By GEORGE ARTSITAS — By now, I figured that anyone that’s reading this has already heard about the Mahti Te’o situation.
The consensus is that he made up a girlfriend and then killed her off with Leukemia. There are conflicting reports from Notre Dame and Te’os camp that it was more of a Catfish situation, but that’s not important right now. We’ll get to that later.
What is important is that it’s a crazy, bananas story that makes conjures several immediate thoughts. I can’t help to think of hypothetical questions like, “If he had won the Heisman, how would we treat this?” “Is this really that big of a deal?” “Will there be some kind of NCAA sanctions?” “And, if there are NCAA sanctions, how much will I hate the NCAA?”
Then, millions of obvious jokes that were eventually reiterated on Twitter went through mind. Like this, this or this. I’m not big on making fun of college kids, so I won’t really dwell on that stuff much.
There is one thing I think we can all agree on, however: Thank God we didn’t have to deal with anymore Oprah/Lance Armstrong questions.
This, much like the coverage of the Jerry Sandusky story over a year ago, will start to expand as days go on. News will break and reports will flood the ESPN bottom-line. Te’o will have to make a couple appearances, answer lots of questions, and be the butt of countless Twitter jokes for the next few weeks. It’s a new cycle, it’ll all be gone in six weeks AT THE VERY MOST. As the international muse Leonna Lewis would say, “It All Gets Better With Time.”
At least for now we can take solace in the fact that Lance Armstrong is out of the news and we don’t have to talk PEDs for awhile. Well, at least until Thursday night.