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January 18, 2013


I really just feel bad for the guy and I can't stand Notre Dame's football program. It was probably some combination of someone posing as the girl at first and leading him on, and then he found out it was fake and was humiliated so he lied about it from that point forward to avoid further embarrassment. Either way, how did he really benefit from the lie? If he had run a fake charity for her and kept the money, that's a scandal but what is happening is borderline cyber bullying. He would have been better off getting caught with drugs or alcohol and everyone needs to back off.

"Either way, how did he really benefit from the lie?"

He darn near won the Heisman, that's how. He's an above average linebacker. But he's not close to being a 'Heisman Trophy' quality linebacker (whoever or whatever that would be). He rode his made-up story all the way to NY and all sorts of awards. And he would have ridden it to a first-round draft pick contract, too.

While all major religions seem to take a hard line on lying, I've noticed that with Mormons it's a particularly important tenet (It might help explain why GWB got a larger share of the Mormon vote than WR). Regardless, he lied. Lying has real-world consequences outside of Wall Street. I have a very hard time believing he was duped. He was the one doing the duping. The only real unanswered question is what did he expect to gain from it? And will there be penalties, both for Te'o and Notre Dame, and for the sports journalists who pimped this story?

LALALALALALA jazz hands genws. NO WANT.

Finally, someone is not just accepting this facially absurd story. Our Uncritical Media just falls in line. What great morons we have protecting the public discourse.

All the jock sniffers hyperventilating over this non-story is great. There was less ink spent on the tragic story of the guy who fell to his death from the cherry picker at ND last summer during a high wind gradient when the almighty Brian Kelly saw fit to leave the poor kid dangling till it was too late.

On a more sober note, since the massacre in Newtown, there have been over 1000 more gun deaths. Sort of puts this latest media distraction in perspective. Have a nice weekend, y'all.

Okay, a simple question: does this mean, whether he's lying for gain or was deluded, that Te'o is as dumb, or dumber, than the average football player?

In other words, if we pick a kid from a “name program” and the kid goes to shit, at least we can say, “Hey, how were we to know? I mean, he goes to NORTHWESTERN!”

Or as we call it in my 'hood, The Tribune Company.


of course, all valid questions.

Knowing how I'm the person who usually ruminates on matters and looks for a hidden meaning and more depth to explain matters, I'm shocked at my reaction.

Maybe its because I don't follow football and the first I heard of this was yesterday. I see this much simpler.

1) As Americans we have a long sordid history of loving a scandal. We take the scandal and gossip about it. we repeat the sordid details over and over even when we don't have any new information. But eventually (in the next hour to a few days) we jummp to other titillating tidbit. Let's face it, just the briefiest of facts sound like someone needs counseling. And we're never going to find out (nor should we) exactly what happened as the story facts are hidden by the clang of gossip.

2) We also have a long history of giving our entertainment idols a free pass. Yes we mercilessly gossip (see #1) but in the end we only care if our idol entertains us (see Michael Jackson). In this guys case, all the team owners and fans will really act on is whether he can make exciting plays and keep the team moving forward.

Too many unanswered questions: did his father really say the girlfriend would fly to Hawaii when Manti T'eo visited home? If the father said this, was he lying also? Nothing about this makes sense and as the old saying goes....if it doesn't make sense, it probably isn't true.
But why?

Thank you, BlackSheep0ne, for the links to Lizzy Seeburg stories.

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