Andy Gray's @si_vault Toronto Picture Dump

Andy Gray's @si_vault Toronto Picture DumpAndy Gray from Sports Illustrated is tweeting Toronto-centric pictures this afternoon.

I'm a Toronto-centric kind of guy who loves sports (and gets Sports Illustrated every week), so I'm collecting them all here along with Andy's accompanying tweets and some commentary from yours truly.


AG: Jack Morris, Dave Stewart, Todd Stottlemyre & Juan Guzman pose at a 1993 SI photo shoot

TM: Damn, I miss these days. I once stalked Stottlemyre at the CNE to get his autograph.


AG: Toronto Argonauts owners Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy attend a 1991 game

TM: The kids and I just watched Planes, Trains and Automobiles. A few months ago, we watched Uncle Buck. I miss John Candy.


AG: SI photographer John McDonough took this great shot of Vince Carter

TM: Nope, I'm still not ready to make nice.


AG: Felix Potvin and his cat pose for a 1982 (sic) SI photo shoot

TM: Of course, Andy meant 1992. Speaking of stuff I miss, damn I miss Felix Potvin and this Leafs team that made the Conference finals twice in the early 90s.


AG: How amazing was this Toronto promotion (from 1946 Knicks-Huskies game)?

TM: I hate the name "Raptors" and wish we had gone with "Huskies".


AG: Get your cigar, recline your La-Z-Boy. We're going with Toronto photos all day. David Wells is excited!

TM: I saw STP and RHCP with David Wells... sorta.


AG: Tie Domi and Lyle Odelein get acquainted during a 2000 game between the Leafs and Devils

TM: My old pal.


AG: Marcus Camby poses for a photo at Raptors Media Day in 1997

TM: I can't believe Camby is still playing. He's old... he's my age!


AG: Blue Jays shortstop Danny Ainge in action

TM: NBA star Danny Ainge started at third for the Jays back in 1981. Here are the other starting third basemen in Blue Jays history.


AG: Joe Theismann in action with the Toronto Argonauts during the 1972 season

TM: This is the first photo, outside the Huskies ticket, that doesn't bring back memories.


AG: Cousins Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter in 1999

TM: T-Mac never seemed happy.


AG: Kelly Gruber celebrates Toronto Day at the SI Vault (for @GrubersMullet and Gruber lovers everywhere)

TM: Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly.


AG: Roberto Alomar lays out for a catch during the 1992 World Series against Atlanta

TM: The greatest Blue Jay of all-time.


AG: Toronto fans celebrate after the Blue Jays won the 1992 World Series

TM: I'll never forget.


AG: Jesse Barfield and his son let their Soul Glo before a 1996 (sic) Blue Jays-Orioles game

TM: I loved Barfield, and I love this picture. There's my Exhibition Stadium in what is likely 1986. Barfield had a cannon for an arm.


AG: Wendel Clark scores a goal during a 1993 Caps-Leafs game

TM: All heart.


AG: Canadian legend Tim Horton played 18 seasons for the Maple Leafs in the '50s and '60s

TM: That's right, kids. Tim Horton was a Leaf. In fact, he was one of the greatest Leafs.


AG: Dave Keon and Pierre Pilote chase down a loose puck during a 1967 Maple Leafs-Blackhawks game

TM: I missed Keon's entire career, but I caught his return.


AG: Brian McNamee stretches out Roger Clemens before a 1997 Toronto-Baltimore game

TM: Roger Clemens, part of baseball's lost generation.


AG: How did Chris Bosh let SI take this photo of him?

TM: Bosh was more Vince than we realized. Go Celtics!


AG: SI's Chuck Solomon with a great aerial shot of Joe Carter scoring the winning run of the 1993 World Series

TM: Joe touched 'em all, and it's been all downhill since then.


AG: Toronto Day is over as I have to meet Robbie Alomar at his Skydome hotel room for dinner. Hope you enjoyed

TM: Fess up, Toronto. How many of you slept with Roberto Alomar?

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The Leafs Official Twitter Feed and What It Could Learn From the Kings

The Leafs Official Twitter Feed and What It Could Learn From the KingsThe Maple Leafs' official Twitter feed isn't bad. It's informative and engaged, and it says "cheers" a lot. It practically has a personality...

But then there's the Los Angeles Kings' official Twitter feed. Now it has personality, and even likes to trash talk.

Here's their infamous taunting of Canucks fans following their win in round one.


And this one is fresh...


If we ever have a reason to be so brash, I'm hoping the Leafs' Twitter account takes a cue from the Kings and becomes as fun. If you can't lighten up on Twitter, what's the point of being there?

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10,000 Tweets

twitterI first joined Twitter in 2008 as a social experiment. Would people use Twitter as an RSS alternative?

In early 2009, I started complementing the twitterfeed tweets with actual status update tweets. Now three years later, I see I've hit 10,000 tweets. That milestone is as good a reason as any to remind you to follow me on Twitter.


If you're on Twitter, let me know your handle in the comments so I can make sure I'm following you.

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Twitter Client Usage - How Do You Tweet?

twitterAccording to a Sysomos survey, Twitter users only send 58% of their overall Tweets using the company’s own proprietary Twitter applications and website. If my math is right, that means 42% of us use non-official Twitter apps.

I'm in that 42%. I happily use Seesmic.


I have one simple question for those of you who tweet. What do you use to Tweet?

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Blue Jays on Twitter

blue jays on twitterThere are nearly 300 verified Major League Baseball Twitter accounts.

If you're looking for members of our Toronto Blue Jays to follow on Twitter, here are all Blue Jays on Twitter.

J.P. Arencibia @jparencibia9
Brett Cecil @Cec0208
Brett Lawrie @blawrie13
Jesse Litsch @JesseLitsch
Ricky Romero @RickyRo24
Travis Snider @Lunchboxhero45

The official Twitter account of the Blue Jays, by the way, is @BlueJays.

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Kypreos on TSN: Tweet of the Year Candidate

TwitterI was sitting in a Tim Hortons when the PPP guys started tweeting about Nick Kypreos' tweet. I'm sure in time we'll simply refer to it as "The Tweet".

Kypreos tweeted about Bryan McCabe going to the Rangers, and TSN's Darren Dreger quickly followed that by tweeting no deal was done. That led Kyper (I prefer Kypper) to tweet "I'm confident it will get done. Those fuckers at tsn try to discredit me all the time. I'm really pissed! As always, thanks for yo...".


I'm loving this TSN ~ Sportsnet war! And I'm loving the excuse to post this picture of Nick Kypreos grabbing my ass!

Jim Peplinski, Nick Kypreos, Stew Gavin and me

[Tweet cap via Pension Plan Puppets]

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Top 10 Most Retweeted Tweets

TwitterYeah, I like Twitter. I used it daily throughout 2010, and if you use Twitter, you know how retweeting works. If someone you follow tweets something you want to share with your followers, you retweet it.

I'm not sure what my most retweeted tweet was in 2010. It might have been when I blamed that damn Pepsi cheer for our junior team losing the gold medal game to the USA, I honestly don't know...

Today, Twitter unveiled the 10 most retweeted tweets of 2010. I didn't make the list.

  • Justin (@shitmydadsays): Don't focus on the one guy who hates you. You don't go to the park and set your picnic down next to the only pile of dog shit.
  • Rihanna (@rihanna): Justin Bieber just flashed me his abs in the middle of a restaurant! Wow! He actually had a lil 6 pack! Sexy, lol! #Beliebersplzdontkillme
  • Kanye West (@kanyewest): I'm sorry Taylor.
  • Lady Gaga (@ladygaga): I'm beautiful in my way, 'cause God makes no mistakes. I'm on the right track, baby. I was Born This Way.
  • Joe Jonas (@joejonas): I cry because I love Justin Bieber!!!
  • Al-Qaeda (@alqaeda): Just noticed Twitter keeps prompting me to "Add a location to your tweets". Not falling for that one.
  • Justin Bieber (@justinbieber): Te quiero mucho mi amor.
  • Lil Wayne (@liltunechi): Aaaaaaahhhhhhmmmmm baaaaakkkkkkkkkk!
  • Drake (@drakkardnoir): We always ignore the ones who adore us, and adore the ones who ignore us.
  • Stephen Colbert (@StephenatHome): In honor of oil-soaked birds, 'tweets' are now 'gurgles.'

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Steve Johnson Blames God via Twitter For Dropped Ball

twitterIn shocking news, our Buffalo Bills coughed one up yesterday against the Steelers. In overtime, receiver Steve Johnson dropped an easy game-winning catch. Here's the video evidence:

Following the game, Steve Johnson was so upset, he sent a tweet to God.


At least he said thanks...

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Unintentional AM640 News Twitter Feed Hilarity

newspaperWhen AM640 tweets, they precede their tweets with "AM640 News" or "AM640 Sports News". They don't use some kind of dividing character before the actual tweet, such as a : or - or |. This leads to unintentionally humourous tweets.

For example, on face value, this AM640 tweet suggests one of their newsmen has been stabbed. I sure hope it wasn't James MacPhee!


And I'm as surprised as anyone that a local news plane would travel as far as Pakistan. I sure hope everyone is alright...


Dear AM640... Add a colon after AM640 News. it's just one character, and it makes a great difference.

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Twitter Is Killing RSS Readers

twitterI started "getting" Twitter back in November 2008. I'm sure some of you beat me to the punch, but most of you probably strolled in after that date or still don't get it. At the time, I wrote about Twitter as an RSS alternative.

If you're following a publisher who tweets all of his or her new articles or entries, RSS would become redundant. At the time I asked aloud: "Would people follow a Twitter feed as a means of following a blog like this one?"

Business Insider is now proclaiming Twitter has killed RSS readers.

But, personally, I never use RSS readers anymore--in part because of Twitter and in part because we've built a more convenient way to follow the news right into the site.

And based on the traffic trends to the leading RSS readers, it appears many folks are doing the same. As Joseph Tartakoff of paidcontent notes, Bloglines was shut down this week, and traffic to the grand-daddy of RSS readers, Google Reader, is down 27% year over year.

Personally, I still read the bulk of the blogs and sites I follow in Google Reader. It's a mandatory, daily read for me, and I swear by it. I'm a big RSS guy, but I'm also a big Twitter fan, and can totally see Twitter making RSS obsolete for some readers.

Has Twitter replaced RSS for you?

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