Playing the Field: Manti Te’o (who cares!) … hockey’s back!

This is why the media sucks. No, really. By now we all know about the weird situation at Notre Dame, as details about Heisman candidate Manti Te’o and his imaginary girlfriend continue to trickle out.

We get it. It’s bizarre and confusing and — like an 11-layer dip — it never seems to end. We first unearthed the story Wednesday night, via Deadspin, and we’re still trying to wrap our heads around it.

From what we gathered … this dude made up a girlfriend (what?), faked her death (what?, what?), then won a game for her (what?, what?, what?) and the media never batted an eyelash at any of it. Oh, and he raised a lot of money for cancer along the way (ok, that part we like).

Supposedly it was all a publicity stunt. Which begs the question, why would one of the top college football players in the country need extra publicity? He was right there on national TV every Saturday. Every sports fan — and every red-blooded American male — knew who he was.

But we digress. On Thursday, as we continue to scratch our heads, the internet was flooded with Manti Te’o memes. He also started a Twitter controversy about his sexuality, earned the front page of the New York Post and got the Taiwanese treatment. (Thanks Next Media Animation!)

But enough is enough. He’s still going to get drafted — probably 3-4 spots lower than before this news broke — and make a lot of money playing in the NFL. In other words, he can have multiple imaginary girlfriends and house them in imaginary mansions across the globe.

Cue Ludacris, “I got hoes, I got hoes …”

So here’s to you Manti Te’o as you begin your quest to become a lonely millionaire — or the living, breathing version of Montgomery Burns.

Someone’s getting fired at NBC

Comcast owns NBC. Comcast also owns the Philadelphia Flyers.

The partnership is a multi-billion dollar operation that usually serves the Flyers right. The team will host the Pittsburgh Penguins live on NBC Saturday afternoon to open the NHL season. Naturally, NBC wants to pump this game up as loudly and proudly as possible, which they are doing.

Only problem is, they don’t have the facts straight. In a commercial that’s been airing all week, the network thinks Claude Giroux and the Flyers are seeking revenge on Pitt, who beat them in the playoffs last year.

Umm, nope. Flyers won that series in six games. Somewhere a producer just lost his wings.

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