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Notre Dame Football: The Five Best Tweets We Saw This Week

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The Irish men’s basketball team gets a (literally) big commitment. Mike Valenti is ranting about Michigan State again too.

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Twitter, as my friend Tim O’Connor* once said, is the world’s greatest sports bar. My gameday tradition is to keep a computer nearby and enjoy the hilarious and sometimes insightful commentary from Notre Dame Fighting Irish fans.

Here are five tweets I saw this week that I enjoyed immensely — and I think you will too. We call this segment TWITTERMANIA. Welcome to Week 5.

#5

This just happened, so I figured I’d use #Twittermania to break some news. Laszewski, as you can tell from this photo, is 6-foot-10 and about 200 pounds. The South Bend Tribune’s Tom Noie says Laszewski made an official visit during the weekend of the Georgia Bulldogs football game and played pickup with the some former players and some current guys. They must have clicked!

ESPN says he’s the 51st best player. And he’s not going to play for the North Carolina Tarheels or Wake Forest Demon Deacons, so that’s an important part of this as well.

#4

Mike Valenti is a well-regarded sports talk radio host. If you’re a Notre Dame fan living outside Detroit, you probably only know Valenti as the guy who had the epic on-air meltdown following the Michigan State Spartans’ 2006 loss to the Irish. (Hashtag pucker pucker pucker.)

Valenti was back on the air Monday following the Spartans’ 38-18 loss to the Irish. It’s more subdued than the rant 11 years ago. But if you swap out the words “Michigan State” for “Notre Dame” and “Mark Dantonio” for “Brian Kelly,” it sounds an awful lot like an episode of the One Foot Down podcast (minus the bourbon).

#3

Is this playcall responsible for Notre Dame’s offensive explosion on Saturday night? If it had come earlier in the game, I would have said yes. But Michigan State was already beat by this point. (Or were they spanked? Maybe I’m just being a jerk.)

#2

Kudos to Andrew Hendrix for having a sense of humor about his playing career.

Hendrix played for the Irish from 2011-13, mostly as the team’s No. 2 option at quarterback. He was 25-for-58 for 360 yards, throwing 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. His 111 yards on the ground against the Air Force Falcons in 2011 is the sixth best rushing performance by a Notre Dame quarterback ever.

Hendrix used his fifth year to play for the Miami-Ohio RedHawks, where he started every game under center. The Moeller High School product threw for 3,280 yards, 23 touchdowns and just nine interceptions.

Hendrix may not still be slinging the pigskin around, but he’s living a pretty charmed life. He got married in the beginning of July and started medical school at the University of Toledo in August.

#1

Have you ever seen 16 men fall in love with the same woman simultaneously? I think this video perfectly encapsulates that phenomenon. (I’m admittedly unsure of “guy in maroon tank” who gets an unexpected beer shower as he walks in.)