Nobody move, or the hamster gets it!
You may have noticed some loading issues this week that impacted your #HLSrecap reading. Short story: @HLS_hamster is fine.
Longer story: Just before the football season, Storify announced they were passing more Twitter metadata into their stories. This is a good thing, but it turns out that the sheer volume of #HLSrecap exposed some inefficiencies in their development. So this is either a Storify issue, or a Twitter issue. In either case, Storify told me this bug/issue would be resolved by the weekend.
I’m aware of no workaround at this point, so for most people the #HLSrecap stops displaying tweets somewhere around the third quarter. “But we never had problems with #HLSrecap when Ara was coach!” I know, but that’s why y’all are the best. To wit:
According to @andrewwinn, this week clocked in at 634 tweets from 150+ contributors, with 47 first-timers making the cut this week. The SC #HLSrecap was twice the size of Michigan‘s (which probably explains the Storify issues) and 5.5x larger than the Temple season-opener. We have over 330 unique contributors to at least one #HLSrecap this year.
Now, onto the good stuff. As a reminder, we’re presenting the following highly-coveted (and yet totally arbitrary) weekly accolades:
- Brick Helmet Stickers
- #HLSrecap MVP
- #HLSrecap Top 25
Here now is our Athletic Director, @FakeSwarbrick, who I see is gulping down gallons of coffee while wearing what appears to be the business suit he slept in last night.
Brick Helmet Stickers
One of the downsides of living, working and playing in Europe is that keeping up with Notre Dame football is a challenge. This is especially true when there is a night game — which is a 1:30 a.m. kickoff for me. It sucks but I plan to be back in the states next month so I’ll keep treading water in the meantime.
For past games I’ve tried to pace myself on Saturday and make sure I’m well rested for the game. But last night I allowed a devious Brit named Paul to talk me into going to a casino. “Sounds fun” I said, and told him I just needed to be back in time for the game.
Everything else is a blur. I remember displaying god-like powers at the roulette wheel when I bet heavily on “Red 5,” because that was Luke Skywalker’s call sign in the first Star Wars movie. I then demanded to see the manager because roulette was too damn easy. The pit boss, in a sign of deep respect, had a waitress comp my drinks and also made sure I knew where the nearest ATM was located.
We then moved to a Caribbean poker table where the lovely Lana — I called her “The Smiling Assassin” — proceeded to systematically empty my wallet. I’ve never before been dealt so many hands with two pair only to be beaten with her three of a kind. I was ready to leave but Lana, in a sign of deep respect, had a waitress comp my drinks and also made sure I knew where the nearest ATM was located.
I don’t remember much more than that. I woke up this afternoon in a daze not knowing who won the game. Just shameful for a true Irish fan. I checked the score and was thrilled that our home skid against USC had finally ended. Then I surveyed the room trying to piece together what happened the night before.
And then I saw it. There on the floor lay an empty family sized bag of Cheetos that was unopened when I left the night before. Right then I knew the awful truth — I’ve got to workout today no matter how hungover I am. Damn.
I won’t even get into how much money I lost but one thing is for sure. As @IrishElvis pointed out, you guys can kiss that JumboTron goodbye.
It was fun reading my timeline and experiencing the game through your tweets. Here are this week’s Helmet Stickers!
1. I’ve said this before. I hate taxes. And I hate bastards. But @TaxBastard seems to pull it off and I don’t know how he does it. Steve had a monster game last night. From this to this, plus some commentary from his dogs, he was on fire. Well played, my man.
2. @GoIrishGlory. Kevin had a twofer yesterday — Notre Dame won but he was already in rare form before kickoff because his new bride’s Auburn Tigers beat Texas A&M. I don’t know what that means but it is glorious. Anyway, when it comes to tweeting there is unfiltered and then there is Kevin. Keep doing what you’re doing, dude.
3. @PDXIrish turned in another strong performance. Strong and consistent whiskey-fueled tweeting week after week. If you’re not following her then have your head examined.
See you next week in Colorado Springs!
Now, onto the quantitative measures. This is just as it sounds — whoever has the most number of tweets that make the final cut will be awarded the #HLSrecap MVP Award, presented by (INSERT WHISKEY SPONSOR HERE).
You want epic? Our previous season-high the Purdue game, with 16 tweets (see below). This week, we had SEVEN people quoted 16 or more times.
Your past 2013 #HLSrecap MVPs are as follows:
- Arizona State: @FakeSwarbrick (12)
- Oklahoma: @SupermanTDJesus (12)
- Michigan State: @PDXirish (11)
- Purdue: @PDXirish and @HLS_NDtex (16 each)
- Michigan: @HLS_NDtex (12)
- Temple: @HLS_BayouIrish (9)
#HLSrecap Top 25
As a reminder, @andrewwinn awards one point for each tweet that makes it in; 1/2 point if someone else retweets/quotes/modifies your tweet and it’s included. The Twitter Ranking Of Leprechaun Legion (T.R.O.L.L.) Scale is awarded arbitrarily.
Week 7 Rankings
Others receiving votes: @CourtMarek (17), @Golden_Sprout (17), @grantjess (17), @HLS_IT1 (17), @MaxwellJohn (17).
Click here for the Complete Game-by-Game #HLSrecap Recap Appendix.
Errors, corrections, and omissions: Added column sorting capability.