Armstrong vs. Te’o, Cheater vs. MEAT HEAD

What is with athletes these days?  The cheating, the lying, being plain stupid……the list goes on.  We could blame the media because they sure as hell aren’t helping theses blown out of proportion situations.  Case in point: Lance Armstrong and Manti T’eo.  Both have recently come out to the media explaining their not so subtle developing situations of deceit.  And to top it all off, they both went on syndicated talk shows to pour their hearts out, possibly shed a few tears and experience some sort of redemption or confessional release for the public.  Katie Couric……Oprah.    Who interviewed the better athlete?  Who is the better talk show host?  Who the mofo cares?    Well, this sports fan finds it intriguingly idiotic yet enticing.  Come on people, this is the downfall of our species!

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Common Sense seems to be thrown right out the door with these guys.  But hey, they are professional athletes in the spot-light, they are untouchable right?  WRONG.  Liars are liars and should never get away with it.  Boy, did they get away with it.  At the same time, it is important to acknowledge that Manti Te’o’s situation is a bit lighter in guilt than Armstrong’s.  Which is why I think Armstrong went on Oprah, he wouldn’t have it any other way.  In his first public appearance since his confession, of course he is only coming out to the big time tv talk show mogul….who just manages to bring out the cry baby in everyone….well except Barbara Walters.  But that bitch on The View…yea right Armstrong be coming out on the View being subjected to 5 women’s ridicule and sass.  Hell No.  Let him hang on to the only ball he has left ladies.

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Armstrong’s Oprah interview was anything but moving.  Oprah asked all the right questions but his answers were bleak and a bit banal.  The only ounce of emotion that was felt was Oprah’s question about his LIVEStrong company, millions and millions of invested money down the drain.  He seemed a bit down losing the bling bling, even though he will still be living on easy street the rest of his life.  Which is why I felt nothing during this interview.  The guy flat-out cheated and lied about his situation so I felt no remorse or sympathy for the cyclist.  But I understand the public’s need for confirmation.  We know what he did.  We just want to know WHY he did it and persisted to LIE about it, calling the investigation a “witch hunt.”  More importantly, why did he continue to attack his teammates and journalists who were trying to expose the truth…the truth shall set you free Lance.  It seems like he lied to everybody and to be honest, I think we all deserve an apology, especially his fans……and maybe France.  Send France a gift basket of McDonald French Fries, they will love it.  It would have been awesome on Oprah if he stepped it up and apologized, admit his responsibility for falsely attacking others, and for turning an entire decade of his sport into a worldwide mockery.  This decorated mythical athlete literally put cycling on the map while pissing off one of the USA’s bitchy and whiney allies…it was a win-win situation for America.  I wish there was more discussion of his family.  Gotta give it up to the guy for admitting that throughout this entire controversy, the hardest part was telling his children.  Now THAT I believe.

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Manti Te’o’s story on the other hand is straight up ridiculous and continues to get more ridiculous by the second.  This is truly the most bizarre stories in sports history, simply because of the whole fake girlfriend thing was an essential part of Te’o’s growing legend.  At this point my only question is why Katie Couric?  Katie Couric makes the most random distracting facial expressions while interviewing.  The batting of the eyes, the pursing of the lips, the flip of the hair…..I can’t stand that.  You think Te’o is going to confess his stupidity to twitchy turrets avon lady?  Well, he did.  The Te’o interview was more of a laugher than Armstrong only because his outrageously ludicrous situation.   Katie asked all the right questions, with her (in)voluntary facial expressions, but I still couldn’t take it seriously.  I would have taken a Te’o press conference more seriously….plus his family there.  Oh no.  Come on Te’o your a big boy, going to get drafted to the NFL soon….come on man, giving your future team mates more reason to haze ur mormon ass, you  are already going to get eaten alive once you hit the locker room.  DUDE

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There are endless questions for Te’o, more intriguing and head scratching questions that we may perhaps never answer.  Such as: If he wasn’t involved in the hoax, how does he explain a report that he met her after a game at Stanford? What about those trips his father said she took to Hawaii? At what point did Te’o suspect Lennay Kekua might not actually exist? When did he know for certain? Why didn’t he ever try to visit with her, or even see her face via Skype? Why did he keep the hoax alive when he knew it to be false? Why did he allow Notre Dame and his family to keep the story alive?  He never met this bitch and claimed she was the ‘love of his life.’  UGH.  The real questions I would want to ask this Meat Head is about his integrity….about his decorated fame….does he think he deserves it?  With this story in mind, do you think the media blew it out of proportion?  Did you enjoy the ride?  Do you think you deserved to be nominated for the Heisman despite the fact that you aren’t the most talented LB college football has seen?  Do you feel like your story cheated the public and the sports world? Now THAT would have been an awesome interview.

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We love to hear confessionals.  We are soo entertained by lies and drama that I think we sometimes forget that people’s lives are on the line, on the chopping block fasho.  The only reason I found Te’os interview more entertaining is because of his story.  Armstrong’s story is less interesting and just straight up selfish.  He could have stopped taking PEDs at any time.  He swindled many investors, lost millions of dollars and lied to his devoted fans, thus forever damaging American cycling.  Hope he is happy.  Te’o is still a kid in the eyes of many people, which is why many want to sympathize and feel for the Meat Head.  Is his sheltered lifestyle and religion to blame for his gullibility?  Who knows but I know Oprah would have gotten down to business with the Meat Head. Te’o is the one who should be on Oprah for some counseling and a group hug. Imagine the ratings coup when the tough linebacker with the trusting face confesses his vulnerabilities in a teary prime-time special. Plus that tacky banner in the background in the Katie studio…..seriously?  We know Te’o is speaking because he is on the show Katie.  I guess Te’o’s DUMB is wearing off.

Oprah for the win.

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The Lying Irish…..or Gay

NCAA Football: Notre Dame vs Navy

I am soo late in the game with my posts lately, my apologies!  But damn, do I have to write about this College Football National Championship, it is just too good to pass up.  But what is even WAAAAYYy too good to pass up is this turn of recent events for the Irish’s star and most decorated player of the season, Linebacker Manti Te’o, and his IMAGINARY girlfriend.

News broke today that Manti Te’o’s dead girlfriend story was a complete LIE and was an Internet hoax.  To quote Notre Dame’s Athletic Director, calling the situation a ‘sophisticated hoax’……yea, clearly this guy has never been on a dating website let alone the Internet.  There is NOTHING sophisticated about making a fake profile and talking to people as another person.  I just have one word for this hoax….DUMB.

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I don’t know if you watched the Notre Dame Press Conference aired this evening on ESPN’s Sports Center, but Notre Dame’s Athletic Director, Jack Swarbick, spoke to the press about this ‘tragic’ situation, obviously labeling Te’o as the victim and defending his honest and strong character.  Can we just come right out and say that meeting someone on the Internet, talking on the phone/web and NEVER meeting the real person in REAL life……is DUMB.  Manti Te’o is DUMB.  Straight up MEAT HEAD.

Even Swarbick should have some knowledge of internet dating, hell during the press conference he referred to MTV’s show Catfish, a documentary style television show that follows these sucker people who fall for their supposed ‘soul mates’ or ‘loves of their lives’  they meet on the Internet…..but WAIT…these people aren’t telling the truth?!  They aren’t the people they say they are on the Internet?!?! GET outta town!  That just sounds ridiculous.  And sorry to give Catfish a bad rap, but all these people on the show are either desperate, experienced severe trauma, molestation, weigh over 300 pounds……clearly they all have issues and aren’t the brightest bulbs in the box…..this Internet hoax ain’t rocket science people.

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Then again….there are two sides to every story. Manti Te’o could have had previously knowledge that this was a hoax.  If you read some of the articles already published detailing the timeline of this Internet girlfriend, it does seem sketchy…..and doesn’t really add up.  Athletic Director Jack Swarbick failed to answer some of the questions asked by the press, telling the press to ask Te’o……because he is the only one who can answer those personal questions…..even though Swarbick talked to Te’o extensively after he came clean to the University.  Interesting…….

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Another interesting point…..Te’o and his family have previously made references to Te’o meeting his girlfriend in person. In October, for example, Te’o described her to ESPN as the most beautiful person he had ever met and his father told the South Bend Tribune in October that the girlfriend had traveled to Hawaii “every once in a while.”  DuuUUUuuudddde?  This shit ain’t falling into place.

20130116_mjm_sc5_011-457c77d75d6c211dc23762dc41bc4ec0Jack Swarbick’s press conference was forthright and a bit dramatic considering the “tragic” and “cruel” intentions targeted towards Te’o, but this situation isn’t going to come full circle till Te’o comes out himself and explains this bizarre situation.  And that is going to be a while, a long while.  Te’o is going to lay low for a while, up until the NFL combine before the draft in April.  Is his draft status going to diminish…? Who the hell knows.  It will only decline if it is revealed that he was in fact a part of the hoax and merely used the girlfriend sob story to gain publicity for not only himself but for Notre Dame  University as well.  I blame Rudy, he made it damn near impossible for anyone to live up to his glory story.  Te’o came close but now it is all gone.

The most farfetched, and perhaps most HIGHlarious, scenario is that Manti Te’o is trying to hide his sexual orientation.  Te’o is GAY!!?!?!  I’m sorry but LO-freakin-L.  This idea that he is gay, made up a girlfriend to hide his homosexuality as well as protect himself from the prejudice of male homophobia in this manly physical recreation we call ‘sports,’ just doesn’t seem to resonate.  It would make for a more sad and tragic story if you ask me, making him less of a MEAT HEAD and more a desperate athlete struggling to fit in.  Ahhh, just thinking about that possible assumption makes me sad.  SEEE, now that would be the story that would SAVE him.

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In the beginning of this college football season, I hated Te’o’s story.  Sob story milked to death by the media and him just enjoying the ride.  To be fair, he is a solid player but not an amazing player.  Heisman worthy?  HELL NO.  He shouldn’t have even been considered.  But why was he?  Because of his story, because of his tragedy, because of his loving character, because of his strength to overcome adversity and lead his team to the National Championship since the 80’s.  Puke in my mouth.  Thank you ESPN.  Yea, what gives people?

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The scam does more than just shatter a college football fairy tale. It also leaves a black mark on sports journalism, as many news outlets ran stories about the girlfriend’s passing without verifying her death. Wait, isn’t that important?  There was no published obituary for the girlfriend and no California driver’s license issued to anyone with that name (she supposedly graduated from Stanford). Ugh, Te’o you should have stopped it when you had the chance…seriously…you should have just have protected your privacy and remain mute about the ‘tragic’ subject.  Would such a tragic subject leave in a depression not wanting to talk to anyone, see the light of day?  The more and more you watch his October interview on ESPN below, the more and more you think how tragic is this story? The guy is talking about it flawlessly like he wasn’t even close to his girlfriend.  OH WAIT, they NEVER MET.  Ugh his MEAT HEADEDness just makes you feel stupid thinking about it.  This is why it starts to seem like Te’o was milking the story himself, propelling him into the public eye and making him a household name.  Well, he sure is now.

I don’t know about you but I’m mad stoked to find out the truth about MEATHEAD…..I mean Manti.

BTW: Good GOD was that an amazing BCS Football Championship.  The drama, the entertainment, the crying, the touchdowns.  I absolutely loved seeing the Irish crash, burn and die.  Boy did Notre Dame need Rudy or what?  Not to just win the game, but hell, to liven up their spirits, to give them the false hope that they are competitive and can beat the big boys from Alabama.  Psssshhh….yea right.  But hey, blame Te’o.  The game was after he found out that his girlfriend wasn’t real.  Did this heart-wrenching news negatively affect his game?  Who cares, Te’o made like 2 tackles the entire game, they lost, it’s awesome.  MEATHEAD be OVERRATED son.

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