Friday, February 25, 2011

Eye black Challenger: Trevor Bayne


After Trevor Bayne shocked the NASCAR world by winning the Daytona 500, his celebration was decidedly PG-rated. He rode a skateboard and shot hoops with his buddies. In a quiet moment, he wrote himself a note.

According to Bayne’s father, Rocky, it said: “How do I stay grounded in my faith, when I am so high on winning this race?”

Bayne’s note might have been personal, but the religious sentiment it contained is something Bayne is driven to share. Since rocketing into the spotlight with his big win at Daytona on Sunday, the 20-year-old Bayne has made it clear that he intends to use success in racing as a platform to talk about his faith.

Recently, Bayne sat down with his father and business advisers to figure out his long-term goals. While winning was on the list, it wasn’t at the top.

“I told them that the goal was not to be the best race car driver or the most marketable or most popular,” Bayne said. “It is none of those things. It is to build a platform and let God use us on the platform that He is building — which might require me to become the best race car driver or be the most marketable or most popular or whatever it is. I just want to stand on the platform that He is putting under me.”

And if Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow can talk about faith through football, Rocky Bayne believes his son can do the same in NASCAR, citing Tebow’s No. 15 being among the NFL’s best-selling jerseys last season as evidence that an athlete with strong religious views can attract fans.

“I think these young kids today, they need something to look up to, and I think Trevor can be that kid,” said Rocky Bayne. “But he’s not doing it for that. He’s doing it because he wants to be real. This is who Trevor Bayne is.”

Full story here.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Little known Florida QB Tebow to host charity golf event

This was the best headline regarding the Tim Tebow Foundation's first charity event.

Story here.

Details at TimTebow.com here.

Tickets to the celebrity golf tournament are available to the public for $12.50 (for youth and adults) and can be purchased online at www.PGATOUR.com/theplayers.

Off-season Speculation continues



Look how many comments the Tebow story has drawn versus the two on either side. 

Tim may not have alot of allies in Denver, or he may, we don't really know.  But we do know is he has an unbelievable work ethic, and we wonder if Orton can really keep up with it.  One thing is for sure, and that is a little competition will make them both better and that will be good for the Broncos either way and definitely fun for all of us to watch.

Q&A with Tim Tebow

Here's a few highlights of the most recent Q&A with Tebow:

How is your relationship with Orton and has it changed any since you’re now viewed as more of a threat to be the starter?
We have a good working relationship. It’s something where I always rooted for him. Every day was a competition, trying to work and improve. We tried to push each other to get better. I always hope he does his best because that’ll help the Broncos. It’s been a while since we’ve been around each other. We don’t really talk or text each other that much, but I’d say it’s a healthy working relationship.

Even if Orton stays in Denver and the Broncos are willing to let you two duel for the starting job, do you feel you’re far enough along with  your mechanics and understanding of the offense to win it?
I feel that I’m definitely ready to compete for it. I’m excited for that challenge. I’ve worked extremely hard this offseason. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to lead this team and try to win games. I don’t feel like it’s even close from last year to where I am now. In fact, it’s not even close to where I am now from the end of last season. I’m much more prepared.


How has the demands on your time from fans in Denver compare with what you dealt with at Florida?
That’s a good question. At both places, they have wonderful, passionate fans. That’s one of the things I love about being a Bronco. There are different things I try to do now as far as fan interaction. At Florida, I was around them all the time going to classes. I don’t have to deal with that as much here, but I’m more involved with my foundation and the community. It always seemed like I’d have more time this offseason, but things fill up quickly. It’s training, growing my foundation or hanging out with my family. Those three things take up 95 percent of my time. That’s my life right now.

You posted on Twitter recently that two girls were accompanying you on a Valentine’s Day date, then revealed they were your nieces. That was an interesting tease for your followers and TMZ. So here’s a chance for full disclosure. Are you a free agent on the dating scene, seeing one woman exclusively, or is this topic out of bounds?
No, it’s not out of bounds. I can say I’m single. It hasn’t happened yet for me. Who knows? We’ll see.

Do you ever see yourself following in the footsteps of former Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer by appearing on “The Bachelor?”
(Laughter) No, I don’t see myself ever doing that. I think we’re safe there.




 Full Q&A here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Eye Black Challenger: Nadin Khoury



Think about what courage it takes to stand up to bullies.  Especially bullies with AK-47s.  This isn't hyperbole.  This was this kid's mom experience, and then his.  She escaped Liberia after her father was murdered and now her son is bullied because she is African. 

Rebecca thinks about the rebels in Liberia. Thinks about how they found her family hiding and dragged her father into the streets and murdered him there. Thinks about standing up to bullies, even the ones with AK-47s.
"I say to my son, 'Are you ready for this? This is not going to be little. This is going to be big.' And he says, 'Yes, Mommy.' And I say, 'Are you ashamed of anything?' And he says, 'No, Mommy.' So we do it."

So what good came from this one family standing up to bullying? 

The Philadelphia Inquirer writes a piece. A staffer at "The View" reads it. She finds out Jackson is Nadin's favorite player and reaches out to the Eagles. The Eagles call Jackson.

Jackson thinks of his childhood in South Central LA. Thinks of the bullying that went on in his childhood, the kind that ends in mothers flung across coffins. Thinks of Desmond, his 13-year-old brother.

"He's a small guy too," Jackson says. "Nadin reminded me of him. When I thought of kids doing that stuff to my little brother, man, that really got to me. Made me want to get my hands on those kids."
Next thing you know, Nadin is on a couch with his favorite NFL player at -- and on -- his side. Jackson takes the jersey he's wearing off his back, signs it and gives it to the kid. Then he gives him his cell phone number to back it up.

It only gets better from there.

Jackson starts an anti-bullying nonprofit -- DeSean Jackson Against Bullying. The family receives Eagles tickets, 76ers tickets, jerseys, T-shirts.

The director of admissions at Valley Forge Military Academy, LaToro Yates, sees "The View." He thinks of the bullies in his childhood. Thinks of the boys who terrorized him for the way he looked, the way he talked, the way he dressed.

Next thing you know, Nadin is being invited to the VFMA campus, where men like General Norman Schwarzkopf and J.D. Salinger and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald once walked.
"I admire this young man's courage," Yates says. "It takes courage just to come to school the next day. But to step up and go public with it to help other kids? Wow."

The academy is "working diligently to make the young man a cadet at Valley Forge Military Academy starting this fall," says Yates. Free.

Watch the clip and listen to Nadin talk about why he decided to stand up against his attackers, and that is because they might hurt someone else.




Sometimes you are not just standing up for yourself, but also for others you may never know or meet.  Let's all take this family's example and not only stand up for ourselves, but for those less fortunate or able than us.  We are all leaders, great and small, because even our simplest decisions can influence those around us for good or for bad. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Slow news day

It is very slow on the Tebow news beat, but this headline caught our eye.

Photo Finish: The Frontman for Band Mumford & Sons Looks Like Tim Tebow

He does a bit.



And Happy Valentines Day!


 

 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Through My Eyes - Tim Tebow



You can pre-order Tebow's book from Amazon here.

(NOTE the release date is for May 24.)

Over the course of the last five years, Tim Tebow established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football and a top prospect in the NFL. During that time he amassed an unparalleled resume—winning two BCS national championships, becoming the first sophomore in NCAA history to win the Heisman trophy, and in the face of massive public scrutiny, being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos.

Now, in Through My Eyes, Tebow brings readers everywhere an inspirational memoir about life as he chose to live it, revealing how his faith and family values, combined with his relentless will to succeed, have molded him into the person that he is today. As the son of Christian missionaries, Tebow has a unique story to tell—from the circumstances of his birth, to his home-schooled roots, to his record-setting collegiate football career with the Florida Gators and everything else that took place in between.

At every step, Tebow's life has defied convention and expectation. While aspects of his life have been well-documented, the stories have always been filtered through the opinions and words of others. Through My Eyes is his passionate, firsthand, never-before-told account of how it all really happened.

Monday, February 7, 2011

LookUp316

Look familiar?




If this aired nationally, we missed it, but apparently it appeared in various markets across the country at the end of the third quarter of the Super Bowl.

Conceived and produced by an Alabama, yes an Alabama, Christian group the idea behind the ad was  
“If you had thirty seconds to tell the world one thing, what would it be?” After pondering the opportunity to share a message with the largest television audience in history, the answer was simple and profound: A message of hope.

You can learn more about the Fixed Point Foundation, which produced the ad, here.  
And about the Lookup316 Project here.

And to the guy in the ad with the John 3:16 eye black, at some point in the future we dare you to say, "I'm not Tim Tebow, I just play him on tv."  Really.  Please.

VW Super Bowl Ad Goes Extra Mile to Be Awesome



VW Super Bowl Ad Goes Extra Mile to Be Awesome.
You know the Darth Vader ad from VW above? The one everyone saw online before seeing a 30 second cutdown during the game last night? Yes well, turns out that not only is the ad very good, but that the boy in the Darth Vader costume is also a patient at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. That’s Max Pagehasm, who was born with a congenital heart defect. And may I just say, it’s very nice to see an advertiser hire an ailing child to play something other than an ailing child in an ad. Pagehasm clearly got this part because he was GOOD. And that’s as it should be.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

Game On!

The Post-season speculation on who the Broncos' starting QB will be in 2011 has begun.

"Well, you know, he started the last three games," Elway told Eisen, referring to Tebow. "Kyle started the first 13 during the year. So Kyle is still the starting quarterback. Now that John (Fox) and his staff are in, they're going to have to come in and draw their own conclusions on what they think.

"Tim, as I've said, is a guy that is a very good football player. He is not a great quarterback yet. Hopefully we can make him a great quarterback, but I think that's going to take some time. He's young and inexperienced, but a guy that's a competitor.

"And I think that when you look back at a year ago when they drafted Tim Tebow, what he is as a man, as a player, his intangibles, those all came true. Now we've just got to get him the experience and get him the work to continue to improve him as a quarterback."

And we've no doubt that Tim will continue to be the hardest working QB in the off season.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Quote of the Day

"I haven't turned on ESPN today to check on what everybody is saying. I'm worried about what I think more than what they think."

Coach Muschamp on National Signing Day