I had a love/hate relationship with the Her Loyal Sons recap.
As a fan of the site, I enjoyed its carefully curated collection of real-time reaction from Twitter. It was a perfect encapsulation of our fanbase: a mixture of funny, poignant and purely insane.
By the time I started contributing there, we had added a scoring element to it. Before the tabulation, regular readers had a general sense of which Twitter users were producing the best content. Now we were producing a Top 25 of accounts that tended to be “must follows” for gameday.
That was cool — but it was also a lot of work.
Elvis, the progenitor of the recap*, spent countless hours dutifully assembling the tick-tock of each game. Eventually, it became a recap-by-committee — myself included. Ryan Ritter, the site’s managing editor, and George Bashura, then a writer, did most of the final year, with Elvis offering an Citrus Bowl eulogy before an every-decent-tweet-and-the-kitchen-sink sendoff that was lost when the Storify hamster wheel stopped spinning.
* The HLS Recap, upon its inception, drew inspiration from The Subway Domer’s own Twittermania, although the aims of each were ultimately different.
And while the #HLSRecap is dead, I’m convinced a Twitter recap is something worth having somewhere. So I’m going to publish it here for the 2018 season, and I hope you enjoy it as you did the past six years at its birth site.
These are my favorite tweets from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s 24-17 win Saturday over the Michigan Wolverines (with the exception of the Michigan tweets I inserted for context). Add your favorites in the comments section if you wish.
The tweets are chronological, except in instances where it better served the reader to jumble them.
Here’s the thing Notre Dame I’m probably going to have to sleep on the couch for behavior reasons no matter what so let’s please make it in the name of victory k thanks— Greg Flammang (@greg2126) September 1, 2018
Rough estimates of the stadium apparel breakdown:— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) September 1, 2018
Green: Legit green out
Maize: Standard road crowd
Pinstripe Shamrock Series jerseys: 2
/takes a deep breath— Ryan Ritter (@ndtex) September 1, 2018
/Steps up to microphone
Go Irish, BEAT THAT KAKHI WEARING, MILK DRINKING, CHICKEN FEARING, BO SCHEMBLECHLER WANNABE THAT CAN'T FINISH BETTWR THAN THIRD IN HIS OWN DIVISION MOTHERFUCKER. ENJOY THOSE LIFE INSURANCE PAYMENTS BECAUSE YOU'RE GETTING MURDERED
The last time Notre Dame played Michigan, I had just found out I was pregnant with CP. Times change, but the desire to crush Michigan never does. ☘️☘️☘️ pic.twitter.com/uRVSGrUBwN— Lena Steigs (@PDXIrish) September 1, 2018
Managed to record the flyover today unlike Thursday when I only got a dragonfly pic.twitter.com/NzYN7nzHUM— EAHarter (@EAHarter) September 1, 2018
Notre Dame has scored on every play with Ian Book at quarterback this year.— Carter Karels (@CarterKarels) September 1, 2018
FINKEEEEEEEEE☘️☘️☘️— Will Fuller V (@Will_Fuller7) September 2, 2018
Irish by 100.— Durham Smythe (@DurhamSmythe) September 2, 2018
I Finke he caught it, guys.— Big Dap Energy (@dapremonster) September 2, 2018
#10 picking peanuts of this dudes head. Let’s goo. 14-0 keep it going #IRISH— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) September 2, 2018
Sack Khalid Kareem for a 16-yard loss, knocking Michigan out of field goal range. Who does Shea Patterson think he is? Tino Sunseri?— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) September 2, 2018
Someone please develop an app that gets rid of Fluties voice.— bridget (@bridgetgoirish) September 2, 2018
Michigan gets to the 2-yard line, but has to settle for a Quinn Nordin field goal.— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) September 2, 2018
Notre Dame's lead is 14-3. 11:32 left in the first half.
Lmao Flutie: wow that certainly looked like a bang bang play and not roughing what do you think Former NFL Referee Who Knows The Rules— Paul Rigney (@PaulRRigney) September 2, 2018
Former NFL Referee Who Knows The Rules: definitely roughing great call by the officials
Ambry Thomas provides the first Michigan TD of the season. 99-yard kickoff return. pic.twitter.com/I1ziC5WV9U— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) September 2, 2018
ND special teams Michigan MVP so far...— Joe (@JayToyaND) September 2, 2018
My halftime stats:— Greg Flammang (@greg2126) September 2, 2018
2 “you’re scaring the kids”
8 leaping high fives
1 strong verbal reprimand for language
0 pull aside talking to’s
Solid half, hope to keep it up in the second with some adjustments
INTERCEPTION! Michigan CB Brandon Watson picks off Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush to give the ball back to the Wolverines. pic.twitter.com/3okgIVTi4u— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) September 2, 2018
That play by Drue Tranquill on third down was special. Can’t explain how difficult that was... dude is special.— Joe Schmidt IV (@joeschmidtiv) September 2, 2018
Colin Kaepernick’s best evidence that the NFL colluded against him is that he got this dope Harbaugh to a Super Bowl.— JeffMossDSR (@BarbradyMcCosky) September 2, 2018
The season hasn't officially started until a nationally televised parade of Brian Kelly F bombs... pic.twitter.com/aRUHh76g5r— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) September 2, 2018
You don’t have to be a trained lip reader to know what he just said...over and over and over...— Molly (@LluckoftheIrish) September 2, 2018
Yoon are not alone. I am here with you— tricerapops (@tricerapops) September 2, 2018
Lmao Flutie: much more confident passing team with Michigan— Paul Rigney (@PaulRRigney) September 2, 2018
[QB immediately throws a pick]
Notre Dame's converted 53% on 3rd down tonight. Michigan opponents converted just 26% on 3rd down last year.— Sean Stires (@SeanWSBT) September 2, 2018
After that Elliot tackle CP yelled “THEY TACKLED THE WHITE GUY” yup that’s my heart bursting with pride— Lena Steigs (@PDXIrish) September 2, 2018
The plays where Dylan McCaffrey is running might not be the best ones— Michael Felder (@InTheBleachers) September 2, 2018
Things I didn't think I'd say: Oh, good Shea Patterson is back in the game.— SlapTheSign (@SlapTheSign) September 2, 2018
Gilman is everywhere tonight, which makes a lot of sense since Alohi is Hawaiian for Hello— Lena Steigs (@PDXIrish) September 2, 2018
ND is making Harbaugh mad. INTO MY VEINS— Ryan Ritter (@ndtex) September 2, 2018
Lee Corso’s Disappointed Dad Face pic.twitter.com/GZtNtY5MTO— Boba Bettis (@CBusIrish) September 2, 2018
Daelin Hayes won't look like he had a great day on the stat sheet, but that's not reflective of the impact he has made— Jamie Uyeyama (@jamieuyeyama) September 2, 2018
Maybe Notre Dame's going to win the national title, I don't know, but what a debacle of an opener for Michigan. New QB(s), same dreadful offense.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 2, 2018
Chip Long worked over Don Brown tonight.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) September 2, 2018
When you’re trying to explain to the bouncer that you and your dad are BOTH on the guest list pic.twitter.com/ycYZ14F1aj— tricerapops (@tricerapops) September 2, 2018
We clearly won't call it that. https://t.co/kphwEsdx51— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) September 2, 2018
Imagine the beatdown Michigan would be taking if Dexter Williams was playing— Irish Tightness (@IrishTightness) September 2, 2018
Touchdown, Michigan!— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) September 2, 2018
Karan Higdon goes up the middle for a three-yard score. Michigan cuts its deficit to 24-17 against Notre Dame with 2:18 left in the game. pic.twitter.com/MyVNsmZzKf
They never make it easy, do they.— bridget (@bridgetgoirish) September 2, 2018
Shea Patterson coughs up the football, Notre Dame recovers to seal the win. https://t.co/jKWERZk4xm— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) September 2, 2018
I could use a hug.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) September 2, 2018
Sorry neighbors the pants are off and they’re staying off— Lena Steigs (@PDXIrish) September 2, 2018
Notre Dame will obviously go to No. 1 in the polls, in the Billboard rankings, in the AL East and in the Florida gubernatorial race after this win.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 2, 2018
If you find me at brothers shots on me— LT (@lotho7) September 2, 2018
Brian: You think those online assholes on ndnation are pissed— a dad joke (@patrickburrito) September 2, 2018
Jack: BK, their bed time was three hours ago pic.twitter.com/nr6upDnWr4
They don't look like world beaters, but a solid, marquee, opening win. In the midst of a long wait, chaotic atmosphere, they kept the cardiac drama away and played smart from two scores up.— ND McFly (@NDMcFly) September 2, 2018
It sure as hell didn't feel like this.... pic.twitter.com/QhcQk4lvrw— Deacon Jawn (@d_conblues) September 2, 2018
Michigan gets manhandled by Notre Dame: My reaction pic.twitter.com/J8B47P5TFZ— Chris Castellani (@Castellani2014) September 2, 2018
Highest paid coaches with losses today: Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh ($7.5 million), Texas’ Tom Herman ($5.5 million)— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 2, 2018
Gonna frame this and hang it on my wall https://t.co/xXAkwb5fhw— Jon (@burger23_18S) September 2, 2018
NEVER DOUBT LEGENDARY NOTRE DAME FAN COUNTRY SINGER LUKE BRYAN— Lena Steigs (@PDXIrish) September 2, 2018
nights like i’ll never forget. love my team, love my fans 1-0 baby!!! pic.twitter.com/WqT0hpeBNE— jafar (@jafararmstrong3) September 2, 2018
Every time a commentator says Michigan played a great game. pic.twitter.com/Z9tyKYOUdM— Spokane Sammi Rose (@SamRoseWatson) September 2, 2018
Hi. Here’s how points work.— BayouIrish (@HLS_BayouIrish) September 2, 2018
In hindsight, Jim Harbaugh brought a power #NFL offense to the Michigan #Wolverines right about the very moment NFL franchises were converting over to wide open college offenses. pic.twitter.com/yyXOSU4F9C— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) September 2, 2018
Pretty wild that Shea Patterson wasn’t able to perform tonight like he did against South Alabama and UT Martin.— Notre Dame, Our Blogger (@NDourBlogger) September 2, 2018
WHO COULD HAVE FORESEEN.
A true Michigan Man has never lost, they've only been betrayed by the scoreboard.— Chris W. (@rakesofmallow) September 2, 2018
Jim Harbaugh is Les Miles 2.0. He wants to win his way, and flat out refuses to prepare his team to win games outside of his comfort zone.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 2, 2018
All sizzle. No steak.
Tonight was really really really really fun. At least for a few hours everything was pure and good and not a giant burning trash pile and I vote we do this again every Saturday for the foreseeable future— Lena Steigs (@PDXIrish) September 2, 2018
Through their first 40 games as Michigan head coach:— First Down Moses (@1stDownMoses) September 2, 2018
Brady Hoke: 27-13 overall, 4-5 vs. OSU/MSU/ND, 1-2 in bowl Games
Jim Harbaugh: 28-12 overall, 1-6 vs. OSU/MSU/ND, 1-2 in bowl games
That’s the loudest and most hype our house has been in my 5 years at ND!! Keep it up ND nation, we are so thankful for your love and support☘️— Drue Tranquill (@DTranquill) September 2, 2018
ND fans be strolling into Sunday morning Mass like pic.twitter.com/N1RPpoEhHX— First Down Moses (@1stDownMoses) September 2, 2018
And finally...you know what really grinds my gears?
Anyone else had to trick their brain tonight not to think that every play in the Notre Dame-Michigan game is a flag given the yellow in the down and distance graphic as well as Michigan's scoring total?— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) September 2, 2018