For me, one of the benefits of the MGoBoard is as a labor-saving device. I don't follow recruting via Twitter, and thanks to all of you guys, I don't have to.
Same thing with Manti Te'O and the Notre Dame PR fiasco. Collectively, I trust you guys to keep up with the entirety of the story even though I don't care to. (For me, the one and only really big story is how deeply the Notre Dame PR machine was involved. I hope that they are shown to have been up to their necks in it.)
I read the original Deadspin story immediately when it broke, because they are emailed to me. I was one of several MGoBoard members who posted the link within those first few minutes and my post was among those taken down by the then-nervous MGoMods. (Actually, mine was not the first; I was guilty of a re-post by a few mintures, but only because I had taken the time to add to my post some of the links contextualizing MGoBlog's fraught relationship with Deadspin, going back to Tommy Craggs' infamously ill-advised ridiculing of us in the first days following the Freep Stretchgate story.)
So now we have our local hero Mitch Albom, weighing in on Te'O, and essentially saying that he technically hurt no one, and now it's only the butt-hurt sports mythmaking establishment that is crying about it.
That's an amazing assertion from the same guy (Albom) who gave us the heartwarming personal story of Mateen Cleaves sitting in the stands in his green sweater for an NCAA Tourney game when he wasn't even there.
But the essential, core paragraph from Albom was even more amazing. Here it is:
Te'o, by nearly all accounts, apparently was duped for at least most of this affair. The fact that he may have learned about the deception days or weeks before publicly admitting it -- or that he lied to his father about once meeting the woman -- is regrettable, but not a crime. I imagine he was embarrassed. Ashamed. He had become almost legendary in a single season. Asking a 21-year-old to immediately and voluntarily undo that is unrealistic, even if it would have been more ethical.
The emphasis in that block-quote is mine.
I had thought, that by nearly all accounts, including inescapable logic, Te'O could not possibly be "duped" for any considerable length of time, and that all reasonable conclusions are that Te'O played along with the active misleading of the media on the nature of the entire story at the beginning, middle and/or end of the story. And that indeed, Te'O has now been essentially caught red-handed in the deception at the end of the period in question.
Albom takes his "duped" idea to its illogical conclusion, where he ends up talking about "the victim" Manti Te'O.
In the meantime, Te'O nearly won the Heisman trophy, voted on by sportswriters, no doubt with some incaculable assistance from his 'personal story.'
So to all you guys who have been closely following this debacle and will know better than me: Is it true that "by nearly all accounts, [Manti Te'O] was duped for at least most of this affair"?
I was further wondering if Albom was a Heisman voter, and if there is any public record of how he voted. My understanding is that some writers choose to make public how they vote but that otherwise it is a secret ballot. Anybody know?