Te'o Story Mirrors Fantasy That Drives Sports

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For me, the story of Manti Te'o pushed from the surreal to the absurd last Saturday. I was driving my car, listening to a sports radio show, which was my own mistake—I always have such naive hope there will be a meaningful conversation, but after a while, it inevitably begins to sound like a donkey trapped under a gate. The hosts were talking about the strange particulars of Te'o saga—how the Notre Dame linebacker had seemingly been hoaxed into falling in love with a woman he'd corresponded with via phone—and at some point, one of the hosts said, with great assurance, "I could never fall in love with someone I never met."


I nearly swerved the car into a hydrant. Because of all the truths and semi-truths exposed in this bizarre public unraveling, what the...

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