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Saturday, January 19, 2013

The bizarre week of sports is unfortunately just the beginning for the two stories that have left everyone scratching their heads. Lance Armstrong admitted he took PEDs for every single Tour de France win after 10 years of shouting his innocence from the rooftops. Why now? No one has any idea.

Armstrong took his confession to Oprah, of course. I wonder if she's available this week. I think we'd all love for Oprah to ask Manti Te'o some questions right about now.

The Notre Dame linebacker admitted (popular thing this week) he was the victim of a hoax, and his "girlfriend," who he spoke publicly about this season and who "died," was made up. What? What's going on?

As sick and disgusting as it is to pretend to be someone's "girlfriend" online as a prank or joke, I also have to ask who calls someone their "girlfriend" when they've never met?

Maybe I'm behind in the technological advancements and the way kids are these days. Where I come from (Iowa), you actually have to know someone exists and have met them in real life to constitute a girlfriend.

No one knows anything about the truth of this story, and the details will continue to trickle out day-by-day. The wondering and head-scratching is just the beginning of this bothersome and unsettling story.

Same with Armstrong. Again, I don't know how he can go on TV admitting his PED use after his denials over the last decade. Sometimes it's better just to go away.

Maybe he's unburdening his soul of all the lies, or maybe this will allow him to "compete in recognized triathlon events," who knows. But this is also going to be a story that keeps on giving for the considerable future. Armstrong's lawyers are going to be very busy over the next weeks, months, years with this admission. The Olympics have already asked him to return his 2000 Bronze medal since the confession. How many people did he accuse and even sue? How many millions were paid over his time "cheating"?

I'm certainly not surprised Armstrong used PEDs, but will have a hard time understanding this path of "coming clean." With Te'o, I never held this kid up on any pedestal, but some major red flags should be sent up now. He's going to have to speak on this situation eventually. All I know is it's one of the strangest stories and it's all still unraveling.

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I'm having trouble deciding whether I believe someone was really so cruel as to pull this elaborate hoax on not only Te'o but apparently two Polynesian NFL players (who believe that they met her, or someone claiming to be her)/Te'o was insecure enough or gullible enough to fall for an online-only relationship (as a relatively attractive football star)... OR if it was all an elaborate hoax to garner Heisman recognition and provide a good storyline for him and his team. I'm sure it will all come out, but I'm having trouble forming an opinion just yet.

One thing I do feel strongly about- where on earth was the fact-checking by the ESPN and SI writers?? All someone needed to do was doublecheck the circumstances of her supposed car wreck, or do a little research into her student history at Stanford (where she never existed, as a student or otherwise) and red flags would have been popping up all over. Instead, lengthy stories on her death and its effect on Te'o were printed in both magazines. Embarrassing.

Re Armstrong- I don't support doping, but I do believe that Armstrong is still one of the most outstanding competitors in his sport, since most of the other participants the years he won the TdF were also doping.

-- Posted by notinia on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 12:47 PM

Nothing will EVER happen to Manti Te'o. He will be drafted in the 1st round later this year, and by the time of his first Pro Bowl, this story will have been forgotten.

I wish I could say the same for Lance Armstrong.

-- Posted by old timing man on Tue, Jan 22, 2013, at 9:43 AM

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Zach Jevne
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Zach joined the Daily Reporter staff as sports editor in March 2011. He is originally from Decorah, Iowa. He played baseball at University of Northern Iowa and studied multimedia journalism at Simpson College.