Manti Te’o’s “Scandal”: What Would Olivia Pope Do?

It's a brisk winter day in Washington, DC. A scared, humiliated college football star being crushed by the media spotlight and a web of lies, makes his way to a nondescript office, opens the door and says he needs help. He says it's been uncovered that a story about his dying girlfriend, a story that helped to propel him into the national spotlight and made him the face of one of the top football programs in the country, was all a hoax. The media is breathing down his neck. There are questions swirling about how much he knew. Was he in on it? Did he make it all up to get a better shot at a Heisman Trophy or maybe even endorsements? Or is he just a fool who fell in love with a … [Read more...]

Love, Actually Not: Manti Te’o’s Mess

The movie Love Actually is a fictional story about fictional couples that makes everyone feel all weepy-eyed and warm inside at the power of true love. Turns out, the love life of Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te'o was also a fictional story about a fictional couple that made everyone feel all weepy-eyed and warm inside at the power of true love. Except now, that "warm feeling" is the pee dripping down your leg from laughing way too hard at the absurdity of this entire ordeal. Deadspin's remarkable investigative piece which uncovered that Manti's dead girlfriend never really existed has turned the former Heisman Trophy candidate from "gridiron warrior" to inevitable SNL skit in a matter … [Read more...]