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Sports world atwitter!

If you haven't heard, Twitter is taking over the world. Replacing phone calls, conversations, newspapers, 140 characters at a time.

In fact, some of us Twitterfolk can now only write in sentences that are 140 characters or less. Sad, but true. LOL.

Look! @TBSportsDaddy is doing it right now! @TBSportsDaddy can't stop himself! (And it makes us write in third person sometimes as well.)

But the fun in Twitter isn't so much about what you write. Not everyone uses it as a forum to bore people with their daily meanderings.

Does it matter what @TBSportsDaddy had for breakfast (coffee, bagel, btw), or how cute @TBSportsDaddy's kids are (very!)?

Who cares what TV show @TBSportsDaddy is watching (Saving Grace), or what pants @TBSportsDaddy is wearing (none, if you must know).

The fun is in whose meanderings you follow on Twitter. Like, say, sports folks'.

Since they can't join us for dinner and drinks, they can still converse with us. Kinda. Sorta. It's as close as you'll get.

Why should u care? Who says u have to. @TBSportsDaddy finds them amusing. Interesting. Better even than JimmyJox, his imaginary friend from childhood.

Oops. Getting personal again. I've said too much already. So if you follow Twitter, try these pro stars on for 140-character size.

Name: @TBSportsDaddy

Location: Tampa Bay


A note: Hey there. It's @TBSportsDaddy. I'm the new St. Petersburg Times sports Twitter guy. I'm not going to dump links on you (well, some). I'm not an RSS feed. I'm a real live guy who is going to entertain, inform, anger and probably write a tweet that eventually gets me fired. (They've got June 16 in the office pool, in case you're wondering.)

Don't let the name throw you. I won't tweet about daddy stuff, such as my son's Little League results. Unless you ask. (@TBSportsDaddy'sSon has a pretty good bat.)

I preferred @TBSportsDreamboat. That got shot down by editors who decided that though inarguably mildly handsome in a lukewarm through-squinted-eyes kind of way, I am hardly dreamy in any way.

So @TBSportsDaddy it is.

What will my tweets be about? Tampa Bay sports stuff. Links to cool stuff in our paper and beyond. And yes, what I had for breakfast. I just can't resist.

Follow me at

I'll follow you.

Let's see if we can make it past June 16.


Shaquille O'Neal is the most popular sports Twitterer in the world. He's funny and responds to fans.

Followers: 438,435

Favorite tweets:

March 25: Its freezn n portland, schwlbbbbb schlwbbbb dats da lip shiver sound

March 21: Attention all twitterers I'm a tweet at halftime and not get fined like vill a new wave a whteva his name is


Armstrong broke news of his recent injury on his Twitter feed and had pictures before surgery.

Followers: 423,857

Favorite tweets:

March 26: Surgery/anesthesia/jetlag = hurtin' like hell.

March 24: At the doc's office. I guess it wasn't such a "clean" fracture after all. Bummer.


Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is smart, insightful and sometimes controversial.

Followers:6,668Follows: 13

Favorite tweets:

March 26: the sad part of our game last night. 1 reporter to cover the game. not a single beatwriter from SF. Sad

March 23: my new fave breakfast:low/no fat cottage cheese with some lite maple syrup mixed in...450 calories, tasteeeeeee now you know !


Tony Hawk's Twitter bio says he's a skateboarder and a video game character.

Followers:233,095Follows: 30

Favorite tweets:

March 24: Kids Choice Awards is Sat. I will not make the same mistake I did last year and miss it (to later find out I won for Favorite Male Athlete)

March 24: for the record, I am well aware of the advantages of gmail over hotmail. On another note: I just reached 200k followers! Thanks everybody!


If Phelps had been tweeting instead of, well, you know … but he's back now and kind of goofy.

Followers: 47,031

Favorite tweets:

March 10: Top 3 original NES games: 1. The Legend of Zelda 2. Super Mario Bros. 1 3. Contra What's yours!?

March 10: I don't care what anyone says, The original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is still #1 !!!


Of the last 45 things Jets safety Kerry Rhodes has written, 44 are responses to Twitterers/fans. Cool.

Followers: 2,101

Recent tweets

March 26: Wat makes me cry is the movie selena

March 5: heading to houstons on 27th st right now for meeting and lunch in city if any twitterers wanna say hi stop by


Great moments in history: "Ask not what your country can do for you … ", We have nothing to fear … ", "One small step for man … " and "In da locker room, snuck to post my twitt. We're playing the Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up." That last great moment was a tweet from the Bucks' Charlie Villanueva, which rocketed him to Twitterinfamy.

Followers: 12,702Follows: 90

Favorite tweet:

March 26: At dinner in Orlando, who wants tickets for tomorrow game

More sports figures on Twitter

@BarryZito (Giants pitcher)

@AndrewMBogut (Bucks center)

@PeteCarroll (USC football coach)

@natalie_gulbis (pro golfer)

@Bobby_Labonte (NASCAR)

@kylepetty (NASCAR)

@Levi_Leipheimer (U.S. cyclist)

@mcewenrobbie (Robbie McEwen, Australian cyclist)

@taylorphinney (Taylor Phinney, U.S. cyclist)

@morganpressel (Morgan Pressel, pro golfer)

@CC_Sabathia (Yank- ees pitcher)

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