And on the Eighth Day, He Said "Let Them Tweet"

Max RooseveltContributor IAugust 6, 2009

GEORGETOWN, KY - JULY 31:  Chad Ochocinco #85 (R) of the Cincinnati Bengals and Head Coach Marvin Lewis (middle with white sleeves) share a lauugh during the Bengals training camp at Georgetown College on July 31, 2009 in Georgetown, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Enough is enough with the now great Twitter debate.

While personally I feel that the site is unnervingly invasive and highly unnecessary, athletes should absolutely be given the right to let everybody know where their heads are at throughout the course of a game.

But why? You ask. Doesn't tweeting take Chad Ochocinco's focus away from the playing field? Can he really compete at his highest level while telling America how great his last sip of Gatorade was?

The answer is irrelevant.

Professional athletes are paid grotesque salaries not to make that catch across the middle, but rather to entertain the masses and fill the seats. And nothing fills the seats quicker than humor and accessibility.

By allowing athletes to Tweet during games, owners and coaches bring their crowd- pleasers that much closer to their fans.

A simple, "Damn, i really should've made that catch" ,or, "Wow, i just toasted that db" can go a long way.

Yes, we love to see dazzling feats on the field. And nobody is to say that they would stop if in-game Tweets were allowed. However, fun must be had. And what is more fun than hearing what is actually going on in your favorite player's head?

Sports, since their birth in ancient times have been intended solely for public amusement. Twitter provides nothing more than a new medium for accomplishing that goal.

We've already banished end-zone dances, a monstrous mistake in my book. Let's not make the same mistake again.

Many would argue that in-game Tweets would "compromise the integrity of the game." They would liken the sport to professional wrestling and say that such theatrics were never intended to enter the arena, court, or field.


The integrity of the game can only be compromised through cheating. Cheating is creating an imbalance in the competition through an unjust means. Tweeting does nothing of the sort. It is a side-show. The game is still a game, fair as ever.

The sporting world would tremendously benefit from allowing fans to interact with athletes on a more personal basis. It is not a step in the wrong direction, it is a leap forwards. Please don't fight it.