Sports Illustrated doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to covering hockey. They named a poorly framed picture of Wayne Gretzky scoring a goal as the greatest hockey photo of all time. They suggested that “Robert” Luongo might get traded to Vancouver during that whole saga (which, I suppose, ended up being pretty close to the truth).
Even when hockey gets on the cover of Sports Illustrated, they somehow get it wrong, as with the recent “Chicago Blackhawks saved hockey!” debacle.
So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that hockey got short shrift in their Twitter 100. What’s astonishing is just how badly they got it wrong.
A few hockey media types made the grade, with TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski, along with the National Post’s Bruce Arthur. You can toss in ESPN’s John Buccigross in there as well. But only one hockey player made the cut in their top 100 and they didn’t choose the many delights of @strombone1; instead, they chose @ryanwhitney6.
Yes, Ryan Whitney is the one hockey player that Sports Illustrated thinks you should follow. If you don’t follow Whitney, you’ll be missing out on some true gems:
What a ball game we got in Philly right now #barnburner
— Ryan Whitney (@ryanwhitney6) September 20, 2013
Does anyone know if I’m able to buy and watch this fight online? — Ryan Whitney (@ryanwhitney6) September 15, 2013
Honestly, I’m not sure how I’ve managed to live this long without following Whitney.
Meanwhile, Luongo has been running the greatest unverified account in the history of Twitter for a year now. From his self-deprecating sense of humour…
Will gladly once again be contributing 5-6 goals to the Teemu Selanne 30 goal season fund…….. #neverfails
— Strombone (@strombone1) August 30, 2013
…to his cheeky commentary on the Vancouver media…
— Strombone (@strombone1) September 5, 2013
…to his ongoing string of toilet jokes…
— Strombone (@strombone1) June 3, 2013
…Luongo’s twitter account is one of the funniest and most fascinating follows in all of sports. That Sports Illustrated left him off the list in favour of Whitney, whose account is so dry that it would spontaneously combust in the Sahara desert, is ridiculous.
Whitney, incidentally, has a little over 112,000 followers. Luongo, despite being unverified, has over 187,000. Ya blew it, SI.Tags: Sports Illustrated, strombone1, The Twitters