John Adams: Super hoax may upstage Super Bowl

John Adams
In a photo provided by ESPN, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o pauses during an interview with ESPN on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. ESPN says Te'o maintains he was never involved in creating the dead girlfriend hoax. He said in the off-camera interview: 'When they hear the facts they'll know. They'll know there is no way I could be a part of this.' (AP Photo/ESPN Images, Ryan Jones) MANDATORY CREDIT

In a photo provided by ESPN, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o pauses during an interview with ESPN on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. ESPN says Te'o maintains he was never involved in creating the dead girlfriend hoax. He said in the off-camera interview: "When they hear the facts they'll know. They'll know there is no way I could be a part of this." (AP Photo/ESPN Images, Ryan Jones) MANDATORY CREDIT

The Super Bowl has a super-sized problem. It's in danger of being upstaged.

Never mind how much you like brother acts. Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh can't compete with Te'o vs. the Tuiasosopos. And even if Baltimore's Ray Lewis tells us he heard from a burning bush that God hates the 49ers, he won't be the most talked-about linebacker leading up to Super Bowl XLVII.

Have you heard? Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te'o will appear on Katie Couric's television show Thursday.

Unfortunately for the Super Bowl, you can't wrap up the Te'o tale in a single show. This isn't Lance Armstrong meets Oprah. There are too many characters, fictional and nonfictional, and too little time. I would just as soon explain "Game of Thrones" during a coffee break as to try and make sense of this modern-day, boy-meets-girl — or at least thinks he does — story. David Lynch's movies have more clarity.

Here's the lead from an ESPN.com account of last weeks's interview between Te'o and Jeremy Schapp: "Manti Te'o denied being part of a hoax involving a relationship with a person whom he considered his girlfriend during an interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schapp on Friday night, but he did say he 'tailored' his stories so people would think he 'met her before she passed away.' "

Girlfriend or not? Alive or dead? Duped or duper?

If one paragraph of a news story can raise that many questions, what chance does the Super Bowl have of reclaiming its rightful place in the boldest and biggest of headlines? The tabloids can't even keep up. I checked.

The National Enquirer currently gives us: "Demi's Weird, Wrinkly Belly," and "Hillary Clinton Is Going Blind."

That can't compete with a star football player who had an online love affair with a girl who later died — or so he thought — only to discover that he was the victim of an elaborate scam, which supposedly involves the Tuiasosopo family and perhaps others (I keep waiting for an Art Schlichter connection) who have yet to be introduced to a confused and captivated audience.

School affiliation adds to the intrigue. If Te'o were a Fresno State Bulldog, the story wouldn't have the same legs. But he played for the same hallowed program that gave us "Rudy" and "The Gipper." Before last week, Notre Dame thought its worst nightmare was as straight forward as Alabama's Eddie Lacy.

Like Lacy, the Te'o story keeps running. Six of the 11 top news stories on ESPN.com's college football section Monday were related to Te'o, and the Tuiasosopos have yet to give their side. What's a Super Bowl to do?

The 49ers-Ravens Super Bowl actually has more compelling story lines than many of its predecessors'. As you might have heard, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Ravens coach John Harbaugh are brothers.

For those of you who join the NFL only at Super Bowl time, Jim is the one with the crazy eyes.

Lewis is the one with the crazy dance, which, as Super Bowl buffs will tell you, preceded his MVP performance in Super Bowl XXXV. His involvement in the previous Super Bowl was more sensational and almost as mysterious as the Te'o love affair.

What began as a routine Super Bowl eve party at an Atlanta nightclub ended with two people dead. Lewis subsequently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing justice, two men in his party were later acquitted of murder charges, and the white suit Lewis was wearing remains as missing as Te'o's girlfriend.

Lewis has since become a born-again Christian and a revered NFL player, whom the networks can't wait to hire as an analyst when his playing career ends with this game.

But Lewis isn't the linebacker CBS needs for its Super Bowl production. It needs Te'o.

And if the mystery girlfriend will sing a halftime duet with Beyoncé, so much the better.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.

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td writes:

I am not a John Adams basher, but this column wasted my time. Now, to think about it, my writing this comment is an even bigger misapplication of precious seconds on that journey to eternity.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor not going to bash the writer for this, Witch Doctor say if this would have been an SEC team and player it would be played up more than it is in the press and at least Adams is approaching the story. Witch Doctor calling BS on the National sports media. Witch Doctor say he lied is a liar..own it.
Bones never lie.

Orange_Beach writes:

The more lies this kid tells the bigger the hole he's putting himself in. There's no doubt in my mind that he knew exactly what was going on. I just wish he would have won the Heisman. Don't watch much ND football, but I did watch the Alabama game. This guy is not an all american LB. Hope his acting career works out because the NFL ain't in his future.

Rumblefish writes:

This is OLD NEWS, John Adams. Seriously???

vut5686#1405392 writes:

Adams' story sucks on so many levels: first, in two weeks, it will not interfere with the Super Bowl. Second, Ray Lewis has nothing in common with nor any connection to the T'eo story; why bring him in? Finally, a pox on us all for being interested. For this to generate more headline space in South Bend than any event since WWII says it all: how low have we sunk? Do we crave this stuff, so..the media feeds us or, does the media just feed us knowing we crave it. Either way, a shame. A careful analysis of the facts known and the time line, would show there is no valid reason for all the conspiracy theories. There was a clamor for T'eo to speak, so...he spoke but not as everyone seems to have wanted so we are not satisfied. There was uproar because he did not "come forward" for almost forty eight hours; who sets the "come forward" rules? Adams, and others of his ilk?

With all there is on earth to worry about, a football player having an on-line relationship with someone who types back...or not...does not warrant front page material in Indiana or sports page material in Knoxville. Does it?

CoverOrange writes:

The media is doing everything it can to manufacture this non-story. JA included. Where's the investigation of that gunman in Newtown? Seems to have been all but forgotten.

papavol writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

The media is doing everything it can to manufacture this non-story. JA included. Where's the investigation of that gunman in Newtown? Seems to have been all but forgotten.

This is quite possibly the most ignorant post i've ever read.

First, the Te'o story is one of the biggest story in sports in a LONG time. Either he is a huge liar or mildly retarded.

Second, thats what the media does. Why on earth would you read the article anyways?

Third, there doesn't need to be an investigation about the known gunman who killed himself. I don't remember his name and I don't want to.

Fourth, I can assure you that Newtown is not, nor will it ever be forgotten. This site is a sports media outlet (not CNN). Did you really come to "govolsxtra.com" to read about the massacre? The Newtown shooting will never, and I mean ever, be forgotten.

So congratulations! You have officially made yourself look like a huge fool.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Now if only Toddy-boy will come clean and admit he's madly in love with his Sally Struthers punching doll.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Now if only Toddy-boy will come clean and admit he's madly in love with his Sally Struthers punching doll.

Witch Doctor say that made Macaroni and Cheese come out Witch Doctors nose! Bwha ha ha ha ha!!
Bones never lie.

VolMoment writes:

All Notre Dame fans should push to have their AD fired for trying to cover up this LIE from Te'o. ESPN announcers should have question more than they have. Let's see: He never met this girl, but she is the love of his life. He is an All American A.... at ND who probably could have other girls in person, maybe not. She dies and he never goes to visitation or funeral then or after his next game. I and all others who lost a girl friend while we were in college should take this "FAKE" out where he could not make it back. He has insulted me and everyone else who lost a love one. What a JERK!!!!!

movol53 writes:

He was just trying to get the sympathy vote for his Heisman voting. For once a Notre Dame player did not win just because he plays football at ND.
I'm so sick of that school and of this "story"; kid just trying to get all the attention he can.
Just like many of the kids in the high school I teach at: look at me, look at me: I can stand up and chew gum at the same time. This comes from that everybody gets a trophy generation.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to papavol:

This is quite possibly the most ignorant post i've ever read.

First, the Te'o story is one of the biggest story in sports in a LONG time. Either he is a huge liar or mildly retarded.

Second, thats what the media does. Why on earth would you read the article anyways?

Third, there doesn't need to be an investigation about the known gunman who killed himself. I don't remember his name and I don't want to.

Fourth, I can assure you that Newtown is not, nor will it ever be forgotten. This site is a sports media outlet (not CNN). Did you really come to "govolsxtra.com" to read about the massacre? The Newtown shooting will never, and I mean ever, be forgotten.

So congratulations! You have officially made yourself look like a huge fool.

I disrespectfully disagree.

What laws were broken, what laws will be made because of Te'o's actions?

What laws are being considered now because of a mental ill nutcase?

We will all remember forever the Iraq war, but do we understand all the real reasons it happened?

The Te'o story is a grocery-store-checkout-line level of interest, of little consequence.

I advise you sir not to step in a puddle because you will be in over your head.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

I disrespectfully disagree.

What laws were broken, what laws will be made because of Te'o's actions?

What laws are being considered now because of a mental ill nutcase?

We will all remember forever the Iraq war, but do we understand all the real reasons it happened?

The Te'o story is a grocery-store-checkout-line level of interest, of little consequence.

I advise you sir not to step in a puddle because you will be in over your head.

Dang..

papavol writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

I disrespectfully disagree.

What laws were broken, what laws will be made because of Te'o's actions?

What laws are being considered now because of a mental ill nutcase?

We will all remember forever the Iraq war, but do we understand all the real reasons it happened?

The Te'o story is a grocery-store-checkout-line level of interest, of little consequence.

I advise you sir not to step in a puddle because you will be in over your head.

look man, all i'm saying is that being that its the biggest story in sports (whether you think it is or not) you are going to see it on a sports website. not the iraq war, not the newtown shooting. Thats how this stuff works. If you don't like it, don't read it.

I just stepped in a puddle and it didn't even get my shoes wet.

Rumblefish writes:

in response to papavol:

This is quite possibly the most ignorant post i've ever read.

First, the Te'o story is one of the biggest story in sports in a LONG time. Either he is a huge liar or mildly retarded.

Second, thats what the media does. Why on earth would you read the article anyways?

Third, there doesn't need to be an investigation about the known gunman who killed himself. I don't remember his name and I don't want to.

Fourth, I can assure you that Newtown is not, nor will it ever be forgotten. This site is a sports media outlet (not CNN). Did you really come to "govolsxtra.com" to read about the massacre? The Newtown shooting will never, and I mean ever, be forgotten.

So congratulations! You have officially made yourself look like a huge fool.

Sorry to say...but Newtown has already been forgotten. Read the headlines...1/100th of the stories are anything BUT Newtown. Again....,sorry, but it's just the way the news media is these days.

The Te'O story will be long gone by next week.

Insert "flavor of the day" in this week's headlines.

What exactly don't you get about the media and the general population?

AllforTenn writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

I disrespectfully disagree.

What laws were broken, what laws will be made because of Te'o's actions?

What laws are being considered now because of a mental ill nutcase?

We will all remember forever the Iraq war, but do we understand all the real reasons it happened?

The Te'o story is a grocery-store-checkout-line level of interest, of little consequence.

I advise you sir not to step in a puddle because you will be in over your head.

It's a valid news story in sports, just like the super bowl is. That's what Adams' column is about. It is not a front page story like the Newtown tragedy. Get over yourself and out of your own puddle

Rumblefish writes:

in response to AllforTenn:

It's a valid news story in sports, just like the super bowl is. That's what Adams' column is about. It is not a front page story like the Newtown tragedy. Get over yourself and out of your own puddle

Manti Te'O story is a valid news story in sports??? Tell me how much you read about it in next week's news. Hardly anything. Get over yourself and out of your own puddle, and what you think is "valid".

Huttdawg100 writes:

The bigger story is the fact that ESPN completely dropped the ball on checking the facts before airing their Gameday Special.
Those guys are paid very well, but they forgot one of the most important rules of journalism: check your facts.

On another note, I've been dating Kate Upton for 2 years now. So what if she's invisible.

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to td:

I am not a John Adams basher, but this column wasted my time. Now, to think about it, my writing this comment is an even bigger misapplication of precious seconds on that journey to eternity.

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

gobigorange5090 writes:

If Adams sucks why do you whiners continue to read him?

Rumblefish writes:

in response to gobigorange5090:

If Adams sucks why do you whiners continue to read him?

yes, john adams sucks.

however, our posts are not b/c we "read him" per se. Rather, we post in hopes that the KNS editors get wise to his "captain obvious" articles and his transparent digs to create comment traffic on his articles.

You actually don't see that??? I feel sorry for you.

kyvol98 writes:

There is no "news" anymore. It has become 24x7 "infotainment"

BuckFama writes:

I don't really see where the Te'o/Tuiasosopo hoax will eclipse the SB, but the Oprah-ites, like Adams, will continue to beat it to death. Must be their latent voyeuristic tendencies.

Flyfisherman writes:

John Adams Articles = Manti Te'os girlfriend

cloudodust writes:

TMZ stuff...

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say but most of the same one was SOOO offended and thought it a national tragedy over Bray tossing beer bottles at a dumpster. Witch Doctor say hypocrisy so fun to watch when this guy is a habitual liar that tried to dupe everyone to win the Heisman and get attention
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say but most of the same one was SOOO offended and thought it a national tragedy over Bray tossing beer bottles at a dumpster. Witch Doctor say hypocrisy so fun to watch when this guy is a habitual liar that tried to dupe everyone to win the Heisman and get attention
Bones never lie.

*"same one(s)" that think that Teo'd did no wrong.
Witch Doctor typed this Before Java
Bones never lie.

madrigal writes:

Oh for cat sake! This is by far the silliest column Adams has put down yet! First of all, last time I looked, Manti Te'o wasn't IN the Super Bowl....he is still in college at Notre Dame. One has little to do with the other. There are plenty of interesting stories in the Super Bowl, like brother against brother, Ray Lewis' retirement, the emergence of Colin Kaepernick, etc., etc., and so forth. Manti is old news already and has nothing to do with the Super Bowl.

Secondly, and this may come as a shock to some of you, especially to John Adams, Manti Te'o does not owe you ANYTHING. He is a college kid (any of you remember how young they really are, even though some of them are pretty big?) who happens to be a pretty good football player and who somehow, we don't even have all the details yet, got involved in a hoax about an online girlfriend. I'm inclined to believe he got "Catfished", and one reason for that is that I knew quite a few Mormon boys growing up, and a lot of them were almost unbelievably innocent, not only about sex but about the world in general. Being in a big-time football program does not automatically confer sophistication. Manti could very well fit that profile. In any case, he is the one with the problem to untangle and I feel sorry for him because he has to do it with the national spotlight on him. He made some mistakes that he is going to have to deal with and he'll have to come to terms with himself and how those mistakes affected him. But he doesn't owe anyone else ANYTHING, and that includes you, John Adams.

easleychuck writes:

"Fail" on multiple levels, for multiple reasons, but, then again, same old, same old.

Futurecoach16 writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

yes, john adams sucks.

however, our posts are not b/c we "read him" per se. Rather, we post in hopes that the KNS editors get wise to his "captain obvious" articles and his transparent digs to create comment traffic on his articles.

You actually don't see that??? I feel sorry for you.

But you don't actually get how the newspaper editors really evaluate their product, do you? In this age, the Age of Technology, they aren't judged on the number of papers being sold like they once were. Instead, they are judged on the number of hits/posts on each article. You all claim you're making your opinions known to the editor, but instead he/she really only sees 30+ comments on the article/column. Much like those that want a change in football coaches and tell people to not show up at the games, if you want to make a difference, don't post. Simple. Adams' columns get so many hits that he's not going to go anywhere. You are really giving him what he wants.

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Now if only Toddy-boy will come clean and admit he's madly in love with his Sally Struthers punching doll.

Coffee everywhere and I'm typing on a wet keyboard and have to clean an dry an iron the lace table cloth my wife's GRANDMOTHER TATTED FOR HER, HELP!!!

:( ... just then my old dog finally got up an since I wasn't instantly at the door because the doorbell rang -UPS coulda let it go- pooped in front of the back door, which I didn't see an drug the door through it an over the inside doormat. Olddog, knowing what she'd done decided to go on a long explore while I cleaned up her poop an since she's so very old she gets lost in a neighbors yard an I had to find which one..

Soooo, I'm finally back. (Good thing keyboards have the mosture protector now) Gotta clean the lace. Don't you laff!!!!!

ahhh .. don' believe Toddy 'punches' his blow up doll.

VOLFLIAM writes:

John Adams is a Idiot again...but what did you expect ??

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Olddogsrule:

Coffee everywhere and I'm typing on a wet keyboard and have to clean an dry an iron the lace table cloth my wife's GRANDMOTHER TATTED FOR HER, HELP!!!

:( ... just then my old dog finally got up an since I wasn't instantly at the door because the doorbell rang -UPS coulda let it go- pooped in front of the back door, which I didn't see an drug the door through it an over the inside doormat. Olddog, knowing what she'd done decided to go on a long explore while I cleaned up her poop an since she's so very old she gets lost in a neighbors yard an I had to find which one..

Soooo, I'm finally back. (Good thing keyboards have the mosture protector now) Gotta clean the lace. Don't you laff!!!!!

ahhh .. don' believe Toddy 'punches' his blow up doll.

Double dang..LMAO!!

orangecountyvols writes:

Futurecoach,

A lot of what you say is true. However, in reference to the 30% of GVX posts viewed by Adams.........that's all well and good, whether he reads the opinions people have regarding his usually negative and moot point articles, etc.

What he does see is an e-mail reply to Adams@knoxnews.com.

Futurecoach16 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Futurecoach,

A lot of what you say is true. However, in reference to the 30% of GVX posts viewed by Adams.........that's all well and good, whether he reads the opinions people have regarding his usually negative and moot point articles, etc.

What he does see is an e-mail reply to Adams@knoxnews.com.

I never said anything about "30%". I said the editor sees the tally of 30+ comments on the columns, and leaves it at that. He doesn't care what is being said in those comments. They go for numbers, and numbers only. Quit commenting, the writing will change. If you comment, good or bad, nothing will change.

Futurecoach16 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Futurecoach,

A lot of what you say is true. However, in reference to the 30% of GVX posts viewed by Adams.........that's all well and good, whether he reads the opinions people have regarding his usually negative and moot point articles, etc.

What he does see is an e-mail reply to Adams@knoxnews.com.

And sending an email with the same (most likely) writing style of "You suck, Nega-Vol" that is used on here won't do a damn thing either. It'll get you put on the bulletin board in the break room for a daily laugh.

KVCrockett writes:

in response to papavol:

look man, all i'm saying is that being that its the biggest story in sports (whether you think it is or not) you are going to see it on a sports website. not the iraq war, not the newtown shooting. Thats how this stuff works. If you don't like it, don't read it.

I just stepped in a puddle and it didn't even get my shoes wet.

Was that because you always go barefoot?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to vut5686#1405392:

Adams' story sucks on so many levels: first, in two weeks, it will not interfere with the Super Bowl. Second, Ray Lewis has nothing in common with nor any connection to the T'eo story; why bring him in? Finally, a pox on us all for being interested. For this to generate more headline space in South Bend than any event since WWII says it all: how low have we sunk? Do we crave this stuff, so..the media feeds us or, does the media just feed us knowing we crave it. Either way, a shame. A careful analysis of the facts known and the time line, would show there is no valid reason for all the conspiracy theories. There was a clamor for T'eo to speak, so...he spoke but not as everyone seems to have wanted so we are not satisfied. There was uproar because he did not "come forward" for almost forty eight hours; who sets the "come forward" rules? Adams, and others of his ilk?

With all there is on earth to worry about, a football player having an on-line relationship with someone who types back...or not...does not warrant front page material in Indiana or sports page material in Knoxville. Does it?

That's pretty much the way I look at it, too. This whole story says more about how low the media and the public they "serve" have fallen than it does about this rather naive, deluded young man. Enough already. Just shake your collective heads and move on; nothing to see here.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Olddogsrule:

Coffee everywhere and I'm typing on a wet keyboard and have to clean an dry an iron the lace table cloth my wife's GRANDMOTHER TATTED FOR HER, HELP!!!

:( ... just then my old dog finally got up an since I wasn't instantly at the door because the doorbell rang -UPS coulda let it go- pooped in front of the back door, which I didn't see an drug the door through it an over the inside doormat. Olddog, knowing what she'd done decided to go on a long explore while I cleaned up her poop an since she's so very old she gets lost in a neighbors yard an I had to find which one..

Soooo, I'm finally back. (Good thing keyboards have the mosture protector now) Gotta clean the lace. Don't you laff!!!!!

ahhh .. don' believe Toddy 'punches' his blow up doll.

Classic! One for the ages.

Snapshot writes:

in response to Futurecoach16:

But you don't actually get how the newspaper editors really evaluate their product, do you? In this age, the Age of Technology, they aren't judged on the number of papers being sold like they once were. Instead, they are judged on the number of hits/posts on each article. You all claim you're making your opinions known to the editor, but instead he/she really only sees 30+ comments on the article/column. Much like those that want a change in football coaches and tell people to not show up at the games, if you want to make a difference, don't post. Simple. Adams' columns get so many hits that he's not going to go anywhere. You are really giving him what he wants.

Exactly! People complain about his articles, but they read every one of them and can't wait to post about them. Like him or not, it is what he does, an opinion column. He has written stories like this for years, so why do the readers get their panties in a wad now?

ArnieFife (Inactive) writes:

I'm not even going to read it but I can imagine from the title what the hoax is and no way is it going to upstage the super bowl as the title suggests, not for me at least.

pomp_and_circumstance writes:

"Have you heard?" It took four days for Johnny to hear about Te'o, and he got sooooo excited! Maybe the NFL will cancel the SB until this blows over. At least Obama had the guts to go ahead with the inauguration. Just wait until Johnny discovers the Kardashians.

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to Snapshot:

Exactly! People complain about his articles, but they read every one of them and can't wait to post about them. Like him or not, it is what he does, an opinion column. He has written stories like this for years, so why do the readers get their panties in a wad now?

Ah don' wear them things, jus boxers! An it waddnt them in a wad, it was the wife's lace tablecloth! an it's clean an dry an ironed an u caint tell ah done nuthin! That's my story an ah'm stickin to it!

murrayvol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor not going to bash the writer for this, Witch Doctor say if this would have been an SEC team and player it would be played up more than it is in the press and at least Adams is approaching the story. Witch Doctor calling BS on the National sports media. Witch Doctor say he lied is a liar..own it.
Bones never lie.

"own it." No kidding. This is a grrrrrreat story and MT can make it even better with the Couric interview if he's got some good writers in his posse.

Maybe there's a grassy knoll in there somewhere.

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

The bigger story is the fact that ESPN completely dropped the ball on checking the facts before airing their Gameday Special.
Those guys are paid very well, but they forgot one of the most important rules of journalism: check your facts.

On another note, I've been dating Kate Upton for 2 years now. So what if she's invisible.

Adam's at least offered his take on yet another bizarre sports story. Call it what you want, it is sport's news, as least for a little while. Point is, both Armstrong and T'eo will have to live with this stuff for a good while. Get used to it.

One other thing, ESPN, in all of this and everything else, is making itself more and more irrelevant. They seem more preoccupied with T'eo and the Laker's current soap opera than anything. Why not put their LA emphasis on the Clippers, rather than an oh-so-yesterday spoiled bunch of has-beens? Somebody give me some other sports outlets beside the gang that loves to hear themselves talk too much. Any suggestions?

Oh, one last thing. my crush is Faith Hill on the MNF intro's. But I do have to admit, we are not facebook friends, and I do think she is still alive. I do try to keep my wishes in perspective, however. No contacts either way, darn it.

leedsvol2007 writes:

This whole thing is overblown one of 3 things happened, he and his buddies concocted the story to help his Heisman efforts, he is naive and was duped, or he is delusional and believed the whole situation and clung to it for emotional reasons.

If he did not concoct it for gain writers need to drop it and leave the guy alone.

vut5686#1405392 writes:

in response to murrayvol:

"own it." No kidding. This is a grrrrrreat story and MT can make it even better with the Couric interview if he's got some good writers in his posse.

Maybe there's a grassy knoll in there somewhere.

Bones may never lie, but they can land on the wrong side of the truth. Bit by bit, word for word, as this story developes, it has verfied that MT was the victim of a hoax ("hoe-ax", as the late Lewis Gizzard used to say) and guilty of nothing more than naive and misguided romantic activities. Are all of us qualified to throw stones? That said, I cling to earlier assertions that this is a non-story, was from the start, Adams should be penalized for late hit/piling on and we all should be ashamed for killing time thinking about this.

murrayvol writes:

in response to vut5686#1405392:

Bones may never lie, but they can land on the wrong side of the truth. Bit by bit, word for word, as this story developes, it has verfied that MT was the victim of a hoax ("hoe-ax", as the late Lewis Gizzard used to say) and guilty of nothing more than naive and misguided romantic activities. Are all of us qualified to throw stones? That said, I cling to earlier assertions that this is a non-story, was from the start, Adams should be penalized for late hit/piling on and we all should be ashamed for killing time thinking about this.

Point taken but at the very least he knew at some point that he was being hosed and kept using the story. After peeking behind the curtain he should've piped down.

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