While much of the sports world is stunned by the strange tale of Manti Te'o's invented girlfriend, here at the Posse, this kind of stuff is old news.
Set the Wayback MachineTM for 2005 join us in remembering the sad tale of Dan Kennings, a soldier killed in Iraq and his daughter Kodee. Don't be sad, though, neither of them were real.
In a content-hungry world where the phrase "too good to check" is taken literally, these sorts of things will be increasingly common.
MY OFFICIAL EDITORIAL POSITION: I think Te'o knew it was a fake all along and that his "I'm just the victim here" routine is as honest as Anthony Wiener's.
I believe his original intent was to do it as a lark, and maybe gin up some sympathetic press coverage. Alas, the ploy worked better than he (they?) thought it would and by the spring, he was looking at an exit strategy. As with Kodee and Dan, the solution was to kill her off.
Clearly, this was not the best choice, but fraud peddlers always end up exposing themselves by going a step too far. Of course, I'm sure all this speculation will be rendered moot now that otherwise idle college football sportswriters have nothing else to do but run this story to ground.