#sidelines: "BizNasty" plays all-star game captain

Coyotes winger Paul Bissonnette, may only have six points in 61 career NHL games to go along with 149 penalty minutes, but his online persona on Twitter has garnered nearly 18,000 followers, and on Thursday he took his antics to a new level.

Athletes use Twitter. Not all of them, of course, but those who take the few moments to send a message/tweet often entertain and, occasionally, provide insight.

(Although with only 140 characters there is only so much that can be said)

With that in mind, we’re going to take a regular a look at some athlete tweets from a variety of sports that are worth reading even if you still think a "tweet" is something a bird does when it's irate.  

Disclaimer: Since we can't possibly write "sic" next to every misspelled word in the preceding tweets (or can we?), please consult your nearest acronym dictionary. It is Twitter, after all!

Let’s begin with Phoenix Coyotes winger Paul Bissonnette. He may only have six points in 61 career NHL games to go along with 149 penalty minutes, but his online persona "BizNasty2point0" has garnered nearly 18,000 followers.

On Thursday, he took his antics to a new level. 

After the NHL announced a new all-star game format (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2010/11/10/sp-shanahan-allstar-game.html) where captains would choose their team, "BizNasty2point0" decided to create his own version: "Since I'm going to b All star captain, I need to start thinkin of my team. I will pick my team as if I were the only one on it. #MyDreamTeam

Interesting starting centre

His most unusual selection came first: "My starting center. The legend himself. Got to share the ice with him in phoenix for training camp." http://twitpic.com/35wuwk

Bissonnette went on to select Evgeni Malkin and Patrick Sharp as Kyle Wellwood's wingers, Hal Gill and Adam Foote (his favourite player) on defence and Grant Fuhr between the pipes.  

He put himself on the second all-star line with his "bromance" Taylor Pyatt, along with Sid the Kid, Mike Green, Keith Yandle and an unexpected goalie, Ray Emery.

Why? "It will be a 5 man cycle in the offensive zone. It'll look like the harlem globetrotters. Boom... Back up goalie. Ray emery. Cause if it gets ugly. This guys coming off the top ropes. And he played for my hometown welland cougars."  

I guess you could call his third line the "grind line" with the likes of Arron Asham, Dan Carcillo and Lenny Dykstra.

Yes, former Major League Baseball player Lenny Dykstra.

"3rd d pairing. Larry murphy aka alligator blood. The guy had mad patients. and derek engelland, the only man to ever beat up chuck norris... 3rd goalie. Ron hextall, cause we may need his offensive presence. And he also throws down." 

To fill out his roster, Bissonnette selected "Seabass aka Cam Neely," Wendel Clark and Lanny McDonald with Bill Clinton as the team's head coach. And his final all-star game-related line was the top re-tweet on Twitter: "My healthy scratches will be Gretzky and Lemieux because God isn't availalable to play on a line with them that weekend." 

Not only were BizNasty's creative tweets re-tweeted and discussed all over Twitter, but it even got other NHLers talking...

JLupul (Joffrey Lupul - Ducks) @BizNasty2point0 Man this is more devastating then when I got cut from Peewee AA...

b_ryan9 (Bobby Ryan - Ducks) @JLupul thought we'd make that team in a heart beat.

BizNasty2point0 @JLupul I thought u were ganna be the other teams captain? PJ will b ur starting center. He will make hal gill look like brian gionta.

It’s unusual to get so many contributions from the NHLers. Here's a look at some other interesting athlete tweets...

michaelstrahan (NFL - Retired) Congrats to @deionsanders for being inducted into the Atlanta Falcons ring of honor. Well deserved my friend!!!

OGOchoCinco - Chad Ochocinco (NFL - Bengals) One of the most influential men in the world just gave me the best advice about the adversity I'm going through http://twitpic.com/35el9b

the_real_nash - Steve Nash (NBA - Suns) Alvin Gentry, 'if steve gets traded I'm going with him.' Makes me wonder what Alvin and I would go for on the open market? #jockstrap&6pack

PGA_JohnDaly what? why is everybody laughing? you don't like my new set of wheels?! http://twitpic.com/35yom4

AvonCobourne (CFL - Alouettes) Once agin the voters shaft the Als.. Knolton over COX.. you have to be kidding me! The bet us once in 5 years. Once again we get the shafted