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Manti Te'o's imaginary girlfriend wins ESPN Bracket Challenge

There were over 8 million entries into ESPN’s NCAA Bracket Challenge this year, and the winning bracket belonged to an imaginary person.

Manti Te'o's imaginary girlfriend wins ESPN Bracket Challenge

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te´o during the second half of an NCAA college football game against the Western Michigan in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010. Notre Dame defeated Western Michigan 44-20. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o during the second half of an NCAA college football game against the Western Michigan in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010. Notre Dame defeated Western Michigan 44-20. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

There were over 8 million entries into ESPN’s NCAA Bracket Challenge this year, and the winning bracket belonged to an imaginary person.

More accurately, the winning entry, which nets the winner a $10,000 Best Buy gift card, was titled “Lennay Kekua’s entry.”

For those with a short memory span, Lennay Kekua was the name of Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend that spawned the now infamous scandal which served as a public humiliation for Te’o and caused many to question his mental state.

Lennay Kekua’s entry, which was actually submitted by ESPN user CraigGilmore, was extremely accurate, and correctly predicted FGCU’s upset over Georgetown, as well as Louisville’s championship victory over Michigan.

Te’o has to be shaking his head somewhere. He doesn’t get to benefit from the Best Buy gift card, and months removed, he just can’t seem to escape the scandal.

Once a highly-projected first round pick, it will be interesting to see how the situation affects his stock at the NFL Draft later this month.

Michael Kaskey-Blomain Assistant Sports Producer
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