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Seattle Times sports editor Don Shelton was faced with a tough decision: Should he continue running NBA scoring summaries, or use the space for local sports coverage?

I tallied up the reasons for and against, talked to my staff and even my wife. And then I made the wrong decision.

He killed the NBA stats.

Readers complained, and “I started to feel guilty. …Then I reversed the call.”

Shelton shares an email exchange with a reader that prompted him to rethink his decision. “It’s a good example of how passionate readers are and how personally they take their newspaper and sports section,” the editor tells me. “This guy even offered a very thoughtful alternative. You’ve got to love our readers!”

The emails are after the jump. Read More

This list comes from Mashable’s Sam Laird:
1. @AdamSchefter “I love big stories outside of football and try to share with readers the ones I think are important,” he says.
2. @ErinAndrews She has “a wealth of behind-the-scenes interviews.”
3. @SI_PeterKing “Tweets prolifically and responds to his followers’ comments and questions often.”
4. @Buster_ESPN “A go-to source for fans of America’s pastime.”
5. @jadande “I seek out interaction with my followers and retweet the best responses,” he says.
6. @JayGlazer “Stream of updates, opinions and analysis.”
7. @Chris_Broussard “Tweets can come in spurts,” but…
8. @JayBilas “A mix opinions, insightful analysis and rap lyrics.”
9. @mortreport He says: “Time allowing, I also use Twitter to answer questions from my followers.”
10. @PeteThamelNYT “Must-follow for any college sports fan.”
11. @sportsguy33 “…often hilarious 140-character takes on the sports world.”

* Sportswriters you need to follow on Twitter