The running series of puns and promotions making light of the former Notre Dame linebacker and his imaginary girlfriend Lennay Kekua have finally crossed over from “tired and expired” into sad and possibly obsessive territory.
The culprit of this shift is an independent minor league baseball team called Florence Freedom (of the Frontier League), who are throwing caution to the wind and putting on a “Manti Te’o Girlfriend Bobblehead Giveaway” night this Thursday that’s sure to be one of the most ridiculous joke-burying events of the year (via CBS Sports).
Florence Freedom are going all out, offering free “Lennay bobblehead dolls” to the first 1,000 fans that show up, which sounds like a generous offer until you realize the jokes on you and they're just giving out empty boxes.
The invisible gags will keep rolling from there, according to the Florence Freedom website, which mentions that the game will also feature “an air guitar contest, a pretend kiss cam, [and] an imaginary good fight.”
But wait—there’s more.
Fans with “imaginary friends, girlfriends/boyfriends or spouses” are encouraged to sit in a special section down near the left field line, where they presumably will be seated next to their invisible companions.
Yes, Florence Freedom is going “scorched earth” with this promotion, hammering all the nails they can grab into this joke’s coffin until their metaphorical arms go numb.
Isn’t that what minor league baseball is all about, though? People who might be drifters sitting alone and talking to themselves while everyone else pretends it’s okay?
No, it’s not, and if you were one of the many of us who thought Lennay Kekua jokes died for the final time when she appeared in Maxim’s Hot 100...
Welp, we were wrong.
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