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O.J. Atogwe Visits Redskins Park: A Twitter Story

Posted by Matt Terl on February 23, 2011 – 9:31 am

Free agent safety O.J. Atogwe visited Redskins Park yesterday, and apparently left without signing a deal. That’s the entire story, really, and it’s not a very exciting one. It doesn’t explain motivations: did he leave because he didn’t WANT to sign? Because the team didn’t want to sign HIM? Because, regardless of what they both wanted, neither side wanted to do a deal yet? Unanswered. But the fact that the story itself even exists is, at least in part, another example of how Twitter has changed the news fans get about sports.

Once upon a time, Atogwe’s visit would’ve likely gone unmentioned until and unless he (or his agent) or someone on the team leaked it to the media. Everyone would’ve been speculating about it, of course — it took maybe ten minutes after news broke that the Rams were releasing Atogwe for me to get the first email suggesting that he might be a fit with Jim Haslett, his old defensive coordinator — but there might or might not have ever been confirmation.

In 2011, things proceed a little differently. First, on Monday afternoon, Atogwe posted this to his Twitter feed:

Technically it could’ve meant anything, but by Tuesday morning Atogwe made it pretty clear that those new horizons included at least a stopover in Loudoun County, Virginia.

And, some six or so hours later, he finished with this:

Like I started with: he visited and he left. That’s the story, as told by the guy himself That’s one thing you wouldn’t have gotten in those hazy pre-Twitter days. The other thing you wouldn’t have gotten is the honest reaction from the current Redskins safeties. Read more »

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