Sometime soon, Dr. Phil will conduct a televised interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the alleged mastermind behind the Manti Te’o hoax. I will not go out of my way to watch this event live on TV because all of its salient parts will be reported in excruciating detail and “replays” will be available in at least a bazillion places. Let me make a few things clear about that TV interview before it hits the airwaves:
When the Manti Te’o hoax story hit the wires, my comment was that I had no idea who was responsible for the hoax in the first place but that whoever did it was someone in serious need of counseling. I stand by the remark in the light of all of the intervening revelations.
Were I or any members of my family or close friends in dire need of psychological help, Dr. Phil would not be on the longest list imaginable of my recommendations to people who are important to me.
I always view these “showcase interviews” with the underlying desire to know exactly what kind of “benefits” have accrued to the person being interviewed because of their choice of venue for the interview.
Having said all of that, stand by for a tsunami of reporting on this matter and a full replay of the hoax story. However, as you read and hear about all of this, please keep in mind that the person who originally thought this would be a good thing to do or a fun thing to do is – to use the argot of the day – one sick mofo.
Prominent in the news this week is the dating life of two highly recognizable athletes.
1. Reports say that Tiger Woods and skier Lindsay Vonn are an item. I neither know nor care if that is the case; but if it is so, would it be improper to suggest that Woods is schussing Vonn? Just asking…
2. Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse are supposedly dating. I would not be able to pick Ricky Stenhouse out of lineup with the Easter Island statues, but I do know that he is also a NASCAR driver and that he is on a different team than is Ms. Patrick. Would it be improper to suggest that these two NASCAR lovebirds have become experts in bump drafting? Or is that too easy …
A while back, I noted that Vince Young had filed for bankruptcy and that one of the things that drove him to bankruptcy was a loan he took out during the NFL lockout for $1.9M on which he defaulted. He now claims he should not be required to repay that loan. An AP report says that in deposition, Young claims that he may have indeed signed the papers for this loan but that he had no idea what he was signing and was doing so only because his advisors told him to go to this office and sign a bunch of papers.
I will not pretend to understand bankruptcy law nor will I sympathize with Vince Young here when he claims that he gave Power of Attorney to people and had no idea what that meant or what those people did with his Power of Attorney. I will, however, point out that Vince Young spent 4 years as an eligible student-athlete at the University of Texas. Presumably, in that 4-year timeframe, he took a few courses that were at the collegiate level of intellectual pursuit and then proceeded to secure grades in those courses that would maintain his GPA at an acceptable level and make it appear that he was making progress toward a degree thereby maintaining his eligibility to play football for Texas. So, I am now required to think that this is the level of sophistication that four years at the University of Texas inculcates in its students?
Here is a link to the AP report. You will be sad or angry when you get to the end of it…
If you have even a passing interest in soccer worldwide, you have to have heard of Lionel Messi. He is an Argentinian prodigy who plays his professional soccer for FC Barcelona in La Liga in Spain. Here are his latest accomplishments:
He scored his 200th goal in La Liga games at age 25. Previously, the youngest player to reach that level of scoring in La Liga games was Telmo Zarra and he was 29 years old when he scored his 200th goal.
Last weekend, Messi reached this level by scoring 4 goals in a single La Liga game. That was the eleventh consecutive game in La Liga in which Messi had at least one goal. That too is a record for La Liga.
For the season counting all competitions, Messi has 44 goals and he has scored in his last 16 consecutive games.
The World Cup in 2014 will be a showcase for international soccer and Messi should be one of the attractions to seek during those games. He will be on the Argentinian team barring a catastrophic injury; he is worth tuning in to see.
Speaking of soccer, Major League Soccer will begin its preseason this week with some tournaments and rounds of friendlies. The MLS regular season will begin on March 2. Soccer remains a niche sport here in the US but the live attendance for MLS games continues to grow year over year; that is not something that every one of the major sports in the US can claim. Last year, attendance at an average MLS game was over 19,000 folks. That is a trivial crowd for an NFL game, but recall that ten years ago, an average attendance of 19,000 for the MLS honchos was a pipe dream.
Finally, here is a note from Dwight Perry in the Seattle Times:
“Police were called to a Toronto-area hotel Sunday after eight figure skaters — in town for the Canadian championships — got into a fight.
“For want of a penalty box, each got five minutes in the kiss-and-cry room.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………