How The Myth Of The NCAA "Student-Athlete" Was Born

Excerpted from Taylor Branch's The Cartel: Inside the Rise and Imminent Fall of the NCAA, published by Byliner and newly relevant today as Northwestern football players seeking to unionize argue before the National Labor Relations Board that they are employees of the school. Byliner has unlocked The Cartel for the day… » 2/20/14 1:35pm 2/20/14 1:35pm

Somebody Took Over Manti Te'o's Old Twitter Account And Is Reviving His…

Just when we thought things on the Manti Te'o/Lennay Kekua front were over, they got weird again. Earlier this month, an unknown individual assumed control of Manti Te'o's deleted Twitter account, recreated its appearance, and started tweeting. The tweets weren't original, though; they were recycled from Te'o's own… » 3/30/13 7:25pm 3/30/13 7:25pm

Lennay And Manti (And Ronaiah): A Love Story In Tweets

A quick primer to help you navigate this document. These are selected tweets from October 2011 to December 2012 for both Lennay Kekua, Manti Te'o's fake dead girlfriend, and Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man behind Manti Te'o's fake dead girlfriend. We also included tweets from other users to Lennay. » 1/21/13 6:00pm 1/21/13 6:00pm

In ESPN Interview, Manti Te'o Admits To "Tailoring His Stories," Says He…

Admitting that he deceived his parents and the press about the nature of his relationship with Lennay Kekua, but denying any involvement in the hoax, Manti Te'o spoke with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap Friday night for more than two hours in an off-camera interview. (Most of what little we know about the interview with Te'o… » 1/19/13 2:08am 1/19/13 2:08am

Here's A Photo Of Manti Te'o With Ronaiah Tuiasosopo's Sister The Night…

This photo, provided to us by a friend of the Tuiasosopos, was taken on Nov. 23, 2012—the night before the Notre Dame-USC game. It shows Ronaiah Tuiasosopo's younger sister, known as Pookah, with Manti Te'o. (According to Manti's uncle Alema Te'o, Pookah supposedly posed as Lennay Kekua's cousin.) » 1/18/13 5:35pm 1/18/13 5:35pm

ESPN Reports Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Confessed To Te'o Hoax In December. Was …

ESPN's Shelley Smith is reporting that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the apparent creator of the Lennay Kekua hoax, confessed to duping Manti Te'o, according to an interview with a friend of Tuiasosopo. "He told me Manti was not involved at all, he was the victim," the woman told Smith, in an audio recording broadcast on ESPN. » 1/18/13 3:02pm 1/18/13 3:02pm

"I Know A Liar When I'm Around One.": Manti Te'o's Uncle Comments On…

Manti Te'o's uncle Alema Te'o went on The Zone Sports Network last night and spoke to radio hosts Scott Garrard and Riley Jensen about the Manti Te'o-Lennay Kekua story that we broke on Wednesday. Alema didn't have much to say about Manti, but he did offer some personal insight into the character of Ronaiah… » 1/18/13 1:15pm 1/18/13 1:15pm

Here's Everything The Media Screwed Up In Reporting The Story Of Manti…

In our investigation of Manti Te'o and his nonexistent dead girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, published yesterday, we mentioned the media's role this fall in amplifying the hoax. Here are all the ways they got the story wrong: » 1/17/13 1:15pm 1/17/13 1:15pm

Is A Monster Stalking The River Outside London's Olympic Stadium? An…

LONDON—The River Lea winds its way southeast from the industrial town of Luton to London's East End, where it drains into Thames a couple miles upstream of the ingenious tidal barrier that keeps the capital dry. A tame body of water by any account, the Lea disperses toward the end of its course into placid fingers that … » 8/11/12 2:20pm 8/11/12 2:20pm

Annals Of Bullshit: The Myth Of The Myth Of Cal Ripken's Historic Home…

Twenty years ago, Oriole Park at Camden Yards brought in an era of fake history in baseball architecture. So it fits that The Baltimore Sun's roundup of the park's greatest moments would feature fake history too. For the No. 1 moment, baseball beat reporter Dan Connolly described the night Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou… » 4/03/12 6:00pm 4/03/12 6:00pm

Thomas Hill, Duke's Famous Weeper, Finally Confesses: I Wasn't Crying

"The misconception is that there are tears coming out of my eyes," Thomas Hill told me on Thursday. "There weren't." Hill is the former Duke guard who in 1992 became the happily crumpled face of the Blue Devils' last-second victory over Kentucky in the Elite Eight—maybe the face of March Madness itself. After Christian… » 3/30/12 1:40pm 3/30/12 1:40pm

Dan Shaughnessy, At Approximately 10 P.M. Wednesday: "The Red Sox…

Here's Dan Shaughnessy, during last night's rain delay, with the Sox leading the Orioles 3-2 and the Yankees leading the Rays 7-0: "I think the Rays are not going to win tonight. I think that's the one thing that we've eliminated tonight is that the Red Sox season is not going to end tonight. They live to play another… » 9/29/11 11:08am 9/29/11 11:08am

At Last, Video Evidence That Mike Laga Really Did Hit A Foul Ball Out…

This is great. On Sept. 15, 1986, Mike Laga, one of those light-hitting Cardinals players whom St. Louis fans are always applauding for moving the runners over, supposedly knocked a foul ball clear out of the old Busch Stadium. Because we have all lost our capacity for wonder, this feat has lately gone in for a bit of … » 8/11/11 11:55am 8/11/11 11:55am