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The Billy Penn Twitter Power Rankings: 12 must-follow accounts for Sixers, Flyers and college hoops

Now that football season is winding down — and hopefully it’ll end later rather than sooner for the Eagles — it’s time to pay more attention to the winter sports. Philadelphia has the Sixers, the Flyers and college hoops. And within these sports, there are many good Twitter accounts worth following to stay updated on the news and, especially for the Sixers, the hilarity.

Billy Penn presents, in alphabetical order, 12 must-follow accounts for the Philly winter sports season (earlier we highlighted 12 accounts for the Eagles).

@dalridgetnt

Been tweeting since: August 2009

No. of followers: 503K

No. of tweets: 11.3K

Why he/she made this list: David Aldridge, who works for TNT, knows the NBA inside and out and gets his fair share of scoops. Because he’s a former columnist for the Inquirer, he also chimes in about the Sixers from time to time.

One of our favorite tweets:

@DidTheSixersWin

Been tweeting since: The Sixers got hopelessly bad

No. of followers: 17K

No. of tweets: 100-plus

Why he/she made this list: @DidTheSixersWin’s brevity is funny after wins and losses. But especially after wins this account gets creative (granted those opportunities don’t come too often).

One of our favorite tweets:

And for good measure, the lone “Yes” of the year.

@djoneshoop

Been tweeting since: February 2010

No. of followers: 7,700-plus

No. of tweets: 5,700-plus

Why he/she made this list: Follows college hoops at Penn State, Philadelphia schools and smaller Pennsylvania colleges like Bucknell and takes teams and coaches to task when necessary. He writes for Penn Live and appears often on CSN’s “Philly Sports Talk.”

One of our favorite tweets:

@ESPNDanaONeil

Been tweeting since: April 2009

No. of followers: 45.6K

No. of tweets: 16K

Why he/she made this list: O’Neil has been covering college hoops for more than a decade, dating back to her time as a reporter with the Daily News and the Bucks County Courier Times. She still lives in the area and still tweets plenty about her alma mater Penn State and Philly colleges.

One of our favorite tweets:

@Evsterrr

Been tweeting since: February 2011

No. of followers: 2,400-plus

No. of tweets: 22.9K

Why he/she made this list: Not only because he was the point guard on Kobe Bryant’s Lower Merion basketball team. He also writes quality off-beat analysis pieces and features for CSN.

One of our favorite tweets:

@jensenoffcampus

Been tweeting since: August 2011

No. of followers: 2,100-plus

No. of tweets: 11.9K

Why he/she made this list: He’s the Inky’s longtime college sports expert and pens some of the best college hoops features every year.

One of our favorite tweets:

@jrfinger

Been tweeting since: May 2008

No. of followers: 4,890-plus

No. of tweets: 45K

Why he/she made this list: For his solid mixture of CSN beat coverage, humor and ability to connect Sixers news to the past.

One of our favorite tweets:

@meechone

Been tweeting since: January 2009

No. of followers: 6,900-plus

No. of tweets: 104K

Why he/she made this list: He’s the absolute right person to follow during Sixers and Flyers games for a laugh and good insight.

One of our favorite tweets:

@Michael_Levin

Been tweeting since: March 2010

No. of followers: 8,100-plus

No. of tweets: 49.4K

Why he/she made this list: Though he lives in Los Angeles, he still knows everything about the Sixers and blogs regularly — and often hilariously — for Liberty Ballers.

One of our favorite tweets:

@PHSportsGoddess

Been tweeting since: October 2010

No. of followers: 4,800-plus

No. of tweets: 255K

Why he/she made this list: Photoshop skills and an uncanny ability to find the perfect Vine, screenshot or meme to match the right mood. Just know: She TWEETS A LOT.

One of our favorite tweets:

 

@sbaickerTCN

Been tweeting since: March 2009

No. of followers: 25.3K

No. of tweets: 51.3K

Why he/she made this list: Her Flyers knowledge is deep — she used to cover the team for CSN before moving to Comcast Network’s “Breakfast On Broad” — and Baicker does an excellent job of interacting with followers.

One of our favorite tweets:

@tpanotchCSN

Been tweeting since: March 2010

No. of followers: 45.4K

No. of tweets: 41.8K

Why he/she made this list: Tim Panaccio is the source for insider information about the Flyers. He’s been covering the team for ages, first for the Inquirer and now for CSN. Bonus: He features plenty of pictures of wine and Italian dining that often look delicious.

One of our favorite tweets:

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