This is the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.
Manti Te'o is an exceptional human being.
Te'o comes from a strong family, is devout in spiritual beliefs and you could even say that he could be second coming of Tim Tebow in terms of humanity. But it's early yet.
In the cynical world that the press lives in, it is easy to grab onto this type of feel good story and run with it...elevating the persons stature in painting a picture of overall greatness both on and off the field.
Nothing new there, regardless of your political and/or sports affiliation all sides of the media are guilty of this.
Manti Te'o the player, on the other hand is a different story.
We endured a lot of chest puffing by the press about how great Te'o was as a player.
Like any any star player in college the press will pump up a players value to complete the circle on the narrative. I thought that Notre Dame's front seven was one of the better units this past season. They fired on all cylinders at times and had just the right amount of luck at others.
That was before they were dump-trucked by by Alabama.
Some thought that Manti Te'o was the reason for this...he was easily the most known and recognized player on the team so that made him the defacto leader of the defense, or so the narrative says.
But as some pointed out, Manti Te'o wasn't even the best linebacker, let alone the best defensive player in CFB this past season. Jarvis Jones and Jadeveon Clowney were respectively.
That brings us to Brian Te'o.
Mr. Te'o is none too pleased that people are painting his son as "overrated".
Brian Te'o, father of Notre Dame linebacker and Heisman candidate Manti Te'o, took to the Manti Te'o "Official" Fan Club on Facebook, which he apparently runs or has access to, to complain about the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's decision to put an AP photo of Manti Te'o, being bowled over by Eddie Lacy during the BCS National Championship under the headline "Bowled Over."
The Deadspin piece has number of pics showing Manti Te'o missing tackles...but for good measure go to the 1:30 mark of this video (we have posted this before).
During Monday's BCS Tile Game a lot of people on Twitter were calling out Te'o "jump on the pile" tackler in the game. That made me laugh!
We really shouldn't be surprised that Brian Te'o is acting this way. There were rumors that it was Brian who pushed Manti to pick Notre Dame over USC literally as they drove to to Te'o's announcement. Who knows if that's true, but should we be surprised when we hear about a parent meddling in their kids decisions and choices in CFB?
For all we have heard about how great Te'o the person is, you would think that a meddling parent would get out of the way and let Te'o the player speak for himself. Who knows how good Te'o will be when he gets to the NFL, The press made him the "feel good" story this season but lets take it easy on how great Te'o the linebacker is. Some of the visual evidence would point to the contrary.
This is another classic example of a story becoming a bigger deal than has to because of a meddling parent.