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Two things

- Can somebody briefly explain a) what Manti Te’o did and b) why I should care?

- Here’s a photo of the sunrise from Mt. Tabaeksan that’s not half bad.

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  • Jang

    He got “catfished” and you shouldn’t care because you don’t like sports.  http://abcnews.go.com/US/manti-teo-hoax-exposes-catfish-internet-schemes/story?id=18235437

  • SomeguyinKorea

     He shouldn’t care because it’s not professional sports. It’s absolutely ridiculous how some college football players are treated like celebrities in the US. It’s just as absurd as getting excited with a minor league baseball or hockey player who doesn’t play for a team in your hometown.

  • Jang

     You’re right, everyone is ridiculous for liking college football, the best players, the Heisman Trophy, the NFL, and the draft.  How about it’s his warning – not to get catfished, is that better?

  • http://www.gofundme.com/1k98a8 Jakgani

    I am not ridiculous – because I (due to not being American) don’t like college football.

    I think it is corrupt and crazy that American universities offer “sport -football sponsorships” to retards – to gain entry into the university and be given degrees – to which they are not really entitled – just because they can play “a sport” which helps the university gain popularity – it’s shameless and a joke!

    many movies exist on this…..

    many retard American “English teachers” who got their degree based on a “university football scholarship degree” teach English in Korea (because they have a degree and are American)  and cause heaps of problems…

  • will.i.aint

    many retard American “English teachers” who got their degree based on a “university football scholarship degree” teach English in Korea (because they have a degree and are American)  and cause heaps of problems…

    I think we have a candidate for the stupidest post of the year for 2013.  It’s early though . . . you’ve still got plenty of time to out-do yourself.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    I’m not American, so yes I can look at it from an unbiased point of view. One of my university roommates was one of the top university athletes in Canada, even received one of the few awards given every year for a student who excels in both sports and their studies. Was he a star? Were there alumni throwing cash at him? Was he driving around in a sports car that was loaned to him by a rich benefactor? No.  The only thing he got was a 500$ scholarship each semester because he was able to maintain an excellent GPA while playing for the university’s team.

  • ex_commander

    What did Manti Te’o do?  

    At best, he was stupid and fell in love with an online woman who turned out to be a hoax.  He “dated” her for almost 3 years it seems, until she suddenly “died” of leukemia, which then became a national story as the American public found out about this tragedy.  This “death” coincided within hours of the death of his real grandmother.  A double whammy.

    At worst, he was part of the hoax, and played the fake girlfriend angle to gain attention and even try to win sympathy votes to help him try to win college football’s highest honor (he finished second).

    As the story emerges, it appears more likely the former case.

  • http://www.gofundme.com/1k98a8 Jakgani

     you’ve still got plenty of time to out-do yourself.

    let me guess… you were one of those retards who got through university on a sports scholarship – and you coach was Jerry Sandusky ??

  • will.i.aint

     Thank you for proving my point!

  • will.i.aint

    You don’t mention which sport . . . and that’s a very important aspect.  I’m assuming he participated in a sport that doesn’t receive much fanfare, as opposed to a sport like hockey.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    It was soccer, but I could also speak about my classmate and my friend’s roommate who won the hockey CIS championship.  Same story.

  • Guest

    Baekdusan?

  • cactusmcharris

     Yes, although I mildly vehemently disagree with Robert’s Romanization. Paektusan forever!

  • Sed4551

    Or Tae Baek san?

  • will.i.aint

     So you’re saying elite college hockey players in Canada go largely unnoticed?

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Yes. But I think part of the reason is that the system is different. If you play for a university team in Canada, it’s likely you didn’t do well enough in the junior major leagues to get drafted and never will.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junior_ice_hockey

    Whereas in the US it’s a different story. American university hockey players do get drafted…quite often.

    However, despite the fact that Canadians are fanatical about hockey, even junior major league hockey isn’t nearly as commercialized as university football in the US.

  • Wedge1

    So, essentially you’re saying college sports suck in Canada.

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    My bad. I meant Taebaeksan.

  • SomeguyinKorea

     College? That’s for people who want to be plumbers and receptionists.  No, I’m saying that the commercialization of it in the US is out of hand. I’m sure gambling has nothing to do with it, eh?

  • ex_commander

    Yes, you are correct, gambling has nothing to do with it.
    The American fixation with college sports is deeply rooted in the culture.  It used to be pretty innocent, cheering for your middle school or high school in popular sports like football and basketball.  Big time college sports has gotten extremely commercialized and is now a big business.  The temptation to cheat and bend the rules is too much for some universities to overcome and has tarnished the image of the sport; however, there are still some universities that stay clean and remain successful doing it the right way. In fact this past season several traditional “egghead” schools were fairly successful: Stanford, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt won their bowl games.  Notre Dame (ranked #1) and Duke also made it to bowl games but lost.Painting college football with a broad stroke of cynicism just shows ignorance.

  • SomeguyinKorea

     ex-commander,

    You’re naive if you think gambling has absolutely nothing to do with it.

  • ex_commander

    Hey Someguyinkorea, I must be naive so please elaborate what gambling has to do with the commercialization of college football in America.  I’m not being facetious.

  • Jang

    If Canada had 250 million more people think of the college sport “commercialization” possibilities.  Katie Couric has the Manti Te’o TV exclusive this Thursday, stay tuned.  I’d guess SomeguyinKorea would be a good catfisher or hoaxer but I’m not saying either is good.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dcmusicfreak DC Musicfreak

    I’m pretty sure he landed ALL of the top 10 stupidest posts of 2012 and probably each of the last 8 years, but he changed names a lot over the years. Boundless idiocy.

  • will.i.aint

    I’m saying that the commercialization of it in the US is out of hand. I’m sure gambling has nothing to do with it, eh?

    Tens of millions of Americans enjoy watching college sports for the sheer joy of watching their favorite team compete.  Only a tiny fraction of them gamble on the games.  Linking commercialization with gambling . . . shows you know very, very little about college athletics in the US.

  • John from Daejeon

    “ I can look at it from an unbiased point of view”  

    Really?  These overly obsessive and fanatical-like postings of yours read like you are both jealous and biased as hell against the likes of these college athletes!  

    By the way, you might want to pull out your dictionary as the definition of the word, college, is:  a. An institution of higher learning that grants the bachelor’s degree in liberal arts or science or both.  b. An undergraduate division or school of a university offering courses and granting degrees in a particular field.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    So you’re going to tell me you’ve never made a “friendly bet” with your friends?