The Twitter League … Morning Cup O’Chiefs

It has become part of the NFL world. In 140 characters or less, NFL players, coaches, administrators and even owners are communicating via Twitter.

By definition from Webster’s Dictionary, twitter means a short burst of inconsequential information and chirps from a group of birds. That’s exactly what Twitter has become – a maximum of 140 characters about information that’s 99.9 percent inconsequential. When an event happens, no matter how big or small, the increase in Twitter traffic is like a flock of birds sitting in a tree chattering at each other.

It’s part of the so-called social media. Twitter began in July 2006 and in five years has now reached an estimated 200 million users that generate 190 million tweets per day. The Harvard Business School has studied the Twitter craze and concluded that there is a hardcore group of active users, with 10 percent of the Twitter account holders creating 86 percent of the activity.

That’s certainly true within the Chiefs family. A few players are very active users, guys like DL Shaun Smith (10,625 tweets) and S Eric Berry (8,540 tweets). Others are sometimes tweeting like RB Jamaal Charles (2,762 tweets) and CB Brandon Flowers (2,762 tweets). More than a handful of players are not on Twitter at all, like QB Matt Cassel, LB Mike Vrabel, G Brian Waters and RB Thomas Jones.

Clark Hunt, Scott Pioli and Todd Haley are not twittering, but others in their positions around the league are posting tweets on a regular basis. Seattle coach Pete Carroll is a frequent visitor to Twitter. Denver’s man in charge these days John Elway is on twitter. And there’s Indianapolis Colts owner Jimmy Irsay, who just yesterday tweeted the following:



Jim Irsay

Last week I went 2 the dentist,he pulled sum teeth n I lost sum blood,I wanna thank u 4 the cards u sent us,my family n I were all choked up

18 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®


By any definition, Twitter has become a phenomenon, and remarkably it does not appear to be driven by those who create fads: teenagers. Rather it’s adults, mostly young, but some like the 52-year old Irsay are all over the landscape of Twitter.

That includes the Kansas City Chiefs. In what is now a 16-week NFL lockout, one of the few ways you can get any sort of perspective on the Chiefs players is through Twitter. At times it’s easy to understand what the player is saying:



Eric Berry

I’m in town…my brothers leave town…I leave town…my brothers r n town…I guess that’s how it is wit family full of athletes.


Then there are other tweets from say Flowers that need a modern urban/Twitter dictionary to provide interpretation:



Brandon Flowers

@BCarr39 bro u gotta blame the homie T haha I ain’t even know the pics was down there bro…lmaooo..we except u tho bro don’t trip


There’s no question there are examples where Twitter has been very important for a moment of time. After the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, tweets were the most successful form of communication, when damaged phone lines and cell towers made phone calls impossible. Tweets are transmitted on a lower bandwidth than a cell phone call and can still be successful when calls can’t make it through.

But for the most part, the land of Twitter has been taken over by the sports and entertainment world and performers in all those areas. Earlier this year, certifiable mad man Charlie Sheen registered a new Twitter account and he had one million followers in 25 hours. Right now the Twitter account with the most followers is singer Lady Gaga with 11,250,245 people on line. Singer Justin Bieber is chasing her with 10,657,008 followers. In the sports world, the leader earlier this year was Shaquille O’Neal with 3,564,335 followers.

As with anything involving young, immature personalities with well-fed egos, sometimes they step on their Twitter. Just in the last week it happened with C.J. Johnson, a soon to be freshman linebacker at the University of Mississippi. First, Johnson closed down his Facebook page when he received some bad messages from Mississippi State fans.

He moved his social media comments to Twitter, posting a host of off-color, sexually graphic and nonsensical tweets. After the posts were repeated on the Sports by Brooks website, Johnson swore off his Twitter account.

Not all player tweets are without interest or merit. This week, Arizona Cardinals DL Darnell Dockett’s posted a series of tweets during an encounter with police who pulled him over in his Cadillac Escalade. Dockett did not tweet where this incident took place, but he eventually was allowed to leave without receiving a ticket after he refused the police request to search his car. “There R 3police cars and they are talking! I don’t see A search warrant they won’t see inside this Escalade! I got all day hope they don’t!” Dockett tweeted at one point.

Earlier this year, Pittsburgh RB Rashard Mendenhall got himself in trouble with Twitter comments about the death of Osama bin Laden. “What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…” tweeted Mendenhall.

Controversy came two years ago in Kansas City via Twitter when RB Larry Johnson had some insults for the local media and Todd Haley his head coach. That eventually hastened his exit from the team and the city.

So what does it all mean? Heaven knows, but athletes now have an outlet for their own voices instead of relying on public relations types and the media to relay their thoughts. Sometimes that’s good; sometimes not so much. Something that inexperienced players learn very quickly is that Twitter has no boundaries. It’s not held within city limits, state borders, or even a single hemisphere. A tweet never really goes away.

It recalls the old Mark Twain line about “better to be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

If Twain was alive today he would likely tweet: “better to be thought a fool than to tweet without thought and remove all doubt.”

And, he’d still have 60 characters left.


It’s a lot faster to identify the players on the Chiefs roster that don’t Twitter, than those that do. QB Matt Cassel, LG Brian Waters, C Casey Wiegmann, OLB Tamba Hali, ILB Jovan Belcher, DE Tyson Jackson, OLB Mike Vrabel, RB Thomas Jones, QB Brodie Croyle – none can be found with a legitimate account on Twitter. No active account was found for draft choices C/G Rodney Hudson, LB Justin Houston and QB Ricky Stanzi.

Here’s what we could find on the rest of the locker room. They are listed in the number of followers for their Twitter page.

Player Twitter Tweets Followers Comment


@Stuntman1429 8,540 37,629 A little bit of everything comes from last year’s first-round choice.


@jcharles25 2,762 27,405 Mostly updates from his time back in Texas after KC workouts.


@BFlowers24 2,762 18,327 Dominated by chatter with pals and teammates


@GlennDorsey72 6,348 13,423 The chitchat of daily life from the DT.


@D_McCluster22 61 11,146 Letting fans into his thoughts/plans top his Twit agenda.


@superdj56 141 10,636 Only two tweets in June so far; no real personal stuff.


@BCarr39 2,884 7,777 Communication with friends and Chiefs dominates
Jonathan Baldwin @Jon_Baldwin 2,924 5,712 Lots of pictures and reports on daily life.
Shaun Smith @autumnsjs90 10,625 5,672 Typical Smith – plenty of chatter, most forgettable, some memorable.
Wallace Gilberry @Gilberry92 969 4,596 Random thoughts & actions from the day.
Andy Studebaker @studie32 482 4,138 Messages to followers and fans dominate.
Javier Arenas @JavierArenas21 290 3,973 Random thoughts & actions from the day.
Maurice Leggett @almighty31 7,695 3,602 Top of the head ramblings – just chatter.
Donald Washington @DWashIII 1,431 3,279 Occasional motivation quote/chatter.
Anthony Toribio @Ribzz93 2,411 2,729 Conversations with friends & teammates.
Kendrick Lewis @klewis23 896 2,436 Shoutouts top his daily tweets.
Allen Bailey @AllenBailey57 519 1,686 Daily chit and chatter.
Jalil Brown @TheJalilBrown 934 1,008 Talk of the day with friends and fans.
Shane Bannon @Shanej37 615 1,004 Updates on his every move in the day.
Gabe Miller @GMILLI99 253 562 Updates on his every move in the day.
Dwayne Bowe @DwayneBowe 1 473 One tweet in Sept. ’09; quiet since.
Tony Moeaki @TonyMoeaki 1 469 He hasn’t posted since October.
Reshard Langford @langford48 87 339 Just getting going; basic chatter of life.
Jerheme Urban @JerhemeUrban83 95 283 Tweeting with friends and family.
Jerrell Powe @jpowe57 1 191 Tweeted just once.
Branden Albert @brandenalbert76 27 154 He hasn’t tweeted since November.
Bobby Greenwood @Bobby_Greenwood 194 117 Just started to tweet.
Jon Asamoah @Jasamoah73 72 108 Top of the head chatter couple times a week.
Verran Tucker @VerraanTucker15 100 99 Just chatter with friends.
Tim Castille @tcastille19 11 10 Personal chatter only.

3 Responses to “The Twitter League … Morning Cup O’Chiefs”

  • June 29, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    Some more:

    @slickrick35 (Ricky Price)
    @TDaniels3400 (Travis Daniels)

  • June 29, 2011  - Tracy says:

    Who dat say twtr b nu way 2 pruv iq lower than uniform #? i got lot 2 say 140 karactrs like sip H2O whn 2 ltrs gatraid needed. women luv my mind 2. i say shee-it, wat u say?

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