Badgers forward Sam Dekker tweets that it's time for his team to get going.
One football player says goodbye, another says hello and yet another pokes fun at the English language. Our weekly journey through the world of sports continues ? one tweet at a time:
The hot topic
Donald Driver transitioned from current to former when the longtime Green Bay Packers wide receiver formally announced his retirement Wednesday inside the Lambeau Field Atrium.
There were laughs. There were tears. There were memories. There was even a proclamation.
And there were tweets. Farewell, friend. ?
? Watching a natural born leader, a man I look up to w respect & genuine admiration retire... @Donald_Driver80 love u man. U did it big! - ?@JermichaelF88: Packers tight end Jermichael Finley echoing, for once, the thoughts of Packers Nation.
? It was an honor and privilege to have played beside a man with such character and ability as @Donald_Driver80 has. Thanks Quick!#gopack - @MNewhouse74: Packers left tackle Marshall Newhouse.
? What a privilege it has been playing with @Donald_Driver80 for these last six years. Great teammate and man. Gonna miss ya Drive.#retire80 -@crosbykicks2: Packers kicker Mason Crosby.
? I declared it DONALD DRIVER DAY across the state. See you at Lambeau Field @Donald_Driver80! - @GovWalker: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who attended Wednesday's public ceremony.
? The Packers are doing it right for a class guy, Donald Driver, on his retirement day. - @SI_PeterKing: Sports Illustrated NFL guru Peter King.
? Today was a special event. Thank to my family, friends, and my great fans! Love you all! - @Donald_Driver80: Newly minted Packers legend Donald Driver.
My "favorite" tweets ?
? Whoa! Did you love #TheKiss or what? Watch it again! - @DanicaPatrick: Auto racer and GoDaddy.com spokesperson Danica Patrick on the GoDaddy.com commercial featuring "nerd" Walter awkwardly locking lips with supermodel Bar Refaeli. The spot aired during Super Bowl XLVII. Watch it again, Danica? Umm ? no thanks.
? Feels good to be officially signed with the badgers on a full ride!#BADGERS Thank you to everyone who helped me on the way.#NewChapter - @blackXsuperman: Brookfield East defensive lineman Alec James, who on Wednesday signed his letter of intent to play college football at the University of Wisconsin. ESPN rates James as the top high school recruit in Wisconsin. As if Bucky fans needed another reason to jump around.
? Whew!!! Lets get on a roll! - @samdek1: Wisconsin men's basketball freshman Sam Dekker speaking for nervous Badgers fans everywhere following UW's gritty 74-70 double overtime victory over Iowa Wednesday night in a Big Ten matchup at the Kohl Center. Dekker's clutch three-pointer in the second OT sparked Wisconsin.
#FF ? someone you should follow
@NotBillWalton. You won't get the thoughts of basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton, but you will chuckle as you read tweets inspired by the hippie hoopster. With nearly 140,000 followers in tow, SI.com has dubbed the Walton wannabe as the best sports parody account on Twitter. That's unbelieeeevable. Some tweets, big man:
? Happy Birthday Bob Marley! In his honor I will engage in a marathon bout of mental yoga while 'Redemption Song' plays on repeat.
? Bad news: Pau Gasol out 6 weeks. Good news: That's just enough time to shoot his scenes as Chewbacca for the new Han Solo movie.
What four faces would you chisel onto your Packers Mount Rushmore, and why? Tweet your answers using the hashtag #tellbrett. I'll publish the best in next week's column.
Last week's #tellbrett question: Should the Packers retire Driver's No. 80?
? Chiara Boss (@ChiaraLikeABoss) - @donald_driver80 has been loyal to both the packers and the community. Yes, the Packers should retire his number.
? Gary Brilowski (@gbrilo) - No. DD not even the best Packer to wear #80. That honor belongs to James Lofton.
The world according to Tom Crabtree: Green Bay Packers tight end, Twitter legend and our Clubhouse Live co-host:
? If you hate unnecessary letters in words, then every Wednesday in the month of February must be hell on Earth for you. - @TCrabtree83
Right ... err ... write ... err ... rite - oh, forget it.
- Brett Christopherson: 920-993-1000, ext. 207, or email@example.com; On Twitter @PCBrettC