Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax
Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, the stories said, played this season under a terrible burden. A Mormon linebacker who led his Catholic school’s football program back to glory, Te’o was whipsawed between personal tragedies along the way. In the span of six hours in September, as Sports Illustrated told it, Te’o learned first of the death of his grandmother, Annette Santiago, and then of the death of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua.
When news broke eight days ago that reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel faces an NCAA investigation into whether he sold autographs, the college football world reacted with either confusion or outright skepticism. After all, the press had created an image of the Manziel family that suggested something out of TV’s Dallas. Wright Thompson’s recent ESPN The Magazine feature alluded to the “Texas oil fortune” that “still funds the family.” As Manziel’s father, Paul, told Thompson, “It’s not Garth Brooks money, but it’s a lot of money.” If Johnny Football’s so rich, the thinking went, why would he stoop to selling autographs for pocket change?
Tonight three legends of swimming—Michael Phelps, Chad Le Clos, and László Cseh—turned in identical times to share silver in the 100m butterfly. Last night, Simone Manuel tied for gold with Canadian Penny Oleksiak in the 100m freestyle. Modern timing systems are capable of measuring down to the millionth of a second—so why doesn’t FINA, the world swimming governing body, increase its timing precision by adding thousandths-of-seconds?
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In January, CBS acquired the rights to air NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football through the first half of the season. That slate turned out to be some of the shittiest professional football ever put on television, and it was a financial catastrophe for the Tiffany network. But prime-time national NFL broadcasts hurt the bottom line elsewhere, too: at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where executives were blindsided just a week before the NFL season kicked off with the news that TNF would be pre-empting two of Sony’s most lucrative properties, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, on the dozens of CBS affiliates that air those two game shows.
Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams’s lawsuit against MLB Network was scheduled to go to trial this week in New Jersey, two years after the former major-league pitcher and TV analyst filed a complaint in Camden County Superior Court alleging—among other things—breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, intentional and negligent defamation, and invasion of privacy. According to his lawsuit, Williams lost his job with MLB Network after Deadspin published a pair of stories reporting on his behavior while coaching a youth baseball team at a tournament in Maryland.
This website has been using ESPN NBA analyst Chad Ford as a punching bag for nearly ten years. And we don’t feel a bit sorry for it after discovering tonight (upon unearthing by those Reddit rapscallions) that Ford has been retroactively re-ranking his NBA draft boards years after the fact. Re-ranking how? By slyly moving up players who turned out to be NBA stars and dropping those who’ve become busts. Here’s the breakdown, by year, of how Ford edited his draft boards—and when, per archives at The Wayback Machine, those edits were made.
The Wall Street Journal went deep on money problems in Bristol today in an article titled “How a Weakened ESPN Became Consumed by Politics.” The feature, like many others that have come before, presents as a fact that the Worldwide Leader is hemorrhaging subscribers due to a perceived shift to the left in its sports coverage. This view’s most prominent supporter is, of course, Donald Trump, and that he promotes it should be background enough for you to immediately question just how factual a fact this is. But if the Trump co-sign is not enough to convince you, there are some numbers—all of them culled from SportsTVRatings.com—that prove that this is, in fact, bullshit.