Twitter has become an essential tool for writers in today's world of sports.
Mainstream sports outlets took notice of social media's increasing importance, thanks in part to Ocho Cinco's need for attention and Craig James' son getting locked in a closet. Since then, college football writers have embraced social media with open arms.
Today's media allows athletes to almost cut out the middleman, so reports and journalists have to adapt.
Writers now use tweets as quotes in stories and Facebook to break news. Some even use social networking as a convenient way to conduct interviews.
Granted, there are a few writers who either can't figure out how to incorporate tweets on a regular basis, or wake up first thing in the morning and start tweeting their morning routine.
The bad seeds aside, some writers have really taken to usage Twitter as a tool to further their content and the discussion.
Here's a list of twelve tweet-addicted football writers to start following on Twitter.
SportsbyBrooks is the Perez Hilton of the sports world. Brooks posts sports stories and original commentary not found on most mainstream sports media sites.
If a football star shoots himself in the leg at a strip club, SportsByBrooks is the place to read about it.
Typical Tweet: "Lawrence Taylor involved in 5 domestic disturbances since 2002. Including 2 mos ago."
At first glance, most would assume former NFL safety Matt Bowen is on my must-follow list due to blatant Hawkeye homerism. That theory might be partially correct, but the man knows his football.
Bowen is a good writer and a great source for any college and professional football news.
Typical Tweet: "Post on Cushing... Be interesting to see what type of impact on the field he has after the suspension. Same player?"
According to his Twitter bio, Stewart Mandel is a writer, author, lover, humanitarian, and college football writer for Sports Illustrated. He also proves that the word smarmy can have a positive meaning.
He does have a bit of a #LOST obsession, though. Something tells me we will see a article out of Mandel someday titled, "Are the writers of LOST planning the Big Ten Expansion?"
Typical Tweet: "Prediction: This Obama Michigan commencement speech will be replayed on Big Ten Network even more than Michigan-App St."
Move The Sticks is operated by former Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns scout Daniel Jeremiah. He has six years of NFL scouting experience and uses it to tweet football information around the clock.
Typical Tweet: "In Baltimore, Rex would always lobby for cb's over dl because a bad play by the dl results in 1st downs not touchdowns."
Michael Felder is almost an award-winning blogger & podcaster. He is a former college football player who still loves the game. Like his Twitter bio says, he is a great provider of sarcastic commentary on his tweet stream.
Typical Tweet: "I listen to Pat Benatar, not Cher, get it right."
Don't let the Grizzly Adams beard fool you, Marc Morehouse knows his college football. He is a sportswriter for The Gazette and covers Iowa football better than anyone else.
Typical Tweet: "At Benz Beer Fest. Swear to Jah I've played hockey against and two-hand slashed half these people."
Andy Staples covers college football and recruiting for Sports Illustrated until somebody founds Barbecue Monthly and names him editor-in-chief. Hey, I didn't make that up...it's in his Twitter bio.
Typical Tweet: "Here's the deal. If you are Ole Miss or Arizona or Wisconsin or NC State, you should pay up and play Boise State. It's like buying ad time."
Aside from her obsession with the Pac 10 and her crush on Desmond Howard, fellow Bleacher Report writer and FOX Sports colunist Lisa Horne is a great tweeter to follow.
Lisa claims to have conducted the first sports celebrity interview with USC Trojans football head coach Pete Carroll.
Typical Tweet: "Watching Straight Outta LA (Raiders) & they showed close-up of Al Davis w/ 2 very yellow, rat-like front teeth. My hamster has better teeth."