Posts tagged "twitter"

Notebook: WGN 87.7 The Game, Kelly Crull, CSN Spring Training, Northwestern Social Media

Notebook: WGN 87.7 The Game, Kelly Crull, CSN Spring Training, Northwestern Social Media
Very big news today as we now have a third sports talk radio station, WGN Radio's 87.7 FM The Game, to compete with CBS' WSCR 670 The Score and ESPN MVP AM 1000. The Game is the local sports media story that everyone is talking about just like Kelly Crull, of Comcast SportsNet Chicago is the one sports media personality that everyone is talking about. We'll go into detail on both in this notebook. We'll also cover the trend of college basketball coaches trashing Twitter and social media, and get thoughts from Northwestern's Chris Collins on the matter. We'll also cover Comcast SportsNet producing a very compelling special on White Sox World Series hero Bobby Jenks and much more...

Rafer Weigel makes mistake reporting Cutler Injury; Twitter Flips Out

Rafer Weigel makes mistake reporting Cutler Injury; Twitter Flips Out
Social media amplifies everything. Often to ridiculous levels. Today was a perfect example when ABC 7 Chicago’s Rafer Weigel mistakenly tweeted that Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was taken to the hospital following an injury to his groin in the Bears loss at Washington. It was an honest mistake and Weigel owned up to it right away. He issued a retraction and a mea culpa once he found out that he was incorrect. I reached Rafer Weigel by phone and he told me the whole story in detail. He was very self-aware that he acted in great haste and COMPLETELY dropped the ball today. "I didn't think before I tweeted, and I learned you can't do that," Weigel said. "I hope others can learn this lesson, if they haven't already...

Watch this and Feel MUCH Better about Twitter Trolls and HATE Comments

I was just talking about this exact topic Friday night before this originally aired. Why is there so much hate in America today? Or at least why is so much hate expressed online? And why by SO MANY IDIOTS? Who can’t even COMPREHEND BASIC FACTS????? Then I saw the Salinger documentary which does a fantastic job exploring how insane people consume and then react to media products before them. You then understand why J.D. Salinger was a recluse somewhat, given the way so many of his “fans” interpret his work. I have the same problem. I’m no media mogul by any means, but I’m enough of a public personality (or at least insane people think so) that in the past two months I’ve been told I hope you die by fans of: South Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame and Michigan. I was told “I hope you’re the next person to die in a terrorist attack” on 9/11/13...
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Chicago Bulls Dominant! Ranking Local Sports Team Twitter Presence

Chicago Bulls Dominant! Ranking Local Sports Team Twitter Presence
I don’t have a lot of Twitter followers, but there are two professional sports teams among my group. And with that designation, they get to enjoy my substantial stream of funny Patrick Kane pictures and hilarious Jay Cutler memes. These two teams are the Chicago Bulls, and their arch-rival the Detroit Pistons. (Keep your enemies close, right?) Coincidentally, the Chicago Bulls have a dominant advantage in Twitter presence among local sports franchises. I listed and ranked them all by number of Twitter followers; as of June 29th, 2013, late afternoon. The Bulls lead the Blackhawks by an overwhelming margin. And then there’s a big drop-off to the Bears, Cubs, White Sox, Fire and Wolves. Therefore, other local sports teams, maybe you should take a lesson from the Bulls and follow me? (@paulmbanks) "I’m just Kidding like Jason. Unless you're gonna do it." CC Nelly. There are just two major college athletic programs that follows me. Marquette and Illinois. Coincidentally, the alma maters of myself and David Kmiecik, The Sports Bank's second major writer. Northwestern? Hello, where are you guys? Well, maybe there really isn’t any rhyme or reason to the follow/defollow/unfollow/follow back world is there? That’s arbitrary and up for debate. However, numbers don’t lie. And I parsed the numbers for you, with all official accounts linked (so you can easily find each team account). I also show you how each Chicago team stacks up against the biggest franchise names in their respective leagues...

Stanley Cup Final Tweeters: 5 Ways You'll Lose Followers

Stanley Cup Final Tweeters: 5 Ways You'll Lose Followers
With the Chicago Blackhawks taking on the Boston Bruins in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight, a lot of people will be tweeting about it. Some will be hockey mavens and NHL experts. On the other side, you’ve got meathead bandwagon idiots who don’t even know what a power play is, believe "Chelsea Dagger" is not Amstel Light commercial crapola and use the games as an excuse to get blasted. These five Twitter habits are a decent litmus test to see who's worth following and who isn't. Avoiding these habits doesn't mean you'll gain followers. (I'll probably anger some of you here and you'll defollow me for it). These rules apply tonight to the Blackhawks game, but also apply to every big sporting event. We’ll use the Stanley Cup as an example, but this knowledge carries over to tweeting all live sporting events...

Know Your Enemy: the HILARIOUS LA Kings Twitter Account

Know Your Enemy: the HILARIOUS LA Kings Twitter Account
Like F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said, “action is character.” Most official Twitter accounts of sports teams are very dry and dull. Or they are excessively positive all the time. The Chicago BlackhawksTwitter account certainly fits this mold. Of course, that really isn’t a surprise given that the Blackhawks organization is a bit obsessed with controlling the message. The Blackhawks public relations is kind of like the sporting world’s version of the Glavlit and Pravda in the old Soviet Union combined. By contrast, the LA Kings’ Twitter account is an exception. At times it can be quite funny, snarky and irreverent. The Chicago Blackhawks beat the LA Kings 2-1 today in game one of the NHL Western Conference Finals. And as the series progresses, it’s probably a good idea to keep on eye on the LA Kings official Twitter account. Like the rest of their 232,000 followers, you’ll be entertained...
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Illini hoops Twitter ban is smart, ending conflict with users

Illini hoops Twitter ban is smart, ending conflict with users
I fully support the decision of Illini hoops coach John Groce to ban Twitter from his players. From February 6th till I’m guessing the end of the college basketball season, Illini hoops ballers will be prevented from tweeting. You can still follow all the regular Illini basketball official accounts, and the Fighting Illini athletics accounts, which are still active. And when you see 140 character expressions in the vein of this one by Illini leading scorer Brandon Paul, you can only imagine what types of hostile tweets he’s received. And why it’s best just not to get involved. #alwaysagooddecision...

Univ. of Washington discourages live tweeting of games, SO DO I, So should you!

Univ. of Washington discourages live tweeting of games, SO DO I, So should you!
Here are some examples of the brilliant insights and revolutionary revelations you can get from someone at press row when they live tweet a  college basketball and/or college football game: “what a catch!” “should have been a foul” “awesome.” “he’s good.” As it turns out, the University of Washington isn’t so thrilled about the idea... Read more »

Chicago Cubs social media strategy articulated on social media night

Chicago Cubs social media strategy articulated on social media night
On Wednesday May 16th the Chicago Cubs hosted their inaugural Social Media Night. Fans who purchased tickets were invited to a pregame social media panel at Wrigley Field’s Captain Morgan Club. And by social media, we obviously mean the discussion was Twitter heavy. The panel consisted of Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould (@RobbieGould09), (more on... Read more »
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Follow Robbie Gould on Twitter, he'll take you out to dinner

Follow Robbie Gould on Twitter, he'll take you out to dinner
Chicago Bears placekicker Robbie Gould is one of the more interesting and articulate athletes out there. When his days draining field goals are over, he has a bright future in broadcasting. Wednesday night, when the Chicago Cubs hosted the Philadelphia Phillies, Gould was part of a three person social media panel. He cracked jokes, dropped... Read more »