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January 17, 2013

On Dec. 6, Notre Dame officials said, Manti Te’o received an alarming phone call: his dead girlfriend, whose loss had inspired him during what had become a triumphant year for the Fighting Irish, might still be alive. Either that or Te’o, a gifted linebacker with a reputation for trusting others, had been the victim of a hoax, and the woman he thought he had come to know online and through long, emotional phone calls had never really existed.de him believe he may have been duped into a relationship with an imaginary woman.

Te’o, a Notre Dame official said this week, was badly shaken by the call.

Nonetheless, two days later, on Dec. 8 at the Heisman Trophy ceremony, Te’o was asked about his most unforgettable moment of the season. Te’o, clearly aware of questions surrounding his girlfriend’s death, responded with little hesitation: the memory he would never forget from the 2012 season was the moment he learned his girlfriend was dead.

That sequence of events in December was one of many being pored over Thursday — by journalists and bloggers, students at Notre Dame and an American public trying to figure out the truth at the heart of one of the most bizarre of sports stories.

Was Te’o a sympathetic victim of a cruel fraud, or a calculating participant in a phony story that had been milked to aid his bid for the Heisman Trophy?

The series of events in early December, though, like so much else that has emerged about Te’o and his girlfriend in the last 48 hours, is hardly conclusive. Te’o, in giving the interview on Dec. 8, quite possibly was nothing more than a frightened and confused young man, unsure himself of what was going on or what to say.

On Thursday, a day of little clarity and deepening mystery, Notre Dame stuck by its official version: Te’o was the target of a meanspirited and vicious hoax, and the university’s hired investigators had determined that it involved a vast cast of characters, all engaged in an effort to humiliate a humble, private and perhaps somewhat naïve young man in the public spotlight.

Te’o, for his part, did not speak. His agent did not offer a statement, and a rumored interview on national television never occurred. His agent told The Associated Press that he had been in Bradenton, Fla., training at the IMG Academy in preparation for the N.F.L. draft.

One thing in the odd, evolving drama did seem to become clearer: as far back as early December, there were some people in the Twitter world who were beginning to sound alarms about the authenticity of Te’o’s inspirational story.

Those people online maintained openly that they believed Te’o had been duped, with some pointing to a California man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo as the architect of the scheme. They even joked about the embarrassment and absurdity of the fake story line as Notre Dame prepared to play in the Bowl Championship Series title game against Alabama.

On Dec. 5, one Twitter message was sent to The New ND Nation, with 7,000 followers, saying it needed “to know the truth” about Te’o’s girlfriend.

A blogger, Justin Megahan, collected some of the Twitter messages in one blog post and titled it “Catfished,” referring to “Catfish,” a 2010 documentary in which a woman created a fake online persona to strike up a relationship.

The alarms online, such as they were, never seemed to gain wider attention, perhaps because, at the time, a hoax seemed an unlikely possibility.

Even a month and a half later — and after the Web site Deadspin first reported on the hoax on Wednesday — figuring out the exact truth continued to be challenging.

As of Thursday evening, the people identified by Deadspin to be behind the hoax, including Tuiasosopo, had not emerged to tell their side of the story. Telephone calls to Tuiasosopo were not successful. Some people who appeared close to him shunned journalists on their Twitter accounts.

from:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/18/sports/ncaafootball/image-of-manti-teo-becomes-puzzle-as-theories-swirl.html?_r=0

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Manti Te’o was born on January 26th, 1991 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manti_Te%27o

January 26th, 1991

1 + 26 +1+9+9+1 = 47= his life lesson = Everybody knows his name.  Legacy.

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January 7, 2013

Two series. That is what defined Notre Dame’s defense in this season of resurgence, as the Irish fought to an undefeated regular season and the Bowl Championship Series national title game against Alabama on Monday night.

Two series with that Notre Dame defense backed up near its goal line, protecting a single-digit lead. Two series in which a pair of opponents ran straight ahead, up the middle, close enough to the end zone to measure by feet, or inches. Two series that clinched two victories in the final minutes.

For all the reasons Notre Dame arrived back at the national championship — reasons like Coach Brian Kelly and quarterback Everett Golson and linebacker Manti Te’o — none proved as important or overlooked as the work the defense did when it was backed up near the end zone. Notre Dame stopped Stanford there in overtime, inside the 1-yard-line. The Irish also turned back Southern California at the 1-yard-line in their regular-season finale.

Had either of those teams gained that single yard, Notre Dame’s magical season would have ended in a series of almosts — almost undefeated, almost B.C.S. title game bound.

Instead, Notre Dame highlighted the art of the goal-line stand, a sequence among the most straightforward and difficult in football. It did so, according to the defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, because of the consistency of its approach.

“The goal-line stands are a function of players knowing clearly exactly what to do, playing with whole heart, whole body, whole mind,” Diaco said. “No situation will be too much for us to take on, and no place on the field will we get discouraged, no matter where the ball is placed.”

That mentality carried Notre Dame through so many close games this season. It made the difference between a good team and a great one. It was a mind-set, Te’o said, that the Irish lacked in recent seasons.

Notre Dame’s ability to stop offenses near the end zone, combined with Alabama’s ability to score once its offense closed in, provided an important subplot before the title tilt. The Crimson Tide scored roughly 8 times out of every 10 times it advanced inside an opponent’s 20-yard-line. The Fighting Irish allowed opponents inside the 20 only 33 times, and in those instances, they yielded a scant eight touchdowns.

This led Alabama players and coaches to laud the Notre Dame defense throughout the week that led up to the championship game. The offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier labeled the Fighting Irish’s front seven the best the Crimson Tide would see this season. Receiver Kevin Norwood even paid Notre Dame the ultimate compliment.

“They’re like an SEC defense,” he said, in reference to Alabama’s conference, known for its tough, physical, stout defenses.

For as long as teams have played football, the goal-line stand has proved to be a game-changer, a brute-force sequence, man against man, power against power, strength against strength, that greatly shifted momentum from a team that is about to score to a team that refused to yield any points.

There is little technical artistry involved, the focus instead on simple concepts and difficult execution. Defensive linemen must get underneath the pads of their offensive counterparts, gain leverage and push the offense backward. They call this setting a new line of scrimmage. Linebackers must fill the gaps behind the linemen. Cornerbacks must cover receivers, should an offense pass, or pinch inside from the edge, wary of a running back leaping over the pile.

The defense cannot expect officials to call many penalties that close, in crucial moments. The sheer mass of bodies in such a confined space makes that difficult, as do the stakes involved.

“It’s fight or flight,” Notre Dame safety Zeke Motta said. “You have to make this stop. There’s no other option. You dream of situations like this your whole life.”

Like against Stanford in October. Notre Dame led, 20-13, after it scored first in overtime. Stanford drove to the 4-yard-line. Four times the Cardinal handed the ball to Stepfan Taylor. Four times Notre Dame stopped him short, although in the final instance Taylor inched so close to the end zone that many believe he actually scored.

from:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/sports/ncaafootball/goal-line-stands-shape-notre-dame-season.html?_r=0

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Everett Golson was born on January 2nd, 1993 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everett_Golson

January 2nd, 1993

1 + 2 +1+9+9+3 = 25 = his life lesson = Exciting.  Thrilling.  Rooting for the underdog.

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January 2nd, 1993

January 2nd

1 + 2 +2+0+1+3 = 9 = his personal year (from January 2nd, 2013 to January 1st, 2014) = Seeking sage advice.  Heeding wisdom.  Wisdom sets him apart.

9 year + 1 (January) = 10 = his personal month (from January 2nd, 2013 to February 1st, 2013) = Opportunities.  Going with the flow.  Rolling with it.

The Wheel of Fortune Tarot card

10 month + 7 (7th of the month on Monday January 7th, 2013) = 17 = his personal day = Making miracles happen.

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OCTOBER 28, 2012             10:20 AM EST

Notre Dame passed its biggest test of the season Saturday night in Norman as Brian Kelly’s squad scored a decisive 30-13 win over Oklahoma to remain undefeated.

The Fighting Irish run defense held the Sooners to 15 yards on 24 carries, and Manti Te’o bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy with a late interception.

Notre Dame now sits at 8-0 with just four games remaining: home against Pittsburgh, at Boston College, home against Wake Forest and at USC. While crazy things happen every week in college football, it’s not a stretch to think that the Irish will enter the game against the Trojans unbeaten. And the way that ‘SC has played this season and the way the Irish played against a pass-happy Sooners squad, a 12-0 mark at the end of the regular season doesn’t look too far-fetched for ND.

Who would have predicted that in the preseason?

And a 12-0 mark, no matter if Oregon or Kansas State remains unbeaten, will get the Irish a date in Miami for the BCS title game. The computers already love the Irish, and the human pollsters will certainly now give more praise to Kelly’s squad after the win Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Alabama kept rolling this weekend with a 38-7 victory over previously unbeaten Mississippi State in Tuscaloosa. And while the Crimson Tide still have a road test at LSU and a hypothetical SEC title game remaining, it’s hard to see any team beating Nick Saban’s squad right now. The Tide can both run and pass efficiently, the defense is flat-out dominant and the special teams are solid.

If the BCS title game matches up the Irish and Tide, it would arguably be the most highly anticipated title game of the BCS era.

And if Oregon and Kansas State remain undefeated, it would be BCS armageddon because the Tide and Irish are likely to sit at Nos. 1 and 2 in the final BCS standings if they finish unbeaten.

from:  http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Stars-aligned-for-an-AlabamaNotre-Dame-title-game.html

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Tommy Rees was born on May 22nd, 1992 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Rees_(quarterback)

May 22nd, 1992

May 22nd

5 + 22 +2+0+1+2 = 32 = his personal year (from May 22nd, 2012 to May 21st, 2013) = Winning.  Victory.  Championship.

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OCTOBER 28, 2012             10:20 AM EST

Notre Dame passed its biggest test of the season Saturday night in Norman as Brian Kelly’s squad scored a decisive 30-13 win over Oklahoma to remain undefeated.

The Fighting Irish run defense held the Sooners to 15 yards on 24 carries, and Manti Te’o bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy with a late interception.

Notre Dame now sits at 8-0 with just four games remaining: home against Pittsburgh, at Boston College, home against Wake Forest and at USC. While crazy things happen every week in college football, it’s not a stretch to think that the Irish will enter the game against the Trojans unbeaten. And the way that ‘SC has played this season and the way the Irish played against a pass-happy Sooners squad, a 12-0 mark at the end of the regular season doesn’t look too far-fetched for ND.

Who would have predicted that in the preseason?

And a 12-0 mark, no matter if Oregon or Kansas State remains unbeaten, will get the Irish a date in Miami for the BCS title game. The computers already love the Irish, and the human pollsters will certainly now give more praise to Kelly’s squad after the win Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Alabama kept rolling this weekend with a 38-7 victory over previously unbeaten Mississippi State in Tuscaloosa. And while the Crimson Tide still have a road test at LSU and a hypothetical SEC title game remaining, it’s hard to see any team beating Nick Saban’s squad right now. The Tide can both run and pass efficiently, the defense is flat-out dominant and the special teams are solid.

If the BCS title game matches up the Irish and Tide, it would arguably be the most highly anticipated title game of the BCS era.

And if Oregon and Kansas State remain undefeated, it would be BCS armageddon because the Tide and Irish are likely to sit at Nos. 1 and 2 in the final BCS standings if they finish unbeaten.

from:  http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Stars-aligned-for-an-AlabamaNotre-Dame-title-game.html

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Manti Te’o was born on January 26th, 1991 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manti_Te%27o

January 26th, 1991

1 + 26 +1+9+9+1 = 47 = his life lesson = Famous.  Internationally known.  Hall of Fame.

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January 26th, 1991

January 26th

1 + 26 +2+0+1+2 = 32 = his personal year (from January 26th, 2012 to January 25th, 2013) = Winning the Heisman trophy.

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