard football fan
PFTCommenter writes a football column called MMBM (Monday Morning BM) on SB Nation. The column is preceded by an editor's note: "We're required to remind you that these strong takes are SATIRE. Sorry, not sorry. All spelling errors are intentional, we think." That's also an apt description of the writer's Twitter persona—a cleverly satirical, often profane, unapologetic non-grammarian (and poor speller) with the profile photo to match. Perhaps all you need to know about him is that until recently and for a long time he had this tweet pinned. If you don't like it, "Theres the door," as PFTCommenter says in his bio.
Also how is Russel Wilson not a scientolgst yet? If im Tom Cruise im booking a plane ticket to Seattle yesterday
— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) August 27, 2015
So let me gets this straight- Kanye West can record a rapper album with his jaw wired shut but Geno Smith cant throw a football? makes sense
— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) August 11, 2015
Probly the best part about the hall of fame game is the pagentry and production value pic.twitter.com/9o7EF24SEz
— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) August 10, 2015