I know I clearly speak for everyone when I say that the worst part about going home for the semester break is not being able to read the new Lamron sports articles. Picking up the paper on Thursday afternoons is a Geneseo tradition. Believe it or not, there are some other outlets to get entertaining sports information from. The most entertaining has to be social media accounts––the majority of them are absolutely terrible. That’s why I’m here to help you find the best athletes and sports personalities to follow on Twitter.
If you’re looking for the best information as quickly as you can get it, you need to follow Ian Rapoport @RapSheet—a National Football League insider—and Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA—a Yahoo! Sports and Fox Sports 1 National Basketball Association insider. Rapoport and Wojnarowski serve the same purpose for their respective sports—they tweet breaking news and usually keep their opinions to a minimum. These are your guys if you want straight sports news.
If you’re looking for more opinions, Bill Simmons @BillSimmons is your guy. Simmons is an NBA analyst for ESPN, but he does much more than that. He is the editor-in-chief of the sports and culture blog Grantland and is the co-creator of ESPN’s award-winning documentary series “30 for 30.” Simmons has become well known for getting in trouble for his opinions. On Sept. 22, he called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a “liar” for his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case. Whether or not his opinion was correct—spoiler, it was—ESPN suspended Simmons for three weeks. No one is sure what that means, but Simmons is provocative and gets the people going.
There are a million parody sports Twitter accounts out there. Most of them—like Faux John Madden—are terrible. If you are a football fan, however, there is one that is a must-follow: Faux Jon Gruden @Faux_Gruden. For those that don’t know, Jon Gruden is a former NFL head coach who is now an analyst for ESPN. He’s known for his ridiculous metaphors and generally preposterous statements, such as “I’ve never understood the rules, Mike,” and “He’s a surgeon. He’ll shred ya.”
Faux Gruden takes this to a new level. “Man I hate false starts,” the account tweeted on Sunday Nov. 30. “It’s like running into an automatic door before it opens. Instead of the five yard penalty you have a sore nose man.” I have never been able to contain my laughter upon seeing any of this man’s tweets.
The best social media accounts in all of sports—if not humanity—belong to Buffalo Bills running back Anthony “Boobie” Dixon. Dixon—better known as “Boobie D”— has the greatest Instagram account in existence: boobiedixon. During the blizzard that hit Buffalo in November, Dixon took it upon himself to post videos of himself doing everything from falling down in snow banks to singing while trapped in his house, cooking bacon and sausage. Whether or not you’re a sports fan, go follow Boobie if you need some laughs.
Also go follow The Lamron @TheLamron and Lamron Sports @LamronSports. Those are pretty good, too.