Twitter has rapidly risen to become an excellent source of breaking news and a collection of wide-ranging viewpoints. At the same time, however, it can a bit intimidating to the new user. It's sometimes difficult to know who to follow for quality fantasy football-related news. To help erase this difficulty, we have interviewed some of our favorite tweeters.
Name: Sam Monson
Twitter handle: @Sammonson (clever, eh?)
Approximate number of tweets per month: Quick calculation suggests somewhere around 200
Number that are following you: 2,144
Number that you are following: 303
Tweeting since: 31 March 2009 from my account, though taking it seriously much later than that.
Occupation (when not talking about football): Analyzing football through Pro Football Focus
Family life: Soon to be married, eldest of my siblings, sports fan, otherwise fairly unremarkable.
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): I am one of the core team of Pro Football Focus. PFF was set up by Neil Hornsby as a site to go through and grade every player, every snaps, in every game, and get a true picture of performance, without having to rely on what you're told by talking heads working from highlight reels and pre-prepared talking points. We're dedicated to becoming one of the first places people go to for football information. I'm one of PFF's main analysts as well as one of our writers on site. I'm from Dublin, Ireland, and currently live there after stints in the UK and USA. As well as writing about, analyzing and watching football I also play it on an amateur level in the Irish American Football League (IAFL) as a defensive back for the West Dublin Rhinos.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I'm also a big fan of rugby, which is only interesting in so far as a couple of rugby players have begun to make the leap to football in recent times. Looking at what skills rugby can teach these guys that would transfer to football is interesting.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: Sleep! PFF's in-season schedule is pretty brutal. Also play sports, watch movies, the usual stuff.
Favorite NFL Team(s): Minnesota Vikings
Favorite NFL player(s): Mewelde Moore, Darrelle Revis, Antoine Winfield, Evan Mathis, Victor Cruz
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: Twitter is the best source of information anywhere, and you can get it all in one space simply by customizing who you follow. Every significant news that's broken in the past year has hit twitter before anywhere else.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: @Profootbalfocus, the official PFF twitter account. @Mattbowen41, smart, savvy Xs and Os analysis from an ex player. @Smartfootball, I love a good in-depth, Xs and Os breakdown, and he has the best. @Evanmathis69, OG for the Eagles, funny guy, good success story, and underrated player.
Years playing fantasy football: Believe it or not, I'm one of the six people alive that doesn't actually play fantasy football. That's how hectic the in-season PFF schedule is!
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): Alex Smith will win the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: San Francisco 28 - 24 Houston
NFL Rookie of the Year: RGIII
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Peyton Manning
Parting thoughts about anything at all: Twitter has become a fantastic community of football writers, FF and not, and everybody should jump on board.
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Interview: Matthew Berry - Twitter: @MatthewBerryTMR
Interview: Sigmund Bloom - Twitter: @SigmundBloom
Interview: Jene Bramel - Twitter: @JeneBramel
Interview: Joe Bryant - Twitter: @Football_guys
Interview: Ryan Burns - Twitter: @FtblSickness
Interview: Will Carroll - Twitter: @injuryexpert
Interview: Mike Clay - Twitter: @MikeClayNFL
Interview: Jim Day - Twitter: @Fantasytaz
Interview: Eric Dickens - Twitter: @DLFootball
Interview: Gary Davenport - Twitter: @IDPManor
Interview: David Dodds - Twitter: @fbg_dodds
Interview: Joe Everett - Twitter: @RookieDraft
Interview: Michael Fabiano - Twitter: @Michael_Fabiano
Interview: Bryan Fontaine - Twitter: @Bryan_Fontaine
Interview: Chet Gresham - Twitter: @Chet_G
Interview: Ken Griggs - Twitter: @Dexters_Library
Interview: Bob Harris - Twitter: @Footballdiehard
Interview: Bob Henry - Twitter: @bobhenry
Interview: Tom Kessenich - Twitter: @TomKessenich
Interview: Cecil Lammey - Twitter: @cecillammey
Interview: Zach Law - Twitter: @zach_law
Interview: Alex Miglio - Twitter: @AlexMiglio
Interview: Andrew Miley - Twitter: @AndrewMiley
Interview: Sam Monson - Twitter: @Sammonson
Interview: Josh Moore - Twitter: @4for4_Josh
Interview: Chad Parsons - Twitter: @PFF_ChadParsons
Interview: John Paulsen - Twitter: @4for4_John
Interview: Brian Quinlan - Twitter: @BNQuinlan
Interview: Matt Schauf - Twitter: @mschauf63
Interview: Evan Silva - Twitter: @evansilva
Interview: Matt Waldman - Twitter: @MattWaldman
Interview: Chris Wesseling - Twitter: @ChrisWesseling
Interview: Matt Williamson - Twitter: @WilliamsonNFL
Interview: Eric Yeomans - Twitter: @Eric_Yeomans
Interview: Lance Zierlein - Twitter: @SidelineFB and @LanceZierlein
Editor's Note: If you have liked this series, check out Zach Law's interviews here