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SI Releases Its Twitter 100

I love lists, as they’re always a great source of debate. And when a list covers something like the top 100 Twitter sources of “news, information and entertainment from the sports world,” then I stand to be educated as well. Sports Illustrated polled 50 staffers who are hard-cored Twitter users and asked them which feeds they considered essential to their daily routine.

The list is presented in alphabetical order, and is not ranked according to Twitter followers among SI staffers.

We gave them one guideline: You could not choose anyone associated with SI or our main Twitter feed (@SINow).

Some of the athletes who made the list include Gilbert Arenas, Brandon Phillips and Chad Ochocinco.Shaquille O’Neal did not make the list.

Some other things that jump out:

* Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports and Adam Schefter of ESPN are NFL reporters who made the list. Chris Mortensen of ESPN did not, nor did former SI football reporter Michael Silver, now of Yahoo! Sports.

* Jason Whitlock of FoxSports and Gregg Doyel of CBS did not make the list. Bill Simmons did.

This is just the Twitter demographics for one sports media company. No doubt a similar poll from CBS Sports or ESPN would look much different.

 

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Bob Uecker To Undergo Another Heart Operation

Milwaukee Brewers radio announcer Bob Uecker will undergo more heart surgery on Tuesday after a tear was discovered at the site of his valve replacement.

“I’m approaching this with the same optimism that I had the first time, and I appreciate all of the kind thoughts and well wishes from Brewers fans and everyone who has reached out to me,” the 75-year-old Uecker said in a statement. “I look forward to being ready to go well before Spring Training in Arizona.”

Uecker underwent an initial operation on April 30 to replace his aortic valve, aortic root and part of his ascending aorta along with a coronary bypass. The doctors believe that Uecker suffered the tear after a staph infection in June.

“Bob’s heart is stronger now following his initial operation and therefore I think he will tolerate this operation very well,” said Dr. James Kleczka, who has been treating Uecker. “I expect that he will need eight to 10 weeks to fully recover, after which he will be back to life as usual.”

Here’s to a speedy recovery for one of baseball’s finest announcers.