Social Media: Sports Fans' Best Friends
Get real, inside connections with athletes
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2010 3:03 PM CST
Chad Ochocinco's Twitter feed.   (Twitter)

(Newser) – Being cooped up during the winter can be tough on some, but not hard-core sports fans. And social networking adds a new dimension, so if you’re still on the fence about Twitter et al., former NBA star Jalen Rose, writing for Mashable, tells you why you should get in the game:

  • Give yourself a voice: Instead of yelling at the TV, hit up, say, Shaquille O’Neal (@THE_REAL_SHAQ), and you might even get a reply.

  • Get the news: Follow @ESPN, say, or become a fan of your favorite teams on Facebook, and scores, stats and breaking news get delivered to you.
  • Get a taste of athletes’ real lives: Many use Twitter, UStream and the like to give you an inside look.
  • … and an uncensored look, at that: No need for the discretion imposed by TV. And you never know when someone might break his league's ban on in-game tweeting.
  • Be a real fan: Social networks can be a platform for you to broadcast your allegiances loud and proud, and to connect with others just like you.