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The Twitter 100: A Boise State fan's guide on who to follow

Twitter is a great resource for receiving news and information on the things you love - dog pictures, Justin Beiber's whereabouts, jokes, and - oh yeah - Boise State football. The Broncos have a big presence on the social network, thanks to some intrepid reporting by the local media and some intrepid Twittering by in-the-know fans. You will be smarter for using Twitter to supplement your Boise State fandom. You will be really smart if you follow these people I handpicked for you.

My exhaustive list of Boise State twitterers is after the jump, and I'm sure it is not nearly as exhaustive as it could be. Fill in the blanks with any Twitter accounts I missed in the comments.

(Ps. Read to the end of the story if you have no idea what Twitter is.)

Your three best sources for Bronco news (Nos. 1 - 3)

Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman beat reporter - @IDS_BroncoBeat

Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman columnist - @murphsturph

Dave Southorn, Idaho Press-Tribune beat reporter - @BSUDave

Local newsies (Nos. 4 - 12)

Jeff Caves, KTIK radio arguer - @JeffCaves

J Bates, former sports guy turned local morning host - @KBOI_J

Troy Oppie, Channel 2 sports person - @GoodBadOppie

Don Day, webmaster - @DonLDay

Joe Jaszewski - Idaho Statesman photographer- @joeja

Jay Tust, KTVB sports reporter - @KTVBSportsGuy

Chris Nettleton, KBOI Channel 2 sports director - @KBOIChris

Will Hoenike, former sports anchor and current Steelheads guy - @WillHoenike

Ryan Larrondo, KTVB sports reporter and live broadcast apologist - @7SportsGuy

Geniuses who happen to be associated with SB Nation (Nos. 13 - 17)

SB Nation College Football, news and links from the mothership - @SBNationCFB

Jason Kirk, SBN college editor - @jasonkirksbn

Luke Zimmerman, EDSBS joke machine and college football writer - @lukezim

Bill Connelly, football stats genius - @SBN_BillC

Mark Ennis, expert on everything Big East - @Mengus22

National college football writers (Nos. 18 - 29)

Pat Forde, Yahoo columnist and Boise State's People's Champion - @YahooForde

Stewart Mandel, Sports Illustrated columnist - @slmandel

Andy Staples, Sports Illustrated columnist - @Andy_Staples

Bruce Feldman, CBS reporter and free man - @BFeldmanCBS

Ivan Maisel, ESPN columnist - @Ivan_Maisel

Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports columnist and author of Death to the BCS - @DanWetzel

Dennis Dodd, national college football writer - @dennisdoddcbs

Matt Hinton, former Dr. Saturday and current CBS blogger - @MattRHinton


Andrea Adelson, ESPN's Big East blogger - @espn_bigeast

Pete Thamel, New York Times college football writer - @SIPeteThamel

Chris Dufresne, LA Times columnist and Boise State fan - @DufresneLATimes

Tony Barnhart, SEC writer and general college football source - @MrCFB

People with mustaches (Nos. 30 - 31)

Brett McMurphy, current ESPN reporter and former CBS reporter extraordinaire - @McMurphyESPN

Robb Akey, Idaho Vandal head coach and living, breathing caricature - @RobbAkey

Real life OBNUG commenters (Nos. 32 - 37)

Loque - @LoqueBSU

OBNUG Intern - @OBNUGIntern

Nate Peters - @xBLEEDBLUEx

Dr. Jrig - @DrJrig

Drofdarb - @Drofdarb23

greekpadre - @greekpadre

Real life Drew Roberts (No. 38)

Drew Roberts - @mybrainissmart

College football bloggers / basement dwellers (Nos. 39 - 46)

Spencer Hall, lead writer at Every Day Should Be Saturday - @edsbs

Holly Anderson, Sports Illustrated college football blogger - @Nastinchka

Clay Travis, founder of, SEC homer, Kellen Moore fan, @ClayTravisBGID

Paul Myerberg, proprietor of the Pre-Snap Read blog - @presnapread

Chris Brown, owner and operator and strategy nerd at Smart Football - @smartfootball

Dan Shanoff, used to run a complete Tim Tebow site, now runs Quickish - @danshanoff

Graham Watson, the new Dr. Saturday - @Yahoo_Graham

Local Treasure Valley people in the know (Nos. 47 - 52)

Rafter17, the man behind Boise State's message boards - @Rafter17

BroncoCountry Will - @BadWillHunting

Brian Gailey - @BSUBronco

Mike Sharp, keeper of the radio at KINF - @Sharp208

Alex Guerrero, former Boise State DL and current entrepreneur - @GridironDreams

Bart Hendricks, former Boise State QB - @barthendricks

Recruiting news, information, and voyeurism (Nos. 53 - 54)

Brandon Huffman,'s west regional recruiting manager - @BrandonHuffman

Blue Turf, Boise State's home - @BlueTurf

Mark May (No. 55)

Mark May - @mark_may

Mountain West media folks (Nos. 56 - 64)

Jeremy Mauss - Jeremy Mauss - @JeremyMauss

Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury-News writer and MWC rumor source - @wilnerhotline

Kelly Lyell - Colorado State reporter - @KellylLyell

Mark Anderson - UNLV reporter - @markanderson65

Frank Schwab - Air Force reporter - @GazetteAirForce

Robert Gagliardi - Wyoming reporter - @rpgagliardi

Mark Zeigler - San Diego State reporter - @sdutzeigler

Ferd Lewis - Hawaii reporter - @FerdLewis

Chris Murray - Nevada reporter - @MurrayRGJ

Former Boise State players in the NFL (Nos. 65 - 79)

Gerald Alexander - @GAlexander21

Austin Pettis - @Austin_Pettis

Titus Young - @TitusYoung

Jeron Johnson - @showoff_32

Chris Carr - @triplcarr

Daryn Colledge - @DarynColledge71

Ryan Clady - @RyanClady

Brandyn Thompson - @BThompson_BT

Doug Martin - @DougMartin22

Shea McClellin - @SheaMcClellin

Billy Winn - @Billy_Boi_90

George Iloka - @OcohoDaRebel_8

Tyrone Crawford - @T_Crawford40

Tommy Gallarda - @TGallarda

Jarrell Root - @BigchocRoot

Current Boise State players banned from Twitter (No. 80)

There are a whole bunch of Bronco players on Twitter, not that it does you any good to follow them right now.

Famous and semi-famous people (Nos. 81 - 92)

Bill Simmons, writer and editor, @sportsguy33

Chris Fowler, College Gameday host - @cbfowler

Erin Andrews, attractive person - @ErinAndrews

Desmond Howard, College Gameday personality - @DesmondHoward

Darren Rovell, CNBC sports business reporter - @darrenrovell

Gene Wojciechowski, ESPN national columnist and boring football hater - @GenoEspn

Mark Schlereth, ESPN analyst and maddening Vandal alum - @markschlereth

Jim Rome, radio personality - @jimrome

Gregg Doyel, columnist - @greggdoyelcbs

Tim Brando, CBS College Football Today host and radio commentator - @TimBrando

Jason Whitlock, Fox Sports writer - @WhitlockJason

Mike Humes, ESPN publicist and occasional College Gameday Tweeter - @MikeHumesESPN

People or things who defy a category (Nos. 93 - 99)

Fake Coach Pete, fake Coach Pete - @FakeCoachPete

SI Vault, classic photos from Sports Illustrated archives - @si_vault


College Gameday, ESPN show - @CollegeGameDay

Bronco Sports football, the official Twitter feed of Boise State football interns - @BroncoSportsFB

Mountain West, the official Twitter for Boise State's current conference home - @TheMWC

Blue & Orange Store, Bronco stuffs - @BlueOrangeStore

Seinfeld Tweets - @helloooooonewman

OBNUG (No. 100)

OBNUG - @obnug

How to use Twitter if you have never used Twitter before

Sign up for your free Twitter account if you have not done so already. Then, visit the people that I've linked here in this post. When you're looking at someone's profile, click the "Follow" button, and that person's Tweets will then appear on your home page every time you visit Twitter.

Eventually, you will have a homepage so full of stuff that your eyes will bleed just thinking about it. That's when you switch to lists, which help organize the people you follow into manageable chunks. Consider getting started with some of the OBNUG lists if you'd like.

Note: You can be on Twitter and never send a Tweet. In fact, that is my preferred method of Twitter use. Just read what everyone else writes. It's not creepy, it's resourceful.

Your turn

What Twitter accounts do you think should be on the list? Any players, commenters, local media, or others that I missed? Do you have some pro Twitter tips to share? Let me know in the comments.