Monday, October 26, 2009

The Bizarro Promise

Dan Shanoff dedicates space over at Rival's Dr. Saturday to the Bizarro Promise.

A year ago, Tim Tebow had the finest -- and defining -- moment of his career: "The Promise." Following Florida's stunning home loss to Ole Miss, Tebow took the media podium after the game and delivered an impassioned speech that went something like this: "I promise ... yada yada yada... to lay waste to everything en route to a national title. God bless."

At the time, it was a testament to the depth of Tebow's competitiveness and commitment that he would stand in front of the media and not just represent the team's bitterness over the loss -- but his personal sense of responsibility for it. Over the next 10 weeks, it would become college football legend. It's already enshrined on campus.

On Saturday, we experienced the "Bizarro Promise," and Tebow experienced the worst moment of his career despite the Gators' win at Mississippi State. It had nothing to do with his worst-ever statistical performance (12-of-22 passing, 0 TDs, 2 INTs). It had nothing to do with either of the pick-sixes (two!) into the arms of MSU's Johnthan Banks, which kept the Bulldogs and their cowbell-clanging fans in the game despite their predictable offensive struggles against the top-ranked UF defense. It had nothing to do with his inconsistent on-field decision-making.

No, the low point was after the game, when Tebow offered no speech, no "Promise." In fact, he ducked the media entirely, the first time in his career he had never addressed the press following a game when healthy, win or lose.

We had no idea Mr. Shanoff was a fan, of Tebow's Eye Black that is...

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