Lance, Manti: What Is a Truth or a Lie?


Once upon a time, there was a sportswriter named Mitch. He wrote a story. Not a great one, truth be told. But pretty good. The story was about former Michigan State players Mateen Cleaves and Jason Richardson, sitting in the stands at the Final Four, cheering on their alma mater, decked out in school clothing; it was about nostalgia and school spirit and growing up and growing old and missing dorm pizzas and somehow going home again, or something like that. It was wholly unobjectionable middlebrow claptrap, maybe even heartwarming. It also was complete bull.



Cleaves and Richardson did not sit in the stands. They did not enter the building. There was no cheering. Mitch made it up, because it sounded nice, like a comforting fable from one of his books, or...

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