Monday, October 8, 2012

Game Day Verse: Jets vs. Texans

Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Quote of the Day


"Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, THANK GOD." 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Quote of the Day: Our best opportunity to win

Sound familiar?

"I think Tim is an outstanding player. I think Mark is. Right now, I think Mark gives us our best opportunity to win."  Rex Ryan

What did John Fox say one year ago?

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

It's like a coaches sing-a-long. Everybody now!  Second verse same as the first!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Game Day Verse: Jets vs. 49ers

James 1:2-5 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Promise

Four years ago today, Tebow made what later became known as "The Promise."

Please note that he never promised to win, or not lose, another game, but to work hard and play to his best.  The Gators went on to win the National Championship in 2008, but had they not, would his promise not still have  been fulfilled?  No one doubts Tebow's work ethic, even now.
And what has been the enduring legacy of The Promise?  Inspiring kids to do their best.
Here's one of our favorite videos from Tebow's senior season at Florida inspiring two little Gators to do their best.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Game Day Verse: Jets vs. Dolphins

Galatians 5:13  You were indeed called to be free, brothers and sisters. Don't turn this freedom into an excuse for your corrupt nature to express itself. Rather, serve each other through love.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tebow shot for Vogue Magazine

Renown photographer Annie Liebovitz has shot Tebow for Vogue Magazine.  Tebow is the second former Gator athlete to be featured in Vogue this year along with Ryan Lochte.

Vogue article here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tebow's Drive to Make a Difference

Tim Tebow yearns to make a difference.  Sound a little familiar?

Tebow's Q&A with Rich Cimini on his off the field life in NYC.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: Probably the hospital we're building right now [in the Philippines, his birthplace]. Lord willing, it'll continue to help kids long after I'm gone. That's what I want out of everything that my foundation does. I want to help kids when I'm no longer here, when I'm dead and gone. I want to help kids when I don't have the energy and the time to help them, but somehow still find a way to make a difference. This hospital is one example of that.

Q: You were 7 years old when you were diagnosed with dyslexia. What message would you want to convey to someone who just found out they're dyslexic?
A: One of the first things I'd say is, it has nothing to do with how intelligent you are. You can be extremely bright and still have dyslexia. You just have to understand how you learn and how you process information. When you know that, you can overcome a lot of the obstacles that come with dyslexia. When you figure out how you learn, you can accomplish whatever you want.

Q: Do you remember the first time you asked someone for an autograph?
A: My dad took me and my brothers down to a Florida Fan Appreciation Day. We waited in line and got a bunch of the guys' autographs, but my favorite one was Fred Taylor. We wanted to get Danny Wuerffel's autograph, but we didn't want to wait in line that long. It was actually pretty cool because, a few weeks later, he ended up coming to our church. I was 8 and I got his autograph that day. What was cool about that was, I got it on a church bulletin and I still have that framed in my parents' house in Florida.

Q: What about the first time you signed an autograph?
A: I was 15 years old, and we got done playing a game. Someone came up to me and handed me a baseball and said, "Would you please sign this baseball because I think you have a chance to become something someday?" It was after a football game, but I signed a baseball. It's so funny because I can honestly say I wasn't one of those kids that practiced his signature, so I thought, "How am I going to do this?" My brother and his friends were all laughing. They all said, "That's the worst signature I've ever seen."

Full Q&A here.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Game Day Verse: Jets vs. Steelers

Matt 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Game Day Verse: Jets vs. Buffalo

Jeremiah 17:7-8  Blessed is the person who trusts the LORD. The LORD will be his confidence. He will be like a tree that is planted by water. It will send its roots down to a stream. It will not be afraid in the heat of summer. Its leaves will turn green. It will not be anxious during droughts. It will not stop producing fruit. 

Sorry for the delayed return to blogging.  We'd like to thank all of you who emailed us during the off-season, and even the preseason, to see how we were and expressing your interest and appreciation of our efforts here.  Your emails and notes are very much appreciated.

The driving force behind this blog is now fostering a special needs child and has not been able to contribute to writing or keeping up with all things Tebow, hence the summer hiatus. We are currently weighing if we will be able to continue this season, or if we will  continue in an abbreviated form. 

We'd appreciate your thoughts and prayers!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Tim Tebow and His Mom on Mother's Day

Timmy and his mom, Pam Tebow, were on Good Morning America sharing their favorite Mother's Day stories.  Video and story here.

Have a good Mother's Day Weekend!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tebow at the Met Gala

Tim Tebow walks among the stars now, and even style guru Ana Wintour.

"I don't know. I consider myself to be blessed with good people around me that most of the time give me good advice," said the unfailingly polite, wholesome heartthrob, flashing his pearly whites.

Story here.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Tebow Debate Rages

We are just entering a very long Summer, and the debate still rages.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Remembering Junior Seau

Eric Olsen, of the New Orleans Saints, remembers Junior Seau.

Wow this is a tough one.. When I was a frosh in HS Junior Seau worked the Jay Fiedler Football camp and at the end of one of the days he...

Challenged any1 to a 1 on 1. Being one of the 'big' kids, I was volunteered by my buddies and went up in front of the whole camp to face...

This monster of a man. Shaking in my cleats, he gave me a wink before a coach gave the cadence. He let me pancake him. And he sold it too...

I can't even tell you how good I felt at that moment; it changed me forever. The whole camp cheered for me, a chubby kid that didn't know...

If he even liked football. From then on I was addicted. All thanks 2 this 10 time all-pro that felt like making some snot-nosed kid's day...

Doesn't seem like much but it meant a lot to me. Sorry for the essay just had to share. RIP Junior I'll never forget what you did for me.

Story on Seau's death here.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Quote of the Day: Dreams Do Come True

"It's something I always dreamed about, go to the NFL and retire and become a sportscaster," LeGrand added. "Dreams do come true if you really believe. You do the right things in life, good things happen to you. He really just did this out of the kindness of his heart. It's really what he wanted to do. I had no idea this was going to happen."

Full story on the Tampa Bay Bucs drafting Eric LeGrand here.

Eye Black Challengers: The Tampa Bay Buccanneers

More on the story here.

Paul Pierce "Tebows" in NBA Playoffs

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Rex Ryan talks Coples and Tebow

Ryan is a real believer in the wildcat. 
This season may be a lot of fun. Kinda like  '06 was.
Click the photo for the video.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tebow talks Coach Meyer and Ohio State

In the end, it's not what you say but what you do...check the chomp at the end. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Quote of the Day

"Different than Mark, different than Mark," [Jeremy] Kerley said at the NFL Pop-Up store on 41st today. "(Tebow's) ball comes out a little bit stronger, but he's accurate, he's more accurate than what I thought he was going to be. But he's a good dude, he has a great personality, he'll bring a lot of personality to the team."

Maybe Tebow has found another No. 11 to throw to. And, no, that's not Tebow in the 15.

Tebow named to Forbes' Influential Athlete List

Tebow came in second behind Jimmie Johnson of Forbes' Most Influential Athlete List.
He debuted last year at number ten.

Story here.

Tebow to play on special teams?

It does make sense, in a way.  Every punt could be a fake.  It would be a lot for a defense to handle.

Ryan wants to have Tebow on the field for 20 snaps a game, and as Peter King writes in today’s Monday Morning Quarterback, those snaps could include in a spread offense anywhere on the field, in goal-line situations, on two-point conversions, and maybe even using Tebow as the personal protector on the punt team.

Instead of rotating QBs, why not have them both in together.  We wanted to see it with Tebow and Newton, but seeing Sanchez and Tebow in together might be fun as well.  Either way, it seems like the Jets are interested in being creative.

Ryan said last week that his view of his top two quarterbacks is, “Tim Tebow is a good football player. Mark Sanchez is a good quarterback.” Tebow may get a chance to prove he’s a good football player at more than one position.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tebow named to Time 100 List

Tim Tebow has been named to Time's 100 Most Influential People list.  The description was written by Jeremy Lin, also named to the Time 100 list.

Watching Tim Tebow play football, you can observe many things about his character. You see his fierce competitiveness, his strong work ethic and how he is a leader that his teammates trust and respect.
But it is the qualities that Tim, 24, embodies in his life off the field that truly set him apart. He is unashamed of his convictions and faith, and he lives a life that consistently reflects his values, day in and day out. Through his foundation, he constantly reaches out to people and communities in need of hope. He realizes what he has been blessed with and seeks to help those who are worse off. As athletes, we pour our hearts into winning games. Tim is a reminder that life is about much more than that.
Lin is a point guard for the New York Knicks

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tebow and the Yankees

As you probably all have heard, Tebow and Dwayne Wade were at the Yankees game Sunday night. Was he "Te-booed" or not still remains a question.  But what we always love are the crowd shots.  Check the guy's reaction sitting next to Tebow. 

It's just a matter of time before the disaffected New Yorker comes around to our way of thinkin'.  You know it's true.  And you never know, maybe Tebow could become a two sport player.  Stranger things have already happened, so why not?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tim Tebow Foundation Weekend

By all counts, the 2nd Annual Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament was a success.

A Key West couple bid $100,000 to spend a day with Tebow.

"It was very humbling, and you don't necessarily feel worthy," Tebow said Saturday after the golf tournament's conclusion at TPC Sawgrass. "That day I feel like I've got to do a few extra things to be special, you know? I've got to try to be a little bit better."
Erik Dellenback, the executive director of the Tim Tebow Foundation, said there was some initial disbelief when the bid was made, then suspicion -- until he found out who had made the bid. Even though it's a couple that has donated to the Foundation before, Dellenback was still a little confused until they told he and Tebow of their plans.
"They live in a part of town that has a lot of people in need and a lot of people with a lot of wealth, and she felt like bringing Timmy to her town down there would maybe change the town," Dellenback said. "It sounds like she's going to have a little event where she brings over some of the kids who are in need and some of the kids who are pretty deserving.
"I got goose bumps thinking about it because that's what the night was. You thought (the bid) was for one reason -- which you worry (because) you think, 'Why is somebody paying $100,000?' -- and then you found out what their motives are and you're just blown away by how God had moved in the room at the time."
Tebow was blown away, too.
"I think Tim was stunned," Dellenback said. "Then I'm sure he went in his head and thought, 'What am I going to do for a day?' But it's great. Now that he knows what he's going to do, he's so excited to do it."

More here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Eye Black Challenger: Bubba Watson

It's hard not to root for a guy who thanks his "lord and savior Jesus Christ", cries, and wears green and white.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Passover and Good Friday

If you don't know about Passover, you can learn more here.  As many readers know, we come from an interfaith background.  As Christians, we consider Jesus to have been the Passover lamb sacrificed for all

Happy Passover and a Good Friday to us all.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Does ESPN really think that Tim Tebow is "unsure he'll ever start again"?

Because that is the headline.

Tebow spoke with ESPN 1050 Radio and here's the quote.

Tebow told 1050 ESPN Radio on Friday that he's "not sure" if he'll ever be a starting quarterback again, and that thought doesn't even concern him right now.
"I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future," Tebow said, referring to his strong Christian faith. "That's something that has always given me peace and comfort. That's why I don't have to worry about the future. I can just worry about today and worry about becoming better as a football player and a person."

You can hear the full interview here, and Tim counts his way up to "being excited" to 50.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Quote of the Day: I'm excited

Tim Tebow via his Facebook page:

I've already said it 44 times so here goes number 45: I'm really excited to be a Jet! Haha! All joking aside, it's truly an honor to be a Jet and I'm anxiously looking forward to going to work with all of my new teammates and coaches. Fireman Ed and the rest of Jets nation, I'm gonna play my heart out for you.


Denver Post "celebrates" Tebow becoming a Jet.

The Denver Post is unloading its commemorative Tebow: Will to Win book by advertising it on Facebook.  You can get it here (and it is good.)

Archbishop of New York supports Tebow

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York is a Tim Tebow fan and welcomes him to New York.

“I’m kind of happy about [Tebow coming to New York],” Dolan said. “He’s a class act. I’ve followed him with great interest and I highly respect him for his unabashedly Christian values. And I’ve never found it put-offish or arrogant. It’s just very gentle and sincere.”

Tebow has been criticized in the past for being so outspoken about his faith and for his prayer on the field, which has come to be known as Tebowing.

“The man of faith that he is, he’s used to it,” Dolan said of the criticism. “Because he loves Jesus, Jesus is the most important person in his life, and Jesus has told us when you are with Him and when you stand up with Him you can expect to be insulted and harassed. So he’s used to it.”

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tebow as NYC Icon

Tebow is being compared to any number of New York icons this week, but the two funniest are below.

First, as King Kong, via ESPN's Numbers Never Lie.

And second, as Lady Liberty in Ghostbusters.

We're waiting for the Michael Buble as Sinatra tribute to Tebow (because of this). Or how long until Tebow gets the Empire State lit up for him?  In blue like for "ol' blue eyes"? or in green and white?  It'll happen, it's just a matter of time.

2010 Panini Trading Cards

How ironic.  Or was it prophetic?

Either way, stumbling across these at a store today was a pleasant surpise.

Sorry for being Tebow-lite, but we're a little "Tebow-ed" out.

If there is any significant news, other than where Tebow had dinner and took in a show, or how much his suit cost, or the girl fight over his new Jets jersey, we'll be glad to let you know.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tebow "Media Availabiltiy" Jets Presser

If you missed Tebow's introductory press conference, aka "media availability" then click the photo for the video.

And the reactions:

Seriously, I've covered the on a regular basis since 1998, and that's the most impressive rollout I've witnessed. Tim was terrific

Well said. “: Facing NY media or Patriots fans is nothing compared to playing LSU at night after fans got his cell number 

Some athletes endorse corporations, Tebow endorses God. Far be it for any of us to say which is more worthy.

My gosh Tebow is a superstar of epic proportions. Of course they're in NYC but Tebow 's presser much bigger than Peyton Manning's.

New York sports media fancies themselves fairly sophisticated. They are totally overmatched. Tebow is the most effective speaker in sports.

Big bad New York media didn't lay a glove on Tebow. He's unflappable.
Muschamp said Tebow's press conference is "bigger than mine." He said the Jets just got better.

Two drive-thru credential windows + a dozen satellite trucks + 80 chairs + Tim Tebow ...

. heard you ask about Lincoln tunnel billboard! Simple answer: they support him in more ways than one haha!

Tebow Introductory Presser

Tebow's introductory press conference will be today at Noon EST.
Most likely live on ESPN, NFL Network and on the Jets website.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Celebrated QB Tim Tebow is Getting the Royal Treatment...

There is nothing new under the sun.

On April 22, 2006 the Orlando Sentinel had this headline and story, "Celebrated QB Tim Tebow is Getting the Royal Treatment in Gainesville." Six years later, Tebow begins the same process with the Jets.  The only real change is the return to a green jersey from an orange and blue one.

Everything we are now seeing in New York, we've already seen here in Gainesville. To any Tebow skeptic or concerned Jets fan, read the following and see if it seems similar at all. And believe us, it worked out...very well.

Celebrated backup QB arrives with much excitement?  Check.
On this Wednesday, a woman with a football and a Sharpie waits along Tim Tebow's late-afternoon walk to the locker room.
Two young boys hold posters for Tebow, a freshman quarterback, to sign as he leaves practice. Soon, a teenage girl tucks herself inside Tebow's golden left arm as a camera captures the moment.

"Any time," said Tebow, a grin frozen on his face.

Behind the small crowd, Chris Leak, Florida's undisputed starting quarterback, walks past with the fanfare of a student manager. Linebacker Brandon Siler, among the best at his position in the country, earned only a wave from the fans a few minutes before.

But demand for Tebow, whose first snaps at Florida Field come in today's Orange and Blue Game, trumps them all. Although he struggles with throwing mechanics and knowledge of the offense, he finishes the spring just as he started it: the prince of Florida football.

Scenes like the one earlier this month happen at every practice session and popped up on campus soon after he arrived in January. Before and after classes, fellow students would pester Tebow to sign autographs and pose for pictures.

"You just try to be nice to everybody," he said.

Team officials want to limit access to the media and the "circus"? Check.

But Tebow's chances to show off his personality haven't often stretched beyond university grounds. Spurred by the wishes of coach Urban Meyer, athletic department officials spent the spring limiting his access to the public.
Despite receiving dozens of interview requests, UF sanctioned one interview with Tebow after an April 8 intrasquad scrimmage. It lasted four minutes. And when reached on his cell phone, he typically declines to chat on the record.
In addition, the athletic department turned down several organizations, including a Texas church, that requested Tebow as a public speaker.

New backup QB already accustomed to the media frenzy? Check.

ESPN cameras have followed Tebow for parts of six months in 2005 to document the recruiting process. The experience has produced a poised young player who appears as comfortable talking to a tape recorder as to his 10 teammates in the huddle.

Celebrated coaches express that it will be good for the new backup QB to learn behind the starter? Check.

Still, most coaches agreed with Meyer that a quiet year won't hurt his progress.

"The best thing that could happen to Tim is for Leak to have a great season," said Skip Holtz, a Notre Dame assistant with Meyer and now coach at East Carolina. "And Tim can just sit back and learn."

Concern for his shaky throwing mechanics and learning a new offense in the off season? Check.

His execution, though, has fallen short of that description. A talented runner, Tebow has shaky throwing mechanics and, like most freshmen, needs more time in the offense.
Time is short, of course, with Leak and Tebow the lone scholarship quarterbacks for the season. And the circumstances have prompted the coaches to drill him harder than most true freshmen.

At a practice last Saturday, Tebow made a rushed read to his left and fired an off-target pass. "What's the coverage?" Mullen screamed. "When do you throw that?"

Tebow shrugged, unhooked his chinstrap and stepped away as Leak took charge of the next play.
Tebow and his coaches know he's popular. But they also know, and care much more, that he's far from polished.

And what can we expect?  Tebow winning over skeptical teammates through his hard work and dedication?  Check.

Talk of Tebow's weight-room prowess preceded his enrollment. This winter, Tebow picked a strange lifting partner: senior defensive tackle Marcus Thomas. Tebow's workouts pushed him near (or, according to some, past) 240 pounds, more than 10 pounds heavier than coaches hoped.

Still, his work impressed teammates. Take the night earlier this semester when redshirt freshman guard Ronnie Wilson needed a partner for a tug-of-war against two defensive starters.

"Tebow jumped in there," sophomore wide receiver Nyan Boateng said, "and they just blew [the defense] out. I was like, `Man, that's our quarterback?' That's when I knew he was for real."

And how did the 2006 season turn out?  With a National Championship win against Ohio State.  Chris Leak's play was elevated as the starter and Tim Tebow was instrumental as a back up who entered the game with an array of special plays in critical first down and scoring situations.

And in 2007?  Tebow became the first player in college football history to score 20 rushing TDs and 20 passing TDs in a single season, and then became the first sophomore to win the Heisman trophy.

And in 2008, he led the Gators to another National Championship and won something called the "Manning Award".

Give our boy a shot, and who knows, history might just repeat itself, again.  Makes you wonder what the "Manning Award" looks like at the Pro level? Or do they call it a Super Bowl ring?

Riley Cooper on Tebow and Sanchez

Riley Cooper,  Tim Tebow's college roommate and Eagles WR, tells Rich Cimini Tebow is all that.

And don't think Tebow will be intimated by the attention. That won't happen, according to his close friend, Riley Cooper, a former college roommate and current Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver.

Asked how he expects Tebow to handle New York, Cooper told, "Awesome. It'll be just another notch on his belt, to be honest with you. … How can you dislike a person like him? He's going to explode even bigger than he was in Denver. New York is the No. 1 freakin' marketplace. It's going to be awesome for him."

Cooper said Tebow will remain humble, but he also called him "the most competitive person I've ever met. Pingpong, video game, rock-paper-scissors, no matter what, he wants to win. I wish I could say he cheated, but he doesn't."

When the trade was finalized Wednesday, the Jets called Tebow and defined his role -- backup to Sanchez and spot duty in the Wildcat. Some people in the organization don't expect him to be satisfied with that.

"Are you crazy? He's the ultimate competitor," one person said. "He's going to try everything in his power to supplant Mark Sanchez. That's why he picked us."

Cooper said he expects Tebow "to go out and compete as hard as he possibly can to show how good a quarterback and how good a player he is. That's who Tim Tebow is. And whatever happens, happens."

And what are Tebow's faults?
 "Everybody always asks for dirt on him," Cooper said. "Tim Tebow is the closest thing to perfect as I've ever been around. The only thing I can think of is that he didn't clean up his dishes. He left dishes and cereal bowls all around our living room. That's all I've got for you." 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tebow + White Bread = All American

Tebowmania is taking Manhattan by storm.  The famous Carnegie Deli in Manhattan will introduce the "Jetbow" sandwich in honor of Tim Tebow on Monday when he is officially introduced as a Jet.  In honor of Tebow, the sandwich will be made of white bread, and not rye, and will feature America cheese.  Why?  Because Tim Tebow is an "All American guy."

The famous Carnegie Deli in Manhattan will introduce the Jetbow sandwich on Monday, in honor of new Jets backup quarterback, Tim Tebow. The meal will be about 3.5 pounds and contain corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, American cheese, lettuce and tomato on white bread, and will be introduced Monday to coincide with Tebow's press conference.

"He's the poster boy for every parent and what they want their kids to be," owner Sandy Levine said. "Very religious, very clean-cut, an outstanding student, he does charity work. What more do you want as an athlete than him?"

Tebow's arrival will actually create history at the deli, renowned for its larger-than-life sandwiches. For the first time, the restaurant will be using white bread and mayonnaise in a sandwich created for a celebrity.

Carnegie Deli sandwiches usually use rye bread, and on a sandwich like this, mustard would be the condiment of choice. The pastrami and corned beef are being featured to make is a true deli eat, and the American cheese is replacing the normally used Swiss cheese.

Levine believes the white bread, mayonnaise, American cheese, roast beef, lettuce and tomato on the sandwich represent Tebow's "All-American boy" personality, and was willing to break the mold because of that. The quarterback's photo is actually hanging at the deli, as he visited while he was in town for the Heisman Trophy presentation.

"We tailored it to the type of person he is," Levine said. 

The rest of the story is here. And be sure to click through to see the reason behind the price.

How long before we see green and white "Jews for Tebow"?

And FYI ESPN is having a special edition of First Take tonight on Tebow, 7pm EST.

And Tebow's presser introducing him as a JET is at NOON EST, or as we're learning "JST".

Tebow's NYC Billboard

You knew there would be one.  And Jockey does not disappoint.  Tebow's new billboard over the Lincoln Tunnel.

The Temptation of Tim Tebow

Sorry, but we love this headline from the NY Daily News:
For a star quarterback like Tim Tebow, the city is full of sinful temptations like prostitutes and bars

Really?  That's nice to know.  Apparently, nowhere else in the world has prostitutes or bars.  Not Gainesville. Not Jacksonville. Not Miami. Not Denver.  Not L.A.

Or do they think Tim Tebow has never been tempted?  Or do they really think that New York is all that?  Because if you hadn't already noticed the "beautiful" people at ESPN happen to be Gators; Erin Andrews, Jenn Brown, and even Jesse Palmer.  Just sayin'.  And it's not like we aren't known for having a good time here in Gainesville, even if that has slipped a little since Timmy left town for Denver. 

But even the Jets Brass seem worried that Tim Tebow will be lured in by the charms of the bright lights of the Big City.

Jets officials are strongly encouraging new recruit Tim Tebow to live in New Jersey to keep him as far away as possible from the temptations of New York's nightlife, a source close to the team has said.
While believing the quarterback will be a great asset on the field, off it they think Tebow — a teetotaler and virgin who is saving himself for marriage — will need to have his hand held.
"The team will encourage Tebow to live in New Jersey near the practice facility," the source said. "They are not going to want him to be influenced and distracted in the city."

The Big Apple is in for a big shock.  Tim Tebow is a country boy addicted to working out and watching film, football film. And the one thing he is most likely doing around midnight, other than sleeping, is throwing, and not looking for prostitutes and bars.

We feel sorry for the tabloid types that are assigned to follow Tebow, because it is most likely going to be a very boring job following him from his house to the training facility, back to his house and back to the training facility, and back to his house, ad nauseum.  Don't believe us, check the Dan Patrick interview from this year's Super Bowl (2/3/12). That's pretty much what he did in Denver. And it wasn't because they didn't have any bars. (Update: Listen to this interview.)

And if this still doesn't make sense to you, here's a New York example.  As fun as it might seem to want to "corrupt" Tim Tebow, it's not in New York's best interest.  Just try and think of Tim Tebow as football's abstinent George Costanza

Our boy is a little different than the rest of us.  Perfect, no, not at all.  But we are willing to bet that whatever stumbling blocks he does have in life, it isn't prostitutes and bars or the grimy underbelly of the New York City nightlife. Or even blond starlets.

And then there's the cursing.  Even Tony Dungy tweeted yesterday that maybe Tim could help Rex Ryan with his cursing.  Don't worry about Tebow being shocked by Rex Ryan's foul mouth, he's heard it before, and can handle it.  Rex Ryan may be in Baton Rouge at the moment, but Ryan's got nothing compared to a stadium full of rabid LSU fans on a sweaty night at Death Valley.  If you think so, then who's the naive one?

And one final thing, if the tabloids are going to publish pictures of Tebow with beautiful women whom he *might* be "dating" can you at least throw in the occasional brunette or red head? Maybe a Latina, Asian, or African American beauty instead? Because we're used to diversity down here in Florida, and we think they are all beautiful too.

Tebow and Christians

As Christians, we believe it is our duty to refute and denounce what Pat Robertson has said:

Following Wednesday’s news that Tebow’s been traded to the New York Jets, Robertson said, despite Tebow’s great performance, the Broncos did not treat him well: “I think the Denver Broncos treated him shabbily. He won seven games, he brought them into the playoffs, for heaven sakes. I mean, they were a nothing team. He rallied them together with spectacular last-minute passes and, you know, when they beat Buffalo — I mean, Pittsburgh, excuse me — it was a tremendous victory.”

Robertson cited bad karma: “And you just ask yourself, okay, so Peyton Manning was a tremendous MVP quarterback, but he’s been injured. If that injury comes back, Denver will find itself without a quarterback. And in my opinion, it would serve them right.”

We had this discussion on twitter, but we'll put here for the record.

We are Gators, life long Gators, and as such, well, we don't hold Peyton Manning in the highest of regard as a player as a result.  Every Gators' favorite Peyton Manning stat is "Peyton Manning never beat the Gators."  Conversely, our boy never lost to Tennessee or FSU.  That's just how it is.

Add on top of that we are Saints fans (and boy does that smart right now) and our favorite Peyton Manning stat is "Peyton Manning threw the winning TD for the Saints in their first Super Bowl!" So, sorry, we're just not into Peyton that much.

And, yes, we think the Broncos could have handled all the PR surrounding Tim Tebow, Tebowmania, "Is he your starting QB of the future?" and the whole Manning courtship ALOT better than they did.  But it is water under the bridge now and we're moving on to the Big Apple with our boy.

Which takes us back to Pat Robertson.  As Christians one of the main guiding principles in life is "treat others like you would like to be treated" aka the "golden rule."  As much as our orange and blue glasses don't like Peyton Manning it does no one any good to wish someone to be injured or harmed.  Ask the Saints how that worked out.

Last season there was so much speculation on whether God intervenes in football games, and we seriously considered the idea after watching a string of  seemingly "miraculous" comeback wins every week.  In the end, we can't really answer that question for you. But we can answer this, we do not believe and would not love a God so callous and cruel as to injure a guy over a trade or a football game, or anything else. The God we put our trust in died to save and serve humanity, not inflict petty punishments.

So because this blog began because of writing Bible verses on eye black, we'd like to leave you with these two to consider (and please take note, these are both "Old Testament" verses, i.e. back when "eye for an eye" is believed to still have been kosher.)

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.
 Lamentations 3:33 For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Denver Fans Lament Tebow Departure

According to CBSDenver 73% of fans are "less of a Broncos fan" now that Tebow has been traded. 

Are we all ready for this?

Tim Tebow is on the way to the Big Apple.  Are we all ready for this?  The image that sprang to mind was Frank Capra's film "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." 

Tebow has been to New York several times for the Heisman, but is New York and its cynicism ready for Tim Tebow's "golly" optimism? We're all about to find out, so buckle up for the ride.

Here are a few of the headlines and articles in the NY press today.

Woody Paige sends Tebow off in style

Tim Tebow — one of the most extraordinary athletes ever to pass through Denver — was run out of town Wednesday.

It was all about pass and run — not about popularity, polarization, positive force and personality, faith, hope and charity, and mile-high regard.

Everybody in the world knows Timmy can run. He produced that remarkable run to the postseason for the Broncos last season.

But not everybody, especially the Broncos' brass, is certain he can pass.

Paradoxically, Tebow's final pass in Denver resulted in an 80-yard touchdown that won an overtime playoff game for the Broncos against the Steelers. After a contract snafu that held up the deal for hours Wednesday, Tebow was banished to the Jets, where he will start all over, but not start.
Tim is special. Someday Tebow will prove himself as an exceptional NFL quarterback — runner and passer — but that just won't happen with the Broncos. Someday, as I've written, Tebow, with his platform, will be much more than a football player. He could be a preacher, politician, philanthropist or philosopher. He has remained quiet publicly the past two weeks, but someone very close to him told me that Tebow was "all right, and everything will work out the way it's supposed to."

He is unique. Ask the youngsters with debilitating illnesses who have been invited to games by Tebow. Ask the adults who have met him. Ask teammates who have played with him. Ask the kids who were throwing around a football at a playground recently when Tebow suddenly got out of a car and held an impromptu clinic. Ask his close friend Angel.

Why did John Elway say Tebow would be the starter in training camp if he didn't mean it? Because Elway didn't realize then there would be a chance at Manning. The sincere intention by the Broncos was to play Tebow next season. But the only thing constant in sports is change.

Why did the Broncos think Tebow couldn't become a great passer? Because of his flawed throwing mechanics and footwork. Now the Jets, Tebow's new team, must address those — and many other — issues, including Tebowing and Tebowmania.

And never again will a young man or quarterback quite like Tim Tebow run or pass this way again.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It's official, Tebow a Jet

Boom Goes the Dynamite. Tebow to the Jets, again.

Tebow to the Jets, again.

Adam Schefter with the news:

"Denver has agreed to trade Tim Tebow and a seventh-round pick to the Jets for the NY's fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick."

And, apparently, Tebow chose the Jets over the Jags

See you tomorrow.

Robby Tebow on Tebow Trade to Jets

"We're really excited that Tim can play for a coach like Rex Ryan and the opportunity he's been given with the situation," Tebow said. "Rex is a fiery, motivating coach and I think they'll mesh well. Timmy is going to work extremely hard and try to make the most of his opportunity."
At the time, Robby Tebow did not appear to know that the trade to the Jets had hit a snag. He also dodged the question of whether the family is unhappy that the Jaguars passed on a second chance to obtain his brother to play for his hometown NFL team.

"We're absolutely excited and thrilled that he got his opportunity in New York," he said in response to a direct question of how the family feels about the Jaguars' decision to not offer more to the Broncos to get Tebow.
Full story here.

Update:  Mike Bianchi caught up with Robby Tebow.  Per twitter:

Robbie #Tebow, brother of Tim, playing pro-am at Bay Hill. He just said he thinks #Jaguars "are back in play."

Robbie , brother of Tim, also said, "We're back at square 1. We thought it was done, sign, sealed, delivered."

When I asked Robbie Tebow if Tim wants to go to , he said, "We want to go where somebody wants him (Tim)."


Quote of the Day

Just in case you are just getting off work, Tim Tebow was traded to the Jets, who tweeted about the trade before reading the fine print of his contract.  After realizing the extra $5M price tag, the Jets balked and tried to walk away from the deal.  But they tweeted it! The tweet that will now live in infamy:

#RL Jets have just announced they have agreed on a trade with Denver Broncos for QB Tim Tebow.

So Jeff Darlington gets the quote of the day:

" Man, Tim Tebow reallly knows how to make the fourth quarter interesting."

Whoever is praying that Tebow doesn't go to New York, it's working.

"Tim Tebow trade now is expected to come down to either Jaguars or Jets. Jaguars making play to get the player they failed to land earlier."

Tebow Trade to Jets Stalls

  is reporting that the Jets acquiring Tebow has hit a snag.  Evidently, was also a barrier to the Jags' offer as well.

"Tim Tebow has $5 million worth of recapture language, meaning Jets would have to pay back money to Denver. Jets might be unwilling. Complex."

"The same money issues in Tim Tebow's contract caused complications for Jacksonville trying to complete trade. Now Jets facing them."

Tebow to the Jets

Jay Glazer has broken with Tebow to the Jets with a 4th round pick.

From CBSSports:
The Jets announced Wednesday that they have traded a fourth- and sixth-round draft pick to the Broncos for QB Tim Tebow and a seventh-round pick. On Tuesday, Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum said the team was comfortable with its QB trio of Mark Sanchez, Drew Stanton and Greg McElroy. 

Trading Day

A variety of football outlets are reporting that four teams are interested in Tebow with the Jags and the Jets leading the pack.  The other two are Green Bay and a mystery team that is most likely the Dolphins. 

It'll be an interesting day for sure.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012