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

Tebow to Jets?

Story here. What do you think?
(We'd prefer something closer to home.)

Quote of the Day: Hopefully I'll land somewhere in Florida

Monica Culpepper, wife of former Gator Brad Culpepper, says Tebow hopes he lands "somewhere in Florida."

“Brad and I just had dinner with Tim last week and I don’t think this comes as a shock or surprise to him that Manning was actually going to go there,” she said. “And in all honesty, Tim said, ‘I miss home. I miss the South. And hopefully I’ll land somewhere in Florida.’ I sure hope Jacksonville takes him because he’s such a great kid, such a good player and would be so thrilled to come back to the South.”

Faithful Competition

Tebow's Nascar "Faithful Competition" video was posted a week ago on Vimeo. In a way it is ironic that such an inspiring video would be posted at the same time as the Manning Watch began, but upon reflection it is not surprising at all.  God works in mysterious ways and we expect this week, and next, to be more evidence of that.  Click the link below, you'll like it.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Where do you hope Tebow lands?

Remember this great graphic from two years ago?

Where are you hoping he lands this time?

Peyton Manning to the Broncos

Well, there's that.  Denver media claim three teams have already inquired about Tebow.  Where do you hope he'll land?  We'll have more later this afternoon.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Perspective on the Manning-Tebow Drama from Denver and JAX

Two local writers give perspective on the current Manning Watch/Tebow situation.

First, Mike Klis in the Denver Post lists the long line of Denver QB dramas:
This town has sent its share of quarterbacks to the funny farm.
Jake Plummer wrote a $5 million pretax check just so he could retire.

Jay Cutler forced a trade to dreary, frigid, wind-swept Chicago and the defensive-oriented Bears.
Kyle Orton thought Kansas City, for cripes sake, was better than living beneath the interminable sunshine of Tebowmania.

And now Tim Tebow, one of the most outwardly competitive athletes to rumble across the hash marks, bunkers silently as his team attempts to take his job away and give it to Peyton Manning.
Come to think of it, this wasn't an easy place for John Elway, either. Still isn't.

Matt Hasselbeck, anyone?

That is the most concise description of the Denver situation that we've seen to date.  But for perspective on Tim Tebow and how we can expect him to fare this whole situation we'd like you to read an excerpt from Jacksonville's Gene Frenette:

With the Peyton Manning sweepstakes reportedly down to three finalists, that means a starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans or San Francisco 49ers will either be moved down to No. 2 on the depth chart, traded away or taking his services elsewhere.

If that somebody turns out to be the Broncos' Tim Tebow, look for him to handle it with the same calm, driven disposition in which he dispatched the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime of the AFC playoffs.

Unlike some of his most fervent admirers and detractors, Tebow has no time for irrationality or chaos. Whatever outside noise is created by those who can't get enough of making Tebow the drama centerpiece, he's more apt to disarm them than inflame any controversy. [...]

No NFL player does a better job at handling public relations. So if anyone thinks Tebow is going to get rattled by the Manning circus, then they just haven't been paying attention. How many times does he remind people that football is secondary to his Christian faith, that providing hope to those less fortunate is what drives him?

One of Tebow's favorite lines is: "I don't know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future."

The Manning drama is about to reach its conclusion. Whether the Broncos land Manning and send Tebow packing, keep pursuing other quarterbacks, or have to awkwardly welcome back the NFL's most polarizing figure as their starter, Tebow will adjust.

It's what a cool, level-headed quarterback does. And Tebow is all that.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Alabama Governor names March 16 "Tim Tebow Day"

Wonders never cease.  The Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, named March 16 (3/16) "Tim Tebow Day."  And the Mayor of Montgomery, capital city to the State of Alabama, awarded Tebow a key to the city.  Really.

Tebow visited Montgomery to help raise funds for the Cancer Wellness Foundation for Central Alabama.   

One Alabama commentator did mention the current Peyton Manning courtship and where it might leave Tebow in the future:

Tebow is a great guy. He’s a good leader. He inspires his teammates. And while that might help you win a pathetic division and slide into the playoffs, it won’t win you championships.

Tebow’s days as a full-time starting QB in the NFL are numbered. And that’s why I think his days as a full-fledged celebrity are also numbered.

Kids don’t idolize backup quarterbacks. ESPN doesn’t hype a fullback. 

I wish that wasn’t the case. I wish it were possible for a good guy like Tebow to remain a celebrity, regardless of stats and playing time.
Because we’ve got enough quarterbacks. We could use a few more Tebows.

To that we all know the answer; 'ppreciate that. (And Go Gators!)

Fox, not Elway, initiated Manning pursuit by Broncos

Woody Paige has a very interesting quote today:

Fox has not spoken throughout the Manning Matter, although he started it with the Broncos. According to a trustworthy source, when team officials watched the tearful news conference announcing that Manning was being released by the Colts, Fox stood and strongly suggested that the Broncos go full footballs-out for him. After considering the potential ramifications and having a discussion with owner Pat Bowlen, Elway agreed.

Fox broke his public silence Thursday evening and told me: "Sometimes you have to be willing to take big risks in life."

Monday, March 12, 2012

Michael Silver in defense of Tebow

Michael Silver, the reporter who brought us the infamous Tebow was the "4th string QB" anonymous quote and the Brady Quinn quotes controversy, now writes in defense of Tebow.  Money quote:
One way or the other, I don’t see Tebow being The Man in Denver. And while I love Elway and certainly understand his desperate desire to see Manning in a Broncos uniform, I think the kid is getting the shaft.

Full story here.

Tebow Leads Billboard Poll

You've got to give it to the OneSwoosh guys for getting so much use of their store sign/billboard.

Tebow leads by 59% of 20,000 voters according to USA Today.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Quote of the Day: "doesn't mean it isn't tacky"

Jason Gay, of the Wall Street Journal,  feels for Tebow.

But just because it's smart [to sign Manning] doesn't mean it isn't tacky. It has to gut Tebow to see those photographs of Manning walking into Broncos headquarters accompanied by Elway and Fox.
I think it's possible to both respect Peyton Manning and cringe at how Tebow is getting undermined. What happens if Manning doesn't come to Denver? Elway has made it clear he has no faith in Tebow's long-term viability. The Jets gave Sanchez eight figures for his humiliation; I'd be shocked if Elway gives Tebow bus fare and a bag of Munchos. (If Manning does come, let's drop the Avengers-style delusion that he and Tebow will coexist and rule the NFL together. Tebow should be immediately moved out of town.)

Yes: it's rough out there. This is no longer a dog eat dog world. This is a dog eats dog then dog gets released and winds up playing Dog Arena Football world. If Tebow is shoved out of a franchise he revived, I can't wait for the day that he comes back and plays the Broncos. I want to see 6-of-22 passing for 78 yards. I want to see passes that wobble like Zip-Loc bags full of soup. But I also want to see a last-minute drive win it. I'll be pulling for Tebow to exact a Tebow-like revenge.

And I know what you did last autumn. Don't pretend to be so tough. You'll be pulling for Tebow, too.

Full story here.

Quote of the Day: Tebow "all right" with Manning

Woody Paige reports that Tebow is "all right" with the Broncos hosting Peyton Manning Friday and Saturday.

Tebow is "all right" with the Manning matter, and "everything will work out the way it's supposed to," I was told. This is the second time Tebow believed he would be the starting quarterback at training camp.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Headline: Tebow to Play Elsewhere

Gary Miller, who caused a firestorm when he asked John Elway if Tebow was the Broncos' QB and received  immediately the answer "no", is now reporting that if the Broncos can sign Peyton Manning, Tebow "will be playing elsewhere."

This time Drudge is carrying the headline.

Like in all things, only time will tell, but given a choice which of the following do you prefer as a Tebow fan?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Power of Tim Tebow and You

There is a video making the rounds on Facebook, Twitter, and across the internet as a whole and it is calling on  20 "Culture Makers" and 12 "Policy Makers" to help bring down one of the worst warlords today, Joseph Kony.

Filmmaker Jason Russell is calling on Tim Tebow, as an athlete, to help make the rest of the US aware of this brutal killer in an effort to persuade President Obama and US policy makers to not withdraw US support in Uganda to capture Joseph Kony in 2012. And look who Tebow is sandwiched in between as a "culture maker." (At the 23 min. mark)

Does Tim Tebow have the power and the influence to make a difference in helping bring down a war criminal?  Do you and do we?  Can fame and public interest and public scrutiny be used as a positive force, instead of as gossip and web traffic and ad clicks?  We hope so, because as Christians we believe "anything is possible if a person believes."

Watch the video below and decide for yourself.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Quote of the Day: I'm definitely not gonna be on the Bachelor


"Haha rumors can be crazy! Even though I've watched the show before, I'm definitely not gonna be on the Bachelor. #JessePalmerTim Tebow

Tebow draws crowd of 20,000 and lands on Drudge

Of all the celebrity crushes on Tebow, the one we find most interesting is Matt Drudge's.  Tebow is top of the page with Tebow's Appearance at Vegas Church Draws 20,000

And one other thing,  since a lot of you have emailed and tweeted, it's highly unlikely Tebow will be the next Bachelor.  Click here and check the last answer to see why.

Back to the beach!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Spring Break

It's Spring Break and we're headed to the beach. 
See you here next week.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Congrats to Danny Wuerffel!

Congratulations to Danny Wuerffel on being nominated to the College Football Hall of Fame. Danny is one of 76 players and eight coaches on the 2012 ballot.

More on Danny Wuerffel and his work with Desire Street Ministries here. And the Danny Wuerffel trophy here.

More on Danny's nomination here.