Have you ever watched an NFL game while following Twitter, FB and/or IG? Would you follow Social Media while your favorite team is playing? Should you only watch the game on the TV? Or would you use Social Media if you couldn’t watch the game? Where would you follow play-by-play or what is happening every second of the game?
I love Football. I love following NFL “experts” while I am watching the Dolphins. Why “experts” because sometimes they are haters, trolls, they don’t think like me, they don’t know football or are only “ball watchers.” By ball watchers I mean, people who watch a sport but don’t know what is going on all around. Line Backers, Offensive Line, Defensive Line, Corner backs, etc. Fans that not only blame the QB for an interception or incomplete pass, but also blame the coach or the wind, or the grass or the sun… when it wasn’t the QBs fault.
https://twitter.com/i/web/status/902493071803379712 or https://twitter.com/OmarKelly/status/922453301915942912
I do consider myself I knowledgeable football fan. While I am watching the Dolphins, I follow several Sun Sentinel, and Miami Herald writers @adamHbeasley, NFL writers, ESPN @JamesWalkerNFL and Official Miami Dolphins beat writers @Omarkelly
Each writer and follower is different in their way of tweeting the news, tweeting the play-by-play, being sarcastic or realistic. Some over-optimistic, but what I don’t like are those who just troll other writers or just straight pessimistic. While I am watching the game, it’s difficult to see who is on the field and who made the play. Sometimes you need to watch games in bars, where volume is not on. I really do suggest that you research who are the beat writers, and local newspapers writers that are matched with your favorite team and give them a follow.
Everyone has heard of Fantasy Football. Probably the majority have a fantasy football team. If you don’t, this won’t be helpful. If you do, these are some examples I follow to have all news in a timely matter, a.k.a. Twitter:
@Rapsheet – Ian Rapaport (he has all the news no matter which team you root for) – Not only active/inactive players but also injuries before games start. This is useful because if you are not sure, this is official information (he did get it wrong only once) of teams who announce inactive players or declare players as out. Before 1 pm, everyone knows you need to have your Team ready. Another must follow @Michael_Fabiano. He not only gives you news on the go (Yes, in Twitter) but also during all week. He even replies tweets of random fans asking questions.
All those stats do mean something. Sometimes I don’t believe in stats because they rate players performance based on tackles or snap counts. But I do like this account @PFF_Miami and @PFF (Pro Football Focus). This is a stat company backed by Cris Collinsworth who I also follow @CollinsworthPFF.
Finally, on Fantasy, I need to look for info regarding one player. So just search “Devante Parker,” and voila… Inactive, by @AdamSchefter
Postgame I follow only one account, there is way too much content if I want to watch everything. More times than not, it repeats. That is why I chose the beat writer @OmarKelly. He is the most realistic writer and professional who writes about the team. My post social media review is to check out plays, what went good or wrong, some interviews of players, coaches and first thought about the game.
The day after the game there is a column by Andy Cohen @ACohenFins. He has covered the Dolphins since 1980, he writes for the miamidolphins.com website and app. Also, I like following a couple in my twitter feed to learn about injuries during the game and what is happening the next couple of days.
As everyone knows, #’s let you filter all tweets that contain that #. So #Dolphins obviously is useful, unless there is a great day at sea and people tweet about real Dolphins…
Instagram is just to see the best photos of the day any given sunday…
Finally, some memes and fun GIFs always come on handy. I am not a big fan, but in a day that your team loses, they could turn out funny. Normally, these are retweeted by people I follow: https://twitter.com/TheFBLife/status/922230278784933888.
Hopefully, there is a Miami Dolphin fan out there…