Here at Tend the Farm we love Twitter and we think that you should too. It makes our entire hockey experience much more immediate — much more fun! And, yes, at times, even zany, crazy and silly. Join us! Meet some of the OKC Barons who are on Twitter. Some folks take to Twitter with the ease of a professional, and others … well, others appear seldom, like a nocturnal opossum, hiding, lurking, only coming out in the dark of night.
We begin our first Twitter “Must Follows” Installment with a finely tuned selection of OKC Barons & Oilers team accounts, coaching staff, play-by-play, media and bloggers. The list is broken down into large subsections but listed randomly — in no particular order. If you feel you have been left off this list unjustly, submit your requests in triplicate and we will begin a thorough screening immediately! The next installment will be devoted to Player accounts, and anyone else we’ve sadly and horrifically failed to include on this list.
1 | Bill Scott – OKC Barons GM. And yes, that avatar is his Bobblehead likeness. He tweets very rarely – he’s a busy guy. And if you didn’t already know, he is a Michigan Spartan.
2 | Todd Nelson – Head Coach of the OKC Barons. He tweets occassionally, often with encouraging words for the boys. Seriously, he is worth following for his motorcycle avatar alone!
Off to the draft. Should be an exciting day.
— Todd Nelson (@Todd_Nelson44) June 30, 2013
3 | Jim Byers – OKC Barons Broadcaster/play-by-play guy. We really need to encourage Jim to tweet more often. He’s a treasure trove of sports information!
Personal note, my last (and only) winner-take-all series finale broadcast was 16 years ago, Tulsa @ Fort Worth in the CHL, Game 5 1st round.
— Jim Byers (@jim_the_lip) May 4, 2013
4 | Oklahoma City Barons – Warning: This is NOT the LA Kings Twitter account, so don’t get too excited. This account provides team Game Day tweets and related news.
5 | OKC Barons Hockey – Team News Account. This account often duplicates tweets with their sister account. See what I mean?
6 | Steven Christy – Official OKC Barons Photographer. During hockey season, Steven tweets links to his latest game day and team activity photographs. Don’t miss them!
— Steven Christy (@stevenchristy) June 3, 2013
7 | Rob Ferguson – Official OKC Barons Photographer and youth hockey coach with a rather fun diabolical sense of humor. Rob’s photograph graced the cover of The Hockey News last season. Any bets which one? If you guessed November 5, 2012, you’d be right! Encourage this man to tweet more often!
— Rob Ferguson (@RobOKC) June 12, 2013
7a | Chris Wescott – OKC Barons Reporter & Host. A mix of personal and professional tweets.
Good luck to an old favorite of mine, Danny Briere who has signed with Montreal.
— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) July 5, 2013
8 | Edmonton Oilers – Team Account. The Oilers team account is beginning to loosen up a bit. There’s some playful fun moments between teams that are very clever. (Hmmm… Is that you, Ryan??)
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) July 1, 2013
9 | Dallas Eakins – The new Oilers Head Coach. From reading his tweets you can get a very good idea of who Dallas Eakins is as a human being and as a coach. A family man and a fitness fanatic. (Pssst … Pass that along to those poor boys in Edmonton to get off their duffs and begin training!)
10 | Jack Michaels – Oilers Play-by-Play Announcer. Tweets some interesting tidbits now and then — and who is that darling cherub of a hockey player in his avatar?
Six degrees of separation time…Oiler draft pick Evan Campbell heading to play at UMass-Lowell, whose associate coach is Jason Lammers…..
— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) July 1, 2013
11 | Ryan Dittrick – Head Writer and Web Content Coordinator for Oilers. OKC Barons fans well remember Ryan working in OKC during our memorable playoff tornado game and shelter experience. Hi Ryan!
Can see it from up here. MacTavish and Holmgren are going back and forth. Been doing it all night so far.
— Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) June 30, 2013
12 | Tom Gazzola – Reporter/Host, Oilers TV. Tom was part of our Barons gang during the lockout, and appears from time to time. Hey Tom! (He’s the young chap with the very pretty hair.)
I'll tell you what, Nurse killed it at the media availability on Friday. Very personable guy. MacT spoke glowingly about him 2 weeks ago.
— Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) June 30, 2013
13 | Bob Stauffer – Oilers Radio analyst & Host of Oilers Now on 630 CHED. As an Oilers/Barons fan you can learn a great deal following Stauffer and listening to his radio interviews with Oilers/Barons staff and team. Bob will drops “hints” which leave the rest of the Oilers media madly scrambling to fill in the gaps. Bob seems to greatly enjoy his role as the Oilers’ Oracle.
My guess is that the #Oilers do NOT extend QO's to Plante and Teubert. FYI..I also guessed the Oilers would take Nichuskin over Nurse..
— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) July 2, 2013
14 | Aquila Productions – Oil Change Show. If you have NOT watched Oil Change — do so now. You will see your OKC Barons among the many episodes.
BARONS BLOGGERS & MEDIA:
15 | Tend the Farm – Yes, that’s US! Well, mostly Neal ….
— Tend The Farm (@TendTheFarm) June 25, 2013
16 | Neal – Tend the Farm. Oklahoma City pastor, family man, minor league hockey writer, sports enthusiast & Buckeye. OHIO STATE. And don’t you forget it! (How can we convince Neal to keep this mohawk next season?!?)
Please, if you’re drafted today, cock your hat sideways. That’s the BEST way to start an NHL career. #nhldraft
— Neal (@tweetneal) June 30, 2013
17 | Patricia Teter – Artful_Puck. Me. I blog here occasionally and over on ArtfulPuck as well. I love hockey. And history, art, nature, wine, literature, travel … with hockey.
Whew! Luongo's condo has not sold — so he still has his house in VAN. 🙂
— Patricia Teter (@Artful_Puck) June 30, 2013
18 | Eric Rodgers – AHL Barons. Eric is the young whippersnapper of our group. Eric is a 24 year-old broadcast school graduate, looking to break into sports play-by-play and broadcasting full-time. He is currently a free agent just waiting to be signed! If you like stats — you’ll like Eric. Hire him!
And now Fleury talk from the #Oilers. Dubnyk has to be feeling great right about now
— Eric Rodgers (@ericrsports) June 29, 2013
19 | Mike Baldwin – Long time OKC sports reporter who provides Barons coverage for the Oklahoman.
Oklahoma City Barons: OKC signs C.J. Stretch, Joey Leach http://t.co/xbTux64FDm
— Mike Baldwin (@mikebaldwinbook) June 27, 2013
OILERS MEDIA & BLOGGERS
20 | Bruce McCurdy – Cult of Hockey, Edmonton Journal. Bruce tweets about hockey, astronomy and life — a very interesting fellow who can recite hockey history at the drop of a hat! McCurdy, along with Willis and Staples write for the Cult of Hockey which is must reading for any Oilers/Barons followers.
My fingers are ¼ inch shorter than they were this morning. #poundingouttheposts
— Bruce McCurdy (@BruceMcCurdy) July 1, 2013
21 | Jonathan Willis – Cult of Hockey, Edmonton Journal; Hockey Prospectus; Nation Network. (See above,)
Realistically, any goalie outside maybe a top-five pick, is five(+?) years away. Fleury has two years left on his deal.
— Jonathan Willis (@JonathanWillis) July 1, 2013
22 | David Staples – Hockey writer/blogger, Cult of Hockey, Edmonton Journal. (See above under McCurdy.)
All in all, I think the Oilers made a safe pick. I like Nurse's chances of being a decent to good Oilers player about three years from now.
— David Staples (@dstaples) June 30, 2013
23 | Joanne Ireland – Hockey writer, Edmonton Journal.
The first shutdown assignment Darnell Nurse was tasked with? Nail Yakupov. Nurse will be on ice next week for #oilers annual prospects camp.
— Joanne Ireland (@jirelandEJ) June 30, 2013
24 | Jim Matheson – Hockey writer, Edmonton Journal. Jim likes Grit with a Big G, little r i t.
what Oil needs on the team is andrew shaw type, a bloody nuisance player with some skill and lots of heart.
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) July 1, 2013
25 | Terry Jones – Hockey writer, Edmonton Sun. During the lockout Terry visited OKC and we learned that he really likes the steaks at Cattleman’s Cafe, but did you know he once ate one of his columns? At center ice, with sauerkraut, sour cream and bitter lemon?
Still think biggest disappointment was if the Oilers had just lost two more games … Seth Jones!
— Terry Jones (@byterryjones) July 1, 2013
26 | Jason Gregor – Host of Jason Gregor Show, Writer on Oilers Nation and columnist for Edmonton Journal.
The #Oilers final pick was Greg Chase. A huge pain in the ass on the ice. He's the type of player the Oilers need.
— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) July 1, 2013
27 | Lowetide — Oh those Oilers. Family man, blogger, radio personality and bon vivant around Edmonton. Lowetide has his finger on the pulse of the Oilers — when there is a pulse at least.
After watching yesterday's draft, I've decided to call Craig Button '4/5'
— Lowetide (@Lowetide) July 1, 2013
28 | Lowdown with Lowetide – Radio Show. See above, same fellow on Edmonton Sports Radio. If by chance you have never listened to Lowdown with Lowetide, skedaddle over to your radio (or computer!) and sit a spell. Enjoy!
So, are we happy?
— Lowdown W/Lowetide (@LowdownLowetide) July 1, 2013
29 | Martin Lundén – Our Man in Sweden. An Oiler Abroad. Yes, he’s our favorite Swedish gent who writes about the Oilers and Barons at Swedish Oil.
— Martin Lundén 📎 (@dohfOs) July 1, 2013
30 | Lisa McRitchie – Oilers Columnist for Kukla’s Korner at Oil Patch. Excellent coverage of Oilers prospect news and interviews.
Shocked not to see a goaltender on that list though, perhaps they do have enough faith in the ones they already have
— Lisa Brown (@LisaBrownYEG) July 1, 2013
31 | Derek Zona – Managing Editor, Copper & Blue (See below).
Odds that we see a "Flames add Tambellini to Hockey Ops staff" headline this year?
— Derek Zona (@DerekZona) June 27, 2013
32 | Copper & Blue – In-depth Edmonton Oilers site managed by Derek Zona, with articles by Zona, Scott Reynolds, Ryan Batty, Alan Hull, Dawgbone98, etc.
Take the Russian – Yakupov needs someone to up the celebration race.
— Copper & Blue (@CopperandBlue) June 30, 2013