What could possibly be better than a household named, All-American kid, having an imaginary dead fake girlfriend?
There is only one person in America more pissed than Manti Te’o right now, Oprah Winfrey. Oprah was counting on people finding her network to watch the Lance Armstrong PED confession interview on Thursday.
MEMO TO OPRAH – If you’re not airing an interview with Manti Te’o on Thursday, no one is going to be watching… BTW – Does anyone actually now how to find the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)?
Yesterday’s bizarre news flow regarding the Manti Te’o hoax was better than any episode during the nine years of Seinfeld (sorry Jerry). We had Manti Te’o and the Notre Dame AD, Jack Swarbrick, telling us that Te’o is the victim of a hoax as Lennay Kekua, who T’eo apparently thought was his girlfriend, does not / did not exist. Meanwhile back at the farm….. Manti’s father is telling us that she did exist…
“They started out as just friends. She would travel to Hawaii (when) Manti was home, so he would meet with her there” said Mr. Te’o.
On top of that, we had former Arizona Cardinals full back, Reagan Mauia, tell us that Lennay Kekua is real and that he met her twice in American Samoa where Mauia, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and other Polynesian teammates were doing charity work.
Twitter was buzzing with jokes last night as anyone and everyone instantly became a standup comedian. Search #catfish and you’ll see what I mean. People all around the country were yucking it up… Here’s just a small minute or two sample of my twitter timeline. Depending on who you follow, yours might even be funnier…
Jim Powell (@Jim_Powell)
People need to calm down about this Manti Te’o fake dead girlfriend thing. Its not like he made up an infield fly or something! #samholbrook
Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap)
DEAR MR. TE’O SIR, MY NAME KING NAARFAR SON OF PRINCE IN ABOUT KENYA NAIROBI. PLEASE AT YOUR HONOR SEND $500,000 TO EMAIL FOR BUSINESS.
Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS)
This poor guy makes up an imaginary GF and gets ripped. Some lady write three books about imaginary kink and makes millions. Hmm.
Rich Eisen (@richeisen)
Everybody: before turning in for the night tonight, please verify that your loved ones actually exist. #UltimateBedCheck
Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell)
Bye bye, Kaepernicking, here comes Te’oing (via @BrianDiCarlo93)
Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP)
Imagining if Te’o had won the Heisman and referenced the fake dead girlfriend in his speech. Head starting to explode.
Mike Cardano (@MikeCardano)
MAKE IT STOP! WTF! Lennay Kekua Was Real, Says Cardinals FB Reagan Mauia, Who Claims to Have Met Her is.gd/Sz6alb
Derrick Goold (@dgoold)
My son, all of 6, watched the intro to Manti Te’o story on Anderson Cooper 360 tonight and had this astute reaction: “Whaaaaaaaaaat the?!!”
Ray Henson (@Ray_Henson)
Kevin Garnett said Lennay tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios
I can’t wait to see how this turns out. If it turns out that Manti Te’o took place in a hoax to bring awareness to himself in an effort to help get Heisman votes, it’s sad. If he was actually the victim here and was duped it’s even more sad.
I must be getting old. Instead of picking up girls online, boys should just go to bars. Don’t they do that anymore? It’s safer… And you know that Te’o will now get drafted by the Jets… It’s par for the course…