As the Nats plan to open their season with a forecast of "spotty showers," we'll open an event that will go on rain or shine: voting for the best Washington sports journalist using Twitter.
Below are the nominees, collected on Twitter, of course, for the best #DCjournotweeps covering sports. The ballot is at the end of this post.
Next week we will recognize winners in all those categories as well as the best non-journalist source on Twitter for local news. We'll also recognize some notable Washington journalists who are AWOL on Twitter or who gave up after a lame start. You can still nominate journalists for consideration in those categories by tweeting with the #dcjournotweeps hashtag or by email or by comments here.
Here are the nominees, with their stats (as of this morning), a scouting report and a recent tweet:
@Adam_KOL, King of Leonsis and SB Nation blogger Adam Vingan. 7,110 tweets. 427 followers. Following 619. Klout score 58. Running conversation, most of it hockey, with some personal tweets sprinkled in.
Don't worry! "The Only Undefeated Member of the Caps Press Corps" returns to Verizon Center Thursday against the Blue Jackets.
@CindyBoren, Early Lead blogger for the Washington Post. 22,846 tweets. 47,180 followers. Following 668. Klout score 62. Wide range of sporting topics. Nominating comment from David Heyman: "Best sports tweeter in the area for years has been @cindyboren. Right balance of news/opinion/snark."
@dcsportsbog, Washington Post blogger Dan Steinberg. 11,658 tweets. 16,143 followers. Following 433. Klout score 68. Wit and commentary on a wide range of sports, including tweets on Nats Park food offerings in advance of opening day.
U. of Virginia pitcher throws perfect game, GW press release tries to pretend it didn't happen http://wapo.st/hRYY9Q
@KGDowd, Keara Dowd, KG's District blogger. 14,060 tweets. 559 followers. Following 484. Klout score 56. While a student at Ithaca College, she maintains her own blog and covers the Caps for The Hockey Writers. Tweets prolifically.
Why is Flip Saunders' job not in question? Team put in a good effort tonight, but as a whole he can't make his team care.
Getting more postponement questions; Mark Lerner discussed it here: http://masn.me/ckjs If it's not pouring, they'll play.
John Wall just threw a punch. He's gone. Zydrunas Ilgauskas popped him twice in the face & he retaliated. Yeah, that was ugly. #wizards
little scuffle breaks out, Allen and Arnott to the box for 2 min each for roughing at 8:23 1st
Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope, Earnie Stewart elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame. Bruce Murray (veterans) and Bob Gansler (builders) also in
@TedStarkey, Washington Times web editor and sports writer Ted Starkey. 17,661 tweets. 572 followers. Following 282. Klout score 58. Lots of hockey coverage, including analysis of playoff contenders' chances.
Buffalo's win also pushes Atlanta and Toronto close to mathmatical elimination. ATL can only reach 88 points, TOR 90. BUF/NYR at 87.
@Truth_About_It, Wizards blogger Kyle Weidie, a member of the TBD Community Network and the ESPN TrueHoop Network. 22,325 tweets. 2,843 followers. Following 1,316. Klout score 57. Steady stream of commentary during Wizards games.
LeBron & Wade walking around like they just saved a bus load of orphans from driving off a cliff. Chill out, u beat the #Wizards
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