Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tebow Performs well at the NFL Combine

Tim Tebow had an impressive day the NFL Combine. Below are the results.


40 yd dash



Brown, Jarrett4.54
LeFevour, Dan4.66
Robinson, Zac4.71
Tebow, Tim 4.72
McCoy, Colt 4.79
Lewis, Thaddeus4.84
Skelton, John4.85
Hall, Max4.87



Vertical Jump



NameHeight
Tebow, Tim 38.5
Robinson, Zac35.0
Brown, Jarrett34.5
Skelton, John33.5
Snead, Jevan33.0
Hiller, Tim32.5
Hall, Max32.0
Kafka, Mike 32.0

*Ties the record for a QB with Josh McCown.
* Michael Vick posted a 38-inch vertical at the combine in 2001.



Broad Jump



NameDistance
Hiller, Tim9'10"
Tebow, Tim 9'7"
Brown, Jarrett9'6"
McCoy, Colt 9'6"
Kafka, Mike 9'2"
Robinson, Zac9'2"
LeFevour, Dan9'2"
Pike, Tony9'0"
Skelton, John9'0"


3-Cone Drill



NameTime
Tebow, Tim 6.66
LeFevour, Dan6.93
Kafka, Mike 6.96
Skinner, Riley7.04
Pike, Tony7.06
Brown, Levi7.07
Hall, Max7.07

* Third best time of QBs, TEs, and WRs overall.



60 yd shuttle

Tebow, Tim 11.27
Kafka, Mike 11.79
Canfield, Sean11.89
Brown, Jarrett11.91


* Third best time of QBs, TEs, and WRs overall.


Tebow also was impressive during his interviews.


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NFL Icon Watch: Face of the Combine




Click here for how Tebow performed at the Combine.

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Congratulations Steve Mesler and the USA Four-man Bobsled team!



Former Gator decathlete Steve Mesler, and teammates Curtis Tomasevicz, Justin Olsen, and driver Steven Holcomb have taken gold in the four-man bobsled. America last took gold in the four-man in 1948.


Go USA! and Go Gators!







NFL Combine Live



QBs and WOs this morning
Click on the photo above for live streaming







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Sunday Challenge - Don't only speak with conviction, have some too

In order to speak with conviction, you actually have to have some.




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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tebow Combine Presser Reax

Below is an assortment of the reactions the national press had to our boy Tebow. How fun is it to watch them fall in love? Well, most of them.


NY Times: Without a Single Throw, Tebow Rules the Combine

49ers Blog: Tebow speaks to the masses

Patriots.com: The Tebow Show

National Football Post: Surprise! Tebow's the biggest draw in Indy

Jax.com: Tim Tebow takes center stage

OrlandoSentinel.com: Tim Tebow shaping NFL identity entering Combine



Video of his Combine presser here and here.


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NFL Combine Live


Click on the photo for live streaming of the NFL Combine.

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Gatorade and Tiger part ways


Does the parting of Gatorade and Tiger Woods open the door for Gatorade and Tim Tebow? The biggest Gator becoming the face of Gatorade makes all the sense in the world. Just drop the "G" and call it Gatorade again, please.


Golfer Tiger Woods was dropped by sports drink brand Gatorade on Friday, the latest corporate sponsorship he has lost since details of his adulterous affairs surfaced late last year.

"We no longer see a role for Tiger in our marketing efforts and have ended our relationship," a spokeswoman for PepsiCo's Gatorade said.

"Our partnership with the Tiger Woods Foundation will continue. We wish him all the best.


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Steve Spurrier talks Tim Tebow






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John 14:27


John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

John 14:27 La paz os dejo, mi paz os doy. No como el mundo la da, yo os la doy. No se turbe vuestro Corazón, ni tenga miedo.

John 14:27 Deixo-vos a paz, a minha paz vos dou; eu não vo-la dou como o mundo a dá. Não se turbe o vosso coração, nem se atemorize.

John 14:27 我留下平安给你们,我把自己的平安赐给你们;我给你们的,不像世界所给的。你们心里不要难过,也不要恐惧。


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Friday, February 26, 2010

Tebow's Full Combine Presser








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Quote of the Day: Tebow is the face that launched a million man crushes.


49ers blogger Matt Barrows has fallen for Timmy T.

"Tebow is the face that launched a million man crushes."


But he continues,

The good news for Tebow is that no one is talking about switching him to another position. He'll be drafted as a quarterback. It also was clear that despite the huge media contingent, Tebow wasn't even slightly bothered by the glare. He was right at home. In fact, when the press conference was over, he helpfully and happily handed reporters the tape recorders they had placed on lectern. Isn't he dreamy?


Oh, how they swoon.



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Funny Man Tebow


Oklahoma reporter John E. Hoover is rather desperate for everyone to know that he did not "ask" for Tebow to give him an autograph. Tebow gave him one anyway.

Heh, one for Tebow. Will Hoover keep it? Our guess is yes.

"God Bless, Tim Tebow 15"



Hoover's side of the story here
. And it's worth a read.


Go Gators!



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Tebow's NFL Combine Presser


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NFL Icon Watch: "Some guy named Tebow on Podium C"


We love the head line for the NFL piece, "Tebow's arrival heralded by media crush".

And just what kind of crush was that? Apparently more than one member of the NFL media asked Tebow for an autograph. And he, of course, remains to be Typical Tim.


The announcement everyone was waiting for finally came a little after 3 p.m. ET Friday.

“Some guy named Tebow on Podium C,” the public-address announcer jokingly said.

Tim Tebow, University of Florida quarterback and undisputed star of this NFL Scouting Combine, was about to address the media, and they were more than eager to hear from him. A crowd gathered in front of the podium and stood five deep. Reporters’ questions were shouted down by other reporters — a rarity here since most media sessions aren’t this heavily attended.

“Hey, can I get a question in here?” one reporter asked, drawing loud laughter since many probably felt that way, too.

Through it all, Tebow was calm and collected. He politely answered every question for about 15 minutes, then did something befitting his character: He spent a whole minute handing back the stack of tape recorders that littered the podium.


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Tebow to address national press today

Pat Dooley, like much of the Gator Nation, is anxious to see how the NFL and national media greet Tim Tebow at his first pro press conference today.

They're ready for him.

The media members who cover the NFL (a.k.a. The King) are almost 700 strong at the NFL Combine and they're ready for Friday when the face of college football for the last three years has his first big-boy news conference.

And they're ready.

You think his throwing motion received criticism, imagine what will happen if he dangles a participle in front of the NFL media.

"That's not good enough for the NFL, college boy."

They have no idea what they're going to get, the charm and courtesy, the honesty and the big grin. This is serious stuff now for the new Tim Tebow. Endorsements are on the line.

What I hope these men and women — who have been weathered by suspicious coaches and jaded players — hear today is the Tim Tebow that made so many in the Gator Nation fall in love with him. Because one thing that made Tebow what he was in college was that he was always himself.

What he wasn't was a slick, polished cover of a magazine giving cliched answers to cliched questions. In college he was guided by UF's Sports Information Department. Now he's being handled like any valuable commodity. He had to let media members know in Daytona that there were certain questions he couldn't answer. And then he sent his brother to the media boys to apologize.

Typical Timmy.

Hopefully, the college Timmy shows up here at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Maybe he'll even give them a "God bless."



Full story here.

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NFL Icon Watch: Pre Combine Interview



Watching Tebow describe dropping back, you get a very strong sense of what Coach Tebow might be like in the future.

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Romans 12: 6

Romans 12:6 We all have different gifts, each of which come because of the grace God gave us.

Romans 12:6 De manera que tenemos dones que Varían Según la gracia que nos ha sido concedida: Si es de Profecía, úsese conforme a la medida de la fe;

Romans 12:6 De modo que, tendo diferentes dons segundo a graça que nos foi dada, se é profecia, seja ela segundo a medida da fé;

Romans 12:6 照着所赐给我们的恩典,我们各有不同的恩赐:说预言的,就应当照着信心的程度去说;

Romans 12:6 神様は一人一人に、何かすぐれた能力を授けてくださっています。 ですから、預言する能力を授かっているなら、できる時にはいつも――神様からのことばを受け取る信仰の力に応じて、できるだけ多くの機会に――預言しなさい


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Thursday, February 25, 2010

NFL Draft Bio Videos


Click on the photos for the videos



and for the ladies....



But the "I wish I had played defense" man crush goes to Joe Haden



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Even Fox News covers Tebow's throwing motion

Tebow's throwing motion is approaching the status of national treasure. How else do you explain the intense scrutiny, debate, and passionate interest and "disinterest" in such a thing? If our politicians, medical researchers, and space explorers sought the big answers to life with the same vim and vigor that the sporting world loves to discuss and disect Tebow, we'd all live in paradise.

Here's the Fox Story, by the way:

I'll admit it, he had me fooled. Tim Tebow, All-American; I thought he was Mr. Perfect. I was blinded by the warm glow emanating from my TV these past four years during Florida Gators games. The two college football national championships, the Heisman Trophy, the way he changed the lives of the sportscasters who met with him before his games. Even in defeat, he uttered words you could put on a plaque (and somebody did). Even embarrassing none-of-your-business questions from sportswriters about his, um, love life were turned into feel-good moments. Even his "controversial" commercial was endearing. Good grief! Could anyone really be this good?

Well, no. Of course not. We now know that one of the college game's greatest quarterbacks has at least one skeleton in his closet, one appalling personal flaw. Apparently he has a throwing motion which could frighten small children. (Not to mention – with the combine, individual workouts and Draft looming – make grown-up NFL front-office types nervous, too.)

But thankfully Tebow, being Tebow, has vowed to make this right. He's attacking this with the same intensity with which he pushed his Gators to come back from the 2008 loss to Ole Miss (see: the plaque, above). He's assembled an all-star team of coaches (wasn't Sam Wyche running for city council somewhere?), and promised to redeem his release.


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Character in the NFL



The NFL.com website has a short with 30 players in this year's draft talking about what it means to have character in the NFL. It's interesting to see the emphasis that is being placed on character and how the various players define it for themselves.

Click the photo for the video.


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Which American Idol has the best beard?




As usual Mike Bianchi asks the tough questions. And he even has a poll you can vote on.


To beard or not to beard — that is the question.

Actually the question today is which American idol in sports has the best beard? Is it Tim Tebow or Dale Earnhardt Jr — both of whom have been sporting new facial hair in recent weeks?

As a man who has worn a beard for a good part of my adult life, I appreciate facial stubble as much as anyone. I totally agree with the quote on the home page of Beards.org, which says: “The male beard communicates an heroic image of the independent, sturdy, and resourceful pioneer, ready, willing and able to do manly things.”

OK, so Dale Jr. hasn’t won a race since Haley’s Comet last appeared and it takes Tebow three days to get rid of the football with his elongated delivery, but they are still resourceful pioneers in my book.

And, mark my words, their new beards will make them even more resourceful and more ready, willing and able to do great things. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Dale Jr. actually finishes in the lead lap this week and Tebow benchpresses 740 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.


His full tome on the "beard" here.

Again, more on the beard as news here and here.

And very clever of Mr. Bianchi to throw in "American Idol" into the title.

American Idol + Tebow + beard = news!


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Eye Black Challenger - Wilson Holloway



Wilson Holloway is one of five athletes up for the 2010 Rare Disease Champion. His story is below, but click here to see all five stories. And please vote by sending an email to honor Holloway or one of the other athletes.

Wilson Holloway – Tulsa -- Third Time’s a Charm?

He thought he was out of shape. He was winded during spring workouts. This coming from the kid who says he could run for days. For 19-year-old Wilson Holloway, a Tulsa offensive tackle, he was disappointed that he was struggling so much at practice.

What he didn't know is how his life was about to change.

It was March 2008. Holloway went to the doctor after his offensive line coach, Herb Hand, thought something wasn't right. And Herb was right.

Holloway had a softball sized tumor growing on his chest. He was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.

"I was shocked. I was 19. Cancer, you just never expect it could happen to you," Holloway said. "I didn't know what it was, I just trusted the doctors."

He began a treatment plan immediately that included chemotherapy. Holloway never missed a beat. He couldn't participate in Tulsa's spring football practices but he was determined to not miss the 2008 season.

"One of the first questions I asked the oncologist, 'can I play football again?'"

The answer was yes and that's all Holloway needed to hear. He credits his strong support system for keeping him upbeat. His parents live about a hour and half away. His teammates would help with missed school work, some even shaved their heads as a way of paying tribute to Holloway. His coaches would visit, professors too.

The treatment worked and he was cancer-free. He began playing again, seeing action in 6 games in the '08 season, including the season opener just days after getting the positive news.

"I didn't know if I had played my last football game or not," Holloway says. "I'm glad it wasn't."

...

"I had a PET scan recently and everything looks clear," Holloway says.

Holloway says his doctors are optimistic too, saying the cancer could be gone forever. He jokes the third times the charm. Holloway doesn't mind being called a role model. He gets letters and emails from fans who are battling cancer themselves. He's quick to offer support.

"I tell them to keep pushing. It's temporary and the grass is greener," Holloway says.

Holloway is a redshirt sophomore and should have two more years of playing eligibility at Tulsa, maybe three. He's anxious to get back to work. Right now, he's getting back into shape. Before being diagnosed with cancer, he weighed 290. He's dropped to 240. He knows this time around, it's different. He knows what's at stake. He knows football can be taken away at any time. And for the past 2 years, it basically has been. But for Holloway, it's about the future. It's about providing protection for his quarterback and creating holes for his running backs. They've been so supportive of him and he can't wait to return the favor.


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Matthew 11:28

Matt 11:28 Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, 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 ところで、もしわたしが神の霊によって悪霊を追い出しているとしたら、どうでしょう。 神の国はもう、あなたがたのところに来ているのです


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