Slow week in the sports world, no?
Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past 48 hours, you’re well aware of the controversy coming out of South Bend, Indiana. To sum it up: star University of Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o captivates the nation with Hallmark Channel story of leading his team to an undefeated season after losing his grandmother and Leukemia-stricken girlfriend on the same day. Except, as Deadspin first reported on Wednesday, the person who he said was his girlfriend does not exist. Te’o and the university claim in the face of doubters that the senior linebacker was the victim of an elaborate, “Catfish” like hoax.
Then yesterday, after years of denial, the once equally-inspirational story of Lance Armstrong was finally recognized as impure, as the seven-time Tour de France winner admitted to Oprah that he began using performance enhancing drugs 20 years ago.
Lastly, despite having one of the statistically best pitchers and hitters in MLB history on deck, the baseball Hall of Fame elected no inductees. Pitcher Roger Clemens and outfielder Barry Bonds were passed over as both have been heavily linked to steroid use, despite continued claims from Clemens to the contrary.
“Real News” Friday opened up on the Te’o and Armstrong controversy, and the major lies that continue to unfold in American sports culture, and politics, with cases likes Bill Clinton: