It's all on faith now. How much do you have? How much do you think someone else can have? Believe in Manti Te'o or don't believe.
Turns out, there is no end game to this. If there is one thing I was wrong about from the start, it was that we'll find out the truth sooner or later. Facts will emerge; facts will tell. Instead, this is a sentence without a period, running on and on.
On Thursday, we got Te'o's interview with Katie Couric, saw his alleged phone records, heard supposed voice messages and were taken in by the attorney for the alleged mastermind of the hoax, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who now wants to talk, too.
None of it got us any closer to knowing anything, because of the awkwardness of a man who is guilty until he proves himself innocent.
The point is that I've come to believe Te'o, that he was the victim of the girlfriend hoax. But there is no proof either way, and none appears to be coming. So Te'o's case has moved into our pop culture, and it has become a national game ...