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Las Vegas reacts to Te'o saga

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

From sports personalities to soccer moms, just about everyone in Las Vegas is familiar with the saga of Notre Dame linebacker Mantei Te'o.

Pauly Howard and nationally syndicated J.T. The Brick host the Power Hour on Fox Sports Radio 920 AM. The majority of their show Thursday was dedicated to Te'o.

"It has it all," said Howard. "Notre Dame, which was the no. 1 team in the country, everyone fell in love with the story and there was a great tweet about, if he's in on it, he makes Lance Armstrong look like Gandhi."

Te'o recorded numerous interviews speaking of girlfriend Lennay Kekua, whom he'd met online in 2009, and said died of leukemia this past September.

Te'o was exalted as a hero to the nation. A local bartender felt back then this story was off.

"If this was such a huge deal, when is he going home for the funeral?" asked Amy O'Brien of The Martini. "That was never addressed."

In a press conference Wednesday, Notre Dame stated Te'o never met this woman in person, but lied about it.

According to numerous media reports, Te'o also continued to lie in interviews about the existence of Kekua after he found out she wasn't real in December.

Many in the valley choose to attack the issue with humor.

"I hope he doesn't sign an endorsement deal with match.com because he'd be the worst spokesman ever," said resident Nick Starr.

"I'll believe anything at this point. Who knows, maybe (Tim) Tebow's into guys," deadpanned Howard.

This saga will be in the news for months to come.

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