This is going to be fun. You thought San Diego was a sleepy sports town? Manti Te’o just slipped some smelling salts under its nose. This is going to be interesting. Worried that the Chargers were fading from relevance? A 22-year-old just upgraded them from a rotary dial to an iPhone 5. This is going to be ridiculous. You thought Tim Tebow came with a circus? Next to Te’o, Tebow might as well be D.J. Fluker. Nobody had heard of the Chargers’ first-round pick before draft day, and now, nobody will hear about him for another four months. Friday, San Diego officially became Te’o Town – a city bordered by the Manti Marina, a metropolis ships enter through the Hawaiian Harbor. After the Chargers traded up to select Te’o with the sixth pick of the second round, some media folk wondered whether the linebacker could produce on the NFL level. Those supporting him argued that his instincts, power and playmaking ability would provide an instant impact on the field. Those against him contended that slow combine times mixed with potential character issues would make for a player whose on-field shine could never match the off-field spotlight. You want to know the correct answer? This: Who cares? Who gives a flying fumble whether Te’o is an ideal fit? He just made the Chargers a national story. Who gives a holy hula dance if Manti is a future Pro Bowler? He took a city on the edge of America’s coast and put it in the center of America’s consciousness. Don’t believe Bolts coach Mike McCoy for a millisecond when he says that, after Saturday’s media Q &A with Te’o, everybody will “move on” from his back story. Yeah, right.
Manti Te'o? This will be fun
San Diego Union-Tribune | Apr 27