chosen baseball over football. It's true. And we wouldn't mind seeing Tim play some baseball as well.
Especially if the stories of his batting prowess are true (12 homers on 15 pitches). Maybe he could he be a DH in the Spring.
And it's not like he hasn't been invited to batting practice.
"Tebow traded to the Rockies" story here.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
What isn't clear is whether being the No. 2 quarterback Monday was a good thing. Although Kyle Orton was the No. 1 quarterback and Quinn was No. 2, the quarterbacks who took most of the snaps Monday were and Adam Weber.
Mike Klis, after today's practice
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
"Broncos QB @timtebow hosting "Dreams Come True" child at game today. He will do similar meet-and-greet every game this year."
Each guy is different. Each guy throws the ball a little bit different and has their own style. I think there are certain fundamentals that you would like to have and in the end your goal is to try to get the ball out as quickly as possible when you talk about the quick release, but obviously for what he didn’t do a whole lot of in college was the straight drop back passing [where] you stand in the pocket and go through your progressions and that kind of thing. That’s something you are required to do a lot in the NFL, so I think for him it’s just a matter of repetition and experience. The more he gets of that the better he will get at those things and then obviously the guy has a ton of ability, a ton of athletic ability, leadership ability. It seems like he has all the intangibles now it’s just a matter of him getting the reps and experience he needs to refine his game a little bit.” – Drew Brees
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Go ahead, give up on Tim Tebow.
Gang-tackle him, and use whatever mechanically flawed arm motion and mentally faulty thought process you've got to fling the young quarterback to the curb.
Berate and belittle him, demean and demote him, sneer and jeer at him, barrel and Merril him, but Tim is stronger of mind, body, soul and heart than you are.
You won't railroad him.
Woody Paige, Denver Post
USAToday has a poll on if all the "anti-Tebow" bias is actually an "anti-religion" bias.
Here's there quote:
Click here to take the poll.
Here's there quote:
CBS Sports game analyst Randy Cross believes Tebow haters are bashing him for his outspoken Christian opinions.
"People, especially the media, root against him because of what he stands for," said Cross.
The 3-time Super Bowl champ added: "My personal belief is there are people in the media, people in the stands, who are predisposed to see a guy like that fail ... Just because he's so public about the way he feels."
Click here to take the poll.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
"We hold Tim in high regard. Think he's got a bright future in this game...he's progressing fine."
Click the photo to hear Fox address the media speculation that Tebow is the "#4" QB...and it wasn't the butler who did it. It was someone else.
Below is an excerpt of one Bronco fan's defense of Tim Tebow. We couldn't have said it better.
Do you ever go back and look over the old posts that were written right around the time Tebow got drafted? It's fascinating. They were football posts. They talked about Tebow's game and about his ability to succeed or not succeed in the NFL based on his game.Or how about the old posts right around the time Tebow started for the Broncos those final three games? Tebow had his detractors, but again, they were football posts. We talked about his completion percentage, his total points scored, his comebacks, and his interceptions. Real football conversations. Excitement was palpable.There was forward movement going into the offseason.Over the course of last year something began to change, almost inexplicably. I know you saw it just like I did. Tebow, our backup and special downs player, became headlines news all over the country. In Denver, any news about the Broncos began with "Tebow" in the headline, even if it was a piece about our defense... and by defense I mean Department of Defense.I'm pretty sure one headline read, "Tim Tebow complains about size of airline lavatories while the Douglas County school board considers massive budget cuts."
What we missed was that Tebow Mania was changing forms. It had spread from fans into the media and once the media became Tebow Manic.... all bets were off.
So began the MSM journalistic race to the bottom....
Like clockwork, that line was crossed. The first reporter to get traction doing it has led to an onslaught of copycat second-rate reporters attempting to get in on the feeding frenzy. Where stories were once just annoying and a little ridiculous, they have now become venemous, hateful, and destructive to a young player in the NFL. We aren't talking football anymore. No we're talking faith, character, personality, intelligence, and everything else a man is made up of.
The things being said about Tebow right now on the radio and in print would be racist if he were black, bigoted if he were Muslim, anti-semitic if he were Jewish, and sexist if he were a woman not named Sarah Palin. In this case, they are acceptable, encouraged and lauded. Write one of these articles and you can bet your fancy new click record you'll be on the phone with some radio station across the nation wanting your new fashionably opportunistic opinion.
I've done my best over the past couple of weeks to avoid reading these stories. They really just bring me down and the conjecture is so obvious I always felt they were worthless. In preparation for this piece I realized that I had to bite the bullet and read. That pushed me over the edge.I'm pretty pissed. I'm breaking my rule #2. I don't understand how this one person who is trying to incredibly hard to just do what is asked of him, to play the sport that he loves, and live a life that he believes is right, must also be the butt of so many venomous jokes. Well, that's actually not entirely true. I understand it, I just don't know how so many people that claim to be on his side can just sit by and let him take it alone. It's like the kid on the playground who is constantly hounded by bullies but nobody ever decides to step in and help, they just watch from the sidelines. In this case, the kid could beat the living tar out of the bully but chooses instead to keep his head down, smile, and say,"I'm having fun." B.S. He's getting beat down and watching as his team turns a blind eye.
Reporters flock to him. Denver is a story this offseason for one reason. Tim Tebow. Without him we are an afterthought. We are the Jaguars, or the Bills, or the Seahawks. Every word, every tweet, every shred of talk regarding Tebow from himself or one of his coaches or teammates is broken down into everything except for its Latin roots. Then those words are put back together, re-arranged for effect, edited to include the now necessary Christian jab, throw in a few lines of their own to make fun of the cult fans that "pray at the temple of Tebow", speak to his catastrophic decline in skills, hit publish, crack a beer with their editor, and watch the clicks come in. Nice revenue stream. Thank you Mr. Tebow. By the way we love you and hope you prove us wrong.Ladies and Gentlemen, I am a Broncos fan that is watching one of my own getting treated by the MSM in a way that no other Broncos player (at least in my lifetime) has ever been treated. How can we not as an entire group of fans feel extremely indignant as to what is happening? How is it our local newspapers and bloggers can't fight back on behalf of their own? Is it down to us?
Sure, we argue about Tebow and Orton amongst ourselves. That's what fans of a common team do. We're like family in that sense. What we say to each other as fans of our own team is one thing. This is something else. People outside of our organization are coming after one of our own and it's not small potshots from their kid's nerf gun. It's a full on blitzkrieg. This has become a battle of words. There are so few facts, so little actual gampley, that rhetoric and hyperbole have become king.Here at MHR we've been fighting this battle on all fronts. Emotional, logical, statistical, we've got it covered on all sides. But when we are divided like this we are a small voice and we are being drowned out by no-name reporters who have the balls to sit in their dank cubicles at their second-rate news site and bite the hand that feeds by putting their piece of trash reporting on the front page of their parent website between an article about 10 ways your marriage sucks and a celebrity divorce. We've been bickering amongst each other, now we've got an outsider hitting below the belt.To make matters worse the Denver Broncos, the very organization that is supposed to have this guy's back has fallen silent. Instead of standing up for one of their guys in the face of intense criticism they seem to have embraced the game of subterfuge, using an unnamed source to release some of the most painful criticism of all. He's not even better than an UDFA who's never seen a single snap in real season play. Slowly but surely it seems as if the one young player left over from the McDaniel's regime who was truly excited to be a part of this team is slowly being pushed aside. As fans who want so badly to trust our new FO, how are we supposed to respond? A FO that has promised us transparency gives us...Silence... and unnamed sources.
Hey Unnamed source... 'ppreciate that.Are we just so fed up with it we've resigned ourselves to the fact that it's time to just give up on the Tebow experiment altogether? Maybe that Beiber loving-Friday meatloaf eating-frat-boy-juco journalist was right all along. It's too hard. Time to quit. Maybe Tebow will be great someday but let's just get him out of this poisonous environment and on another team that will give him a real shot.No. No way. This has the makings of a tough year. We just went through one of those... so that kind of sucks. But write my name down as one Bronco fan that won't ever give up on Tebow as a successful Bronco until the Broncos give up on Tim Tebow. This is only the beginning for him. These stories will continue to come out all season. Between us, here, within the scope of this blog, I plan on continuing to debate away. But as long as the national media continues to come after one of our own, attempts to question his character, and continues to write snarky comments about Tebow Manic fans while ramming half-rate Tebow news down our throats daily... I plan on pushing back. And that goes for any Denver Bronco in this situation.
I'm just one fan and I'm tired. But I'm not about to give up yet. Not while Tim's still a Bronco. I can do rhetoric and hyperbole too.I also have a ridiculously awesome nerf gun.
Full post here. Please read it.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
We missed the original Tebow v. Orton QB controversy a couple weeks ago and was glad to have missed it. This latest round, with the fury of "will Tebow be traded" talk/stories yesterday and last night was too much.So we give you this, because when it comes to all the Tebow fury and over speculation, we want to break down like George C. Scott and cry, "turn it off!"
Tebow fans, don't sweat it, have some patience and even, dare we say it, faith in our boy. It'll all work out, or it won't. Either way don't sweat it and try to enjoy the ride.
And, for what it's worth, here's this:
Monday, August 22, 2011
Dan Shanoff has had the best response to the current "Tebow in Denver" situation and the odd spate of "Tebow to be traded" stories hitting the web this morning.
Full post here.
I think most Tebow fans -- and they transcend parochial interest in the Broncos (in truth, they would have rooted for Tebow wherever he was drafted) -- are interested in one thing:
That Tebow end up with an NFL coach who is secure enough and brilliant enough to deploy him in an unorthodox way that maximizes Tebow's unique skills and optimizes their own team's chances.
I'm not sure that exists in the NFL -- the late (and best-ever) Bill Walsh is long gone; the Steve Young comparison falls flat not because of Tebow, but because of NFL coaching.
If Denver isn't committed to doing that with Tebow, then it's in Tebow's best interests if the team lets him go, either through trade or release. (If the latter, I'll bet Bill Belichick finds room.)
It's funny: The Broncos had an amazing opportunity -- play Tebow full-time to give him a shot (and try to develop him).
If Tebow failed utterly, the consolation prize was being in a position to draft Andrew Luck to replace Tebow; if he did OK, they are that much further to having a long-term solution at QB.
Full post here.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Just out of curiosity, do you bless your food before you eat? Do you say a "blessing" over your meal? Or do you "say grace"? And why do Christians bless their food before eating? Is there a Biblical precedent for it, or is it merely a tradition? We'll get back to this shortly.
Quite a number of readers emailed throughout this past week regarding Gregg Doyel's piece in which he claimed that Tebow's definition of "faith" amounted to "blasphemy." You can read Doyel's piece here and make up your own mind. Having said that, we'll say up front that we agree with much of what Doyel wrote with the primary exception of his use or definition of the word "blasphemy."
Various news outlets, both Christian, secular, and sports related, have all chimed in and reported on the piece and Doyel published various responses to it, strongly for and against his point of view here. And they are more vehement than either Skip Bayless' praise of Tebow or Merril Hoge's criticism.
We decided to not comment on the piece because we've already expressed our views on what it means to be a Christian, as well as coping with trials and even tragedy, and didn't want to retread on the subject. But after hearing Doyel explain his comments on Mike Bianchi's radio show on Wednesday, we realized that this was about something different, and that is the question of "what is the purpose of a person's life?' and "can you know God's purpose for your life?"
"Faith is like a muscle," Tebow wrote in Through My Eyes. "You trust God for the small things and when He comes through, your muscle grows. This enables you to trust God for the bigger things, in fact, all things."
When He comes through?
What about the times when He doesn't?
It happens. A child is sick, parents pray, and still the child dies. A tornado is coming, people pray, and still they are left homeless. God's plan is mysterious, as we say.
But Doyel seems to have missed Tebow's interview with Kenny Mayne in 2009. Mayne did ask Tebow about this scenario specifically.
KM: Do you believe God controls every detail? Or did He set things up perfectly and give the world a spin, and now we're on our own?
TT: The way I figure is if nothing bad ever happened, there wouldn't be a need for faith. The Bible says we're tested and made stronger through trials and tribulations. But He's here, helping us out.
KM: What I mean is that there could be a person in the hospital who is going to die of cancer, and down the hall, someone who is going to beat it. I find it hard to believe that God would say, "All right, you, you get to die. And you, you get to live." Do you think that's true?
TT: God has a plan for everything. Some people might say, "Well my plan's not as good as this person's plan." But in God's eyes, it is. Not everybody's called upon to do the same thing or to be here on Earth the same amount of time. It's like the Body of Christ. Not everybody's going to be the eye or the mouth. Somebody has to be the foot. I'm not saying that's anything less. In fact, in God's eyes it's the same. You just have to look at what He called on you to do and do it to the best of your ability. You can't question why, because then you won't have the faith you should.
So if Tebow is correct, Christians comprise the body of Christ, and as the different parts of the "body" we all have a different role to play on behalf of a greater whole or purpose. To extend this analogy, Tebow may be called to be a QB and play the game he loves while someone else may be called to fight and defend our nation in Afghanistan and even make the ultimate sacrifice as part of that "calling." This is exactly what Doyel objected to on Bianchi's show and what caused us to think about what "saying the blessing" before eating really means.
So as the body of Christ, i.e. as Christians, why do we say a "blessing" over our food before eating? Is it merely a nice tradition or is it something more? We think it is something much more.
Before he was crucified, Jesus at the last supper blessed the bread, broke it, and then gave it.
Mark 14:22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it. He broke the bread, gave it to them, and said, "Take this. This is my body."
Luke 22:19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
And after he had risen:
Luke 24:28-32 By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!”
As Christians, we believe that this is the pattern of the journey we take towards fulfilling our purpose; the blessing, the breaking, and the giving. And we believe Tebow will endure the same.
To illustrate what we mean by the "blessing, breaking, and giving" we'd like to look at a few examples.
Joseph (Genesis 37-50)The Blessing: Joseph was beloved by his father more than his 10 brothers and was given a coat of many colors. He had two separate dreams that his brothers, father, and mother would one day bow to him after becoming a great man.The Breaking: Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers , who hated him, and languished in prison in Egypt for 13+ years before being called on to interpret Pharaoh's dreams.
The Giving: Joseph was made de facto ruler of Egypt and oversaw the storage of food for seven years to prepare for a coming famine. He was ultimately reunited with his father and brothers and in one the greatest illustrations of forgiveness said, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." (Genesis 50:20)
Moses (Exodus 1-20)
The Blessing: Moses was saved as an infant from infanticide and was raised and lived in Pharaoh's household until he was 40.The Breaking: Moses spent 40 years in exile in the desert after killing an Egyptian in an attempt to rescue a Hebrew slave from abuse by an Egyptian.The Giving: God called Moses to deliver the Israelites out of slavery and led them to the promised land, while also receiving the 10 commandments, the law, and in some traditions, even writing the Torah.
Mary, the mother of Jesus
The Blessing: Mary was chosen to carry the Messiah, the Christ. "And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women." (Luke 1:28)
The Breaking: She was pregnant and unwed, an offense punishable by stoning. She gave birth in a stable away from family and friends. She and Joseph lived in exile in Egypt while Herod killed Jewish boys 2 years old and under, and lived with the stigma of being pregnant out of wedlock throughout her and Jesus' lives. Ultimately, she watched her son be crucified.
The Giving: She, along with Jesus' disciples and followers, continued to spread the "good news" and despite persecution founded the early church.
And for an example that hits much closer to home...
The Blessing: In 1996 Danny won both the Heisman trophy and a National Championship at the University of Florida. He also became the hero and role model for the next generation of fans, including Tim Tebow.
The Breaking: After retiring from the NFL, with a less than stellar career, Danny turned down lucrative announcing/media work to join Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans to work with and on behalf of one of America's poorest neighborhoods and communities. After helping build a school and medical clinic, Danny and his family lost everything in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Six years later, Desire Street Ministries has relocated to Atlanta, and has expanded its outreach to five urban communities across the Southeast. As of this writing Danny is currently struggling to overcome a rare auto-immune disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can cause paralysis.
Gregg Doyel is correct when he writes that God doesn't always "come through." Stated a different way, God doesn't always answer "yes" to all our prayers. Sometimes the answer is "wait" or "no." To believe that if you are a good person, a good Christian, will somehow guarantee you an easy or "blessed" life free from pain and suffering isn't "blasphemy" but it is immature and misguided. Jesus was pretty clear on the subject: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
And we're pretty sure Tebow knows this as well, because John 16:33 was the verse he wore on his eyeblack for the SEC Championship game that the Gators lost to Alabama.
Part of the "blessing" also seems to carry with it a "calling." Abraham was told that he would be the father of many nations. Joseph had a dream that the sun, moon, and stars would bow down to him foretelling his future greatness. Moses was spared and was raised in Pharaoh's household. David was anointed the next king of Israel as a boy. When you look at the lives of the great men and women in the Bible, they all have some sort of calling or promise that God had given them followed by a long season of testing and trials before the fulfillment or attainment of their calling, dream, or promise, and the hope of that promise is what sustained them until the end.
Only Tim Tebow can know the call of God on his life. Maybe God has called him to be a quarterback in the NFL, and if he has, then it is most likely that Tebow will pass through a time of breaking before he reaches that goal. Unlike Kurt Warner and Drew Brees before him, Tebow won't have the luxury of near anonymity like they did as they struggled through the ranks of the NFL. Instead, Tebow will continue to be the object of severe scrutiny along the way and that can in no way be easy. It may in fact be part of his breaking. Whether Tebow's journey ends like Drew Brees', Kurt Warner's, Danny Wuerffel's, or even Doyel's friend who died in obedience to his call to duty, only time will tell.
Next time you sit down to eat, take a minute and think about what you are about to do before you bless your food. Are you a part of the body of Christ? And if so, are you willing to be "blessed" knowing that being "broken" and then "given" is to follow? Are you willing to accept the challenge and call on your life and do it in remembrance of Him, and for His glory, even if it cost you everything as part of the process?
Apparently Tim Tebow is willing. And, yes, we will all be witnesses to how God will ultimately choose to glorify himself through a lefty QB with a big dream and a pitcher's throwing motion.
Godspeed Tim. And may God continue to richly bless you.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Here you have a young quarterback perpetually impatient with the play, ready to trust his legs as much as a good throwing lane and unafraid of a hit in a way that terrifies his coaches, and he could get pushed into the starting role -- at least partially, you could argue -- because of his name. He's had a few starts, so there's little to project off of. "At first, he wanted to run every time he got back there," says his coach, who insists there is not a single play in the playbook designed for his quarterback to run. "I think he could be a running back in this league," a teammate says. "I've seen [him] run over linebackers and then bounce back to the huddle."And to go with the running problem, the lefty with the big college stats doesn't have a big arm. But he knows the angles, and how to explain away flaws. "As far as arm strength goes, there are people who have been successful with less. Joe Montana, to name one," the quarterback says. "John Elway was 'confused' before he 'arrived.'"
It all makes Tim Tebow so hard to evaluate. Thing is, these quotes aren't about Tebow -- they're about Steve Young.
There's nothing new about this story. Click here.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
NCAA President Mark Emmert responds to Miami allegations
If the assertions are true, the alleged conduct at the University of Miami is an illustration of the need for serious and fundamental change in many critical aspects of college sports. This pertains especially to the involvement of boosters and agents with student-athletes. While many are hearing about this case for the first time, the NCAA has been investigating the matter for five months. The serious threats to the integrity of college sports are one of the key reasons why I called together more than 50 presidents and chancellors last week to drive substantive changes to Division I intercollegiate athletics.
Shapiro, who is serving a 20-year federal prison sentence for securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and money laundering, says he paid players for the “hit of the game” or “big plays.” He put bounties on specific players, including former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and a three-year standing bounty on Seminoles quarterback Chris Rix from 2002-2004, offering $5,000 to any player who knocked him out of a game, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Shapiro’s claim was confirmed by two former Miami football players.
“We pounded the (expletive) out of that kid,” Shapiro said of Rix. “Watch the tape of those games. You’ll see so many big hits on him. Guys were all going after that $5,000 in cash. [Jon] Vilma tried to kill him – just crushed him – a couple of times trying to get that $5,000. And he almost got it, too.”
Full story here.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Happy Birthday to Tim Tebow!
1 May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings. Selah
4 May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
5 We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
“I didn’t know [Tebow was that strong],” Victor Butler said Thursday, per ESPN Dallas. “I’ll know the next time. I’m going to run through him. I thought it was going to be an easy sack. I guess not. He’s a guy that’s got a little bite to him. … I heard that everybody wants a Tebow sack. It’s like getting an Xbox for Christmas. Everybody wants one. I guess I’ll have to get mine next year.”
Friday, August 12, 2011
Yes it did. And notice who all the big guys splashed their front pages with....that backup 'who can't throw."
Here's ESPN's front page:
As expected, they backed off only slightly in their criticism of Tebow. Doesn't matter, because this is what one of our favorite analysts, Warren Sapp, had to say last night.
Tim's performance was far from perfect, but his 43 yard pass silenced the Cowboy's commentators who warmed up their evening's commentary with how poorly Tim was passing in warm ups.
Tim's mad scramble at the close of the first half was, well, a bit mad, but it is why we love to watch him play. He's a gamer who doesn't give up. You want that guy with you in the trenches, and especially in the red zone. Kyle Orton, once again, failed to score in the red zone. Granted he only had one try, but if John Fox really wants a "gamer" and not a practice guy, makes you wonder how long before we see Tebow start. Or at least some combination of Orton between the 20s and Tebow in the red zone.
Click the photo below for Tim's post game interview.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
"I just have fun, you know, playing football," Tebow said. "I love doing that, and so when I get an opportunity, just play. It feels good. And I love doing it, so you know I'm not really down, no."Back from a week at the beach. Thankfully we missed the tempest in the teacup of the latest round of Tebow speculation. Let's see how he does tonight against the Cowboys!