Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Brandon Spikes' Pink Suit

Remember this? Brandon Spikes' pink suit makes another appearance.  And Wes Welker digs it.

While he doesn’t think too highly of Belichick’s wardrobe, Welker was complimentary of Sanders’ ability to dress, including the fact he could pull off the pink suit that Patriots LB Brandon Spikes recently sported.
“He can rock anything,” Welker said. “That’s Prime Time we’re talking about right now.”

Story here.

(And the pilot hanging out the window will always be great.)


 And now at the Super Bowl (via @bspikes55)

"What if Tebow had gone to Alabama?"

We're close to National Signing Day, and again, another story on "what if Tebow had gone to Alabama?" is floated out there.  The last installment was back in Dec 2009, but the story has shifted a bit.

Maybe Alabama fans are finally getting over that Timmy chose Florida over Alabama now that Nick Saban is there. Let's hope so. Regardless, Tebow's college career has set a very high benchmark for all who follow.

Go Gators!

Stadium Food

It's Super Bowl week, if you didn't already know, so we thought we'd show you how a few other people have celebrated.    If it takes 1,229 continuous minutes of Tebowing to burn off three slices of Pizza Hut Meat Lover's (according to ), then we're not sure we want to know how many minutes of Tebowing it will take to burn off these.  


 

More food stadiums here.

Hat tip: Becky P

Monday, January 30, 2012

Tim Tebow and Abby Wambach up for "Capt. Clutch" Award

Former Gators Tim Tebow and Abby Wambach are both up for Cartoon Network's new "Captain Clutch" award.  The Hall of Game Awards will be hosted by Shaq. Click the photos to vote!



hat tip: k ramsey

The FRS Ad

Since everyone is gearing up for the Super Bowl, and the all the new ads that come with it, we thought it would be good to re-visit one of our favorite ads; the Tebow FRS ad.

Before Tebow was drafted friends of this blog and friends on twitter got #timtebowcant trending on twitter on the first day of the 2010 NFL draft in anticipation  of Tebow being selected in the first round, and he was.  The FRS ad encapsulates those sentiments in a great way. Below is the ad and a couple of behind the scenes on its making.





Sunday, January 29, 2012

Eyeblack Challenger: Juno

Juno is a Belgian Malinois who was adopted by the family of Lucas Hembree, a four year old with Sanfilippo syndrome, which is an untreatable and ultimately fatal disease. 

The Hembrees rescued Juno days before she was slated to be euthanized.  The previous owners had given her up because they didn't understand the drive and activity of the breed.  But Chester Hembree, Lucas' dad, did.

“I used to help with the training of police K-9s, and our dogs were Belgian Malinoises,” he says. “I loved their desire to work and their ‘never quit’ attitude.”  In addition to being a popular choice for police dogs, the breed is often used in combat. In fact, it’s believed that the dog that helped Navy SEALs take down Osama bin Laden was a Belgian Malinois.

 After introducing Juno to Lucas, the two have been inseparable. 

“I wanted to make sure she had plenty of time to adjust to the family before I started the formal training,” Chester says. Yet, from the beginning there seemed to be something instinctive about their relationship. One day, Chester noticed Juno circling Lucas while he was in his wheelchair. “She was whining and nudging him with her nose,” Chester says. “I checked his oxygen levels and they were very low.” After giving him oxygen, Lucas returned to normal and Juno greeted him with licks and affection.
Image: Juno watches over Lucas during a recent trip to the hospital.
Courtesy Of The Hembree Family  /  Vetstreet.com
“That’s when I knew she had the ability to pick up on his neurological changes,” Chester says. “Now she alerts us when Lucas is about to have a seizure or if his oxygen levels drop really low. She has saved him several times."

Their story is here.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pro Bowlers Talk Tebow

Clay Matthews, Darelle Revis, and Jared Allen all talk Tebow to ESPN.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What Tebow dissenters are really afraid of

Jacob Moffitt is a senior English major in Wichita and has written one of the most honest reasons we've seen someone give, at least in print, on why they don't like Tebow.  And it's fair.

The reason I and many others may dislike Tebow so much is because he seems to have such a better life than we do, and he seems to clearly be a much better person then me. He is highly successful, rich, famous, in shape, has great sportsmanship, and he even has The Tim Tebow Foundation—which helps “bring a brighter day to deserving children.”
I have trouble trusting Tebow because I don’t want him to be involved in some scandal that will disvalue all of his previous endeavors (not saying he will but it has happened many times in the past), thus, being caught in some hypocritical scandal, abusing his power like Ted Haggard or Jim Bakker. I want him to truly be what he claims to be.
I’m just afraid Tebow will let me down, and all of those who view him as such a unique and great human being. Don’t let us down Tebow. America needs you. I need you to prove me wrong. I need you to show me that people can be religious with money and fame and not mess up. Tebow if you continue to prove that you are legit in your beliefs, you might be able to renew my faith in people. Please don’t let me down Tebow, but if you could cut back on the constant prayers and kneeling on the field, that would be great.

Full story here.


Our challenge to all the Jacobs of the world that are afraid to put their trust in Tebow is to be the hero in their own lives, in their sphere of  influence.  No one is perfect.  We all make mistakes.  And instead of putting your trust in a football player to be a good influence, you be it instead.

Now that it is the off-season for Tebow and the Broncos, we'd like to reissue the challenge to make Tebow "irrelevent" again because it illustrates  how important it is that we all become good leaders.  We can't all rely on one guy to be a good role model.  We are all role models, good or bad, because wherever we go, someone sees us and sees what we do and how we do it.  Like it or not, we're all role models and we can all make a positive difference in the world, or not. It's our choice.

Below is our original challenge, and let's see how many new "heroes" emerge by the start of the 2012 football season.  Make Tebow one of the many, instead of letting him be one of the few.

To all the Christians who read this blog, we'd like to issue you this challenge.  Let's make Tebow irrelevant.  Imagine that so many Christians actually lived a strong Christian life that someone like Tebow was so typical, so commonplace that it wouldn't warrant discussing, much less dissecting.

How about bringing the same passion, commitment, determination, hard work and excellence to our everyday lives that others are forced to consider our faith and our God as a result of our everyday actions?

How about taking the hits from the skeptics in our sphere of influence with the same polite, level headed and gracious approach that we see Tebow do, week after week, year after year?

Instead of "tebowing", i.e. taking a picture of yourself pretending to pray, how about really praying for those around you who are in need?

Instead of wearing a 15 jersey with "Jesus" emblazoned on the back, how about feeding the sick, supporting orphans, visiting prisoners, and providing health care to those less fortunate.  How about acting like a follower of the real Jesus, instead of just wearing his name?

And instead of "believing" Tebow can get it done on the field, how about we all join him off the field and make being a real Christian the standard and not the exception? 

Let Tebow silence his critics on the field, and let us as fans join forces and silence the critics off the field by making the man Tebow is just one of the many instead of one of the few.

Monday, January 23, 2012

"Reader disagrees with assessment of Tebow"

This is one of the best Tebow headlines, maybe ever, because no matter what follows you've probably already seen it, heard it, read it, thought it, (dis)agreed with it, etc., ad nauseam.

So, on that note, we're taking a few days off and heading to a very sunny and very quiet beach down where the ol' Gators play.  

See you back here soon.

Tebow in "Any Era"


EPN NFL is assessing current players who could play in "any era" of pro-football.

Tebow makes the list at 19. Click here to see what several NFL greats, including Mike Ditka, Floyd Little, and Larry Csonka, have to say about Tebow's game.

Tim Tebow and Brad Paisley

Yes, Tebow joined Brad Paisely on stage...and don't worry, he  won't be quitting his day job.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Byron Donzis, inventor of the football flak jacket, dies at 79

It may not seem that significant to the average fan, but the football flak jacket revolutionized the game of football because it protected the QB and other players' ribs.

It's inventor, Byron Donzis, passed away last Sunday, January 15.  He is well known for having snuck into Dan Pastorini's hospital room, the Houston Oiler QB with three busted ribs,  in 1978 to demonstrate the flak by having someone hit him repeated with a baseball bat for the ailing QB.  Days later Pastorini suited up with the flak jacket and led his team to the playoffs.

Mr. Donzis had no regrets about his unorthodox demonstration in the quarterback’s hospital room. “People will consider you off the wall. If that bothers you don’t be an innovator,” he told the Dallas Morning News in 1994. “That’s part of the badge you wear.”
His obituaries in the Washington Post and the New York Times are here and here.

Randall Cunningham talks Tebow and faith


Randall Cunningham, former NFL QB and current pastor in Las Vegas, sat down with the Orlando Sentinel to talk about Tim Tebow, both as a player and as a Christian.   Click here for the video of Cunningham's interview.

It is interesting to hear Cunningham's point of view after hearing Kordell Stewart and Rob Parker's thoughts on Tebow and race when it comes to assessing the QB position.

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Book of Tebow

NFL.com has an interesting mini film entitled "The Book of Tebow."  It covers the Broncos' 2011 season and the extraordinary roller coaster ride Tebow led us all on this year.  The interesting thing about it is that it showcases various players throughout the NFL who pray individually but also teams who say the Lord's Prayer together as a group.  Look at how many do.



 




Once upon a time the image of a man kneeling in prayer was a sign of strength to be admired and emulated.



Maybe it is making a comeback.



 

Tebow + LeBron + Skip Bayless

It hardly qualifies as a twitter war, but it is funny to see Tebow take Skip Bayless to task.





Tebow's twitter account here.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thanks from Tim Tebow


Hey everyone, thanks for all the love and support! Looking forward to working hard this off-season... Can't wait for next year! GB²

Quote of the Day: "He's looking forward to going to church."

TMZ catches Tebow doing nothing in particular in Vegas, or as they put it taking in the show O was pretty "tame." 

The money quote: "We asked how Tebow would be spending his first free weekend in months ... and the rep told us, "He's looking forward to going to church."

Of course he is...

Full story here.

Sound FX: Tebow and Bailey


Champ Bailey  and Tebow were wired up for the Broncos-Pats game. Both were gracious in defeat. And Belichick's words of encouragement to Tebow at the end are good to hear.

Click here for the video.

Make It Count

Champ Bailey stands byTebow


“I think Tim has a lot to prove still,” Bailey said today on Jim Rome Is Burning. “He’s proven he can win some tough games. Now it’s just being consistent. One thing about him, he’s going to work at it. And I’m behind him 100 percent.”
Asked if Tebow will ever be a quarterback who stands in the pocket and reads defenses, Bailey said Tebow has no choice in that matter if he wants to make it in the NFL.

“I think at some point he’ll have to be if he wants to play a long time,” Bailey said. “That’s one area he’s going to have to improve to be elite in this league. But the things he does running the ball — he can make some throws, it’s just being comfortable doing it. He’s got to get better at it, and when he does, the sky’s the limit for him.”

Full story here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tebow and Dancing with the Stars

Tim Tebow, leading man?

Karina Smirnoff wants Tim Tebow to be on Dancing with the Stars for her birthday. "All I want for my birthday is for Tim Tebow to dance on Dancing with the Stars," she said Saturday... "Tim is a very talented athlete, that was clear when we saw his performance this past season with Denver."

But Erin Andrews, former Gator Dazzler and Dancing with the Stars alum, told GQ he can't dance. "Tim Tebow cannot dance, I know that. [laughs] Tebow can do a lot of things, but he can not dance."

But given the chance of being  on Dancing with the Stars or American Idol, Tebow would take dancing.

So, would you like to see Tebow on DWTS?

Tebow injured in Patriots game

Various news outlets are reporting that Tebow suffered a serious injury in the Patriots game to his ribs and a bruised lung.  The speculation now turns to if he will be able to play in the ProBowl as the second alternate, behind Brady and Roethlisberger, because of the injuries.



Also, Peter King has also helped raise speculation via twitter that Tebow should have sat out and let Brady Quinn go in.  "RT : So Tebow basically cost his team.. If you're injured, get out and let a healthy Quinn play ... 35-7 when he got popped, sir."

Tebow's response to playing injured during the Pat's game: "I just wanted to show character. You just continue to fight and it doesn't change who you are, how you play, how you go out there, you should be the same at all times," Tebow said. "That's what I wanted to show, it didn't matter if it was the first play or the last play or you were down by 42. I was going to be the same player and I was still going to give everything I have. Because that's all I have to give."

We're getting the feeling that it is going to be a very long off-season.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Quote of the Day: I don't care

For those worried that John Elway's endorsement of Tebow as the starting QB wasn't strong enough yesterday, don't worry about it. Tebow isn't.

Given his late-game heroics this season, did Tebow wish Elway had taken one more leap of faith by promising him the starting job for Game 1 of the 2012 season?

"I don't care," Tebow said. "You have to go out there and compete, anyways."


Sound familiar?

Billick wants Tebow to "slim down"

They had to reign  him in from lifting too much in  high school, and then in college, and now Coach Billick thinks Tebow should tone down the weight lifting too.



"I'm excited to see what happens with Tim Tebow in an entire offseason. He's gonna get a coach whisperer," said Billick, "to work on those mechanics.
"I think the No. 1 thing Tim Tebow has to do, I don't think he can lift the way he's lifted before. There's three people that can't lift the way Tim Tebow does: pro quarterbacks, pro tennis players and golfers."
Tebow packs 236 chiseled pounds onto his 6-3 frame.
"He has got to cut back on that rigid, thick (frame)," said Billick. "I know it keeps him alive as a running quarterback, but it does not bode well for his passing, the fluidity that he has to have. So that's, to me, job one in the offseason, he's got to change his (conditioning) mindset."

Fair? Or another "Tim Tebow can't"?

Full story here.

Image: Stack Media

Subway + The Swamp + Tebowing

Jimmy Fallon has joined with Subway to "pass" a footlong across America.  Here's it's journey through the Swamp.  Go Gators!




via OnlyGators

"You can't work Tim Tebow"

Sally Quinn, religion writer for the Washington Post, is a Tim Tebow fan.  And like many, she is more of a fan of Tebow than of the player because she is not a fan of football. 

I think Tim Tebow is the last person in the world to think that he can “work” God. He believes that God has given him the chance to do good and he is doing it the best way he can. And he is using all of his abilities to their fullest. Listen to what he had to say after the game.

“It still wasn’t a bad day,” he said. “It still was a good day, because I got to spend some time before the game with Zack McLeod (a 20 year old with a brain injury sustained from playing football) and made him smile, and overall, when you get to do that it’s still a positive day. Sometimes that’s hard to see, but it depends what lens you’re looking through. I choose to look through those lenses, and I got to make a kid’s day. That’s more important than winning the game so I’m proud of that.”

He should be.

And his God should be proud too.

Though the “God” in this “memoir” is satiric, he has an important message which Tebow learned long ago. It isn’t about him. It isn’t about praying to win. It isn’t about believing that praying to win will influence God. It’s about believing that praying to do good in the world can work. “God” cannot be worked. Neither can Tim Tebow.

Full story here.

More by Sally Quinn on Tebow here.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Have Your Say: Tebow on CBS


CBS has invited Tim Tebow to sit in as a guest analyst on its NFL Sunday show.  But as Tebow fans do you want to see him do it?


Quote of the Day: Elway


Elway: "Tim's earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into camp next year."

Press conference at DenverBroncos.com

Happy MLK Day


“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” 
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jews for Tebow

Greta Van Susteren likes Jews for Tebow.

"With all the wars fought over religion, with all the nasty things people say and do and imagine about each others’ religions…it sure is fun to see a pic like this, isn’t it?"

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Patriots defeat Broncos 45-10




Photos: Denver Post

A Different Side of Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow and Bailey Knaub sit down with James Brown.

Game Day Verse: Broncos vs. Patriots (playoffs)



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.