Host Michael Smith (l) with tight end Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers on the NFL Live set
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Twitter Handle: @MrMichael_Smith
*(As of 1/11/12)
ESPN2’s Numbers Never* Lie co-host Michael Smith is an argument waiting to happen on Twitter.
Bring on the debates. Whether it’s about sports, music, pop culture, religion or relationship advice, he’s got it covered.
One thing is for sure, he’s not afraid of the reaction to his opinions.
One night, Smith made a very “safe” comment about a game, or so he thought.
“My all-time favorite Twitter debate was after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals last year when the Celtics played the Knicks in Boston,” Smith explained.
“It was literally Carmelo Anthony and a bunch of scrubs, but the Knicks almost won! I remember going on Twitter and tweeting: ‘You gotta give it up for the Knicks.’ Seconds after complimenting their effort, New York Knicks fans started cursing me out! It really gave me a glimpse at how New Yorkers really feel about sports. They don’t care about moral victories or how you played. They just want to know if you won or lost.”
Overwhelmed by the response, Smith said, “Sheesh, I was actually trying to be nice for once.”
FR: It sounds like you’ve had some pretty memorable times on Twitter. When did you join?
MS: January 2009. I was actually hesitant to join at first, but my friends convinced me to try it out. I love it now.
FR: Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter?
MS: I don’t follow people haphazardly. I discover new people every day and follow them for specific reasons. In the sports space, I love to follow Jemele Hill (@jemelehill), Mike Hill (@MikeHillESPN), Bomani Jones (@BomaniJones), Trey Wingo (@wingoz) and Shannon Cross (@mscrossy).
One of my favorite non-ESPN people to follow is @DragonflyJonez. He’s one of the smartest dudes on Twitter. He’s clever and funny, but don’t let his sense of humor gloss over the fact he’s really smart. His range when it comes to his references is outstanding.
I also enjoy following @CuffsTheLegend. He definitely knows his stuff. He’s opinionated, and I find myself very intrigued by what he has to say. If I had a show on Twitter I’d host it with @DragonflyJones and @CuffsTheLegend. Their expertise on a range of topics is incredible.
FR: What have you learned on social media?
MS: Self-control. I’m a very emotional and reactive person. I have a short fuse and I’m very high-strung so it has taught me to control that. Twitter is a good exercise of self-control because a lot of people try to test you. Typically a stranger shouldn’t bother you when they say something negative, but it can really impact you. My temperance has carried over into life, too. Now I can let stuff go more easily.
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