Monday, August 31, 2009

Old friend wants to pop Tebow in the Mouth

It's finally game week! and we finally have some SMACK TALK.

Charleston So.'s OL James Nicholson played with Tebow at Nease H.S. Despite this, and believing that Timmy has always been "special," he still wants to "hit" Timmy T. and the Gators in the mouth.
"The mentality in the game is to go out and hit them in the mouth and don’t give up," said Nicholson, a redshirt sophomore, told the Sentinel. "Just because we got put down 60 or 70 points or whatever it is, that's not our focus. We'll go out there and execute, every player will do his job. We’ll see how that works out.”

Nicholson said he's excited to see old friends Tebow and Gators OL James Wlson, also a former Nease star.

“He's always been this way," said Nicholson of Tebow. "He's never changed. What I've seen in the national news, I'm not surprised. You could always tell that he was a special guy."

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Great Moments: Back to Back to Back

Gators Men's Basketball repeats

Gator Football answers

Florida's First Basketball National Championship

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Quote of the Day: Mike Lupica

From Tom Jones, Tampa Bay:

New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica to the list of those who worship at the Church of Tebow and the Gators. On Sunday's Sports Reporters, Lupica called Tebow among the greatest players in college football history.

"With all due respect to (Oklahoma QB) Sam Bradford and (Texas QB) Colt McCoy,'' Lupica said, "there have been a lot of Sam Bradfords and Colt McCoys. There has never been anybody … like Tebow.''

Lupica wasn't done.

"I think that they can win again,'' Lupica said of Florida. "I think Florida has the best football coach, either pro or college, working today in Urban Meyer. If they win three (national titles) in four years, they take their place with the greatest teams ever.''

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Tebow is the next Steve Young?

It will be even more fun this season watching Tebow play and wondering who he will be compared to next. This week, Steve Young. That ain't bad either:

Can Tebow possibly survive in the NFL?

"It cracks me up," Young said. "We're horrible at picking quarterbacks. Everybody is. It's a hard thing to pick. So they take the ones that are 6-5, 230 and can throw it through a brick wall. I don't understand. You see so many things in Tim guys in the NFL don't have. He's a rare commodity."

The draft "experts," remember, took Tom Brady in the sixth round, Montana in the third, and Ryan Leaf with the second overall pick.

Young says Tebow will have to adjust his game.

"You think he's dumb?" Young asked. "He's going to learn very quickly that the game is a different game than it was in college."

Most running quarterbacks, Young says, don't put in the tedious time to improve their throwing skills -- but he thinks Tebow will.

"Guys that move around are not willing to pay the price to do the job," Young said. "You can't circumvent that truth. I went to law school. It was memorization, study, repetition."

Tebow's passing touch has already improved. His accurate passes while he was under pressure, not his runs, were the key to Florida's win over Alabama in last year's Southeastern Conference championship game.

Florida this year has implemented more packages where Tebow will take snaps from under center.

Young said he needed to see more of Tebow.

"Passing in the NFL is delivering the ball at the right time in the right place," he said. "If you can't do that, you'll find your way out of the league. To me, that's the only issue. Everything else is comical to me. 'OK, what don't you see?' "
For the full story, click here.
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Isaiah 43:19

Isa 43:19 I am going to do something new. It is already happening. Don't you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land.

Isa 43:19 He Aquí que yo hago una cosa nueva; pronto Surgirá. ¿No la conoceréis? Otra vez os haré un camino en el desierto, y Ríos en el sequedal.

Isa 43:19 Eis que faço uma coisa nova; agora está saindo à luz; porventura não a percebeis? eis que porei um caminho no deserto, e rios no ermo.

Isa 43:19 “看哪!我要作一件新的事;现在它要发生了,难道你们还不知道吗?我要在旷野开一条道路,在荒地开挖江河。

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday Challenge - Play Injured

Last week the Orlando Sentinel detailed Tebow's injury list and noted their "amazement" that he hadn't missed a start. Some may chalk it up to what makes him a champion, while others, like Tebow, may think he's just being "hardheaded." Either way, we'd like to encourage you to "play injured" too.

All of us have had set backs in life. All of us are in some way bruised, battered, or broken by the disappointments, injustices, and losses we have endured. The pain of the injuries can be too much to bear, so we retreat, we quit. We limp off the fields of life, love, friendship, and future dreams for others to play on. And, often, those watching clap as we do so admiring that we tried at all.

But don't quit, get back out there, and play injured. Sometimes it's the only way to get through something. And we know it's one of the most difficult things you'll ever have to do. But still, just do it.

Crawl. Limp. Struggle. Just get back out there and keep moving forward.

We've all seen it, but it's worth looking at again, Derek Redmond's 400m semi-finalist race at the the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

We remember it, not because he won, but because he lost. We celebrate it because he strove to finish in the midst of excrutiating pain and heartbreak. His team captain readily, happily, admited that he would have laid there, and waited for someone to cart him off the track. But instead, Redmond kept on going, and his father helped him cross the finish line. Notice too that both he and his father had to fight off the officials in order for him to finish. Finishing may be a bigger fight for you than winning might have been, because so many may want to "help" you to quit. Don't let them. Keep going it alone until someone willing to help you finish comes along.

Tebow is fond of saying "Finish Strong" and we agree with him. Your first, second, and/or third quarters in life may not have been good, and, yes, you can still "finish strong."

But today, we'd like to suggest that finishing is finishing strong. Finishing despite the pain, the brokenness, and disappointment is as much, if not more of a triumph, than even "winning". No one knows who took gold in the Men's 400m at the 1992 Olympics. But we remember Derek Redmond and his father. Had he quit, we and the camera would have looked away, and immediately he would have started to fade into obscurity.

So, again, don't quit. Play injured, and be an inspiration to those around you. Because they are watching, and they are waiting to see what you are going to choose to do. And like Redmond, your worst day may become your best.

And if you see someone struggling, don't just sit there and "clap" for them from afar. Go help them. Be more than a spectator. Be a part of someone's victory story.

(For the complete footage of Redmond's race, click here.)

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Tim Tebow Yearns to Make a Difference

Below is Thamel's companion piece to the Q&A in the NYTimes:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To find the source of Tim Tebow’s inspiration, it takes three days, four planes and two hours of driving on roads so bumpy they rattle the spine. The journey leads to Uncle Dick’s Home, an orphanage in the Philippines so remote it has no mailing address.

Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association

Tebow with children at Uncle Dick’s Home, an orphanage in the Philippines.

More than 9,000 miles and a world away from Florida’s campus, Uncle Dick’s, a home for 48 orphans, is the best place to gauge Tebow’s reach as a college star and what it is he wants to accomplish with the platform his athletic success has afforded him.

Tebow has inspired the orphans personally — they easily break into Florida’s signature cheer, the Gator Chomp — despite them not understanding football. One young boy is called Richard, after Tebow’s middle name.

Tebow has also helped them financially. Some of the more than $300,000 Tebow has helped raise while at Florida has enabled the children to get their own beds, drink clean water and stock their shelves with groceries.

“It’s such tangible things,” Tebow said. “Like getting a chain saw so they don’t have to cut down everything with an ax.”

Tebow, 22, has a chance during his senior year at Florida to establish himself as one of the most accomplished and recognizable athletes in collegiate sports history. But when Tebow talks about the long-term future, his ultimate hope is that football will provide a way for him to run a charitable empire.

With the same passion he has when he speaks about his teammates, his coaches and winning a third national title, Tebow talks of wide-eyed dreams of opening orphanages, a prison ministry, youth ranches and granting wishes to underprivileged children.

“It’s just what my heart is, helping,” Tebow said. “That’s what I feel passionate about, is trying making a difference for people who can’t make a difference for themselves.”

Tebow flirted with the N.F.L. after leading Florida to the national title in January. And although he returned to attempt to lead the Gators to back-to-back championships, there was also an ulterior motive.

Tebow’s status at Florida and in college football epitomizes the sprawling platform now available to college superstars. In fact, he said he thought his reach might be greater than that of some players in the N.F.L.

From to maximum-security prisons where he preaches to the buckle of the Bible Belt, Tebow has achieved something rare for a college athlete — he has crossed over into popular culture. His revelation last month that he was abstaining from sex until marriage became a major news story and a journalistic referendum on taste.

What has separated Tebow from other college stars of his generation has been his focus on using his popularity to help others.

“Tim has come at the right time,” Florida Coach Urban Meyer said. “I’m a father and I want to give my kids something positive to watch. I think that’s why Tim is the phenomenon that he is. Enough about steroids and Michael Vick; let’s talk about Tim Tebow.”

Any talk about Tebow starts in the Philippines, where he was born. His parents, Pam and Bob, are missionaries who say they received separate calls from God to go to the Philippines, where they lived from 1985 to 1990.

Tim Tebow is the fifth and youngest Tebow child. His pregnancy was difficult for his mother, who was advised by doctors to have an abortion to save her life. When Tim was born healthy, Pam Tebow said: “You’re a miracle baby. God has his hand on you and a purpose for you.”

And part of that purpose has been helping Uncle Dick’s Home, where Tebow has visited every year but one since he was 15. Tebow’s father, Bob, helped open the home with an evangelist on his staff. The orphanage started serendipitously; they decided it was necessary when a baby was about to be thrown in a river after the mother died during birth and the father abandoned the child.

That baby, known as Queenie, is now in college and is one of the dozens of success stories Uncle Dick’s Home has produced. Four of the children just graduated from college, and the home has fostered such a family feel that many of the former orphans return there for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tebow is particularly close to a few of the children, including his namesake, Richard. He also helped raise $50,000 so that another child, Joel, could receive a kidney transplant. Bob Tebow said the children at Uncle Dick’s Home had a faint realization that Tim was a celebrity, but their uncertain grasp of football made it difficult to understand why.

Tim Tebow said he was moved by the journeys of the orphans and how they become a family. He recalled being out with some of them recently and bumping into a former resident of the home.

“All 50 kids came running up to one, and it’s like a huge group hug,” he said. “It’s just so cool to see that and see the relationship.”

After his Heisman Trophy-winning season two years ago, Tebow began working with student government leaders and the University Athletic Association to raise money.

That year, he worked with the student government to run a Powder Puff football game that helped raise $10,000 for charities, including Uncle Dick’s Home. The N.C.A.A. rules are restrictive about how involved student-athletes can be in fundraising, which meant Tebow had to clear every action with Florida’s compliance department.

This past year, in the wake of Florida’s national title and with a year of planning, Tebow joined 30 volunteers, the student government and the University Athletic Association to raise more than $300,000 for charity.

The money benefited Uncle Dick’s Home and is also helping to build a virtual playroom in the pediatric unit at a local hospital, Shands at the University of Florida. Janis Bomar, the director of nursing there, said the playroom would be used by children with diseases like cancer and leukemia, who often have long hospital stays.

Tebow took part in a week of charity activities, which he called “one of the funnest weeks I had in my entire life.” It included a tip to Disney World for underprivileged kids from the Gainesville Boys & Girls Club and a 24-team Powder Puff tournament. (Tebow was supposed to be unbiased but acknowledged rooting for the Filipino Student Association’s team. “The girl they had at quarterback was a stud,” he said.)

And Tebow is as hands-on with his charity work as he is in the huddle. Ryan Moseley, the former student body president who helped Tebow organize the event, said Tebow called a meeting the day after the event finished two years ago.

“We had been scrambling for 30 days,” Moseley said. “And he’s like, We have to start thinking about next year.”

Moseley said Tebow was so involved that he spent 10 straight hours one night in a video editing suite at Florida’s journalism school. He was making sure that a 90-second video to be shown at a charity dinner detailing the plight of Filipino children was just right. He and Moseley did not leave until around 2 a.m.

“He’s probably waking up in probably three hours,” Moseley said. “And he’s doing all of this for a 90-second video. That’s just something that stays with you. That’s where his focus is. He wants people to understand and be moved.”

Like any movement, it has established strong roots close to home. Everyone from Meyer, who took a missionary trip with his family to the Dominican Republic, to Tebow’s teammates, who have logged more community-service hours than previous Gator teams, have been swayed by Tebow’s charity work. Meyer also initiated a program in which Gators players mentor at-risk boys in local middle schools.

“I don’t want to say Tim’s responsible, but he’s made it so you’re not a nerd to help people,” Meyer said. “Here’s the meanest and toughest quarterback who has ever played. And by the way, he also does great things for people.”

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Great Moments: Champion Gators greeted by the President

President Bush greets the Gators - 2006

President Obama greets the Gators - 2008

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Matthew 11:28

Matt 11:28 "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest."

Matt 11:28 "Venid a Mí, todos los que Estáis fatigados y cargados, y yo os haré descansar.

Matt 11:28 Vinde a mim, todos os que estai cansados e oprimidos, e eu vos aliviarei.

Matt 11:28 你们所有劳苦担重担的人哪,到我这里来吧!我必使你们得安息。

Matt 11:28 重いくびきを負って働かされ、疲れはてている人たちよ。 さあ、わたしのところに来なさい。 あなたがたを休ませてあげましょう

Matt 11:28 ْمُكُحيِرُأ اَنَأَو ،ِةَليِقَّثلا ِلاَمْحَلأا َتْحَت َنيِحِزاَّرلاَو َنيِبَعْتُمْلا َعيِمَجاَي َّيَلِإ اْوَلاَعَت .
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Friday, August 28, 2009

New York Times Q&A with Tim Tebow

A few highlights:

Q.Tell me about that charity week.

A.That was one of the funnest weeks I had in my entire life. It was really cool. This is my second year of running a charity week. Last year it wasn’t as big. We had a 500-person little banquet. A little football tournament. This year because we worked all year with the N.C.A.A. and everyone from Florida and they did such a great job helping, there were more than 100 people volunteering for us. We had full-time, pretty much, 30 people working non-stop. We had eight or nine activities. We had a trip where we took 10 kids to Disney World and we took them on buses and had jerseys and stuff for them. Disney was amazing and that was great. One of the kids, their dad had died three weeks before. One of them, their dad had died four weeks before. I mean, they had never been to Disney before. They were the most underprivileged kids that we could find in Gainesville that we took. That was really cool and special to take those kids.

Q.Did it feel as good as winning a national title?

A.Better. Taking those kids to Disney World. One of the Powder Puff tournaments, we brought the Boys and Girls Clubs to hang out with the athletes, too.

Q. Could you ever imagine the brand you’ve built helping buy an orphan a bed?

A. It’s really cool. It’s because you look today and you look at how popular football is, it gives you a platform to do that. This is something that guys like Kurt Warner do a great job with, but most athletes take it for granted and they don’t use it or they use it for selfish purposes. Just by hospital trips. Without doing anything special you can make a big difference in people’s lives.

Q. We should probably talk a little bit of football. What changes from this offense from last year to this year?

A. Honoring more guys. You have to honor more guys and they have to be more spread out and they’ll have to account for more people. I think sometimes we would get too locked in on Percy or Louis Murphy. I think defenses could key. I think this year it will be honestly a lot harder to key on people. In the backfield, who are you are going to prepare for, Rainey, Moody or Demps? As a receiver, who is our go-to-guy? Is it going to be Aaron Hernandez or David Nelson? Carl Moore? Deonte Thompson? It’s honestly going to make teams honor each guy or lay very sound. I think you saw that in the last year or the last two years. We had some success because we were spreading people out. Alabama, South Carolina two years ago, F.S.U. when Percy got hurt. Vanderbilt two years ago. I think for me and play calling, you’re not having to find one. You’re making your reads and going to it. You’re going to have different guys step up and have bigger games. It’s going to be better for us and for them. It will keep the defense off-balance.
Q. Is this the best line and set of tailbacks that you’ve had in four years?

A.We think so. That’s going to make a big difference for us. The spread will still be our base offense and a pro-style package will be part our packages. That will be a package that we’re excited about. It will depend on how well we run it in two-a-days and how well we run it live.

Q.What have you thought of the spate of arrests by your teammates this off-season. How has that impacted you?

A.The good thing about them is that most of them weren’t big deals. Janoris was trying to break up a fight. Most of them haven’t been big deals. You don’t see guys on our team doing bad things to their girls. You don’t hear about that. It’s been little incidences here and there. Unfortunately, they’ve been in trouble. As a friend and a teammates and a leader on the team, you would say that you need to get on them and yell at them. But no, you need to let them know that we care about them and that’s not the right way and pick them up and keep going and keep going and not let that hurt the team chemistry wise. This year more than any other year, we have the best group of guys. You just trust more than any other. Out of all the years that I’ve been here, this is the best team as far as chemistry and accountability and just good guys on the team. It’s one of the reasons that I’m so excited about it. If you look at the guys on our team, you don’t see bad guys or guys who would purposefully wrong someone else. They may be at the wrong place at the wrong time, but they’re not doing terrible things. That’s why I don’t look at it like it’s that big of a deal.

For the complete interview, click here.

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Great Moments: Gator D

Wilber Marshall

Brandon Spikes

Ahmad Black

Earl Everrett

Jarvis Moss

Reggie Nelson

Lawrence Wright

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Eye Black Challenge

Because the 2009 football season starts soon, very soon, we are issuing the following challenge. Whether you are an army of one, a large group, or something in between, our challenge is for you to don your own eye black and make a difference in someone else's life.

Help a neighbor,
baby sit for a single parent or young couple,
take a kid to a sporting event,
coach a team,
volunteer at your local soup kitchen,
donate to your favorite charity,
send a package to our armed services serving overseas,
lead a support group,
foster or adopt a child in need,
give someone a hug or needed word of encouragement,
or simply put your cart away at the grocery store.

Whatever it is, do something you enjoy!
Be creative.

Small things become large things when added one by one. And whether you realize it or not, someone is watching, and that makes us all leaders. Great and small.

Again, our challenge to you is to don your eye black (with your favorite verse, loved one's name, area code, or whatever is most important to you), and get out there and do something to make a positive difference in the lives of those around you.

Send us your stories and photos, and we'll post them as inspiration for others.

Or post them to the Tebows Eyeblack Facebook wall.

Wherever you may be in life, join us now, and make a difference for good.

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Bo Jackson: Hip Injury was a Blessing in Disguise

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Bo Jackson wouldn't change a thing.

The 1985 Heisman Trophy winner told about 300 people attending a College Football Hall of Fame luncheon Thursday that people often tell him how sorry they are that his football and baseball careers were cut short by a hip injury he sustained in 1991.

"Don't be sorry for me. It was a blessing in disguise," he said. "We as humans have to realize that God puts speed bumps in our road of life. My speed bump was me injuring myself. I've gotten over that. I've moved on from being an employee to being an employer."

The 46-year-old businessman, who played two more seasons with the White Sox after hip replacement surgery in 1992, still lives in the Chicago area. He is a part owner of the Burr Ridge Bank & Trust and own the Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex in Lockport, Ill.

Jackson said he finds being a businessman just as rewarding and challenging as being an athlete.

"I'm learning something new every day. I'm eager to learn," he said. "I'm also learning that if you don't watch yourself you can be taken advantage of quickly in the business world. The thing I try to do is surround myself with smart, astute business people and that seems to help out a great deal."

Jackson, 46, entertained the crowd, telling them his name is short for "Boar Hog," a nickname neighborhood kids gave him because he was so tough. His mother named him Vincent Edward because she had a crush on actor Vince Edwards who starred in the 1960s TV show "Ben Casey."

For the entire story, click here.
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When in doubt, ask Tebow's coach, but not Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer has often said he has been unaware of Tebow's injuries in the past, mainly because Tebow doesn't talk about them. So who do you ask when Tebow and Meyer won't talk? Tebow's high school coach, Craig Howard:

Got off the phone with Craig Howard, who coached Tim Tebow at Nease High School in Jacksonville. The two still keep in close contact. Since Tebow's so coy about the status of his body and Urban Meyer claims he doesn't know, I figured it's best to get a third opinion.

From what Howard understands, Tebow's lower back had been bothersome for a couple of weeks and a slight pain still lingers. Tebow still gets treatment, but Howard certainly doesn't classify it as serious.

"He'll be ready to go," Howard said. "That guy's tougher than nails."

Tebow said he got the injury from "overworking." Howard said he didn't know whether Tebow injured his back lifting a tire at the Gator Charity Challenge on July 31, which is a rumor.

If the lower back is nothing to worry about, Tebow could actually be close to full health for the first time in two years.

Photo: AP
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Psalm 100: 2

Psalm 100: 2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come into his presence with a joyful song.

Psalm 100: 2 No escondas de Mí tu rostro en el Día de mi angustia; inclina a Mí tu Oído. En el Día en que te invoque, Apresúrate a responderme.

Psalm 100: 2 Servi ao Senhor com alegria, e apresentai-vos a ele com cântico.

Psalm 100: 2 应当欢欢喜喜事奉耶和华,欢唱着到他的面前。

Psalm 100: 2 喜びをもってお仕えし、喜びの歌をうたいつつ、神様の前に進み出なさい

Psalm 100: 2 จงนมัสการองค์พระผู้เป็นเจ้า+ด้วยความยินดี มาเข้าเฝ้าพระองค์ด้วยบทเพลงชื่นบาน

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Heisman Pundit's take on the Gators' 2009 Offense

Heisman Pundit:

There is one striking similarity between the 2005 USC Trojans and the 2009 Florida Gators and I’m not referring to the early rumblings about the Gators having a chance to be one of the best teams of all time.

Rather, I’m talking about how both teams lost acclaimed offensive coordinators following the previous title-winning season and had to go into the next year with a brand new coach directing the offense. In USC’s case, Norm Chow was stripped of play calling duties, which prompted his departure, while Florida lost Dan Mullen, who went on to become head coach at Mississippi State.

USC’s offense had no problem in 2005 thanks to the presence of a ton of veteran talent, but once the core of that offense–tutored under Chow–left, the results became a bit spottier on that side of the ball. Above all the Trojans have had a hard time finding an identity on offense since Chow left. The Gators will have the same challenge in 2010. This year won’t reveal much of a problem, but what about when Tim Tebow leaves? What then?

It looks like Florida has a plan. As this story in the Orlando Sentinel reveals, new Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio wants to restructure the Gators offense around the skills of quarterback heir apparent John Brantley.

Will there be as many quarterback runs per se? No. But he’s a really good athlete,” UF offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said. “He’s a great passer, and we’ve got great tailbacks and we would have the ability to utilize everybody with John as opposed to all the quarterback runs.”

With Brantley in, perhaps the Gators can use their speedy wide receivers and throw more deep balls. Perhaps they can use more of the I-formation with Brantley directly behind center.

Will it work? Will going to this style cause the Gators to lose what made them unique on offense? Or will a whole new identity be created that will turn out to be just as effective?

Whatever the answer is will determine whether Florida’s current run turns into a full-blown dynasty.

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Great Moments: Doering's got a Touchdown!

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In his own words: Why I came back to Florida

Sporting News has the whole story here:

When I think about the reasons I came back to Florida for my last year, I start thinking about all the things I've been able to do that I couldn't have done if I was spending my time with the draft and the Combine and everything else. We had a Charity Week that we put on in May where we did a lot of work with kids who are underprivileged or have some health issues. It was a very rewarding experience, and it's one of my favorite things about being the quarterback at Florida.

One of the days during Charity Week, we wanted to give hope to some local kids in Gainesville. So we partnered up with Disney and spent the day with them, walking around the parks and singing Gators cheers. A lot of them had some pretty crazy stories of things they had gone through. I know some of them were dealing with tragedies involving their parents. We wanted to give them the world, but we tried to at least give them a day where they could have fun and enjoy some things they usually don't get to see.

One of the things I've realized is what a great platform I have at Florida. And giving that up to go to the NFL last year, even though that's a dream of mine, seemed too much to pass up. It seems like the whole campus here has gotten involved with trying to help other people—the fraternities, the student government, the Filipino student organization and lots of others have been very helpful with what we're trying to do.

We're over at Shands hospital a lot, visiting kids, mentoring kids, trying to keep their hopes up. We hosted three of them and their families at the Orange and Blue Game, and I found out one of the girls wanted a Taylor Swift autograph. I used some contacts to get one. The look on her face when we told her what we had done made everything so worthwhile.

The other part of this, of course, is trying to win another championship. Florida has never had an undefeated championship season, and that's a goal for us this year: to be the first team in school history to make that happen. With perfection, as an individual, it's unattainable. Perfection is the goal, but by yourself, you're not going to hit it all the time. Individuals fumble and throw incomplete passes. But as a team, you can overcome that and end up with perfection as a group. That's a big motivator for us this offseason.

We've been close to perfect my freshman year and my junior year. One more play against Auburn in '06, and we've got it. Same with Ole Miss last year. But a lot of the games we've won, it was one play in our favor that got us the win. That's why I love that speech from "Any Given Sunday" about the importance of a few inches. Six inches too far or too short, that's the difference at those crucial times. We've learned that.

It's so difficult to go undefeated. Ever since I've been in college, football has gotten so much more competitive around the country. When you're playing Tennessee, LSU, Georgia, Vanderbilt, teams like that every year, you're not going to dominate the game 14 straight times. You're going to slip and fall. If you can get back up that day and still manage to win, that's the key to perfection.

We're trying to get ready for that now. Our strength coach, Mickey Marotti, has us going through workouts where we're pretty much crawling out of his room every day. The theme is discipline in everything. If you're 1 second late for a workout, you're wearing a 30-pound vest all day. And when we run in groups, everybody's got to make a certain time, not just the leaders.

We're trying to be more together. We've tried to help other people off the field as a group, and we've won championships as a group. All the way around, we want to leave no doubt that the Gators are the best team in the country.

Photo: Gainesville Sun
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A Goat or the G.O.A.T.

Leading up to the start of this season alot of the preseason chatter has been on what Tebow can accomplish this season and will this make him the "greatest of all time" or G.O.A.T?

If he manages to win a third national championship, second at the helm, and even a second Heisman, then his name should be among the greatest to play the game. But many are hesitant to bestow the label on Tebow just yet. Like Pat Dooley, we'd like to wait until he's actually finished his college career to determine where his place in college football history should be.

But even in the wake of victories, even national championship victories, the spot light fades quickly. Just last year, Bob Tebow had this to say about his son after the Ole Miss loss.

He mentioned his son had given him the national championship ring he had won as a freshman and that the gift meant a lot, but that he does not wear it and that the title glow was short-lived.

“Already, that has faded,” he said. “They’re not talking about the national championship team of two years ago. They’re already talking about Timmy can’t win the Heisman again as if that was his goal. You go from hero to goat so fast …”

With expectations so high this year, it seems there is no middle ground for being either a goat or the g.o.a.t.

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Quotes of the Day: John Brantley

John Brantley on Tim Tebow:

Q: When your grandkids ask you about playing with Tim Tebow, what's the first play you'll mention to them?

A: The jump pass that sealed the deal against Oklahoma in the national championship game. To be able to jump and make that kind of throw—David Nelson was covered—is such an athletic play. And one of the reasons David made that catch was because of how his game got better being around Tim. That's the effect he has.

Tim Tebow on John Brantley:

"He's prepared. He's ready to play," said Tebow, who is close friends with Brantley. "I'll cheer him on. I'm one of his biggest fans."

Photo: Gainesville Sun
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Mark 14:22

Mark 14:22 While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, "Take it; this is My body."

Mark 14:22 Mientras ellos Comían, Jesús Tomó pan y lo bendijo; lo Partió, les dio y dijo: --Tomad; esto es mi cuerpo.

Mark 14:22 Enquanto comiam, Jesus tomou pão e, abençoando-o, o partiu e deu-lho, dizendo: Tomai; isto é o meu corpo.

Mark 14:22 他们吃的时候,耶稣拿起饼来,祝谢了,就擘开,递给门徒,说:“你们拿去吃吧,这是我的身体。”

Mark 14:22 食事の最中に、イエスはパンを取り、神様の祝福を祈ってから、それをちぎり、弟子たちに分け与えられました。 「食べなさい。 これはわたしの体です。

Mark 14:22 لاِئاَق ْمُهاَطْعَأَو ،َرَّسَآَو ،َكَراَبَو ،ًافيِغَر ُعوُسَي َذَخَأ ،َنوُلُآْأَي اوُناَآ اَمَنْيَبَو :»اوُذُخ : َوُه اَذَهيِدَسَج«
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tim Tebow and the Perils of Statistics

Prayers for Blowouts is featuring submissions from its readers and this piece puts some needed perspective on the whole "are you saving yourself for marriage" question:

By now most of you have already heard or read Tim Tebow’s confession that he is saving himself for marriage. Reaction was understandably mixed, with many wondering how Tebow could hold to his values while being so famous. Some of us Christians found ourselves in the midst of awkward conversations with non-Christians on how our faith calls us to sexual purity. Personally, I thought Dan Shanoff put it best: “In fact, his answer shouldn’t have surprised anyone. It is entirely consistent with his core values”.

However, I thought that there was an unfortunate moment in the analysis for a lot of people. If you listened carefully, Tebow said he was “saving himself for marriage.” People quickly took that to mean Tim Tebow was a virgin, and I do believe he is one. However, there’s a difference between saying “I am a virgin” and “I am saving myself for marriage” that is worth exploring. Suppose I show you two Christian young men. Guy 1 is a virgin. Guy 2 had sex once. Is Guy 1 holier than Guy 2? Counting and using statistics, yes. Zero is better than one, right? Guy 1, holy! Guy 2, sinner!

But that misses the point of the mindset of saving yourself for marriage. We are called to be holy in thought and approach, too, not only deeds; the Sermon on the Mount pounds this point home time and time again. Our culture has an unhealthy fascination with virginity and statistics instead of purity. Guy 1 could have wanted to lose his virginity many times, but got turned down. On the other hand, Guy 2 could be a handsome fellow with many opportunities to lose his virginity, yet he remained faithful to his values at all times except for one error years ago. Can we then say that Guy 1 is better? It’s wise to be cautious on judging too quickly in these matters. As Christians, we commit ourselves to holiness, but we also commit ourselves to repentance.

As a Christian, I am proud of Tim Tebow, not just because he is a virgin, but because he is striving towards the goal of being holy in all areas of his life. He may yet have sex before marriage; the temptations are likely to be many. (Although, I would note that Kaka, the Christian soccer player, did manage to make it to marriage, as did AC Green). But even if he does fall, I believe he will get back up and show a strong commitment to pursuing God’s will.

And that is definitely an example worth following.

One of the topics or ideas that we've repeatedly commented on is the idea that Tebow is "perfect" and how this is a disservice to both him and the beliefs that he stands for. Christian belief holds that only one man was perfect, Jesus, and that all, that's right ALL, have fallen short. And as a result, we all deserve more than one chance in life. But where do you draw the line?

What seems most unfortunate regarding contemporary American Christianity is the way it eviscerates and discards Christian leaders who do "fall from grace." As suggested above, what if a Christian leader like Tebow had fallen and then started a new again?

This happened recently with Christian baseball player Josh Hamilton, who had a relapse as a recovering alcoholic. Will someone like Tebow be given a second chance where no known history has been overcome? If Hamilton has another relapse, will he given the same latitude as this indiscretion?

Tebow is on record as saying it has not been his place to condemn or chastise his fellow teammates' off the field indiscretions, but instead to encourage them to move forward. Let's just hope when the greater public realizes that Tim Tebow isn't "perfect", like the rest of us, he'll be given the same measure of grace that he himself has afforded others, and be given the chance to "finish strong."

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Great Moments: Against Bama

Too many to choose just one...

2008 SEC Championship Game

Reggie Nelson's 70 yard run back (2006)

Ali Gardiner's Walkoff Grand Slam

and because the enemy of your enemy is your friend

only Ahmad Black's take away rivals Teague's

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Bob Tebow didn't like the GQ article

Apparently Bob Tebow didn't like GQ's "mocking" and "sarcastic" tone, "especially towards Urban Meyer". No mention was made of what he thought of the photos, or the overt man crush Fagone had for his son.

Even though the prose in Fagone's article was laughable at times, it was not an unfair or unflattering portrait of Tebow or his beliefs.

The GQ article, and the national exposure it has afforded Tebow, brings with it a myraid of non-sports related coverage, which let's face it, is also pretty laughable.

Thursday night, entertainment gossip program The Insider promoted the GQ story and put up a photo of the bare-chested Tebow throwing a football at Florida Field. Anchor Lara Spencer promoted Tebow as “the 22-year-old virgin,” leading into a Tebow mention along with paparazzi shots of Ricky Martin and Jenny McCarthy.

But should this be a cautionary tale for Tebow and his family? Should they begin to deny access to wider outlets to control his story and message? Who knows? Because strong arguments can be made for both sides. Media exposure is a mixed minefield full of great opportunities and pitfalls. It will be interesting to see where Tebow's media status will be a year from now.

And there's still no word on what his mom thought of the photos.

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Florida Gators Wallpaper

Since we're getting just that much closer to kickoff, here's some more Gator wallpaper (click for high resolution):

(if you have a favorite, send it to us and we'll post it!)
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Florida Gators not to be Messed With

This will wake you up! Welcome back to Fall

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I John 5:4

I John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world-- our faith.

I John 5:4 Porque todo lo que ha nacido de Dios vence al mundo; y ésta es la victoria que ha vencido al mundo: nuestra fe.

I John 5:4 porque todo o que é nascido de Deus vence o mundo; e esta é a vitória que vence o mundo: a nossa fé.

I John 5:4 因为凡从 神生的就胜过世界。使我们胜过世界的,就是我们的信心。

I John 5:4 神様の子供たちはみな、神様に従います。 そして、キリスト様に信頼することによって助けを受け、罪と悪との楽しみに、打ち勝つことができるのです。

I John 5:4 دوُلْوَمْلا َّنَلأ َكِلَذ ِمَلاَعْلا ىَلَع ُرِصَتْنَي ِللها َنِم . ِمَلاَعْلا ىَلَع ُرِصَتْنَن اَنُلَعْجَي يِذَّلا َوُه ُناَميِلإاَف .5 َلاَعْلا ىَلَع ُرِصَتْنَي ْنَمَو ِم؟ِللها ُنْبا َوُه َعوُسَي َّنَأ ُنِمْؤُي يِذَّلا َّلاِإ

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Florida Gators 2009 Trailer

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Quote of the Day: I can takes hits and smile

Tebow on having a healthy shoulder:

"It's more comfortable than it was last year or the year before. It's just so much easier now. I can take hits and smile, not grunt now. That will be nice."

Photo: Getty Images

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Great Moments: 1986 Florida vs Auburn

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Tebow, built like a QB

So much has been written that Tebow is built like aTE or a linebacker, but not like QB.

Is Tebow built like the QB of the future?

Because of his style of play will those aspiring to play QB after Tebow, and this current generation of QBs, be forced to have the size and bulk of a lineman?

Chris Low mentions this regarding how durable he's been as a QB who's taken on linebackers and safeties:

He's been an amazing player, but he's also been amazingly durable for a guy who's routinely taken on linebackers and safeties.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that he's 240 pounds and built more like a tight end than a quarterback.
John Brantley, the QB immediately in line behind Tebow for the Gators, is more of a traditional NFL styled QB. But he showed an ability to run with the ball in the Orange and Blue game in the Spring. But more interesting is Jordan Reed who is a mix of Tebow and Brantley. He has a strong arm but is the same size as Tebow, and takes on linebackers and safeties in a similar fashion.

For those that worry about Florida having to rebuild after Tebow and this year's team, it's not a dire as you think. And for all you non-Gators, it's probably worse than you think. We are not only hoping for a repeat National Championship, we are also expecting Brantley to be our Brady and Reed to be Tebow 2.0.

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How much is Tebow Worth?

The Independent Florida Alligator has a great piece discussing how much money everyone, but Tim Tebow, is making off Tim Tebow. The piece also raises that never ending discussion of whether student athletes should be paid. But look at these numbers:

The UF Bookstore, located on campus, sold around 2,000 of Tebow’s No. 15 jerseys last year. That’s a rate of 166 per month, ranging in price from $75 to $150.

A search on for “Tim Tebow” nets 393 results, ranging from 99-cent football cards to an autographed jersey up for $515.15.

At The Perfect Gift, a shop located in Haile Village, a painting titled “Lord of The Swamp” that featured Tebow running through the Oklahoma defense with Bible verses placed all over him was on the market for $6,500. At the Haile Village Art Fair outside the store last spring, more paintings, sketches and even jewelry bearing Tebow’s likeness or jersey number were for sale.

His image has sold magazines, newspapers, highlight videos and T-shirts. His play on the field has sold tickets and earned UF millions for playing in high-profile bowl games.

And as Howard points out, a 10-year-old Tebow family Christmas card went for $50 online last fall.
It can also be argued that Tebow landed Dan Mullen a head coaching job at MSU and Urban Meyer his $24 million contract. But, that's another story.

We realize that Tebow is a once in a generation QB, perhaps even once in a life time, but what makes his case even more dramatic from years and players past is the presence of the internet and the ability to sell, sell, sell. In many ways Tebow defies description as a QB, but he has even more so challenged NCAA rules and regulations on what a player can and cannot do in the sphere of charitable activities.

Tebow, and his family with the assistance of the UAA, challenged and worked with the NCAA to clarify rules that would allow him to help fund raise for causes close to his family and his heart, so long as his family did not benefit directly.

Due to NCAA rules, Tebow is prevented from benefiting financially as a result of his status as an athlete. He even has to jump through hoops just to do charity work.

In the week leading up to UF’s spring football game, Tebow participated in charity events that raised around $300,000 for the children’s hospital at Shands at UF and an orphanage in the Philippines.

Tebow was only allowed to help after months of dialogue with the NCAA to ensure that Tebow, his family and his father’s ministry, the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association, would not benefit.

“I don’t really care about getting paid, but sometimes I do wish I could do more charity work and help out with stuff like that,” Tebow said.

The clarification of the NCAA rules, and the ability to provide for the orphanage and Shands' children's center is cited as being one of the main reasons Tebow decided to return for his senior year.

It is well known that Tebow has been the inspiration for several home schooling bills, known as the Tim Tebow Bill, in both Kentucky and Alabama, that would allow home schooled students to play sports on public school teams. But could his next act of social change be getting pay, or some kind of compensation, for college athletes? A UF professor has a plan, if Tebow is willing to execute it.

After the 2007 Heisman Trophy presentation, professor Rick Karcher, who heads the Center for Law and Sports at the Florida Coastal School of Law, sent Tebow a letter congratulating him on the win.

The letter also urged Tebow to sue the commercial entities profiting from his identity, which would not cause a loss of eligibility. If Tebow were to be awarded damages, Karcher wrote, it would be too late for the NCAA to punish him.

“But by the time you receive that judgment, you will have already exhausted your eligibility,” Karcher wrote in the letter, which he later published on the Internet. “Your lawsuit could be the impetus for the NCAA to begin negotiating with its licensees for an annual royalty to be held in trust for the benefit of collegiate athletes in the future, without destroying their eligibility.”

Karcher’s idea was that Tebow could do for college sports what Curt Flood did for free agency in baseball. But the debate about paying student-athletes is long and twisted, with legal issues, gender equality, economics and the spirit of amateurism all playing a role.

We aren't advocating for athletes being paid at the college level, but we would strongly advocate that they get stipends, that they be able to fundraise for charities of choice, and that they receive a portion of all jersey sales upon graduation, and not if they leave early.

As Tebow begins his last season as a college football player, all eyes seem to be watching to see how much his NFL draft stock will rise. The best bet may be to invest in Tebow Inc. instead.

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