By Tim Dahlberg
The Associated Press
Perhaps the best thing about Twitter is that it forces people to get to the point, in 140 characters or less.
Not that it matters much for most athletes, who rarely have thoughts that run that long anyway.
They get paid to play, not to tell us how to eliminate hunger or explain black holes in the universe (Phil Mickelson excepted, of course).
Take Allen Iverson,for instance. He didn’t come close to using up his Twitter allotment to show off his new character in Memphis.
“I want to help them develop a winner,” Iverson tweeted after signing with the Grizzlies.
Pretty innocuous stuff, the kind that in previous times would be handled in a team statement or e-mail.
But these are new times, and this is new technology. No longer must athletes risk having their words muddled by the media.
It’s a perfect tool for Terrell Owens and the attention hounds that populate sports, even if they don’t have anything to say.
Better yet, they can only misquote themselves, as T.O. so famously did in his own autobiography.
He did the other day after former Patriot Rodney Harrison called him a “clown” and T.O. fired off a barrage of tweets in response.
Most had to do with Harrison being suspended in 2007 for using steroids, which Owens finally conceded wasn’t exactly correct.
“My bad Rodney! I hv been corrected by ur supporters, u used HGH nt steroids! So, every1 go ahead & use HGH!!”
Before Twittersphere thoughts appeared and disappeared within seconds, those kind of things could lead to defamation lawsuits.
But while there’s a new world order out there, there’s no new sheriff in town.
That scares coaches, and it terrifies teams. Secrets are being spilled, and control freaks are losing control.
The food in San Diego is slop. The fans in Washington are dim wits. Coaches have no clue, and talking heads on TV are worse.
(By the way, have you noticed every thought in this column is 140 characters or less?)