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I had to do it! I had to create a blog so you and I could gripe about all of "The Crap" that we encounter everyday in our lives. Believe me, there is plenty! You can now come to this blog to Gripe because you have the right to do so. Over time, we will Gripe about topics ranging from sports to politics to just about all of the garbage that happens around us. When you Gripe, you can add your name or not. It's your right! You can vent any way you want. Use foul language if you are angry enough to and if you are offended, just Gripe It! Hell, we have been banned from Facebook twice! You can Gripe about people, places and things. The only thing I ask is if you are going to Gripe about someone and you use their name, make sure you have the facts straight or say it's your opinion. Otherwise they will sue your and my ass off! It's your RIGHT TO GRIPE! You can respond to one of our Gripes or you can lay down your own Gripe. It's easy. To post your own Gripe just email it to therighttogripe@hotmail.com and we will get it on. You can also post a Gripe on our Facebook page. Just search The Right To Gripe. If you don't want to write it down, just click on one of the boxes below each Gripe to give your opinion. You can also become an official "Griper". All you need to do is "Sign Up" and create an account. IT'S FREE! So, don't sit back and take it, just GRIPE IT!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Manti Te'o - What's The Issue Here?

It's all over the news.  CNN, MSN, ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN even the EIEIO are covering the Manti Te'o story.  If your head has been buried in the sand for the past week or so, it appears that Notre Dame standout Linebacker Manti Te'o has been involved in some sort of perpetrated scam.  It seems that Te'o may have had what we all thought was an online and telephone romance with a woman named Lennay Kekua.  You will notice here that I will be using words like may, supposedly, allegedly and possibly since nothing is really clear on this debacle.  At a point in this relationship, Te'o claims that he received a call from her number where an individual stated that Kekua had passed away from Leukemia right around the same time his grandmother died.  Even after all of this heartache, Manti played like a Champion and became the runner up for the bogus Heisman Trophy.  He also won several other college football awards including the Butkis and Bednarik trophies.  Our hearts wept with Te'o and we admired him as a warrior on the field.

Jack Swarbrick
On December 26th, Te'o approached his coaches and told them that Lennay Kekua was not a real person and he had been duped.  This prompted Notre Dame officials to hire an out side firm to do a thorough investigation on the alleged scam with the results being made public last Thursday.  Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick held a press conference which confirmed that their star football players was bamboozled.  Not only was this person not who she said she was, she was not dead either.  Of course, several media outlets started their own investigations and things are just not adding up.  It was found that Te'o did in fact mention that he actually met this girl for the first time in 2009.  His father stated in an interview that Manti actually spent time with this woman when The Irish played at Stanford this year.  The South Bend Tribune also reported that the two got together in Hawaii where Te'o grew up.  Now as the story unfolds, people are asking why Manti Te'o may not have been forthcoming with details about this relationship as the story unfolded?

Let me tell you what my questions are.  Why the hell is this even a story?  Why have all these national media companies jumped on this story like it was the end of the world.  Hell, American hostages were taken in Algeria this week and this story is not getting as much press as the Manti debacle.  I don't get it?  This story should be a non issue to everyone except Te'o, the University of Notre Dame and any authorities that may get involved if a crime was actually committed.  If this were any other college or any other player, this would be a non issue.  It would be a chuckle around the water cooler.  Right now people are dropping like flies from the flu, we are teetering on the fiscal cliff and assault weapon murders are through the roof.  Why on earth would anyone focus so intensely on a story about a college student athlete who may have been duped by a cat fishing bimbo?  It drives me insane!         

1 comment:

  1. Jim I'm shocked its as big a story as it is too but just based on everything thats going on its extremely fishy. He seems like the type of guy who could get duped like that. He seems very genuine and we know is very loving. But its just so hard to believe he wasn't at least clued in at some point. A three year relationship and he never met her? No nookie? SHE DIDN'T EVEN MAKE HIM A DAMN SANDWICH!!!! Idk Jim as much as I love Manti its fishy...

    Tim Pa Juggalo