1.17.2013

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts




  • If you aren't interested in this Manti Te'o story you should be. It may be the greatest "you've got to be kidding story" since O.J. Simpson.
    • I bet the story explodes today once the entire media starts digging.
    • My guess: Te'o is in on it. But I do believe you could fall in love over the Internet (See Kip Dynamite.)
    • He went to school in Indiana and lives in Hawaii. The girlfriend went to school at Stanford in San Francisco. How does he not stop there and see her on the way home? Heck, I bet most flights to Hawaii stop in San Francisco.
    • She had a car wreck and then diagnosed with leukemia and he never goes to see her? 
    • He's a college kid with a college girlfriend and he never goes to see her?
    • He said he would talk to her at night and fall asleep waking up eight hours later hearing her asleep and breathing on the other end. Produce some phone records. 
    • I bet Notre Dame doubts his story despite the fantastic news conference last night where the school supported him. Once Te'o gets busted, Notre Dame can say, "We were fooled just like everyone else -- we believed him."
    • I say all that, and yet there's a small part of me that thinks he's some naive kid who got duped. 
    • I made the Kids In The House watch the story last night to try and teach them about (1) never chatting with anyone online that you don't know, and (2) how lies can explode. I normally leave the lesson teaching to Mrs. LL, but to have the support of her nodding her head in agreement was a good feeling. 
    • Theater of the bizarre: The fake dead girlfriend tweeted last night that "myths" and "truths" would be revealed at noon today PST. This is crazy.
    • The fact that ESPN had to credit Deadspin.com was delicious. That web site has been attacking ESPN for years and to have to site them as the source had to kill them. 
    • One thing is certain: The girlfriend doesn't exist. How in the world did not one single media outlet figure this out before Deadspin?
    • Lance Armstrong should right Te'o a check for taking him off the front page. And how angry is Oprah right now?
  • I mentioned the book-in photo of the "Improper Relationship" out of Denton County yesterday, and the story is in the Star-Telegram today. 
  • How much did Bud Light pay Stevie Wonder use that "Superstition" song in commercials?
  • Transmission in the Gangsta Mobile is getting rebuilt, and I think I'm getting screwed.
  • Mrs. LL was watching The Bachelor the other day. The women are getting crazier, but I wonder how much of it is set up. 
  • This hostage crisis in Algeria sure is slow to gain any traction. 
  • A photo of Lee Harvey Oswald's second grade class in Fort Worth. He's front and far left.
  • I saw where Richie Whitt of The Fan is doing the "Master Cleanse" along with his girlfriend. I did it once. I'll never do it again. 




46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Complete repeat of Gordo's Corner

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
Left
3.7 out of 5
Not bad

Right
3.9 out of 5
Very Very cute

GJ BG

Anonymous said...

Lance Armstrong should "write"

Anonymous said...

Skippy, Let this Manti story go. It's not going to affect your life one way or the other. Now get back to chasing ambulances.

Anonymous said...

This is going to be delicious. Obammy is about to have his Jimmy Carter moment and show how really inept he is at being the Commander in Chief with the hostage situation in Algeria.

Anonymous said...

The latest tweet...from a supposedly dead, evidently fictitious girl, says, "It isn't fair to drag Reagan and Troy into this.. a lot of truths and myths need to be addressed here, and they will be at noon PST tomorrow."

WHO ARE Reagan and Troy? I read back through other links and didn't find those names, but then I didn't take a lot of time to investigate.

Anonymous said...

RTG: One on the right is "kind of" cute, I don't know, not too thrilled. Maybe tomorrow will be better.

SailorMoon said...

Why should Oprah be pissed off? What did I miss? And am I the only one who really believed Lance wasn't doping? Color me gullable.

Triple Fake... said...

You're saying Lee Harvey is at the far left of that photo, but it's the kid near the middle making the face like he's practicing for the "Oh! I did not expect to get shot just now!" pose

The Bachelor - Please! How dumb would you have to be to think the majority of that stuff is not staged or manipulated for the camera? It's a primetime stripped-down (sometimes literally) soap opera. It's appealing because it has a definite ending, and there's only one guy with lots of women instead of a bunch of guys with lots of women

Youngsters nowadays can scoff at us oldtimers' lack of computer skills, but at least in our day we scammed or got scammed the old-fashioned way - in person and face-to-face!

Fall in love over the internet?!
"Like anyone could even know that."

"Let's not gloss over this whole fake dead girlfriend story. This guy deserves our undivided attention while he tells his sad tale, including every little detail. I think he should put out a line of wrist bands that say "Fake Die Strong"

Triple Fake Lance A.

Anonymous said...

Wonder how non-judgmental aall these Manti lovers will be when they find out he was concealing a homosexual relationship.

Anonymous said...

berry , can you do any worse than these random thoughts?

Anonymous said...

Ritchie Whitt needs that since hes so full of shit

Anonymous said...

The kid in the school photo in the middle with the striped shirt and suspenders looks like he could grow up to be a liberal weenie ambulance chasing lawyer in a small town.

Anonymous said...

RTG=Major letdown.No Sex appeal at all.

mzchief said...

The Manti Te'o hoax just got a wee bit deeper. Reagan Maui'a, Cardinal's FB, says he met Lennay Kekua, the non-existent girlfriend of Te'o.

source

Who needs trash-t.v. when you have news outlets who report this type of garbage? Do any of us REALLY need to know the particulars of some guy being duped by some girl? What I never understand is why do so many people need some heart warming/wrenching personal back-story to validate someone's accomplishments.

Katy Anders said...

8:51: You're right, it won't affect our lives one bit.

Because all of our reclusive online girlfriends are REAL.

Anonymous said...

Al Roker's bowel movement has offended more people than my gun.

Francine Fishpaw said...

Do you think someone will send Te'o a "Blow Up Wanda" doll so that he can have something closer to a real live girlfriend next time? Seems like the next logical step.....

mzchief said...

GlobalGrind has a more detailed account of the Manti Te'o hoax. I can't help but wonder what motivated "the girlfriend." Did she fall in love with Te'o and didn't want to end the relationship? Was it merely a game wherein she wanted to see for how long she could perpetrate the hoax? Why end the relationship by "dying" rather than just breaking up with Te'o? I don't really care about his motivation but would love a peek in her head just to see how the wheels go around.

Anonymous said...

Did you let him down easy Mz

Anonymous said...

What's really frustrating is that the damn bathroom stall at work has the toilet paper where it rolls off the roll near the wall!!

Anonymous said...

Johnny Football nailed Manti Teo's non-existent girlfriend...just so he would know who his daddy was.

Anonymous said...

The headline for the New York Post this morning?
Notre Shame."

priceless.

BTW,l I also thought that Lance Armstrong was innocent, what with all the tests he apparently passed in the past. (Did you notice I had the correct spellings of "passed" and "past?"

Gerb Blansten

Triple Fake... said...

Nicely done, Gerb/Gern. Uh, did you just pat yourself on the back for correctly spelling common words, then misspell your own name?
No gold star for you, mister!

Sister Mary Elephant

Anonymous said...

It is one thing for Te'o and Notre Dame to push the false story to enhance his Heisman run, but for the stupid media never to be bound by truth or research is another. The media in this country used to be the watchdog for society...now they are just dogs. We Notre Dame finally engaged a real football team from the SEC, we found his prowess as a linebacker was a facade as well.

Anonymous said...

Some of you people write like 'Mumbles" speaks.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out Mumbles In the Drive Thru on youtube.


Tercy Know!

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone pay attention to a silly hostage crisis in a foreign country when we got us a real-live-fake-girlfriend-football player story...

Anonymous said...

8:59

"Late Wednesday, the story took another twist when ESPN found an NFL player who said he knew Kekua. The player, Reagan Mauia, an Arizona Cardinals fullback, told the sports network that he and Pittsburgh Steelers star Troy Polamalu met her."

Anonymous said...

Local paper wrote an article about a senior in high school that allegedly stated on Twitter that he was going to go to the local University. The large article said they tried to contact the athlete and the school without success....but they ran the story. My three teenagers steal each others phones and scam on each others facebook all the time as a joke, when journalist use Twitter and Facebook as "evidence" we have all lowered our information value to the lowest denominator. The tears and interviews this dude did over a woman he never met....sorry I call BS!

Anonymous said...

Seems Mzchief is being a bit contradictory in her two statements above. First it's "do we really need to know..." and then she lists question after question about the relationship. I'm not sure this is the original Mzchief. hmmmmm

Anonymous said...

I never saw an explanation of whom Te'O spoke to on the phone or who ended up receiving the flowers or cards he sent?? Was it the Ronaiah guy or someone he conspired with or did Te'O never even talk with anyone in person? anybody know?

RPM said...

How much did Bud Light pay Stevie Wonder use that "Superstition" song in commercials?

It doesn't matter. He'll sever see a dime of that money.

CT said...

Yessss, that's what I was expecting to see today--ripping Teo..thanks, Barry! Nice job, bullet points and all!!!

Anonymous said...

RPM: Golden!
Flashback to Eddie Murphy and Stevie as presenters @ the Oscars. Some woman is sitting in the first row or so and she's wearing a hat that looks like it might hop off and run away at any moment. It catches Eddie's eye and he starts laughing. And then he can't stop laughing. And then, like any buddy would do to a buddy who hadn't seen something funny, he doubles over laughing with one hand on Stevie's shoulder and says, "Stevie, you gotta see this lady's hat." For a split second, you could have heard a pin drop in whatever venue that was as all of hollywood came to Stevie's assistance against the heartless Eddie Murphy. And then Stevie starts laughing, and then everyone else starts laughing at what was easily the funniest moment of the night.

Anonymous said...

Your gangster mobile must be a dud driven by a crazy person who can't keep from damaging it. Poor car.

mzchief said...

To Anonymous 2:46...

I don't really care about the details of the relationship. I'm just interested in the mind/reasoning of the person who'd perpetrate such an elaborate, long-term hoax, if, indeed, it's a hoax wherein Te'o is a totally innocent victim.

I'm interested more in the why it happened rather than the what happened.

Anonymous said...

Awesome righting skills today Barry

Anonymous said...

Sudden thought: suppose some well meaning, but idiotic intern in the N.D. Public Relations Dept. was in on the hoax as a means of furthering the player's Heisman chances?

Anonymous said...

1:44, You sound like Obammy's foreign policy advisers.

The Donald said...

Transmission in the Gangsta Mobile is getting rebuilt, and I think I'm getting screwed.

Probably. I've had transmissions rebuilt in two different cars - they were never the same after.

Anonymous said...

Yea, I'm sure you're getting screwed on that transmission repair. But you're a lawyer. You deserve it.

Karma

Anonymous said...

Barry, swap the car. Or go the lemon claim route. Seems too new to go bad. Unless you are dragging 18 foot travel trailers up & down the Colorado Rockies.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

Stevie did not write superstition. He only covered it. Old old song.

Anonymous said...

The T'Eo story proves one thing. If the media loves you, and loves your story, they will allow you to be in control of your story. Until Deadspin, or National Enquirer, pulls the string that begins the unraveling.

mzchief said...
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Anonymous said...

Most flights to Hawaii stop in LA, not San Francisco.