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Kind of ironic (or not) that he started the whole the Manti as a Saint with his article last September. From the Deadspin article:
Kekua, 22 years old, had been in a serious car accident in California, and then had been diagnosed with leukemia. SI's Pete Thamel described how Te'o would phone her in her hospital room and stay on the line with her as he slept through the night. "Her relatives told him that at her lowest points, as she fought to emerge from a coma, her breathing rate would increase at the sound of his voice," Thamel wrote.
Then this in December from SI's article on their reporters votes for the Heisman:
1. Manti Te'o
2. Collin Klein
3. Jordan Lynch
Te'o has been a saint during Notre Dame's miracle season. He is the best player on the nation's top scoring defense and has been an inspiration for all in overcoming the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend during a 24-hour period in September. Unfortunately, Te'o won't win the Heisman Trophy, but he embodies everything the award's winner should be both on and off the field. As for Klein: So what if he seems boring; so what if Tim Tebow makes him look prude? In Tebow-esque fashion, Klein carried his team this season and did so perhaps more than any other player in college football. And complain all you want about Lynch, but he has Northern Illinois in a BCS bowl for the first time and leads the FBS in rushing. Both of those facts are impressive, but not nearly as impressive as Lynch leading the Huskies through wild and crazy MACtion undefeated this season. And yes, I realize I don't have Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel on my ballot. I don't consider players with pending criminal charges, and Manziel still faces three counts relating to an early morning fight in June. Manziel has been spectacular, but when he wins the Heisman on Saturday night, he should give it away -- to coach Kevin Sumlin and offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, for being the best at their positions this season, for implementing Texas A&M's high-powered scheme and for standing by Manziel.
Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/ncaa/12/07/SI-heisman-trophy-votes/index.html#ixzz2IBoGda56
Oh, sidenote....here's the conclusion of his Cotton Bowl preview:
• Final analysis: Unlike most teams in the SEC, Oklahoma is quite familiar with up-tempo spread offenses. After all, it has faced them for years in the Big 12. And for as much of a wildcard as Johnny Football's elusiveness is, it's also uncertain how he'll fare without Kingsbury calling the shots. Keep in mind: The Sooners have won every shootout they've been in this season. Don't expect that to change now -- a sobering reminder of what might have been if Jones had been more consistent in earlier losses to Kansas State and Notre Dame.
• The pick: Oklahoma 41, Texas A&M 38
Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20130103/cotton-bowl-preview/#ixzz2IBpXuO8h
Well, 41 was right, just for the wrong team
This guy is an absolute tool. I'm glad this has all blown up in his face.
Haha. Thayer can kindly go fvck himself with a broom hanndle in the Jr high locker room that he writes from.
The offspring of a couple that would name their child Thayer is destined to make lots of bad decisions in life
Hopefully he is being chastised to the fullest by the masses for this
Your logic is boggling my mind
He's a gooner from the word "go." Wrote the jamarkus mcfarland article too.
Hope he is on the editor's carpet tomorrow. As Ricky would say "Lucy you got some splaining to do".
" Manziel is “a good kid, an honest kid. He has his heart in the right place.”
Chancellor, Texas A&M
I just watched Pete Thamel's interview on Dan Patrick. He is absolutely positive that Te'o was duped and he's completely innocent. Please.
He also claims he did some searches on the girl, but chose to just explain away why he couldn't find anything on her.
Thayer's writing and opinion remind me of David rUbben' circa August 2012.
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