With Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show, America is losing a leading satirical voice who not only spoke truth to power for local and foreign governments but was also a biting media critic, calling out those many would’ve considered his peers (though he held them in higher regard) from Fox News to CNN and even network anchor chairs.
We are also losing one of the really good interviewers of our generation. It sounds crazy, but in many ways, Stewart was able to break down the toughest of guests with the guise of humor and get real answers out of politicians and others in power who would’ve been able to deflect barbs across cable news.
Here are some candidates to replace him:
First, a list of candidates that are almost certainly unlikely due to other commitments and/or their star has already risen too high and they’re not leaving Hollywood: Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Seth Meyers, Conan O’Brian, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and (sadly) John Oliver.
10. Olivia Munn
Munn spent a short time on TDS after a stint on various smaller basic cable shows (including Attack of the Show). Being a correspondent was a huge step to stardom, and she’s been in bigger movies and shows since, like Magic Mike, Iron Man 2, The Newsroom, and Mortdecai. Sadly, although she’d be a fine anchor, her lack of writing chops might keep her stepping into this role and her future is probably brighter on the big screen anyway.
9. Chelsea Handler
Although she was bandied about as a possible replacement for Letterman and she’s seen as a comic with a similar sarcastic style, her ratings were terrible over at E! and she may be seen as too abrasive to have the wider appeal that Stewart held.
8. Chris Hardwick
Once upon a time, The Daily Show wasn’t just about politics and Fox News critiques. Under Craig Kilborn, the show had a much wider appeal. Hardwick has been crushing his role @Midnight and could return the show to a time where the top story was just as likely to be about the latest Marvel movie than the war overseas.
7. Jessica Williams
My biggest question here, and maybe it’s too cynical of me to even think about, is whether or not Comedy Central would go with a black female host (in a typically white male dominated landscape) with Larry Wilmore following her. If they’re willing to “pull that trigger” (nothing should be stopping them), tt would be a bold move, and I think Williams could be a very good replacement for Stewart.
The only potential drawback here is that her background was mostly in improv and (as I said about Munn) she may be better on camera than leading the show in the creative way that Stewart did.
6. Nick Offerman
99% of us may know him simply as Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation, but the reality of Nick Offerman is a far different kind of comic who has plenty of views (and sarcasm) about everything…just one thing: After his run as Swanson, he may need to do the show sans mustache for people to take him seriously. He has acting credits going back to 1997 and has written, directed and produced.
5. Samantha Bee and/or Jason Jones
Both Bee and Jones have been in character for TDS long enough that long-time viewer might not take the duo seriously as “straight men” when it comes to delivering news. Still, they’ve hosted the show before (and did a marvelous job doing so) so this isn’t very far fetched, and the co-anchor situation could help redefine the show post-Stewart.
4. Louis C.K.
Louis is the kind of comic who appears more interested in doing his own thing, but it he could ever be “tied down” creatively to an animal like TDS, it could be fantastic. He’s relatable enough to break down A-list celebrities into a real interview atmosphere, but strong enough to stand up against a stonewalling politician. Like Stewart, he also runs the gamut from usual self-deprecating likability to occasional fits of impotent rage.
3. Amy Poehler
Like Offerman, she’s ending her run on Parks and Recreation and unlike her former SNL castmate Tina Fey, she doesn’t have the directing and producing major movies bug. In fact, her production credits right now revolves around Broad City which is a Comedy Central show. She also has serious comedic writing experience and has crushed it behind an anchor desk before.
2. Jason Sudekis
Sudekis brings much of the same disarming likability and charm a younger Jon Stewart once brought to the chair. He left SNL and 30 Rock for a shot at the big screen, but he was reportedly weighing a return to SNL as recently as last year after Hollywood didn’t quite go his way. He was a writer for a few seasons under Seth Meyers on Saturday nights, but the biggest question is whether or not he would command the anchor desk or a interview in quite the same way.
1. Neil Patrick Harris
To me, this is a no-brainer although it might cost Comedy Central a little more coin than some of these other candidates. Like Sudekis, NPH is as likeble as they come. He hasn’t done a ton of writing, nor is he a pure comedian in the stand-up/improv/sketch sense, but he’s certainly funny and has produced (and hosted) numerous award shows while also crushing a guest hosting stint on what is now Live with Kelly and Michael.
“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”—Voltaire
Philly.com columnist Mike Sielski wrote a column on Friday, December 19 on “The Obligation to use ‘R******” [the Washington NFL team name]. Here is Sielski, in his own words:
This idea might come off as old-fashioned, especially in our diverse and ever-expanding media world, but if you’re a reporter or a columnist or a newspaper or a magazine or a news website or maybe even an independent blogger or pretty much anyone who practices what can be called journalism, your primary responsibility ought to be the same: Report the facts as accurately and completely as possible, present them as accurately and completely as possible, and don’t let any agenda – political, social, personal – get in the way of those goals.
First and foremost, I think Sielski blurs the lines of “just the facts” reporting and the much more all-encompassing tent that is journalism. I’m a columnist. The definition of columnist includes the presence of my opinion. My biases are inseparable from my opinion because they compose its very being. That’s not the same as being (or not being) objective. It does mean disclosing biases when appropriate and being honest enough to look at (and value) opposing viewpoints.
So, I may vehemently disagree with Sielski’s opinion, but I support Sielski’s right to say it.
That echoes Voltaire’s famous quotation above. That’s how the First Amendment works. That’s how ethics works. No one, ever, is under the obligation to use a word they deem offensive, and (with all due respect to Sielski and no offense to him intended) I don’t understand how any serious ethicist would go down that road. It’s been said, yes, by many who want to shame journalists into using the term, but I’ve always dismissed it on its face because it seems truly absurd to me.
Travis Waldron covered this topic for the Columbia Journalism Review, writing:
Fred Brown, a vice chairman of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Ethics Committee, likewise sees no ethical issue with dumping the name. “It’s a team name. To just refer to them as Washington—I don’t see a problem,” Brown said. “It’s not misleading people. Is it taking sides? In a way, yes it is. But you’re also avoiding offending people.”
“It’s an ethical problem to the same extent not using it is,” Brown said. “Those who use the name, are they taking a stand? You could maybe say they are, but it’s the same way those who don’t use it are.”
I’m a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and Waldron cites their code of ethics in his piece above. I would first point anyone to the admonishment at the bottom that asks the code be taken as a whole and not have segments ripped out of context to make a point. There are, indeed, points which could be used to support Sielski’s point of view. However, as I read through the entire code, there seems to be much more weight against the idea that objectivity demands use of the name.
Edward Schumacher-Matos is the ombudsman of National Public Radio, he weighed in on the issue as the official policy of the newsroom at NPR had officially echoed Sielski’s sentiments (showing that, while I think he’s incorrect, he’s at least in good company). Schmacher-Matos, however, decried that decision:
It is not NPR’s position to be an advocate for what Snyder should do, but NPR does have responsibility over its own use of language. The newsroom makes word choices every day that reflect the institution’s values. On issues as heated as abortion, gay marriage, tax policy, health care and foreign wars, advocates often use terms that NPR has decided not to use because an alternative is fairer, more accurate or not hateful. That the name of the team is its own and innocently repeated by most of us does not make it any less of a slur to many Native Americans.
I also went to find the opinion of the one ethicist I trust more than any other on journalistic issues, Kelly McBride of Poynter. “I think that’s the perfect word to describe it”, said McBride when I reached out to her on this topic and called such an obligation absurd.
“I actually don’t think fairness or objectivity have anything to do with it. There’s two sets of values here: There’s the journalistic value that says you should be as fair as possible, but also the social ethics that our work lands in a community and we should not cause unnecessary harm.”
“We have always, as journalists, decided what to call organizations and individuals.”, McBride said, pointing out the evolution of the way journalists have used terms for Black Americans to even what we called organizations like ISIS. “Labels have always had massive political connotations. You don’t get the right to name yourself, if in doing so you’re being patently offensive or racist in doing so. You can’t force me to be part of your racism and offensiveness.”
Echoing Brown above, McBride also pointed out that using the name is just as much taking a stand as not using it is: “If you insist on using R****** in your reporting, you’re saying the football team is more important than the Native American people. That’s crazy…to think that the football team should have a bigger say in what they’re called than the Native Americans themselves who are offended by it.”
McBride recorded an episode of the podcast “Everyday Ethics” on the use of Washington’s team name. She, and the other two ethics experts argued against the use of the name by the team itself and in the media, but I think I enjoyed the tagline at the end of the program as much as any of the points McBride and the others made—many of which have already been made here:
“Knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what’s right to do.”
I think that’s the crux of this issue. I hate the Washington team name. I didn’t always, but as I learned more about its history and why people were offended by it, I came to hate it more and more. My position on the word has become more informed and has evolved. I am disappointed in myself for ever having used it, just I am disappointed when my friends and colleagues use it. I wish they didn’t.
Still, it’s not my place to make rules or impose an obligation on anyone else not to use it.
They have a right to use it, just as I have a right not to use it.
Ethically, though, because it is—by definition—a slur and is offensive to many, I do not believe I am obligated to use it, nor do am I obligated to condone its use by others—even if they have a right to do so—because I believe it is not right to do so.
That, too, is my right.
You’re obligated to respect that.
Michael Schottey of Bleacher Report, Michael Lev of the Orange County Register, Scott Pitoniak of the Rochester Business Journal, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Seth Wickersham of ESPN the Magazine and Kyle J. Rodriguez of ColtsAuthority.com and Bleacher Report all won first place in their respective categories in the Professional Football Writers of America’s 2014 Dick Connor Writing Awards.
The Connor Awards encompass news, game stories, columns, features, enterprise features and blogs written by PFWA members from post-Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans through Super Bowl XLVIII in New York/New Jersey.
The awards are named for Connor, a former PFWA president and the organization’s 1991 Dick McCann Award recipient, who worked for the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. Connor was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 1992 and was a 22-time Colorado Sports Writer of the Year honoree.
Three writers won category first-place honors and earned two total place awards:
Schottey took first place in the News category for “Reported NFL influence over ESPN latest blow to integrity on concussions”. He also came in third place in the Game Story category with “Latest Cowboys collapse is so much more than just Tony Romo”.
Lev captured the Game Stories category for his “Anatomy of the Colts’ incredible comeback”, and he was third in Columns with “NFL: The many facets of Richard Sherman”.
Vacchiano won the Features group with “Remembering Li’l Jack Pinto”, and he was second in Columns with “The evolution of Tom Coughlin”.
Other category winners include Wickersham, who repeated as the Enterprise Features winner for the third consecutive year with “The Hail Mary in Santa Clara”, Pitoniak, who won the Columns category with “Saga of O.J. Simpson still seems surreal decades later” and Rodriguez, who won the Blogs competition for his work covering the Indianapolis Colts for two publications.
Dan Pompei placed second and third in Enterprise Features to tie Schottey, Lev and Vacchiano for the most 2014 awards.
In all, 14 different PFWA members received a first-, second- or third-place award, or honorable mention.
The News, Game Stories, Columns, Features and Enterprise Features were judged by David McHam, journalism professor at the University of Houston who was the head of the journalism school at both Baylor and SMU before moving to UH.
The Blogs category was judged by Dave Goldberg, a former pro football writer at the Associated Press, and Glenn Drosendahl, a former sports editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and a writer for the Puget Sound Business Journal.
The full list of the 2014 winners follows:
2014 DICK CONNOR WRITING AWARDS
1. Michael Schottey, Bleacher Report: Reported NFL influence over ESPN latest blow to integrity on concussions
2. Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Chris Kluwe’s lawyer: Texts support claim Vikings knew about Priefer allegations last year
3. Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press, Denver: Broncos president says apology rings hollow
1. Michael Lev, Orange County Register: Anatomy of the Colts’ incredible comeback
2. Scott Adamson, Anderson Independent: Panthers overwhelm Giants, 38-0
3. Michael Schottey, Bleacher Report: Latest Cowboys collapse is so much more than just Tony Romo
1. Scott Pitoniak, Rochester Business Journal: Saga of O.J. Simpson still seems surreal decades later
2. Ralph Vacchiano, New York Daily News: The evolution of Tom Coughlin
3. Michael Lev, Orange County Register: NFL: The many facets of Richard Sherman
1. Ralph Vacchiano, New York Daily News: Remembering Li’l Jack Pinto
2. Tyler Dunne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Nearing 80, Bart Starr’s legend stronger than ever
3. Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press, New York: Jets’ Nelson hosting foster kid who made headlines
1. Seth Wickersham, ESPN the Magazine: The Hail Mary in Santa Clara
2. Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune: Forgotten Champions (the 1963 Chicago Bears)
3. (Tie) Dan Pompei, Bleacher Report: A week in the life of Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and Brian T. Smith, Houston Chronicle: 1993 Oilers – Team Turmoil
1. Kyle J. Rodriguez, Colts Authority & Bleacher Report
2. Brian Allee-Walsh, SportsNOLA.com
ABOUT THE PFWA: The Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) is the official voice of pro football writers, promoting and fighting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public. The PFWA is made up of accredited writers who cover the NFL and the 32 teams on a daily basis. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, who covers the Atlanta Falcons, is the organization’s president for 2013-15, while ESPN.com’s Jeff Legwold, who covers the Denver Broncos, is the PFWA’s first vice-president and long-time national writer Dan Pompei is the organization’s second vice-president. Follow the PFWA at ProFootballWriters.org and on Twitter at @PFWAwriters.
My wife and I love sweet potatoes. (The kids? Not so much, but they’ll live). When I buy them, however, they invariably go bad because I rarely, if ever, have time or foresight to bake a sweet potato for dinner as a side dish. To solve that problem—because sweet potatoes are little nuggets of nutritional gold—why not eat them as the main dish?
Twice-Baked Mexican Sweet Potato Recipe
—One-Half Sweet Potato (because, duh.)
—2TBL Prepared Salsa (I use “Pain is Good” because of low-sodium/sugar content)
—1/2C Reduced-Sodium Black Beans (I use Target-brand because they’re the lowest in sodium I’ve found)
—1/4C Fat-Free Cottage Cheese
—Various Seasonings (I use paprika and Mrs. Dash Table Blend)
Kitchen Tools Needed:
—Oven (or Microwave and Oven)
—Oven Safe Dish
Step One: Wash and then cook sweet potato like normal using your desired method. I microwave using the “Baked Potato” setting and it works like a charm. Just make sure to poke a few holes in the potato using a fork or a knife, first. Go ahead and start preheating your oven to 350.
Step Two: Let the potato cool, slightly, and use that big ol’ knife to cut it in half. Wrap/reserve half for another meal.
Step Three: Scoop out the innards of your half a sweet potato into a bowl. I used my kitchen aid, but that was mostly unnecessary. Combine the rest of the ingredients, and stir until well-blended.
Step Four: Put your concoction back into the potato shell (your potato cup shall overfloweth) and place into your baking vessel. Bake at 350 for 30minutes or until your hunger sends you face-first into your oven door.
At this point, if you have some chopped green onions, tomatoes, reduced-fat sour cream or shredded cheddar/pepper jack cheese, go nuts. I’m never one to cast aspersions on another’s culinary accoutrement. Some hot sauce would be fan-freaking-tastic as well, but for me that’s just more sodium that I’m trying to cut down on. I just added some more paprika and called it a day.
Nutritional Info: As prepared—302 calories, 0 fat, 3mg cholesterol, 598mg sodium, 59g total carbohydrates, 11g dietary fiber (eat that skin!), 16g protein, 13g sugar, 1118mg potassium, 486%DV Vitamin A, 10% DV Vitamin C, 16%DV Calcium, 18% DV Iron. (via MyFitnessPal).
For those of you who follow me on Twitter or befriend me on Facebook (assuming that’s a good number of you, if you’re reading this blog post), you probably know I’ve been making some big changes to my life. Thanks to a family “Biggest Loser-style” challenge initiated by my sister, I’ve lost 16lbs in the past two weeks and have been eating better, working out and altogether living a lot healthier.
Also, if you know anything else about me, you probably know I can cook my tail off. I started young—learning to cook breakfast for the family at about five. Later, when my dad got sick, I ramped up my cooking whenever I would come home from boarding school. After high school, I once paid “rent” for a family I stayed with by cooking gourmet meals like Shepherd’s Pie and Chicken Alfredo once a week. In college, I usually used the cafeteria’s cooking station rather than eating what the “caf” had prepared. I like cooking. My wife doesn’t. So, I cook just about every night.
The other day, I was re-inspired by a blog post from a few years back by Aaron Gleeman. Gleeman, a fellow blogger like me who covers baseball, lost 150 pounds between 2011 and 2012. Although I can’t say that I’m hoping for quite that drastic an effect, I wouldn’t exactly set my sights much lower myself. In that post, in addition to receiving some chicken soup for my soul (Healthy Choice brand, I’m sure), I was reminded of his pseudo fried rice recipe that had intrigued me when I first read the post.
That said, I had two concerns about his recipe when I set out copy his Asian-inspired weight-loss plan:
- With ham, oyster sauce, soy sauce and salt, that recipe uses more sodium than I typically eat in a day. Even portioned out like Gleeman suggests, I wouldn’t be comfortable eating it, as salt (for me) is a *big* trigger for binge eating. I’ve also had moderately high blood-pressure off and on, and eliminating high quantities of sodium has fixed that.
- Gleeman admits that he “can’t cook.” And, while that recipe plus frozen lean cuisines worked for him, I knew I wouldn’t be as content.
So, as Gleeman’s recipe worked for him to the tune of some pretty amazing results, I set out to create a recipe that worked for me. If you’re trying to lose weight, I hope it works for you too!
Schottey’s Healthy Stir-Fry Lunch Recipe
—Chef’s Knife (the big one)
—Paring Knife (the smallest one)—to remove seeds and core from tomato.
—Wok or similar non-stick large pan
—A kitchen scale (Ridiculously helpful for weight-loss. Go buy one. They’re cheap)
—1tbl olive oil
—3 oz onion, chopped
—3 oz assorted bell peppers, chopped
—3oz white mushrooms, chopped
—2 oz tomato, seeds removed and diced
—1tsp garlic, minced
—1 generous “shake” of Mrs. Dash
—3 oz Already-cooked Protein (Chicken, Steak, Tofu*, Shrimp*, White Fish) or an Egg. Or, go vegan and use low-sodium beans only.
—1/4 Already-cooked Complex Carb (Brown Rice, Wild Rice, Black Rice, Quinoa)
—Flavor components (Explained Below)
*Tofu and shrimp don’t need to be cooked beforehand. Just make sure you use extra-firm tofu and cook shrimp until it’s turned translucent.
One of the things I love about this recipe is that it has a solid and healthy base that can be customized a number of ways. Although the initial desire was for a Chinese-style stir-fry, it can take on a number of ethic forms. As long as you’re conscious about what you’re putting in on the last step, there are countless ways to vary this dish and keep it healthy.
Chinese: 1tbl low-sodium peanut sauce (I use Annie Chun’s), 1tsp Chinese-style hot mustard (I use Kame), sesame/black sesame seeds, green onions.
Mexican: 1/4 cup low-sodium black beans or low-sodium pinto beans, 1tbl salsa (I use Pain is Good because it’s low-sodium) OR 1tbl prepared Chimichurri sauce, dash cumin, diced jalapeno or chopped avocado (or both).
Italian: 1/4 cup canned crushed tomatoes OR 1tbl pesto, basil, 1 tsp parmesan-romano cheese
Thai: 1tbl red-pepper flakes, 1/4cup crushed peanuts, basil, 1tbl unsweetened coconut flakes
Step 1: Chop, prepare and gather all the ingredients, cooking goes fast! The first time you make it, it might seem like a really long prep time, but you’ll find that kitchen skills improve and it becomes a very easy recipe to master. Total prep and cooking time for me is under 30minutes, closer to 15.
Step 2: Heat wok on your stove’s highest setting. Woks are meant to cook with high heat, so crank it up. If you’re using a traditional non-stick pan, never go over medium-high.
Step 3: Add olive oil to the pan, reduce heat slightly and add onions and peppers. Cook by stirring and pushing up the sides of the pan for about 2 minutes until peppers have softened and onions are starting to brown. Don’t need to stir constantly, but getting the ingredients moving is part of the stir-fry experience!
Step 4: Add mushrooms, garlic, tomatoes. Cook for about a minute to 90 seconds.
Step 5: Add complex carb, protein and flavorings. If using tofu, add last as you’ll want to fold rather than really stir once the tofu is in. If using uncooked shrimp, add during Step 4. Cook only until heated through, under a minute.
Admittedly, this is not a low-calorie recipe. Today, I made asian-style with 3oz of tofu and an egg. It came to about 599 calories which is my biggest meal of the day. Though, that’s OK. I want lunch to be my biggest meal of the day. It gets me through the afternoon slog and allows me to eat a lighter supper. (Usually around 300 calories).
Also, most of the calories come from the carbs and the olive oil. But, those are some pretty healthy sources of calories. Somewhere along the line, our culture got convinced that a 100-calorie pack of oreos was healthier than a tablespoon of olive oil, and I’m not sure how or why that happened. If the calorie count is above what you’re willing to budget for lunch, cut the olive oil in half and just make sure to stir the vegetables a little faster so they don’t stick. I’d avoid using egg in that scenario.
The upside, of course, is a well-rounded meal with plenty of calories, carbs and protein for both quick and slow-release energy. Depending on which customizations you use, you’re likely to get almost 200% of your days Vitamin C, over half of your Vitamin A, a bunch of iron and potassium.
It’s also ridiculously low in sodium, which is a goal for me and should be a goal for most Americans. If it’s not a goal for you, add some salt or soy sauce. Do your thing.
It’s also really easy to add other veggies in your refrigerator. I drink kale in my smoothie every morning, or there would probably be kale or spinach in this recipe. You could add it in Step 5. Sliced carrots could be added in Step 3. Zucchini could be added in step 4. Throw a cup of frozen stir-fry mix, broccoli or edamame in there. Go nuts!
Only thing you shouldn’t do is get bored while you’re trying to eat healthy. The root word of diet (Latin: diaeta) didn’t mean something a person did for a few weeks to lose a few pounds before going back to their daily Cinnabon. No, diets are supposed to just be who you are and what you eat. If you’re looking to make healthier choices in your life, choose to foster those you can see yourself making for a long time to come.
For a while now. I’ve been maintaining this list of little-known/very-useful Twitter follows. I am “rebooting” the list, as it were, to get it to the top of the page and to freshen things up a bit.
If you’re not following these people on Twitter, you’re simply doing it wrong. (Also, if you stumbled here without following me (@Schottey) feel free to do so as well.)
Note: ALL of these people talk about NFL at the league-wide level most of the time. While there are plenty of other great team-based tweeters, I tried to keep this list more globally-focused. The one thing I hate about making lists like this is leaving people off, so my apologies in advance.
**NEW** @ (9885)—Pro Football Focus
At almost 10K followers already, Steve won’t be on this list for long, but he’s a welcomed addition. Perhaps most famous for being the guy whose writing helped convince NFL teams that right tackles were just as important as left tackles, Steve is a film-junkie who can handle just about any topic with ease.
@Ted_Sundquist (9511)—TheFootballEducator, Former NFL GM
Mr. Sundquist has insight that very few in the media can match after spending time in the Denver Broncos front office and at the Air Force Academy as an assistant coach. He has a way of looking at things from an angle no one else takes.
Former NFL scout and burgeoning radio superstar, Middlekauff has become a prolific tweeter who tells it like it is and has both the knowledge and perspective to be worth following.
@SGW94 (9083)—SB Nation
Stephen White is a former defensive lineman and one of the smartest, most-opinionated football minds on Twitter. He’s also unabashedly liberal, which is a plus for me. A large part of me believes he was the driving force to getting Greg Schiano fired.
@CorryJoel (9056)—National Football Post/CBS
I like to think that I know a little bit about the business side of football. If I need to know something about a player’s contract terms, I can usually dig it up. Joel Corry, on the other hand, lives and breathes this stuff. He’s become a great resource not only for media, but also for the casual fan.
One of the best young writers around, Robert joined MMQB and has dominated with great features and interviews. He’s a must-follow and a must-read. Seriously, I have no idea how he’s still on this list.
Mark Fainaru-Wada co-wrote “League of Denial” about concussions and their long-term effects on football. Even if that’s not something that interests you (it should), Mark is a fantastic investigative journalist across the board.
@FOX_JayClemons (7761)—Fox Sports
Disclaimer: I’m horrible at fantasy football. Well, not horrible as much as “lose interest.” For me, fantasy is a whole lot like my day job, and when you’re working 70+ hours most weeks, it’s difficult to get excited about anything other than sleep. That said, my fantasy life has been enriched (read: I do a lot better) because I follow Jay’s advice. He’s also a surprisingly great guy for being a Michigan State alum.
@Ryan_Riddle (7612)—Bleacher Report
Ryan set Cal’s single-season sack record and was drafted in the 5th round by the Oakland Raiders in 2005. Now, Ryan writes for Bleacher Report and provides readers with an inside look at the game they can’t find anywhere else. Whether it’s personal stories about Ray Lewis and Aaron Rodgers or a breakdown of defensive line play, Riddle brings the heat with every tweet.
Want the “fairer side’s” perspective on the game? Screw that…Melissa Jacobs is one of the smartest and most opinionated NFL bloggers out there and will make anyone man or woman smarter with each tweet.
**NEW** @ErikFrenz (6166)—Bleacher Report/Boston.com
Frenz is a Patriots fan and covers them for Boston.com, but he handles the entire AFC East for Bleacher Report and tweets about any big topic that comes along at a league-wide level. One of the first stat heads I started reading regularly, Frenz refuses to let narrative overtake the facts.
**NEW** @Cianaf (6050)—Bleacher Report/Football Guys/Football Outsiders/Rotoworld
Another one of those film guys from the other side of the pond, Cian writes for just about every outlet there is and just about everything he writes is pure gold.
@Andrew_Garda (5942)—Football Guys
Andrew has written for countless outlets and has a well-rounded approach to the game while never shying away from tough topics. If it’s happening, Garda has an opinion about it.
One of my favorite writers, Andy had spent some time bouncing around with his own site and on the NYT’s Fifth Down blog. Peter King’s new site wisely grabbed him and he’s been knocking it out of the park.
@Dumonjic_Alen (5401)—The Score
Speaking of fantastic insight, Alen Dumonjic is one of the smartest football minds that no one knows about. His X’s and O’s analysis of NFL games is almost instantaneous and will teach you what just happened before the replay.
@AndrewBucholtz (5197)—Yahoo!; AwfulAnnouncing
Hailing from north of the board, Andrew tweets a lot about the CFL, but knows its American “big brother” pretty well too. Of course, you’ll get plenty of analysis of the analysts as well, which is always fun.
@patrick_hruby (4936)—Sports on Earth
If you care about the social issues around the game (I do, you should), Patrick is a must-follow. From player safety, to labor issues and everything in-between, Patrick has a great perspective.
Once upon a time, I remember thinking it was crazy that Frank Schwab’s paper was relegating their best writer to the Air Force beat. Now, he’s helping hold down Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner and doing a fantastic job.
@TySchalter (4552)—Bleacher Report
Ty Schalter is a Lions blogger turned national lead writer (hey, that sounds familiar!) for B/R and unabashed MSU & American soccer fan. Follow him for just about anything, but just follow him already!
@JoshKatzowitz (4355)—CBS Sports
Part of the Eye On Sports blogs, Josh can be found tweeting about almost any big NFL topic. He’s also doing a regular podcast with some of the great voices in journalism.
**NEW** @FBall_Andrea (4307)—Bleacher Report
Andrea handles the AFC North for B/R and is a powerful and useful voice on many of the big topics surrounding the league. She also handles fantasy as well as anyone.
**NEW** @ (3355)—Wall Street Journal
Kevin is a new follow for me and I’m embarrassed that’s the case. If you’re not following him, you should be embarrassed too. Covering the league on a purely league-wide level isn’t easy, but Clark’s feed is a good mix of aggregation, awesome insight and humorous musings.
**NEW** @TysonNFL (2834)—Bleacher Report
Tyson covers the NFC West for B/R and has a fantastic way of using either film evidence or stats to back up his arguments. Thoughtful far more than he is loud, his measured takes often cut through the noise.
@JohnKryk (2748)—Toronto Sun
Look, I get that John covers an American sport for a Canadian paper, but his work—especially his features—is way too good to not be followed.
**NEW** @Brad_Gagnon (2085)—Bleacher Report/Awful Announcing
Brad covers the NFC East for B/R and the NFL media for Awful Announcing, so his feed is mixed with lots of hater fuel for Cowboys and Philly fans while keeping the rest of us honest.
Congrats to these guys who used to be on the list but have crossed the 10K threshold–@PatKirwanCBS, @SigmundBloom, @MoveTheSticks, @ChrisWesseling, @Aaron_Nagler, @WillBrinson, @MichaelDavSmith, @JoeFortenbaugh, @dpbrugler, @footballfacts, @brian_mcintyre, @Chet_G, @MattWaldman, @NFLOsophy, @JeneBramel, @ChrisBurke_SI, @PSchrags, @LRiddickESPN, @MikeTanier, @SeniorBowlPhil, @AdamLefkoe, @PFF_Sam, @Eric_Edholm, @FBGChase