Lots of sports news from the weekend to catch up on. Read our picks of stories about football, golf, Nascar, boxing, basketball and hockey and be caught up on what is going on in the world of sports and social TV.
Head football coach Les Miles, also known as “The Mad Hatter” of Louisiana State University, has more than 106,000 followers on Twitter and is the most-popular coach on a sports writers list published last week. The list of these coaches, published Friday by Kelly Hines of the Tulsa World leads our weekly Monday Social TV sports roundup.
Joey Jones of South Alabama is No. 87 on the list with 386 followers.
Never heard of Derek Ernst until this week, shows how deep the fields are on the PGA Tour, welcome to the winners circle #GoodForHim
— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) May 5, 2013
Coming up this week is The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass Players Championship Course at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Like every major sporting event this year, it promises to be the most social ever. Jacksonville.com has the rundown for the tournament. Over the weekend, previously unknown Derek Ernst won the PGA event in Charlotte, N.C.
The Air Titan is so powerful it can watch “60 Minutes” in a half-hour.
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) May 5, 2013
In Nascar racing, a rain-delay produced a new hero, at least on Twitter: The Air Titan, a track-drying machine (see tweet above).
On another track, (Spoiler alert!) Orb won the Kentucky Derby and the preliminary ratings are improved over last year. Check out the Twitter highlights from Bleacher Report.
In the NBA, LeBron James was voted MVP for the league, but was 1 vote short of unanimous. Who? On the court, Chicago eliminated Brooklyn in New York Saturday and Twitter was abuzz with former coaches, junk talking and more. Then, Kobe Bryant, on the sidelines after an injury in LA’s first-round elmination, tweeted about, we are given to understand, his financial relationship with his mom.
In the NHL, great playoff action over the weekend, but off the ice, controversy over a tweet by Tyler Sequin after the league announced a partnership with “You Can Play,” an organization founded to help reduce LGBT stigmatization in sports.
Thanks to everybody who bought PPV and who came out to Las Vegas to show support. Sorry I didn’t get the KO but I tried. I hurt my hand.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) May 6, 2013
In boxing, Floyd Mayweather won his bout on Saturday night and tweeted that he hurt his hand.
In baseball, tweet dustups and fines for players and an umpire.
Read the stories and tell us what you think!
College football coaches by number of Twitter followers
Twitter isn’t a popularity contest, but if it were, Les Miles would be winning. Because he is as unfiltered on Twitter as in real life, he has the most followers of any BCS football coach.
Players TV, digital, satellite radio platforms offer fans full coverage of PGA Tour’s top event
There probably isn’t an electronic device that can’t give you some coverage, news or updates on The Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course. The Players digital platforms will provide more than 100 hours of coverage through pgatour.com, the web sites for Golf Channel and NBC Sports, and mobile apps on smart phones or pads.The domestic TV coverage by Golf Channel and NBC will bring 22 hours of live coverage.
Mystery golfer emerges from shadows for first victory on PGA Tour
Derek Ernst is a winner on the PGA Tour, and that’s big news for his family back in the central California town of Clovis, Calif., his buddies from UNLV who nicknamed him “Stripes” for his consistent contact and for the staff at the Foster’s Freeze in Clovis who used to serve Ernst and his girlfriend the “Reese’s Twister” when they went on nightly ice cream runs in their hometown.
Talladega blown away by an unlikely hero
One of NASCAR’s longest days in recent memory could have been worse if not for the arrival of a new superhero: The Air Titan.
Preliminary TV rating up big from last year
The race portion from 6-7 p.m. EDT on Saturday on NBC drew a 10.4 overnight rating and 23 share. The network said Sunday that was up 16 percent from last year and tied 2010 for the best rating since a 10.9 in 1992.
Orb Wins 139th Kentucky Derby
Highlights from the race, curated from Twitter by BleacherReport
MVP vote a Twitter-sized whodunit
LeBron James wins fourth NBA MVP, Dan Le Batard launches Twitter hoax, fools many, in search for one voter who voted for Carmelo Anthony. LeBron James wins fourth NBA MVP, Dan Le Batard launches Twitter hoax, fools many, in search for one voter who voted for Carmelo Anthony
Avery Johnson Jr. celebrates Nets loss on Twitter, Joakim Noah backs up talk in Game 7
Joakim Noah is fired up after beating the Nets in his hometown of Brooklyn Saturday night. Avery Johnson Jr., the son of ex-Brooklyn coach Avery Johnson, who was fired in December, had some choice words, seemingly directed at the Nets organization, following the team’s disappointing 99-93 loss to the Bulls in Game 7 Saturday night.
Kobe Bryant’s feud with mother aired out via Twitter
The well-documented financial dispute between Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant and his mother, Pamela, took an awkward turn on Saturday when Bryant vented his frustrations on the matter via social media. When u give Give GIVE and they take Take TAKE at wat point do u draw a line in the sand?
How the NHL brand bounced back stronger than ever
Just four months ago, as the National Hockey League weathered the tail end of a messy 100-day lockout, social media experts and brand specialists predicted the stalemate would lead to ‘alarming’ damage to the NHL brand .
Bruins’ Tyler Seguin puts NHL’s homophobia clampdown to the test
Just over a week after the NHL signed on officially as a partner with You Can Play, the organization founded to help reduce LGBT stigmatization in sports, Bruins forward Tyler Seguin tweeted about a rap song by Boston artist Slaine, called ” Nothin’ But Business”.
Twitter reaction to NHL/NHLPA, You Can Play Project partnership
The announcement Thursday that the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association have formed an official partnership with the You Can Play Project drew an immediate reaction on Twitter. Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was among the most prominent to weigh in, saying, “I’m officially a hockey fan.”
Mayweather Dominates Guerrero
Floyd Mayweather used a brilliant performance on Saturday night to defeat challenger Robert Guerrero via unanimous decision, 117-111, 117-111, 117-111. It was vintage Money, as he improved to 44-0 in his career.
Rays’ David Price, Umpire Tom Hallion Fined By MLB For Twitter War
Tampa Bay Rays’ ace David Price and umpire Tom Hallion have been fined by Major League Baseball after a dispute last week that began on the ball field and ended on Twitter. Price didn’t agree with Hallion’s call on a pitch to Dewayne Wise in a game against the Chicago White Sox on April 28th.
McCovey Cove kayakers get a treat
The notoriously delicious eats at AT&T Park are available only to the fans inside the stadium, not out, so hungry kayakers are out of luck. Enter London Van Der Kamp, a professional kayaker recruited by ESPN, who used a specially made craft during Sunday’s game between the Giants and Dodgers to serve free hot dogs in McCovey Cove.
Reds slugger should focus on hitting, not Twitter
Jay Bruce is batting .261 with one home run and 11 RBI. (Photo: David Kohl, USA TODAY Sports) Sometimes, we just can’t walk away. We want to. We know we should. After we don’t, we can’t believe we didn’t. Nevertheless, sometimes we stay. All we get for our hanging around is a roomful of regret.
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