Friday, September 30, 2011

Beat Bama

Photo: @ufalumni

Tebow Billboards and Oedipal Conflicts

Let the whole Orton vs. Tebow saga be a lesson to us all, especially everyone in marketing and PR.  Just consider that the Denver news media had helicopter(s) searching the city for a Tebow billboard.  A billboard.
If one guy can get national attention by putting up a sign of Tebow, think about what a franchise could do by putting him on the field?

Like many fans, we are torn over all this.  On the one hand, we want to see our boy play and appreciate the like minded sentiment.  But we also worry if there won't be some sort of backlash, especially within the offices of EFX.

Like it or not, EFX have created this maelstrom.  Had they just been straight with the fans from the beginning, or even now, it might not have come to this.  By playing the PR game, the Broncos have let too much speculation creep into the situation, which gives rise to John Elway has an "Oedipal Conflict."  The Broncos have not only opened themselves up to arm chair quarterbacking, but also arm chair psychology. 

Three rookies are cutting their teeth this season.  John Elway was 9-7 his rookie season.  Peyton Manning was 3-13 his rookie season and then 13-3 the following year.  Why not give Tim the same chance to succeed?
Give the fans a good reason not to play Tebow, and you'll quell the storm.  Or play him, and do the same. If not, this is what the next billboard may look like.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tebow Billboard - Not Purchased by Fans

The Tebow billboard was not paid for by the fans from the original story.  Instead, it seems to be by  a different enterprising group.

The employees at Multiline International Imports have a large digital sign near their business at the intersection of 58th and Logan, just east of I-25 north of downtown Denver, and have decided to use the signage for football purposes.

The digital board, with rotating images, says “Broncos Fans to John Fox: Play Tebow!” The image then rotates to show a picture of Tebow coming out of the tunnel at the Broncos’ stadium.

“Tebow’s the man. He’s bringing excitement to Denver like we haven’t seen in a few years,” said Mohammad Suleiman, an employee at Multiline.

The digital sign also includes a website for the wholesale business, with links to vote to support Tebow playing as starting quarterback.

 Photo: Denver Post

Welcome to Tebow-land!

Quote of the Day: "Bench Orton" Billboard

We'll post a pictures as soon as we find one.

Horseshoes and hand grenades

"Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades," and not in football.  There's really only one stat that matters in football, and that is winning.  And we get the feeling there's another in the NFL, and that is revenue.

John Elway is quoted in today's Denver Post as saying, "We're just three games into our first season together as a staff. And if you look at the three games, every one of them could have gone either way. If we were getting beat 41-0 in every game, I think it's a different situation."

But the thing is, it didn't go the Broncos way.  And it hasn't gone the Broncos way for 19 of Kyle Orton's 25 starts.  If your "best chance at winning" isn't winning, why not at least give the fans something to watch? Because if the "W" isn't going to be there, how are you going to keep fans interested?

Broncos fans are growing frustrated and worse, apathetic.  One caller to the Vic and Gary show this week described the most recent 4th quarter interception as "heart breaking," and readers of the Post are now describing themselves as "apathetic" towards the team they've invested in as season ticket holders.  And what is the response?  

"Right now, in our opinion, Kyle Orton gives us the best chance to win," Fox reiterated this week.

Please, enough with that.   Want to know the definition of insanity?  Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Here's the same suggestion we've heard from every Tebow fan, and now from Woody Paige, not a Tebow fan, but someone who knows far more about Denver and the Broncos than we do. 

That's why people want Tim Tebow. Nobody can say it won't be exciting or different or unique, even if he's not that great. He will make you buy the NFL package in Salt Lake City to see the Broncos, make you have a "glimmer of hope" in Tennessee. And if he fails, go get somebody else next year. Kyle Orton is, I want to say, a comfortable pair of slippers. But he's not even that comfortable.

The only response we have is SMH, because as a friend said earlier this week, ""SMH" has never been a more appropriate response."

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Question of the Season

The question from a fan was innocent enough and certainly posed cheerfully enough by Susie Wargin on John Elway's TV show:
"Besides the goal of winning, what do you want the team to accomplish this year?"
"That's a good question," Elway replied. "I think, obviously, winning's really kind of everything, but I think it's how we're looked at as an organization, what Mr. Bowlen wants us to be, and really, the bottom line is to get us back to where we're competitive year in and year out.
"And I think that with John Fox in here and the type coach that he is, to get these guys, when fans go to watch a football game, they know that we're going to play hard for 60 minutes. It may not always go our way, but we want them to know when they show up that they're going to get the best of the players and the Denver Broncos and hopefully be entertaining and win those games."

Story here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tebow Tweets Rebuke?

Do you think that Tebow's game day verse for the Titans game, Ephesians 4:32  (Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you), was a subtle rebuke to fans?

Tim Tebow started his 2011-12 season off with this tweet: Joshua 1:9, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest (KJV).” This is the usual uplifting, “God is on my side” type of tweets that Tebow is known to produce.
Here’s another posted just September 1:  Psalm 37:4-5, “Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass (KJV).” This definitely sounds like a guy committed not only to his faith, but certain that with continued perseverance his desires will be fulfilled. 
These tweets are the ones we’ve come to expect from Tim Tebow and what many fans look to on Sundays for encouragement from their favorite rookie quarterback. However, today’s tweet seems less of an uplifting note to fans and more like a subtle warning.
Today he tweeted this verse: Ephesians 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you (KJV).” Does is it sound as if he’s trying to tell the fans something? 
Tebow has taken much heat recently for his more exuberant fans’ behavior. Many called for him to publicly denounce the fans who wanted to put up billboards in Denver calling for him to start over Kyle Orton. Others have said he needs to quell the booing or chanting of his name that starts when he can't play. 
He is yet to do that, but he has made some statements that if you read between the lines you can infer he’s saying, “Hey guys, thanks for the support, but boy are you making things tough for me with my teammates and coach.”

As fans, did you think the verse was a rebuke?  Or encouragement?

Quote of the Day

If a low-scoring, losing NFL team can't find a way to get Tim Tebow in the game, then new coach John Fox is a stubborn goat so stuck in the 1970s and so hopelessly out of touch with his fan base that one might begin to wonder why the Broncos hired him in the first place.
All we're saying is: Give Tebow a chance.

The rest of the story here.  

Will it come to this, again?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Quote of the Day

Fox said he is confident in Kyle Orton as his starting quarterback. "Right now, in our opinion, Kyle gives us the best chance to win."

Followed up with: What would change that opinion? "I can't predict the future," Fox said. #Broncos

Monday Morning Quarterbacking

The following is from a fan in a forum, and it is the best thing we've seen so far on the subject:

The wisdom of the "old school" philosophy of keeping an immobile QB in the game with 1st and goal and running consecutive runs up the middle rather than inserting a QB like Tebow and spreading the alignment wide to open up pass/run possibilities has surpassed traditional conservatism to the point of clear stupidity. (IMHO)

Whether you are a fan of Tim Tebow or not, how many out there still maintain that keeping the "starter", Orton in the game in that situation gave us a better scoring opportunity, rather than putting Tebow in to open up the scoring chances?

Saying Orton gives us the better chance to win in that singular scoring situation is just insane and there is only ONE MAN to be held accountable for this continued intransigence.  Fox is a good coach, but his game is falling as short in these situations, as is the QB and the philosophy to which he is remaining falsely loyal.

He is slowly eroding the loyalty of the fans, in my opinion, and if it sustains, he will begin to lose the players, as well, beginning with the defense, who played well enough to win this game.

How long will it take for Orton to prove his red-zone impotence to John Fox, before a better decision is made at times like this, when victory hangs in the balance?  We must start using ALL of our assets, and be damned with old-school tradition and hyper-conservative coaching.  We have got to win the close ones, while we have the chance.

Full post, by areferee, here.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Broncos vs. Titans - Game Day Eyeblack

Ephesians 4:32  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Photo: Denver Post

The Tebow Three Olympic Curling Team

The fans have spoken (the poll results are here), and if Timmy Tebow isn't going to play QB, or football, they want to see him form an Olympic Curling team with his brothers!  May we suggest these as their official uniform?  Okay, the pants at least?

In truth, the fans would rather see Tim play linebacker, and then curl along with being a baseball pitcher.  But, be honest, how much fun would it be to see the Tebow Three curl?

We're traveling today, so please tweet or facebook us the Tebow highlights from today's game versus the Titans, even if Tim does play at WR again this week.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Well, I want to be a quarterback. I believe I can be; I believe I will be. And I've just got to keep working at that," Tebow said. "But if I can help the team in another way, that's what I'm here for.

"You know, we're all football players first."

Tebow dismisses the notion that playing other positions will stunt his development at quarterback.

"How's it's going to stunt my growth if I go out there on Sunday afternoon, we lose some receivers and I have to go out there and help the team?" Tebow said. "It's not like I'm going to the receivers' meetings. I'm just blessed to have the ability to go do it and if I'm asked to go do it, I help the team."

Friday, September 23, 2011

What if Tim Tebow was Liberal?

What if Tim Tebow was liberal?  ESPN goes there.

Do you think think Tebow received preferential treatment because of his beliefs, undue criticism because of them, both, or neither?

What position would you play?

Mike Klis, of the Denver Post, has a nice take on Tebow playing WR against the Bengals. And that was to find out what other positions he played as a kid.

Everybody made such a big deal about quarterback Tim Tebow playing wide receiver last Sunday.
It's not as if he hasn't been a receiver before his cameo in the Broncos' 24-22 victory against Cincinnati. He has been a receiver, running back, punter, punt returner, defensive back, pass rusher. You thought Robby and Peter and all their older friends were going to always let Timmy play quarterback?
"Growing up, when you're in the backyard with the brothers, you go out there and play everything," Tebow said this week. "You're a football player and that helps you no matter what position you play."
And if Tebow didn't grow up to become a quarterback?
"It's hard to say because I played everything growing up," he said. "But if I wasn't a quarterback, I probably would have played linebacker. That's what my brothers were. I probably would have followed them."

So if Timmy wasn't going to play QB in the NFL, what would you like to see him play?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Quote of the Day

Fox: Let me make this clear, [Tebow] is a quarterback.

Quote of the Day

"I'm going to do whatever I can to help the team," said Tebow, who was never targeted in the passing game but did his best to block. "If they ask me to go out there and run some routes and block some people, I'll go do it."

Photo: Denver Post

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Quote of the Day

It's really the illustration of the day, but you get the idea.

"The fact that Andy Dalton will be in the Bengals' huddle and Tim Tebow on the Broncos' sideline shows how two franchises, both 4-12 last season, have gone opposite directions at quarterback as they try to rebuild."

Tebow plays WR

Tim Tebow is playing as the "emergency" wide receiver today.  We have no words for this now, save God bless Tim for being a team player.

Quote of the first half:  "Orton sees Tebow and calls time."  Gary Miller

And, no, we're not kidding:

"Tebow in again as 3rd WR on third down. Orton has to call a TO."  Post Broncos

Quote of the Day

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Quote of the Day

The facts show that Tim Tebow is ahead of many of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks at this point in his career, and that the Broncos are more competitive with Tebow at quarterback than with Kyle Orton
In his three regular season NFL starts, Tebow outperformed Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Steve Young, Troy Aikman and John Elway in their first three starts. Tebow did all that while leading a 3-10 team that had nothing left to play for, a team that had lost eight of its last nine games with Orton at quarterback.
Tebow's NFL rating of 82.70 is more than double that of Aikman (38.43) and Elway (38.53), and superior to Brady's (77.23). Data kept by the NFL also blows up the media-created myth that Tebow can't pass. In his three starts, Tebow threw for more yards (651) than Brady (618) or Elway (313). Manning threw for 32 more yards than Tebow, but it took him 33 more attempts to do it. Tebow also threw for more touchdowns than the other five quarterbacks.
In addition to being a better passer, Tebow also ran for three touchdowns, one a game-winner, while the other five quarterbacks did not run for a single touchdown.

Dan Caplis in the Denver Post

Tim Tebow on overcoming adversity - a year ago.

We posted this last year on Sept 13, 2010.  It's nothing new, just at a higher level.  Fret not Tebow fans, it'll all work out, probably just not quickly.

Psalm 43:5 Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tebow's High School Coach Speaks Up

One of Tim Tebow's high school coaches addresses the Bronco faithful in defense of Tebow.
 Dear Broncos fans,

I apologize for the length of this letter, but these facts need to be known. My name is Adam Hartle and I was the RB's coach at Nease HS in 2003 (Timmy's sophomore year) under head coach Craig Howard. He transferred to Nease from another high school because he wasn't given the opportunity to compete at the QB position in game play because of perceived mechanical issues (recurring theme as you will see). My first day on the job I hadn't quite learned all our players/coaches names yet, so when practice was over and all the coaches gathered to watch film util about 11:00 pm, I assumed the 6-3 200 pound man-child sitting next to me was a young assistant coach. Turns out it was our 15 year old QB. If the coaches were watching film until midnight, Timmy was watching film until midnight- and then he'd take the tape home and get up early and watch it again before his school work began. During workouts Timmy was the strongest kid in the weightroom. His workout partners consisted of O-linemen. Anyone who's ever coached football at any level knows how rare it is that the QB is the strongest kid on the team let alone a sophomore- Timmy was both. Coach Howard would say to me, "Adam I don't care how long you coach, you'll never see one better than that young man" and he was exactly right. What makes Timmy so great is his ability to raise the level of play of his teammates. Prior to Timmy's arrival at Nease HS there were 10 losing seasons in a row and only 2 kids were signed to play college football. During Tebow's 3 years over 25 kids were signed to play college football and they won a state championship. He fights so hard for every play and expects nothing less from his teammates.

(Here's a link to the halftime speech he gives to his teammates during Florida's BCS championship win over Sam Bradford's Sooners. Notice the change in demeanor of his teammates from when he begins to when he's done):

No one can rally a locker room like Tim Tebow. You guys have no idea what you got sitting on the sidelines.

During the 2004 season (Timmy's junior year of high school), I was fortunate enough to get a full time job on the coaching staff at the University of Florida as the game analysis coordinator (what you NFL'ers call quality control). It was a tumultuous season in which our staff (Coach Zook) was fired. I was fortunate enough to make a good impression on Coach Meyer and was one of the few who survived the transition and kept my job for the 2005 season. As you can imagine I was quick to tell Urban all about this stud QB recruit up in Jacksonville. Coming from Utah, he was unaware of Timmy. His OC, Dan Mullen was pushing for another recruit, Jevan Snead out of Texas as our top QB target. There were many arguments behind closed recruiting meeting doors. Mullen was concerned with Tebow's mechanics (I told you this was a recurring theme), and who do you think Urban listened to, his offensive coordinator he's known for 7 years or the low guy on the coaching staff totem pole he's known for 4 months? So Jevan Snead commits and it's not looking so good for the Gators. While this is happening Tebow has a senior season in which he breaks just about every QB record in Florida HS history on his way to a state championship and "Tebowmania" begins to sweep through Florida (much like now in Colorado- don't worry its a good thing because during game play its called "momemtum" and it starts with you guys-the fans). Urban realized that if the hometown hero went somewhere else and won a championship it was gonna be disastrous for him (Friendly advice Coach Fox- if Tebow wins a Super Bowl in a non-broncos jersey it will be a bad deal). So with only 1 month left before signing day we drop Snead and FINALLY make Tebow our #1 target. 1 week before signing day the Nease coaches tell me its 60% Alabama and 40% Florida. Ten minutes before he announces live on ESPN Coach Howard tells me he still hasn't made up his mind. Obviously he signed with the Gators and during his Freshman years the Gator fans grew tired of mediocrity (sound familiar Broncos) and started chanting "Tebow! Tebow!" and "we want Tebow...clap...clap...clap.clap.clap". His playing time increased each week and we went on to win the national championship. The next season Timmy became the 1st sophomore to win the Heisman, and the year after that we won the national championship again. In 105 years of Gator football we've won the national title 3 times. Tebow won 2 of those titles. Bronco fans, look at all the bad seasons you guys have had over the years when Elway wasn't your QB. Now look at all the great years when he was. It's very hard to win a Super Bowl without a great leader and Kyle Orton is not a leader. I'll take a winner with perceived "mechanics issues" any day over a corner sitter with a perfect release. It's about winning games- period. That's what Timmy does. If the situations were reversed and Timmy was the one getting booed last Monday night he wouldn't have pouted or lost his confidence. He would have owned up for the 2 turnovers and apologized. That's what winners do- they are harder on themselves than the fans could ever be, so some boos would have just rolled off his back.

(Watch his postgame speech after the only loss of the 2008 season here):

The guy refuses to lose. That's what makes him great. Winners make corrections, losers make excuses. So I guess it was the fans fault that Orton dropped the ball in the 2nd half because his feelings got hurt? Boo freakin hoo. Maybe if an offensive TD was produced in the entire 1st half the boos wouldn't have happened. Broncos nation- You guys pay good money for these players'/coaches' salaries so don't ever feel like you can't express your opinions by chanting Tebow's name at the games. People may say, "well how would you like it if people came to your job and booed you"? To them I say "pay me 9 million a year like Orton gets and come on with it". First Cutler now Orton. Why does your organization love starting whiners? Don't you want a winner like Elway?

It's amazing how many people in the media "hate" on Tebow. They say "he can't do it in the NFL". Trust me Broncos I've heard this before. Don't buy it. They say "he's not ready". Tebow led all rookies in QB rating last year (82.5). Orton's had 7 years of experience yet his career passer rating is 79.5- less than Tebow's who has only 3 games worth of experience. Seems to me like the guy who went 3-10 last year and has been in the league 7 years might be the one who "can't do it in the NFL". They say "he's not a dropback passer". Well put him in the gun then. Tom Brady takes 75% of his snaps from the gun. Timmy's better at running downhill or rolling out than moving backwards anyways. Look at all the young QB's who have gotten more of a chance to start in the NFL than Tebow: Jimmy Clausen, Andy Dalton, Colt McCoy, Cam Newton, Sam Bradford. How come its OK for them to start in the media's eyes but not Tebow? My guess is that Coach Fox is sick of "Tebowmania" and perceives it as everyone telling him how to do his job, so he's fighting back. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Get ready for another 3-10 start Broncos unless Tebow sees the field in some capacity. Coach Fox should start embracing "Tebowmania" instead of fighting it otherwise he's dropping the ball just like Orton.

Adam Hartle

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Woody Paige shoots straight on the Broncos and Tebow

Be careful what you wish for Tebow fans, because after a frustrating few days, we finally heard someone seem to tell it like it is, and, well, it is very disheartening.  Not surprising, but disheartening.

Woody Paige was on Sandy Clough's show and discussed the Broncos and the Tebow situation at great length.  In short, Paige doesn't think that Tebow will get a shot in Denver.  He states rather plainly that   "Elway doesn't like [Tebow]. Fox doesn't like him, that's the truth of the matter." (at the 12:35 mark), and later states with equal force that Fox didn't like Steve Young either (Beginning at the 4:30 mark.  Quote regarding Fox/Young at 3:50 mark.). And Mr. Paige has clarified via email that by "do not like" he meant as a player only, and not as a man.

What is ironic is that Paige reminiscences that Dan Reeves didn't think Elway would be a decent QB and that the Broncos wanted to trade him but were stuck with him.  Elway tweeted pretty much the same regarding his first start.  Interesting that Elway's tweet is in seeming defense of Orton and not Tebow.

Paige and Clough also speculate that the Ravens might be interested in trading a third round pick for Tebow, based on some speculation of Peter King.  Who knows, but we are beginning to hope so if the Broncos aren't even going to give Tim a chance.  And with no packages for him, it's beginning to look like that is the case.

Click the Sandy Clough link above for the audio.

Tebow Speaks on Billboard Issue

Watch the video below, and please notice the small difference between what Tim said, and how it was reported. Tebow starts at the 45 sec. mark.

From the AP:

Tim Tebow appreciates his fans cheering for him to take over as the Denver Broncos' quarterback, but he says he trusts his coach and will bide his time without complaint.

A group of his most ardent supporters have said they'd like to buy two billboards in downtown Denver urging coach John Fox to bench Kyle Orton in favor of the former University of Florida star.

Tebow said he'd rather they donate the $10,000 to his charitable foundation.

Orton had a poor performance in Monday night's season-opening loss to the Oakland Raiders, but Tebow didn't go in the game.

Tebow said the Broncos don't have a specific package of plays designed to capitalize on his skills like they did last season, when he occasionally came in on short-yardage situations before starting the last three games.

The Debate Rages

The debate rages on...and Skip Bayless' passion is worth watching.


You may or may not have read the book Moneyball, or may have seen the ads with the soon to be released movie with Brad Pitt, but in essence it is about how the Oakland A's played the statistical odds of baseball in their favor with players they could afford to win.

What does this have to do with football? The money.  Tim Tebow generates money, and interest, and ad clicks, and web traffic, all of which equals more money. Tim Tebow is a cash cow, and if you want your Tebow questions answered, follow the money.

If you follow Jim Saccomano, Vice President of Public Relations for the Denver Broncos, on twitter you see the Broncos' tv share ratings each week.  For example, "Broncos-Raiders had a 36.7 Denver TV rating w/a 61 share; the share was highest in Denver since 12/20/09, 64 share, also vs. Oak."

The Broncos had their highest ratings when Tim Tebow came into the game last during the preseason.  Interestingly the ratings dropped when Tebow exited the game, and Brady Quinn took over the reigns.

If you go to the Broncos' website and click on a video, you first watch an ad for the official Broncos sports shop.  Check whose jersey is out front. The co-second string QB's.

As frustrating as the Tebow-Orton QB controversy is, it keeps Denver in the news.  And it keeps people watching, and even though Tebow's jersey sales have dipped, the web traffic and viewer ratings are up.  Some people believe that there is no such thing as bad press.  We're beginning to think that the Broncos' PR department subscribes to this theory.

Why don't they play Tebow? Because Fox believes his best chance to win is with Orton.  Another reason, if Tebow plays and is a bust, the jersey sales tank, and the clicks slow, his trade stock drops, and it is a no win proposition. It is better to bring him along than to sacrifice him in the short term.  And it is the same reason they won't cut Tebow, because you do not let a cash cow/interest generator go, especially after cutting him a $6 million check.

A billboard calling for Tebow to start isn't going to change Fox or Elway's minds.  What turned the tide last year?  When the Broncos kept losing,  fans stopped coming,  tickets sales dropped off, and then Orton was injured.  With all the coach speak, and obfuscations, coming from Coach Fox, John Elway, and the Broncos' PR office it is hard to know what to believe.  Maybe they are waiting to develop him, maybe not. But they aren't going to play him soon, and they aren't going to trade or cut him.

Either way, relax Tebow fans.  Our boy is no quitter.  He'll keep at it and, eventually, we'll get to see him play.  If it is for Denver or another team, we don't really care. Okay, that's not entirely true.  We'd rather not see him wear "garnet and gold" like Grossman is.  That would hurt.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Quote of the Day

This is from a fan forum, so take it for what it is, but if they do put up two billboards in Denver do you think John Fox won't "actually" be able to read them?

"Me and 7 of my buddies who are all die hard broncos fans have finally raised enough money for 2 downtown denver billboards to read: Bench orton play Tebow w/ a few different on the field photos. We are waiting to see how orton does this week vs the bungals. No we are not timmy fanatics we are true broncos fans for years and years and we are sick of seeing all the excuses for orton. So hopefully by week 3 the billboards will be up!"

UPDATE: More on the story here.  Money quote below:

“We believe in Coach Fox, we’re just tired of Kyle Orton,” Oaks said. “We were sitting around after Fox said he didn’t hear the chants for Tebow, and we figured if he’s deaf, we hope he’s not blind.”
 We're not the only ones then.

Booing Fans

To boo, or not to boo?  That is the question.

Denver fans booing Kyle Orton's "whoopsie" fumble and then chanting "Tebow, Tebow!" became a quick and easy media story.  QB controversies are always interesting, and throw in the web traffic monster Tebow into the mix, and it is media gold.

Two writers addressed the booing this morning and faced off on both sides of the chasm; to boo or not to boo.

Gregg Doyel believes that Denver fans booing their starting QB is damaging the team, but also inadvertently turning a very innocent Tebow into a "cancer" to his team, and puts the franchise in a difficult spot.

Conversely, Woody Paige believes that Doyel, and other media types, are blaming the messenger and incorrectly labeling the fans as "unsophisticated."

But members of the "media" claim those people are unsophisticated and must not boo or chant names, and they embarrassed Denver on national TV. 
Years ago I was forced to attend the premiere of a Broadway musical entitled "In My Life," featuring a guitar player with Tourette's syndrome. The sellout audience whistled (the theater equivalent of booing), laughed, talked and walked out during the second act. I stayed for the entire production, 2 1/2 hours, that, regretfully, I can't recover in my life.
A review called the play "a disaster of disastrous proportions."
Those New York theater-goers didn't cheer their play and the lead actor, but nobody accused them of being unsophisticated. They were intelligent.
Broncos fans/sophisticates know when they see offensive and defensive play that is, well, offensive and defective.

We made our position clear yesterday that we'd rather wait for the offensive train wreck we saw Monday night get itself sorted out before we see Tebow thrown out there.  No QB will do well without a good offensive line.  Not Orton, not Tebow, not Drew Brees.

And the QB situation isn't the only thing rotten in the state of Colorado, and that would be how the Broncos are dealing with this in the media.

Doyel hints at this but we don't blame the fans. Instead, we  put the blame on the Broncos front office for the mishandling of and the current media maelstrom over the "Tebow thing."

Do you know anything about football, Broncos fans?
Apparently not, and you know even less about human nature, because all of this Tebow talk is killing your team. You have Orton being quoted during preseason that he doesn't care what the fans think, a sensible train of thought for an unappreciated quarterback but a stupid thing to say for public consumption. You have coach John Fox being quoted this week that he didn't hear the fans clamoring for Tebow on Monday, and even going a step farther and saying the atmosphere was the best he'd ever seen in his 23 years as an NFL coach. That was a blatant lie, one I can't believe Fox told with a straight face, but he's playing to his audience. He knows Broncos fans can't handle or even digest the truth. They want to be lied to, whether it's Fox telling them they were great on Monday or whether it's their own heart telling them Tim Tebow would help the team win games. 
Quite the contrary, we'd like for the Broncos to be straight with us.  Stop with the "coach speak" please.  No more "competitive advantage" talk, or "couldn't actually hear" the boos or Tebow chants.  No more two No. 2 QBs.

Not only are the Broncos losing it on the field, but the PR battle as well.  How about being straight with us?  We may not like it, we may not agree with it, but we are far more likely to respect it.

We are willing to wait to see Tebow play, but give us something worth the waiting, on or off the field.

Tim Tebow and Woody Roseland

Tim Tebow hosted Woody Roseland, the first recipient of the W15H program before the Broncos - Raiders game on Sept. 12, 2011.

More photos from the Tim Tebow Foundation here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Let's be clear about something, we are Tebow fans.  Tim Tebow plays for Denver, we watch Denver.  Tebow gets traded, we go with him.  Tim Tebow decides he's going to retire and enters a new realm of public life, we go with him.  Having said that, watching Denver's game last night was painful.

We are life long Gators, from Gainesville, and the NFL has always taken a back seat to SEC ball.  We only vaguely remember Elway's glory days, so we don't have the history or the same stake in the Broncos that true Brocomaniacs have.  But, still, that was one of the worst football games we have seen in a long time.  The penalties, the interception, watching Janikowski kick a record tying field goal, the "whoopsie" fumble, and the inability to punch one in.  And all the while our boy stood on the sidelines. 

But you know what fellow TeBroncos, we're glad our boy was spared that ugly mess.  Really. It was clear that the Broncos as a team were not ready to play.  And if John Fox is going to run an offense that the Denver Post describes as "medieval" then let Orton run it. 

Better to be a witness to a train wreck than to be a victim of it.  At least witnesses to a wreck can offer help when it is over.  And the train wreck isn't only on the field, it's spilling out of the front office as well.

So hold off on the "Tebow! Tebow! Tebow!" chants, because John Fox will continue to ignore them, and any question about Tebow playing.

And because Bible verses on eye black cheer us around here, here's our verse for the day, and for what looks like is going to be a very long season:

Psalm 27:14  Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Broncos vs. Raiders - Game Day Eyeblack

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Tim Tebow Foundation Kicks Off the W15H

Tim Tebow will host 21 year old cancer sufferer Woody Redland before tonight's game against the Raiders as part of the W15H program, an outreach of the Tim Tebow Foundation, in conjunction with Jacksonville's Dreams Come True.

As W15H's kickoff dream, Roseland will spend pregame on the field before meeting Tebow, the person he believes instills inspiration and faith in so many.
"I think it is such a refreshing change of pace to have a person like Tim Tebow, as a professional athlete, in your city," said Roseland. "What an asset it is to have someone who is so selfless and such a positive force on and off the field."
W15H was created to give an unforgettable wish experience for all children battling life threatening illnesses who wish to meet Tebow.  Roseland's experience will begin with a wonderful pregame meal provided by Denver's Hard Rock CafĂ©, followed immediately by the highlight of the night when Roseland will stand side by side with Tebow during the pregame warm-ups.
They will spend time together and Roseland will not leave empty handed, as Tebow will present him with a pregame used football and #15 jersey. Roseland and his mother will then enjoy the remainder of the game in terrific seats set up by the Denver Broncos. 
"I am so honored to have the chance to meet Woody," said Tebow. "I am so encouraged by his strength and desire to bring faith, hope and love to others even in the midst of his challenges." 

You can learn more about the W15H program here at Tim Tebow

Quote of the Day: Give Tim a Chance

"Rexy looks pretty solid today. So does Cam Newton. All we are saaaaying ... is give Tim a chance."

Sunday, September 11, 2011

God Bless America

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.

God bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home
God bless America, My home sweet home.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Tebow a "weapon" in the Broncos' offense

The Broncos have committed to the running game, and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy describes Tebow as a "weapon" in the new offense.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Eye Black Challengers: Will Muschamp and Sharrif Floyd

“I’m angered, disgusted and extremely disappointed that Sharrif will have to miss two games.
In my opinion Sharrif is getting lumped into what is bad about college athletics. As we indicated in the statement Saturday night his issue was not related to sports agents, University of Florida boosters or his recruitment to Florida or anywhere else.

Sharrif is what is good about college athletics – his life is about survival, struggle, disappointment and adversity. I have recruited kids that did not know where they would sleep that night or what they would eat. Growing up, Sharrif was one these kids. Sharrif’s life is also about triumph, honesty, integrity, determination, perseverance and character.  The NCAA stated that he received preferential treatment; there is nothing preferential about his life.

He grew up with only his great grandmother and still sends her Pell Grant money so she can pay her bills. How many kids do you know that would do that?  I know one – Sharrif Floyd.

I want to make it clear that this issue is not about sports agents, Florida boosters or his recruitment to Florida or anywhere else.  The issue is about his survival and the only reason the NCAA, the SEC and the University of Florida were aware of these issues is because Sharrif brought them to our attention last February. He came forward because, as I said before, he is honest and because of his integrity.

The toughest day that I have had as a head football coach at Florida was the day that I had to tell Sharrif that he could not play in our game vs. FAU last week. I took away part of his family.

He had tears in his eyes and said “What have I done wrong?” I told him he did nothing wrong. It wasn’t any easier to tell him today that he would be missing Saturday’s game.

I have two sons at home- if they end up like Sharrif I will consider myself a successful father. “

Will Muschamp

More on this story here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Headline of the Day: Jags won’t trade for Tim Tebow after cutting Garrard

George Diaz cautions the "Tebow Cheerleaders" to not get their hopes up that Tebow will return to the Sunshine State soon.

Stop it, Tim Tebow cheerleaders.
The Jacksonville Jaguars do not have buyer’s remorse over their young quarterback.
We’re not talking about David Garrard.
We’re talking about rookie Blaine Gabbert.
The stunning decision to cut ties with Garrard on Tuesday will bring the usual flurry of questions:
Why didn’t the Jags take the ever-popular _ and polarizing _ Tebow in the first round of the 2010 draft?
Probably because like most folks in the NFL, coach Jack Del Rio and others in the organization didn’t think that Tebow had the skill-set to become a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Drafting Tebow from the University of Florida would truly have been a marketing boost for a team that is struggling to attract attention. If it were me, I would have taken a flyer on the kid and hoped for the best.
Instead, I can only second-guess how much worse can it get for the Jaguars now that they are starting a journeyman who has been a career backup in Luke McCown.
And forget about trading for Tebow now. Gabbert is their guy. The Jags swapped first-round picks and sent a second-round pick to Washington to move up to 10th overall and select Gabbert.
He will start eventually. Not just now.
Tebow time will have to be set at a different place. Denver, maybe somewhere else.
“I’m really not in the ticket business,” Del Rio said of the business that Tebow would drive. “We’re just trying to put out the best football team we can.”

Saturday, September 3, 2011

UF Now and Then

As Gators, we enjoy a long and winding tradition of college football.  Here's to a great new chapter of Florida Football! Let the Muschamp Era begin!

Photo by Pam Marlin (and check out her other great "now and then"photos around campus here.)

Quote of the Day

"So Tebow wound up w/ passer rating of 108 in 3 preseason games. 20-31 for 310. Perfect deep ball TD Thurs nite. But he CAN"T THROW?! Bust!?"  Skip Bayless

Danny Wuerffel's "Humbling" Journey

Pat Dooley, of the Gainesville Sun, has a great piece today on Danny's Wuerffel's ongoing recovery from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare auto-immune disease.  Below is an excerpt, but please read the whole story here.

It was 5 a.m. in Montgomery, Ala., and Danny Wuerffel was sleeping in a bedroom in a bad neighborhood he was trying to help because that’s what Danny Wuerffel does. When he opened the door, he was surprised who was doing the knocking.
“It was the doctor who had been running tests on me,” Wuerffel said. “I said to him, ‘You’re probably not here to tell me I’m fine.’ And he said, ‘I figured out that you have Guillain-Barre Syndrome. And I wanted to see if you were still breathing.”
And so it began almost three months ago, the journey that has been an eye-opener and a leg-weakener. Florida’s first national championship quarterback is still not all the way back, but he’s closing in.

He’s better now but not great. Fatigue is still an issue. His three children are getting their father back slowly. He has assured them he will be the old daddy they knew. Recently, he was explaining to his sons how the doctors were going to make him better. His 2-year-old Macy corrected him.
“No, daddy, God will make you better.”
The struggle continues. Not surprisingly, he has turned a near-tragedy into a positive. Because, well, that’s what Danny Wuerffel does. Hurricane Katrina ravaged his home in 2005, he recovered and made Desire Street bigger and better.
“I see this as a gift,” he said. “I look at my life and see all that I was trying to do. The Lord forced me to slow down and reflect on some things. I want to be a good father and a good husband and impact lives for many years to come.
“At the pace I was going, I wouldn’t have lasted in a healthy way. It has been humbling to go from a strong, healthy guy to someone who can’t ride a bike or go swimming or go play soccer.”

Please join us in continuing to pray for Danny, but also for his wife and their children.

"In all kinds of weather we all stick together for  F-L-O-R-I-D-A!"

Friday, September 2, 2011

Headline of the Day

Click the photo for the video.

Tebow's Post Cardinals Comments


Tebow talks competing for the starting job and his game performance.
But, let's face it, ladies, this interview is for you.
(Do you think the camera man was checking him out?)

Click the photo for video.

Quote of the Day

"43-yd touchdown pass from Tebow to Riley puts Denver on the board."

Tebow finished the evening 7/11 for 116 yds with a TD and 129.4 QB rating.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Broncos vs. Cardinals - Game Day Verse

Psalm 37:4-5 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.

Quote of the Day

"I like our quarterback situation," Fox said. "I feel good about the players we have at the position and as (long) as they keep working hard and remain professional about it and getting better every day, I'm sure I'll continue those feelings."

Nothing but secrecy on who will start, play, and in what order or for what duration, in tonight's game against Arizona.