Written by Max Bricker
I don’t even know what to think anymore.
In order to escape the stress of daily school, work, or life, sports is something men can turn to enjoy. Sports are something I could count on- something that is consistent and you know will always be great. No drama, just a bunch of dudes hitting each other or shooting a basketball or hitting a ball with a stick. Now, with technology and America’s bizarre desire to see drama among celebrities, even sports is out of the equation.
Let’s take a look at some of the things that have been going on lately in sports:
– The saying is “When you don’t succeed, try again”. But in the case of Lolo Jones, she is trying something completely new. She did not succeed in winning gold in the hurdles, so now she is going to try winning it in luge. I can’t confirm this… but would she become the first American to compete in the Summer and Winter Olympics? Someone comment to back me up on that.
-Cheating athletes are going to Oprah to admit their mistakes. Why Oprah? Couldn’t Lance Armstrong just hold a press conference where he tells America what we already know? It was inevitable that Lance was going to admit sooner or later, but we weren’t sure how well he would handle the situation. We’ll find out soon enough.
– A big-market NFL team is going out and hiring a Canadian coach. What? I don’t care if Trestman used to coach in the NFL, he has been coaching in CANADA. His team may have won two titles in five years, but he has been coaching in CANADA. What’s next? The Lakers hire the coach of the NBA D-League Bakersfield Blaze? That is the best comparison I can come up with. At least Blackhawk fans are stoked to have a Canadian coaching in Chicago, eh? NHL begins saturday.
All of these things have been really bizarre. The only thing I could imagine being more weird is if an accomplished athlete got caught lying about his heart-warming story of the love of his life dying on the same day as his grandma.
Wait, that happened?! Yeah… I was speechless for a few minutes. It is almost unbelievable, but it is true: not only did Manti T’eo’s girlfriend never die, she never existed. It may sound like something that would come from a kindergartener, but Manti T’eo had an imaginary girlfriend. The facts aren’t all there- it appears that he lied about meeting her several years ago, or ever even meeting her; his “girlfriend” was a prank that he fell for several months ago on an online chat room of some sort.
His statement came out today, and he tried to say how he was a victim of a sick joke. Not so fast Manti… you were the one that brought this upon yourself, and you kept the lie going as long as you could. My question is this: what did his teammates think? Since this girl never existed, did they ever ask him to see a picture of her? I can’t believe he thought he could get away with this.
I don’t want to bag on T’eo; he is already getting tons of grief and jokes through Twitter.
I don’t even know what to believe anymore. As far as America is concerned, this whole story could be make believe. I will continue to watch- and enjoy watching- sports, but all this off-the-field crap is ridiculous. The one sport not mentioned in this article: Baseball. I am anxiously waiting for spring to come, and then we can “play ball!” Maybe that will give us some consistency.