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Patrick Finley: With many tweeting, UA hoops is a hoot

2012-11-08T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T15:35:22Z Patrick Finley: With many tweeting, UA hoops is a hootPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 08, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Greg Hansen's familiar mug shot sits atop his Twitter page, superimposed over a black-and-white shot of Mickey Mantle swinging in a batting cage.

His "Followers" counter underneath reads around 800: a lot, but about a 1,000 fewer than me. And I tweet about Arizona Wildcats sports at @patrickfinley - but also, if Tuesday was any judge, the old ABC series "Boy Meets World," James Carville, weather, Chip Kelly and words from the Chico State fight song.

You know, serious stuff.

Anyway, Hansen - found on Twitter at @ghansen711 - needs more followers.

I told him Wednesday I was shamelessly stumping for him.

"Go for it," he said.

And while I'm at it, go find our @BrucePascoe. He's the best in the biz at covering Wildcats hoops.

Twitter, where users can write 140-character missives to their followers, long ago became ubiquitous in sports. (I think it happened when the St. Louis Cardinals' good-luck tortoise, Torty Craig, passed 25,000 followers.)

With the UA basketball season starting Sunday, I compiled a list of Twitter accounts you must follow:

• @UACoachMiller: Sean Miller is effusive with praise for fans ("Thank you to the 12,000 fans that showed up on Halloween night to see our game tonight! You are important to our team's success. #ZonaZoo")

• @ZonaZooOfficial: The UA student section loves him back.

• @FakeSeanMiller: Far funnier than the real thing. ("'How awesome was that sellout ASU scrimmage?'-No one, ever")

• @Air_Zona13: UA guard Nick Johnson links Instagram photos of his shoes. He's a sneakerhead.

• @CoachMcentire: First-year UA women's assistant coach Calamity McEntire - great name! - is a frequent Tweeter and has a funny habit of breaking up with airports and freeways. ("Phoenix airport and I are not friends," and, later, "the 405 and I were friends this mornin.")

• @Greg_Byrne: The UA athletic director gives away tickets.

• @JayBilas: The lawyer and analyst might be the smartest guy in the sport. Smart enough to Tweet rap lyrics by Young Jeezy. ("Where I'm from, them things hot and the talk is cheap. And ain't nobody hearing it, 'cause they tryin' to eat. I gotta go to work.")

• @GoodmanCBS: CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman is a UA grad.

• @CoachChrisMack: Sean Miller's former deputy is now Xavier's head coach, and funny. ("Not a good lunch decision when you base your choice on the shortest line at a food court.")

• @Jahii_carson1: The ASU point guard dishes out Tweets - more than 15,000 - like assists.

• @SteveKerrTNT: He's as comfy linking to the New York Times' news section as talking sports. ("Djokovic is to tennis what Ginobili is to basketball. Incredible speed, flexibility, skill and competitiveness.")

• @ESPNLunardi: UA faithful can follow Joe Lunardi's "Bracketology" to see where the Wildcats are seeded in the Big Dance. (Or, if things go south, @MikeScullin's "NIT-ology.")

• @DickieV: Exactly how you think he'd Tweet. ("Mitt's bus driver warming up the engine baby-it is OVER. PREZ makes big plays down the stretch & gets 4 MORE YEARS")

• @kenpomeroy: The king of college hoops stat geeks. ("Only one team in the last nine seasons had a defense ranked worse than Indiana's and been a one-seed the following year.")

• @mindofAI9: Former Wildcats star Andre Iguodala is funny. ("Congrats to @TyLawson3 and his extension. Now can a brutha get a loan?????")

• @DraftExpress. Jonathan Givony charts future pros.

• @NotBillWalton: Because it's a parody account of the new Pac-12 analyst. ("The old man river Knicks are energized with youthful vigor, as if they secretly found a pool containing alien cocoons!")

• @BillWalton: Because the real thing is better. ("Happy Bday Jerry, 3 crescendoing days, WOW! Where do you begin, is it the end or the beginning, I can't get enough #GratefulDead").

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