From the Cheap Seats: It’s OK to be a follower

By Andrew Canales

Twitter changed things.

It changed the way we deliver and receive news. It changed the way we connect with friends ” and often, complete strangers. It changed the way we watch sports.

It’s the second-most influential vehicle of sports popularity in the last decade behind fantasy sports, but it may not be in the rear-view mirror for much longer. The reason for this: athletes are funnier, friendlier and more introspective than we often give them credit for.

For every PR-heavy, monotone account, there’s one that gives a real-life look into the lives of our favorite stars.

Do yourself a favor and follow these three athletes, the best in the Twitterverse:

Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32)

The Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander is a Twitter star. McCarthy has arguably the best sense of humor in baseball, and maybe in all of sports.

With a fresh take on pop culture and current events, McCarthy makes you a fan regardless of where your baseball loyalties lie.

Plus, his model wife is just as funny.

Recent gem: “right now if I say “be there in ten minutes”, it means “hang on, gonna watch the new Superman trailer three more times”.

Arian Foster (@ArianFoster)

Commenting on the “Harlem Shake” craze one minute, reciting a haiku the next, the 2011 rushing champion is as exciting on the computer screen as he is on the gridiron.

Foster, the Houston Texans running back, is one of the most introspective athletes around.

He’s shed light on the effort given at the NFL Pro Bowl, the quality of music on mainstream radio and the best performers in the Broadway version of “The Lion King.”

Recent gem: “Just saw a Lunesta commercial. [Expletive] said, ‘possible risk of suicide..’ As one of the side effects. Lol, I’m good, bruh. I’ll just stay awake”

Tom Crabtree (@TCrabtree83)

In the same vein as McCarthy, Crabtree knows his way around funny.

He was the fourth or fifth option in Green Bay’s offensive arsenal (he’s now with Tampa Bay), but he’s a first-stringer when it comes to Twitter.

Recent gem: “Where can i go to see manatees in Tampa? … Looks like water is my best option. Thanks guys.”



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