Originally Posted by bucksfan2
I fall on both sides of the fence. This story doesn't effect me, doesn't hurt anybody, doesn't really do anything. A LB for ND, a guy who finished 2nd in the Heisman made up a girlfriend and told anyone who would listen about her.
That said the story was forced down any sports fan for the better half a 3 months. The media, both local and national, forced this story down our throats about the character of this guy. What he was going through and what kind of season he was having. For those who enjoy college football and follow the Heisman were sold a bill of goods by Manti. The story was shoved down college football's throats only to end up being made up.
Yea. All of it speaks to honor, integrity, truth...sports is a monstrosity in our culture, a gazillion dollar business, many, many people spend a great deal of time and invest a lot of their hard earned money into the sports monopolies, yet when the workers in the system have moral failures, too many times people want to say "who cares, its just sports." No, like it or not, its a part of the fabric of our culture and it is important that integrity or lack thereof is demonstrated. If this isn't a big deal, then maybe fixing games isn't a big deal either. Slippery slope argument or logical application of the reason that this does matter?
Of course, we could also point out that one of the gods of the sports kingdom is once again proven to be an impotent idol, has clay feet, etc. and so forth, so we can teach people that people should not worship idols.
There are several reasons it matters. I'm sure the sportswriters are working furiously to tell us why.