Overtime!’s Mid-Week ‘Twitter Take Five’

Following your favorite NEC athlete or sportswriter on Twitter is an enjoyable experience, but can also become an overwhelming one.

With so many people to follow and so much information to digest, it isn’t always easy to manage. Hence, the Overtime! Blog’s Twitter Take Five, a new weekly feature that selects five of the most intriguing/significant Tweets from across the NEC and presents them to our fans right here on the Official Blog of the Northeast Conference.




Tweet No. 5 – Andrew Chiappazzi, RMU Blogger/Rivals.com contributor


This Rivals.com writer is not the only one who has come to appreciate Chris Shovlin over the years.  Shovlin, the longtime radio voice of the Robert Morris Colonials, will deservedly receive induction into the RMU Athletics Hall of Fame on October 20 at Joe Walton Stadium.  Shovlin’s calls of Robert Morris basketball and football games over the year (He’s done close to 1,000) have been both fundamentally-sound and stimulating. Shovlin’s a first-class announcer and an even better person except for the fact that he’s admittedly a New York Jets fan. We’ll consider giving him a pass since he and Joe Willie Namath both grew up in Beaver County.


Tweet No. 4 – Wagner Baseball


This Tweet from the Official Twitter Account of Wagner College Baseball is NOT something Yankee fans wanted to see.  The Yankees have watched their healthy lead in the America League Eastern Division evaporate and last night NEC Baseball alumnus Andrew Bailey added to New York’s misery.  The New Jersey native pitched a scoreless ninth inning of a 3-3 game and earned the victory when Jacoby Ellsbury delivered a walk-off hit in the bottom half of the inning. The loss dropped the Yankees into a tie with Baltimore for the division lead. As for Bailey, it was the closer’s first victory of the season. A hand injury prevented Bailey’s season from starting until August.


Tweet No. 3 – Saint Francis (PA) Football


 The Red Flash proudly used their Twitter account to introduce linebacker Bishop Neal.  After recording 13 tackles, making an interception, and dropping All-American tailback Jordan Brown for a safety in the Flash’s Week 2 win over Bryant, Neal earned The Sports Network’s National FCS Defensive Player of the Week award. Well done, Mr. Neal.


Tweet No. 2 – Michael Fitzgerald, A Random sports fan on Twitter


Search the hashtag #HeyRookie on Twitter and you will find a number of tweets with a theme similar to the one above.  Not that we are surprised, considering we knew him when he was just the 2008 NEC Defensive Rookie of the Year, but Jose Gumbs has caught the attention of many thanks to his appearance on the NFL show “Hey Rookie,” which aired last night on ESPN2. In just a few minutes of watching television, @mikeefitz saw what we saw for four years at Monmouth – a humble man and a great football player.  In regards to @mikeefitz’s question of what team, if any, Gumbs is now playing for, the Saints announced last week that they were waiving Gumbs, who was listed on Injury Reserve at the time, after reaching an injury settlement with the rookie safety.


Tweet No. 1 – Kevin Paczesny, Wagner Football, Equipment Manager


Paczesny’s Tweet is undoubtedly cliché, but it is true, too. After Saturday, September 15, however, he will have to modify his tweet to say “ Communication is key on HAMELINE FIELD and off HAMELINE FIELD.  That is because Wagner is set to rename the football field at Wagner College Stadium in honor of their longtime football coach, and 200-game winner, Walt Hameline. The ceremony will take place prior  to the Seahawks’ Outer Bridge Rivalry Game against Monmouth.


– September 12, 2012 –


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