by Mike Coffey
As the late great Mike Royko once said, some things you wonder, some things you think, and some things you just know. But this time, gentle readers, I’m going to stick with what I know.
I know the Internet brings out the weird in droves. There’s a reason I don’t give my children’s school permission to use their images on the school website. Some of the nutjobs I’ve encountered in 12 years of doing this have given me pause. So I’m not about to take Twitter accounts as gospel, especially since I deleted mine the other day.
I know no money has ever been lost overestimating the degrees people will go to screw around with other people. Sometimes the reward is money, sometimes it’s attention. But it’s perpetrated by sick, sad individuals, and Manti Te’o is not one of those individuals.
I know the national sports media got played. They got pantsed on a story they could have been on top of with five minutes spent on a search engine. They’re pissed, and they’re looking for someone to blame. Right now, Te’o is the convenient target, and it would be a shame if he were crucified via them doing just as little work as they did looking into the story in the first place.
I know a night like tonight is David Haugh’s wet dream. He gets to make national hay on Notre Dame’s sunshine because some idiot somewhere decided he was the “ND expert”. Anyone who assassinates a person’s character within five minutes of admitting he doesn’t know them very well should be relegated to reporting the 4H results at the state fair, but that wouldn’t be fair to the 4H kids. Maybe this finally will convince my cousin who maintains what a good guy he is of his grade-A douchitude.
I know Jack Swarbrick, as much as I’m willing to criticize him at times, is not an idiot. He wouldn’t get up in front of the national media and say he had the goods if he didn’t have the goods. He’s not going to put his career and reputation at risk for a college player.
I know any site like Deadspin, who publishes an A-Z guide to ND football where they allege the school covered up a rape, should be taken with a shaker of salt when it comes to veracity. Having half a story hasn’t stopped them before. Rushing to get a story out first doesn’t make it right.
I know the guy being lampooned in the national media is the same guy who, without seeking any publicity, did things like this. If Couch’s friend hadn’t seen the email, it never would have been out there. Doesn’t exactly track with the attention-whore caricature being tossed about, does it? If this world has devolved to the point where I can’t root for the Manti Te’o’s, then why the hell should any of us bother with anything.
I know I’m in Te’o’s corner. And I know I’m staying there.