If you have not joined Twitter yet, you might find yourself wondering what the big deal is. Some people claim it is the same as using Facebook’s status updates. Others call it a complete waste of time. When used correctly, Twitter can be one of the most entertaining and insightful tools on the web. One of the major draws of Twitter involves connections with celebrities and professional athletes. Fans “follow” these people and feel closer to them.
Chad Ochocinco, Blake Griffin, Alexander Ovechkin and LeBron James are popular Twitter personalities in other major professional sports. Similarly, the following lacrosse players are ambassadors of their own game. They do not play for the money; they play for the love of the game. They play for you – the fans. Follow these accounts, and enjoy interacting with some of the best personalities in America’s fastest growing sport. Here are the ten most interesting Twitter accounts in the sport of lacrosse:
10. Justin Smith (@Smittylax) – Chesapeake’s electrifying midfielder has a solid following of 2,504, and for good reason. He tweets often, especially on NFL Sundays. Smith, like many professional lacrosse players, is ready to interact with fans. He tweeted, “twitter… where my mentions @ ??????” on October 22. Follow him, mention him, and talk football with him – you might just get a reply.
9. Kyle Hartzell (@Hartzy1881) – Hartzell is one of the best defensemen in lacrosse. He will be a building block of the new Ohio Machine franchise. Like many, Hartzy is an avid NFL fan. His tweets are funny, he loves the game of lacrosse, and he claims to have an epic Halloween costume.
8. Inside Lacrosse (@Inside_Lacrosse) – While specific players offer mainly humor and entertainment to followers, Inside Lacrosse provides up-to-the-minute news about the sport. From college lacrosse to professional lacrosse, news about all levels appears in Inside Lacrosse’s tweets.
7. Ken Clausen (@KClausen27) – It would be a disappointment if a so-called “manchine” did not have a top-notch Twitter personality. (For the record, fellow manchine Matt Danowski’s account made honorable mention.) In addition to being one of the best defensemen in the sport, Clausen is the Co-Founder of Lacrosse Mustache Madness. He is a true character and a face of the game.
6. Kyle Harrison (@KyleHarrison18) – Kyle Harrison, former MLL player, currently tours with LXM Pro. Since his days at Johns Hopkins, Harrison has been one of the biggest names in the game. His 5,607 followers prove that his popularity has survived. If you don’t already, follow Harrison – and ask him to come back to Major League Lacrosse!
5. Team Accounts (@BostonCannons, @CharlotteMLL, @DenverOutlaws, @LizardsLacrosse, @MachineMLL, @NationalsLax, @RattlersLax, @TheBayhawks) – All eight Major League Lacrosse teams have Twitter accounts, offering the latest news both on and off the field. These accounts are similar to Inside Lacrosse – strictly info. Following your favorite team on Twitter will grant you instant access to all the team’s news.
4. Chazz Woodson (@ChazzWoodson) – Woodson is one of the most athletic players to have ever touched a lacrosse stick. His moves at the freestyle competitions are insane. On Twitter he is unlike anyone else on this list. Chazz is an interesting follow for everyone, lacrosse fan or not. His motivational quotes are enough to push anyone through a tough day.
3. Jovan Miller (@JoviNation23) – Jovan Miller is one of the funniest personalities in Major League Lacrosse. According to his Twitter bio, he is McDonald’s #1 Fan, a cartoon fanatic, and the best camp counselor out there. He has 2,213 followers and does not hesitate to retweet or mention any of them. The former Syracuse star brings a strong sense of humor to the sport. Join Jovi Nation and prepare to laugh.
2. Paul Rabil (@PaulRabil) –Paul Rabil is not only one of the most dominant athletes in the sport; he is also a force on the Internet. Rabil’s account does an excellent job allowing fans to feel connected to him. When he is not lifting or promoting the sport of lacrosse, he is just like all 13,949 of his followers. He is constantly tweeting about FIFA, Chipotle, and deadmau5. While few compare to Rabil on the lacrosse field, we can all relate to him off the field.
1. Lacrosse Mustache Madness (@LaxStache) – As mentioned earlier, this campaign was co-founded by Ken Clausen. According to its website, the goal of the campaign is to “bring the lacrosse community together and to raise funds benefiting the HEADstrong Foundation.” This is the third year of the campaign, with the first two years raising a combined $100,000 for the HEADstrong Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. This account will keep you up to date with this amazing campaign. Learn more at their website.
Honorable Mention: @ShamelBratton, @MBelisle85, @ZackGreer88, @mattdanowski, @MLL_Lacrosse, @robpannell3, @LaxSchool, @jwalters1, @StevenBrooks44
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