Also on the rise without the distraction of the offseason trades, free agent signings, and time consuming OTAs? NFL player tweets.
It's true that many NFL players didn't need a lockout to find the time to monopolize Twitter timelines, but some players have increased their frequency of tweets exponentially. This blog illustrates a sharp rise in New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez's tweets.
Of course, to the chagrin of PR reps all over the country, many players have been using Twitter since its launch not only to interact with fans, praise god and discuss their zodiac signs or favorite video games, but also to announce opinions on sensitive subject matters and to trash talk players and analysts.
It all started, it seems, with Antonio Cromartie's ill-advised 2009 tweet (and subsequent fine) about the food at the San Diego Chargers' training camp. Those 109 characters set the stage for the NFL to define their rules about tweets and for the Chad Ochocinos of the league to start ignoring those rules.
The following are some of the worst tweets since the romance between Twitter and the NFL elite first began.