The Buzz: When Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o collide
January 17th, 2013
10:03 AM ET

The Buzz: When Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o collide

What will your co-workers be talking about this morning? Here's a roundup of some of this morning's big social conversations.

Just hours before Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah is scheduled to air, the International Olympics Committee has asked Armstrong to return the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Olympic Games. Lance has not publicly tweeted since January 8 and so far has not issued a response. But that isn't keeping everyone from talking about him.

And speaking of sports stars and possible untruths...

Even if you're not a college football fan, there are many things to consider about the Manti Te'o hoax. In short, the Notre Dame football star claims he was the victim of an elaborate online hoax in which a woman he formed an emotional attachment to turned out not to exist. But there is speculation he was in on it and may have used it to increase his brand value.

The story isn't just about one football player, but instead it points to a larger problem of deception, a lack of accountability and the pressure and temptation to present ourselves and something we're not on social media. Sure there are plenty of jokes to be made, and social media users are not shy about making them, but depending on whose side you believe, a young man's career may just have been undone.

On the lighter side of the issue, there is plenty to grin about. A Tumblr showing images of men with their arms around "invisible" girlfriends is now a thing. A thing called #Teoing.

And of course jokes that Lance Armstrong is delighted that the spotlight has swung to Te'o illustrated in this tweet from NFL reporter Jason Cole.

If you haven’t seen it yet, a Texas mom has boldly told the world why she raises her children without God. More than 4,000 people have commented on the iReport piece. On her blog, "Kids Without Religion," she writes she has been "floored by the overwhelming good will from people of all beliefs."

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  1. sly

    Let's see:

    One of them is a disgraced liar who is busy returning all his gold.

    The other one will be a high draft pick, make millions, and play good football for 10-15 years.

    The only thing Te'o is going to collide with are running backs and wide receivers. Crunch.

    January 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. banasy©

    Well, your ego is obese, as is your overblown imagination.

    January 17, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. banasy©

    Your magic ran out after your two wives did.

    January 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. chrissy

    NOT ME obviously.

    January 17, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sokman

    Everyone raises their children without god. God doesnt exist

    January 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Cindy

    Both has problems telling the truth. Kick them to the curb and move on.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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