CNBC's Sports Twitter Rankings (Aug '09)


The fourth month of our rankings turned out to be more challenging, as the summer seemed to neutralize many of the sporting world's best tweeters.

Last month, we named British Open winner Stewart Cink (link: to the top spot. Cink didn't make this month's list as the quality of his content has clearly dropped off.

So once again, it's not about the number of followers, it's about the quality of the tweet.

Since we can’t track everyone out there, please feel free to send in your submissions, both on Twitter (link: and at

1. Bill Simmons (link: -- A staple of our monthly list, The Sports Guy is always good for a laugh. You don't get 700,000 followers by accident.

Best recent tweet: "True or false: You'd be excited if a brawl broke out in the Little League World Series."

2. MJ Day (link: - This senior associate editor of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue isn't dumb. After shooting '09 cover model Bar Refaeli for the 2010 issue, she released a couple extras on her Twitter account. They hit the Internet as "leaked photos." No wonder she now has more than 1,500 followers.

Best recent tweet: "Recent: - a bit of Bar.."

3. Jim Larranaga (link: -- Pete Carroll gets all the credit, but George Mason's basketball coach is a great tweeter. He wrote this week that he was hanging it up for a while. We're hoping this will get him out of "tweetirement."

Best recent tweet: "Compliance meetings begin tmw for the new year. New NCAA rule allows us to provide players bagels but no cream cheese or butter. Love it!"

4. Rich Eisen ( -- This NFL Network anchor has been on our list before, but he's back on not for breaking news (for that go to Chris Mortensen, Jay Glazer or Adam Schefter), but for the best interaction of any non-athlete with his followers.

Best recent tweet: "It's odd and you may think I'm trying to steal the Cowboys thunder, but I also have a 160-foot long TV hanging from the roof of my house."

5. Nate Robinson (link: -- The little guy definitely thinks about food a lot. In the past month we've learned he likes Apple Jacks, Pop Tarts and blueberry waffles. Note: Robinson speaks in "tweetbonics" and we can't figure out why he writes out "pause" all the time. Are we missing something?

Best recent tweet: "Yo iam Patrick Chewing a snickers and it got extra Master Peanuts in em pause dat cuz u knw iam a Chompion!!! LoL hope yall get it pause"

6. Eric Stangel (link: -- The head writer for David Letterman who loves sports. Even though he saves his best for the show, we still think he's underfollowed.

Best recent tweet: "Today Philip Rivers signed a 6 year $93 million extension. Today Ryan Leaf was promoted to night manager at Kroger"

7. Dara Torres ( -- She's still relevant in the pool, so why not on Twitter? Updates of her daughter's life are entertaining and she tweeted from her hernia surgery. Extra points for that.

Best recent tweet: "At surg center, blood pressure cuff on, robe and booties on and bout to get IV....can't wait for my nap!!!"

8. Morgan Pressel (link: www.twitter/morganpressel) -- Women golfers are good at Twitter and Pressel gives you a good look into her world of traveling and watching movies. Twitpics from the Solheim Cup were great.

Best recent tweet: "I've seen the wienermobile stationed at events, but I've never seen it driving down the road until now!"

9. Justin Gimelstob (link' -- The former tennis player clearly gets it. We're optimistic that despite a no tweeting from the locker room at the US Open rule that Gimelstob can get us inside as he has in the past.

Best recent tweet: "Federer just celebrated his win over Hewitt by breaking the pacman record in the players lounge!"

10. Chad Ochocinco ( -- I really wanted to leave the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver off this list, but he's been out of control on Twitter for months now. When he got fined for wearing an orange chinstrap a couple of days ago, followers heard from him immediately.

Best recent tweet: "Im sueing (sic) the NFL, I am color blind so this fine is discriminating because I'm disabled in a way, this is a sad day for me"

Questions? Comments?