This week marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of Y@ Speak, in which we capture notable 140-character bon mots, newsworthy items, gaffes by Saints players and local politicians and whatever else pops up on the New Orleans Twittersphere. To celebrate this occasion, I've rounded up some of my favorite or most memorable tweets — like a multi-layered digital birthday cake of sorts — and divided them by categories: we got NFL players saying dumb stuff, #neworleansproblems, anguish over the Saints' challenging year, reactions to the Times-Picayune cutbacks, interesting celebrity encounters, deep thoughts from Ray Nagin and so much more. Get your retweet/favorite fingers ready for this massive retrospective.
NFL Players Say the Darndest Things
Best wishes to former teammate Steve Gleason and a speedy recovery!
— Reggie Bush (@reggie_bush) November 29, 2011
Grown men should NOT hav female tendencies. Period.
— Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) December 29, 2011
So of course the homosexual men get sensitive to my tweet and respond all ticked off. RELAX I was not referring to u guys
— Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) December 29, 2011
Hope everyone has a great hump day haha, take that however you'd like lol— Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) January 11, 2012
At my man Ezra wedding. Never seen so Many Jewish people in one place. 1000 guests. WOW! Mazel tov!
— Darren Sharper (@sharper42) January 15, 2012
R.I.P Joe Pa' we will miss you dearly
— Reggie Bush (@reggie_bush) January 23, 2012
If NFL fans were told there were "weapons of mass destruction" enough times, they'd believe it. But what happens when you don't find any????
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) June 19, 2012
My WMD comment has nothing to do with politics or our brave military. Merely an analogy to show how media influences public perception
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) June 19, 2012
New Orleans Life
NOLA: its like Silicon Valley with less infrastructure and more wayward bullets.Start your company here, if you think you're man enough.
— Old Man Martin (@searingblue) January 12, 2012
@lethirst @frolic I'm a stickler for tradition. #KingCakeVodka must only be consumed & barfed back up between 12th Night & Mardi Gras Day.
— Chuck Taggart (@SazeracLA) January 6, 2012
If ur looking for a 1-stop shop that can take care of all your po-boy, to-go daiquiri and brake tag needs on the West Bank, I know a place
— Brett Anderson (@BrettAndersonTP) February 24, 2012
"I know you left word to Dottie to take care of me, but she didn't" - co-worker found these dueling death notices: twitpic.com/8ph2i1
— Brendan McCarthy (@bmccarthyWWL) February 27, 2012
An Alabama fan tea bagged a passed out LSU fan at the Krystal's on Bourbon. Which was pretty much the same as eating a Krystal's slider.
— copus (@copus) January 15, 2012
I am speechless. Sean Payton is a great man, coach, and mentor. The best there is. I need to hear an explanation for this punishment
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) March 21, 2012
It's Final Four weekend in New Orleans and all that really means for me is that I'll be BLASTING Space Jam on repeat windows down for 3 days
— Amber (@fukpizza) March 30, 2012
Oh, he dead ass wrong for this one!!!
— Jo-lonn Dunbar (@JoLonnDunbar) May 2, 2012
I was standing right next 2 @jonvilma51 when he found out abt his suspension ON @sportscenter. Really? He has to find out about it that way?
— Chase Daniel (@ChaseDaniel) May 2, 2012
Just made it official. Contract is signed! #NOLALOVE twitter.com/drewbrees/stat…
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) July 15, 2012
Exclusive shot of the @hornets @antdavis23 leaving the court moments after winning the @london2012 gold medal twitter.com/HornetsPR/stat…
— Hornets PR(@HornetsPR) August 13, 2012
Brittany and I are proud to say that Callen Christian Brees was born yesterday evening in New Orleans. Mama and baby boy are happy & healthy
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) August 16, 2012
If only there was some incentive program in place for the defense to play better?
— Bob Murrell (@bobmurrell) September 9, 2012
The GIRLS can't wait to make their Saints prediction at 6pm. They are pumped! twitter.com/AHillWWL/statu…
— Angela Hill (@AHillWWL) October 4, 2012
Open from 10am - 7pm on this fine gameday.Falcons fans: your table awaits...... twitpic.com/bcd16y
— Paul Capdevielle (@MayorCapdeville) November 11, 2012
Hurricane Isaac and Other Disasters
just had a roach crawling on my foot for 5 min. Power is out and I thought it was my pup. #isaacproblems
— LAUREN ALEXiS (@1aurenalexis) August 29, 2012
The Hunker Games Staring Bob Breck and Margaret Orr RT @pistolette The HUNKERING! Make it stop! #contagiousmediawords
— skooks (@skooks) August 28, 2012
Feeling sad. #Isaac took the home @jameshperry and I just bought.All safe. House was vacant except for my dreams. twitter.com/MHarrisPerry/s…
— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) August 29, 2012
Spent this AM in #Lafitte. It's unconscionable that storm after storm, 1000s of ppl see water flooding homes. #Isaac twitter.com/SenLandrieu/st…
— Senator Landrieu (@SenLandrieu) September 2, 2012
I'd be more inconvenienced by a "Boil White Wine Warning."
— colleen allerton (@sweetchirpin) October 8, 2012
Down here we call it hunkering. Up there they say soda.
— skooks (@skooks) October 28, 2012
Celebs in New Orleans: They're Just Like Us!
Just got pushed at Tips when some dude tried to start a fight with Woody Harrelson #nolalife
— kerry maloney (@kerrymaloney) January 28, 2012
Spotted Sacha Baron Cohen & Isla Fisher hanging out at the JCC Purim Carnival, of all places.
— Will Samuels (@willsamuels) March 4, 2012
New Orleans. You are amazing. Cochon?? Rabbit and dumplings?? RIDIC. Adding tour date ASAP!!!
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) March 10, 2012
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) March 30, 2012
Holy shit quinten tarentino is at @saintbar twitter.com/TimeHugs/statu…
— Alex P-G (@timehugs) April 8, 2012
Leonardo DiCaprio biking down Magazine, WITHOUT A HELMET.
— Rien Fertel (@rienfertel) April 11, 2012
On the corner of Poydras and Tchoupitoulas carrying a muffuletta from Cochon Butcher no big deal #Nola
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 31, 2012
Just read another story about me being locked in attick, completely false.
— Michael Caine (@themichaelcaine) May 17, 2012
A high number of NOLA killings occur midday in broad daylight. Our 2009 analysis revealed 12-1 p.m.as most murderous hour
— Brendan McCarthy (@bmccarthyWWL) November 30, 2011
The Wire is more New Orleans than Treme.
— Blake (@humidhaney) April 22, 2012
Haha.. the son of @mayorlandrieu giving the @wdsu camera the finger after being arrested for drunk driving. twitter.com/hiimKEITH/stat…
— Hi I'm _______ (@hiIMkeith) July 17, 2012
Hearing from locals there was a bondage club behind the meth lab. Not sure which the Hazmat suits are for. twitter.com/kbeninato/stat…
— Karen DaltonBeninato (@kbeninato) September 13, 2012
Digs at Gambit (hi haters)
BREAKING: Gambit prints identical restaurant guide for tenth year running.
— Fake Times-Picayune (@FakeTimesPic) January 31, 2012
Super cool that @nolacomedy (La Nuit Theater) wins best "Comedy Venue" in New Orleans and that Gambit voters win "Biggest Group of Morons".
— Andrew Polk (@polksalad) August 27, 2012
I'd like to thank @the_gambit for not attempting to actually rank the "Top 100 bars" this time
— skooks (@skooks) July 2, 2012
Oh look Gambit's 40 self important assholes issue is out
— skooks (@skooks) October 30, 2012
The Once Daily Times-Picayune
Reports about the T-P's demise from The New York Times? Check. Gambit? Check. WWL-TV? Check. Times-Picayune? Nothing. Cool.
— Danny Monteverde (@DCMonteverde) May 24, 2012
Sad to see the cutbacks at the Times-Picayune. A great newspaper.I shot a film in NOLA in 1994. Read that paper every day.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) May 25, 2012
T-P Weather frog refuses offer from NOLA Media Group. Signs with WWLTV after receiving kiss from Laura Buchtel.
— skooks (@skooks) July 5, 2012
Fired by T-P: my classmate John McCusker, who got a Pulitzer and PTSD, lost his house, attempted suicide-by-cop, and rebuilt his life.
— Ray Shea (@raynola) June 12, 2012
Thanks for all the love in the last 24. On the day I lost my job I could at least take solace that I was briefly a trending topic.
— Brett Anderson (@BrettAndersonTP) June 13, 2012
— lee m acorn (@roaringblood) October 10, 2012
@bigfreedia will be on @jimmykimmellive on 1/25 - this is bounce music's Beatles/Ed Sullivan moment. The world may never be the same after.
— LMB NOLA (@lmbnola) January 8, 2012
WE DID IT! fb.me/1A0d5g6wo
— Rebirth Brass Band (@RebirthBB) February 13, 2012
Best thing about JazzFest? For a $65 general admission ticket, Bruce Springsteen will come over and lie on top of you. twitter.com/waynecurtis/st…
— Wayne Curtis (@waynecurtis) April 30, 2012
Attention Rockers, Comedians, and all Road Dogs.Hotel Alert! Le Pavillon in New Orleans worst hotel of the tour! No movies on tv! Stupid!
— Steven Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) April 29, 2012
I told Louisiana no one's fucking with them and I meant it with every fiber of my being. Best crowd ever. WoW. #pinkfridaytour
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) July 28, 2012
Pres. Obama greets supporters. twitter.com/EAndersonFOX8/…
— Evan Anderson (@EvanWAnderson) July 25, 2012
This constant talk about @chickfila has me wanting one of their chicken sandwiches so fucking bad. I'll blow a dude after to make up for it.
— Andrew Polk (@polksalad) July 25, 2012
This is awful. I was hoping it would be Jindal so I could play him in the HBO movie
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) August 11, 2012
FORWARD…UPWARD…SIDEWAYS … DIAGONAL… CIRCULAR…all of these would be better than REALITY for this President.
— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) November 3, 2012
Sh— Ray Nagin Says
Just saw Mayor Landrieu on TV. Tough times. Crime spiraling. Glad most not violently pointing fingers like in past. Unity is key. Peace.
— CRayNagin (@RayNagin) January 13, 2012
Happy Valentine Day to all, especially haters. Spread some love all day today. Peace.
— CRayNagin (@RayNagin) February 14, 2012
7 yr anniversary of K and now Isaac. Wow! Every1 on gulf coast and N.O. stay on alert. Little time left to react. Prepare now.
— CRayNagin (@RayNagin) August 27, 2012
PARTY TIP: Spend time in New Orleans.
— ANDREW WK (@AndrewWK) December 11, 2011
There will always be a woman crying in the airport.... Anywhere anytime... Just look for her
— Spitta (@CurrenSy_Spitta) February 19, 2012
Local t-shirt companies capitalize on local tragedy very quickly these days some may even say SUSPICIOUSLY so if you catch my drift
— Matt (@spacehugs) July 31, 2012
"Twitter stands for everything that I hate." - Jonathan Franzen, author of 'The Corrections' and 'Freedom'
— Curry W. Smith (@currysmith) March 6, 2012
chances are, if you're not interesting, clever or fun 364 days a year the 1 day you decide to put on a red dress and drink, isn't gonna help
— Jeremy Davenport (@JeremyDavenport) August 12, 2012
ATTENTION some idiot is impersonating me (in a clever way) on twitter! Do not follow this person. I'm working to have his account shutdown!
— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherMackel) July 5, 2012
— Rep. Ted James(@TeamTed4LA) October 17, 2012
I'm at the NOLA airport feeling bad for all these people who have to go home to their boring lives and don't get to live here.
— Sophie L Johnson (@neutronsprotons) October 14, 2012