It’s been a huge week on social media in the world of Pittsburgh sports.
JuJu Smith-Schuster crowd-sourced his missing bike back into his possession, while his teammate Martavis Bryant got himself demoted to scout team via social media.
So who are the best and worst follows among Pittsburgh athletes? Glad you asked. I just wrote a column about that very thing! And here it is. (Editor’s note: Le’Veon Bell spent the entire summer on Snapchat instead of at training camp. How’s he not on this list?!?!)
10. Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger is arguably the greatest quarterback in Pittsburgh history — even if that discussion includes Terry Bradshaw, Dan Marino and former Pittsburgh Power quarterback Bill Stull (who posted a 133.3 QB rating in the 2011 season, of course). That said, Roethlisberger is also arguably the worst social media follow in sports history … assuming you are #blessed with the ability to actually follow him. Whoever runs his account, @_BigBen7, blocks most everyone who follows him. That’s some terrible social media managing.
I’ve been blocked on two different Twitter accounts, and I’ve never once @’d the account or written anything about … uhh … umm … the quarterback’s … let’s say … past. So is Roethlisberger worth following on Twitter? Sure. I guess. Just take care to enjoy those magical five days until you’re blocked.
9. Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby is not on Twitter. Or Facebook. Or Instagram. Or even the Canadian equivalents of those things. (Eh’cebook?) So while he ranks high or at the very top of any other Pittsburgh Sports Power Rankings, he can’t be too high on this one. That said, the fact that we never hear Crosby’s musings on … well, anything … makes it much easier to just enjoy his brilliance on the ice. I’m not sure I could appreciate a beautiful assist quite as much if I knew he really liked “The Big Bang Theory,” for example.
8. Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown’s Twitter isn’t bad, it just has more of the feel of a #brand’s feed than an actual human’s feed. Business Is Boomin’, but don’t feel the need that you need to be followin’.
7. Jaromir Jagr and Steven Adams
Jagr and Adams are not current Pittsburgh athletes, but Jagr will always be associated with the city and Adams, well … the fact that he played for Pitt for a few months five years ago is about all the program has going for it at the moment. So they’re being included here, and would be much higher if they were still active Pittsburgh athletes.
Pretty much every Jagr tweet is a winner.
And while Adams isn’t as great on social media, many of his actual utterances are viral gold.
6. Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang
Social media can be a pretty awful place full of anger and meanness. But Malkin and Letang’s feeds are nothing but enjoyment of life.
Do social media like Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. And if you need help to do that, first become one of the best in the world at your profession and fabulously wealthy.
5. Andrew McCutchen
McCutchen had a bounce-back season for the Pirates and has carried over his strong play to Twitter since the season ended.
That’s a walk-off home run right there.
4. Vince Williams
If there should be any controversy on the Steelers, it shouldn’t be whether JuJu Smith-Schuster or Martavis Bryant is the No. 2 receiver, it should be if Smith-Schuster or linebacker Vince Williams is the best Steelers Twitter follow. Pretty much everything Williams Tweets is gold.
3. Trevor Williams
The Pirates don’t win a lot. So they have to keep it light. Good thing they have Trevor Williams around.
2. Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel is a sniper on the ice and off. He doesn’t tweet much, but when he does, he goes top-shelf.
1. JuJu Smith-Schuster
If you’re not following the Steelers rookie receiver on Twitter, do it now. Like, right now. You probably already missed some great posts while reading this column. Poor decision by you.