On Friday morning four of my best friends and I flew out to Vegas, for another one of our best friends’ wedding on Saturday. Our flight was out of Newark, made a stop in Phoenix, and then landed in Vegas. As expected, we had a phenomenal time in Vegas, and I could go on telling stories, but I won’t. At least not now.
I will tell one story, however. Our flight back on Sunday morning was from Vegas, to Phoenix, to Newark, naturally the exact opposite of the way it was on Friday. We arrived in the Las Vegas airport around 8:00am (PFT) on Sunday morning. After we got through security, we had about an hour and a half before the departure of our flight. Of course, a friend of mine and I began playing video poker, something that you are dangerously able to do in airports in Las Vegas.
Anyway, while we were
playing losing money (I want to say around 9:00am PFT), we hear a man page for Ronaiah Tuiasosopo on the loud speaker. He said it multiple times, asking for Tuiasosopo to come to a gate, I believe it was gate C25, if my memory serves me correctly. However, I am 100% sure he said “Ronaiah Tuiasosopo”.
About ten minutes later, the same voice paged for Manti Te’o. Again, he said Manti Te’o's name multiple times, except he asked Te’o to come to gate C9. And again, I am 100% sure he said “Manti Te’o”.
C9 was near our gate, so I walked over to see what was going on, if anything at all. There was a small group of people gathered around the terminal, with some sort of buzz throughout the area, as some other people also heard Te’o's name paged. After about 30 minutes of waiting and nothing happening, I had to leave as my flight was departing. I probably should have asked the people working in the airport some questions, but for whatever reason, I didn’t (probably because my degree is in marketing not journalism).
Now, I guess it’s possible that someone working in the airport was having some “fun” with us, but the airport doesn’t seem like the place where employees mess with costumers.
Today, I told Spike Eskin the story, who convinced me to write this post and found this confirmation tweet that Te’o was indeed in the Las Vegas airport:
Of course, I don’t know how credible @Joey_Greer is, but it is another source. Two sources, you can go with. Yes, even with my marketing degree (Newsroom—cough, cough) I know that.
With Tuiasosopo and Te’o both paged in the same airport within ten minutes of each other, it’s hard not to think conspiracy…right?
I had to tell someone.
Your move, Deadspin.