Morning Pixels: Athletes plus Twitter equals free stuff

November 16, 2012

Twitter is good for a lot of things. Trending topics, breaking news and conversation, to name a few. But athletes have discovered another way to make Twitter work for them. Getting free stuff. 

Over the summer, I wrote about Niles Paul and his obsession with Capri Sun, which he had documented on Twitter. Two months later, a case of the drink found it’s way to Paul’s locker at Redskins park. 

Earlier this week, RGIII mentioned his habit of getting movies from the rental unit Redbox. That day, Redbox tweeted that they would be sending the athlete “something special.” 

From looking for a deal on TVs, to tweeting pics of their free swag, these guys have it figured out. 

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER

* Miguel Cabrera won the AL MVP over Mike Trout.

* Boz says the Marlins trade shows Jeffrey Loria and MLB at their worst.

* Pierre Garcon is back, but still limited.

* D.C. United will take a patient approach to Sunday’s game. 

* Virginia’s bowl hopes are dashed

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Josh Morgan, on Pierre Garcon being happy to practice:

“The smile on his face when he was going out there Monday, that just said it all, That’s sports. That’s what we do this for. People really love to play this game. It kills us when we can’t do something right. . . . When you really love the game, it’s in your heart. You can see. He’s still over there smiling.”

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT

Here’s the full version of Tarik’s failed 40 year dash. 

WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT

Lots of college basketball again. All TV/Radio listings here

 WIZARDS

Here’s a fun new tumblr called More Entertaining Than Wizards Games. It’s exactly what it sounds like. I’m waiting for someone to bring back DidTheWizardsWinLastNight.com.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Nats Journal has info on what Steve Lombardozzi and his family are doing to help Sandy victims, and what you can do to pitch in. 

 RIP TWINKIES

At least for now. Hostess is shutting down operations with the intention to liquidate, which means the end of an era. Brands like Twinkies and Ho Hos will likely be purchased by another company. But what will become of Sno Balls and fruit pies? Ding dongs and zingers? Let our inner child mourn.

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