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Cold Hearted, But Funny

by Nick Vitrano

Can you believe it's been over a year since the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax? Ok, the day after the opening round of the 2014 NFL Draft and I'm blogging about Manti Te'o? Yeah - check it here. Stay with me...it is relevant.

One year ago today Maxim released its annual Hot 100 list, and sitting at #69 was Manti Te'o's non-existent lady friend. I will admit that I laughed when I saw the picture, but it was a pretty cold hearted jab at the now San Diego Charger's LB. I mean, I always did believe Te'o that he was sucked in and once the ball got rolling, he didn't know how to stop the momentum and just come clean.

But here we are, just one Maxim Hot 100 list removed from the circus, and its not even a second thought, much less a topic of conversation. The Manti Te'o hoax is a piece of sports periphery whose flame extinguished nearly as quickly as it first rose to relevance. It's a tremendous lesson in human nature and perception. The truth indeed sets one free.