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Updated Jan 17, 2013 - 3:44 pm

The Manti Questions

In this Sept. 15, 2012 photo, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o points to the sky as he leaves the field after a 20-3 win against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. In a shocking announcement, Notre Dame said Te'o was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose "death" from leukemia was faked by perpetrators of an elaborate hoax. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, James Brosher) I much more apt to believe an investigation firm NOT hired by Notre Dame. #FiestaBowl I think that if we're still looking for an objective, that this is indeed about financial gain. Not the perpetrators. But Team Te'o. Why do I think that the game plan went something like this: maximize the value of your senior season by any means necessary. Then, monetize your status as an Irish living legend. #StraightCashHomie I think that this personal game plan also included an objective of winning the Heisman. Let's face it, winning the Heisman makes you a "made man" in college football. And that makes you a lot of money the rest of your life. #FriendOfOurs

Why...speaking of trying to win the Heisman, do I figure that Te'o knew that being a very good defensive player would never be good enough. If you're not a skill player (read: QB, RB, WR), then you need a good story. A really good story. A tale that touches everyone nationwide, not just football fans. You need a story worthy of a Sports Illustrated cover (October 1st issue - "The Full Manti"). I want to cease with the investigating and interviewing and go straight to the lie detecting? Paulie Polygraph says the next interview shouldn't be conducted by Oprah or Jeremy Schaap. Nah. Instead, let's allow the South Bend PD to wire up the NDU linebacker. #Ding. #Buzzer

Why...does the silence from Manti speak so loudly? The longer it goes, the louder it gets.

Why...have the most flagrant/heinous/stupefying scandals hit those sports heroes who are seemingly the most respected/revered/unimpeachable? Tiger Woods, Joe Paterno, Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o.

And I waiting for this story to get worse? Much worse.

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Favorite sports memory: Phoenix Open 1997 - Sitting under the ropes at the 16th green and watching Tiger Woods tee off with a 9-iron. 152 yards and two bounces later...the hole-in-one results in an unmatched moment of bedlam and pandemonium. I'm still suffering from partial hearing loss.

Favorite all-time athlete: Barry Sanders. How can a guy my size make the rest of the NFL look so helpless and hapless? No such thing as an open-field tackle of Barry Sanders, not unless it's a gang tackle.

Favorite sports movies: Rocky - "He doesn't know it's a damn show. He thinks it's a damn fight!"

Gone in 60 Seconds - The Shelby Mustang has great measurables and is elusive in open field!


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