ESPN college football analyst Tim Tebow talks to Michael Smith and Jemele Hill about the megacast during the national championship and more.
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How many NFL coaches and general managers and NFL teams have to say the same thing before his devoted disciples get it? First the Denver Broncos, then the New York Jets, and now his hometown team in Jacksonville.
Sports writers debate whether the NY Jets should trade or play Tim Tebow.
“I can’t imagine a scenario in which he’ll be a Jacksonville Jaguar — even if he’s released [by the Jets],” new Jags general manager David Caldwell said Thursday.
Greater football minds than me have figured it out: Tebow’s elongated throwing motion, his happy feet and other flawed mechanics don’t fit the requirements for a starting QB in the NFL.
His great run with the Broncos last season was an aberration: The team scaled down their offense to accommodate Tebow’s liabilities, and let their defense and kicker Matt Prater do most of the heavy lifting.
But Tebow is not a long-term solution.
His only shot would be to come in as a wildcat option, and even that seems to be a possibility that’s not on the table any more.
Tebow’s strength is his ability to improvise, but scrambling out of the pocket and making something dynamic happen isn’t something you can script in an NFL playbook. His ability to extend plays will make him exciting to watch and will energize an NFL offense, but you can’t run an offense on the fly.
“It was either really, really bad or really, really good,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said of Tebow last season. “ And I think that’s what you’re gonna get. If you want the dynamism, if you want the leadership, if you want the kid, you’re gonna have to put up with some things that are sometimes ugly.”
It is clear that no one wants to put up with his inconsistencies.
Tebow still has a great deal to offer an NFL team.
But it won’t be throwing the football.
But there’s only One Most Popular Player in the History of a Sport. And for (American) Football, that Player is Tim Tebow.
There’s no precedent for the place the new A11 Football League finds itself in. Because, frankly, no Major Professional League in Sports History has ever been stupid and arrogant enough before to run off the Most Popular Player it’s ever seen or heard of. Until the NFL and Tim Tebow.
Tim Tebow is more Popular than the Game of Football itself. And he has been wildly successful at it. And for reasons only the NFL can explain…but refuses to…that scares the ever luvin crap out of them.
The A11 Football League has known they wanted Tim Tebow so much and for so long, they made him an offer before they even had a League. They did so NOT because he’s so popular; but because of why. From the first whiffs of an A11FL, the League’s Founders and Executives have said Tim Tebow represents everything they want their new League to be about. They want him to be the face of the League because that’s the face they want to have. They love EVERYTHING about Tim Tebow. Except, perhaps, that he’s been tough to sign.
There was a time that was a blessing in disguise for them. Tebow had just gotten cut from the Jets when the A11FL Execs first began courting him. Publicly…VERY Publicly…and privately. I was contacted by one of the League’s Founders and asked what I thought. We had already been chatting, as they’d been asking about my thoughts on a League Blog for and by Women. Sort of their ESPNW, I suppose. We came up with the name “Skirting the Lines” by the way. Perhaps to be seen on a Football League’s website near you someday. I told them then. Two Years. That’s what Tim Tebow is worth to them. The instant elimination of the toughest two years in the development of a new Sports League. Those first, toughest two. The League would be an instant success. Maintaining that success would be up to them. But A11FL comes out of the gate with the very solid potential of having more Fans than the NFL, since Tebow already has more and most of them never liked the NFL in the first place. How much do you think they love it now?
Truth…and numbers, oh great and powerful Statizenry…be told, not all that many really do love it. The NFL, that is. Millions like it…ALOT. But the League’s efforts to remove passion have begun being effective. With that, much of the passion for Football. Even among the only “Intelligence” on Earth. 12-24 year olds. Only 24% of that group call themselves “NFL Fans”. That number was around 30 as the new Millennium rolled around. While self-proclaimed Soccer Lovers have jumped up from just a single hand’s digits to 12%. Most of that European Soccer, by the way. Sorry MLS, even Soccer Kids think you suck.
I say all this because the second biggest failing of A11FL Version One in my opinion has been too much interest in what the “Alternative Football” crowd thinks. Y’all know my feelings on this. Anyone who thinks that Spring Football can survive and thrive only on the hunger for Football in the US…a hunger so great, people just want to eat it up 12 months of the year…shouldn’t be allowed around sharp objects. The NFL is struggling to maintain a consistent interest across the League for 4 months. Struggling and failing. NFL Owners have admitted, they’ve exhausted the US Market’s interest. Their strategy…can you still call it that when it’s absolutely inane?…of trying to appeal to the too busy to reach for cash at the drive-through set only serves to further spread the cracks in the League’s Foundation. Just swipe my eCash while I update my Fantasy Roster.
Jim Rome calls 20-something guys “Dumbasses”. Knowing everything there is to know and everyone else is an idiot. Romie says not to worry, he was as well when he was a 20-something Guy. You grow out of it. 20-something Girls ask “Yeah? When?”
The NFL’s current Marketing technique of appealing to the dumbass in 20-something dumbass Guys is a tough one to sustain a League on. The Shield currently lives off the Legacy of what the NFL once was. And TV Contracts the Networks now wish they could have back. When those two run out, what then? The Jaguars will be just as inept in London as they have been in Jacksonville. Now, send Jerry Jones and the Cowboys across The Pond and everybody’s happy. Jerry’d love the London Paparazzi. And Football Fans in Texas are burned out by his endless promises of coming brighter days the Jones Way.
And therein lies the root of a Foundation for A11 Football League, Version Two. NFL Fans, even those who have spent huge piles of money on Personal Seat Licenses, can’t do diddly squat about obtuse Owners and arrogant General Managers. Boyz Fans get both wrapped up into one face…and annoying voice…to fume at and over. No Team in Football has more reason to be responsive to the Fans than the Cowboys. Because of Jones’ success in suing the NFL, he’s got an annual pile of cash from Merchandise Sales forbad to the 31 other Owners. Even Wisconsin Packers Owners who aren’t allowed to move those foam finger bucks from one pocket to the other. Jones gets some of that action too. Jerry Jones has very Financial reason to make Cowboys Fans happy. But he doesn’t care. As long as Jerry Jones’ ego is happy, everyone else is supposed to be too.
The A11FL is supposed to be the Anti-Ego League.
Then why hasn’t Tim Tebow already been signed? THAT is the question Tebow Fans keep asking. That is the number one failure of A11FL, Version One…Before the Darkness. And it’s the question for many Tebow Fans who have already become Fans…or at least interested..of the A11FL. Is that one of the reasons FOR the Blackout. Will they come back out into the light of day next to a smiling #15 in a Bandits jersey? It would give a whole new meaning to the B-Words. Blacklisted for Tebow Fans. Blackout for “Alternative Football” Fans.
It’s not money with Tim. If it was, he’d have pocketed the cool Two Mil in Russia.
By all accounts, he’s pretty happy these days. But he still wants to Play Football. I’ve asked the question before…Will the A11 Football League be Dead on Arrival if they don’t sign Tim Tebow after making such a big deal out of wanting to? Chances are it’ll be dead to most Tebow Fans. That’s a demographic the NFL is out of their arrogant friggen minds to think they can live without. So how much better would the League that has all but Branded itself the Tebow Football League fare without him?
Really wanna know? Just do a quick search of articles about the A11 Football League’s Announcement Presser. Not one word was said about Tebow in the open part of the Session. But the League’s having offered Tebow a contract was told to Reporters afterwards. And that’s just about the only thing written about the League’s Announcement that at long last all of those throngs of Fans hungering, thirsting for Professional Football in the Spring now have something to sate them.
Even the League’s Partnership with ESPN bought them NOTHING…zip, zilch, nada. No Interest. NOT even from ESPN itself, which did a simple Press Release. But they sure as hell talked about Tim Tebow.
Sorry Footballzoids. It’s time to put aside your own egos and admit something. Tim Tebow is BIGGER than you. All of you. Whatever it takes. A11 Football League, Version Two CANNOT fail to sign Tebow or they’ll NEVER be able to convince anyone, least of all The Galaxy of Tebow, that’s it’s all been anything more than a cheap publicity stunt. And the A11 Football League will run the risk of being even more hated by Tebow Fans than the NFL is. The Tebow Train will run over the League and crush it.
Nothing the A11 Football League does, nothing…no big names, no Network Deals, nothing…nothing else matters if they don’t sign Tebow.
Same Sports Bimbo I’ve always been.
Shady doesn’t want any part of Tim Tebow.
Tim Tebow hasn’t played a meaningful NFL snap in quite some time, but he’s still not immune from catching some flak.
This time, it’s Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy ripping into the quarterback. Shady was caught by TMZ cameras in an airport Saturday, and he was asked his opinion on the most talented NFL player currently without a job.
When the cameraman asked McCoy about Tim Tebow, well, it’s clear he has a strong opinion. In fact, it appears he’d take his 2-year-old son over Tebow. Ouch.
Tim Tebow had everything to smile about after a magical 29-23 overtime victory in Denver.
“Around the League” discusses the Broncos going deeper into the playoffs without WR Eric Decker.
Their “official” Announcement of existence shocked many with the inclusion of the disclosure of the League’s Partnership with ESPN. But it was what was said after the pomp and ceremony to the Reporters there that excited everyone. For the first time, the A11 Football League formally disclosed their courtship of the World’s Most Fascinating Athlete and International RockStar, Tim Tebow.
Awhile back I wrote that NFL General Managers may be single-handedly guaranteeing the enormous success of the A11 Football League with their Undeclared War to Put Football Fans in their Place. The most visible Front of that GM’s Police Action being the “Blacklisting” of the Most Popular Player in NFL History…Tebow.
Two NFL Owners inadvertently let slip the very core of the NFL’s problems that we see manifesting in ‘The Shield’s’ Death by a Thousand Cuts.
First was Woody Johnson when he said the NFL is in the “Media Business”. That’s how the League currently makes the bulk of its money. But the NFL will never again see the type of deals it’s gotten fat on. Unless it can show the Networks it can multiply its casual audiences four-fold. Which it can’t.
Professional Sports are in the Passion Business. And the NFL’s War on Fans also has a Passion Front. Tebow Fans don’t just outnumber NFL Fans…By ALOT. They are fiercely passionate. Every sling and arrow the League has flung at Tim Tebow has only built the Tebow Legions and made them even more passionate. Of late, that passion has been morphing into a passionate hatred of the NFL.
The second famous faux pas made by an NFL Owner came from the Jacksonville Jaguars Shahid Khan after new GM Dave Caldwell uttered the most infamous words in the Galaxy of Tebow…”Even if He’s Released”.
Khan messed up and messed up huge…unless, of course his only interest is in being the Owner of the “London Jaguars”. Khan said nothing to soften the blow to the 95% of his Marketplace who adore Tim Tebow. And simply stated he has to bow to the will of his “experts”. Well Shad, if you actually believe that, then you’re a total idiot. But, as I’ve written here numerous times, if Shad Khan isn’t simply a coward, then his only real agenda is Relocation at all costs.
But Shad Khan’s standing by his Man comment represents the very heart and soul of the NFL’s War on Fans. That being, with the structure of most NFL organizations, most NFL GMs see nothing in it for them in making the Fans happy. Apparently, none of them graduated from the Sam Walton School of Business which has as its first lesson…NEVER think you’re Smarter or Better than your Customers. With NFL Organizational Structures, for most Teams, the only person who has both the Organizational Responsibility to have happy Customers AND the authority to do anything about Personnel decisions is the Owner.
If the Owners simply “Stand by” their Men, you end up with what we see. Culture problems, Fans who feel disenchanted and disenfranchised, even scored sometimes. And most fanaticism removed from the term “Fan.
Professional Sports Leagues CANNOT survive on Customers, They fail even more quickly on Audiences. They NEED Fans. They NEED Passion and Fanatiscism or sooner or later the League will be forced to retract.
Mark Cuban says the NFL will “implode” in ten years when it no longer has the Network troughs to feast from. He’s absolutely right about that possibility. Unless NFL Owners start firing people who don’t realize they’re in the People Business, most notably, the Passions of the People, Cuban is probably understating the NFL’s dismal forecast.
This all leads back to the A11 Football League’s second order of business. SIGN Tim Tebow. Don’t just talk about it. Do it.
WHATEVER it Takes! Tim Tebow is the single biggest guarantee of a successful League. Far more important than any number of Billionaires lining up with their checkbooks open. Because he does the one thing money cannot and will never buy. He brings more passionate Fans than the NFL will have in its lifetime. Which may already be short. And will be MUCH shorter beginning the day Tim Tebow puts on a Tampa Bay Bandits jersey. In terms, that is, of being Sport’s Pre-eminent League. Curling is catching up with the NFL, for goodness sake. Now, if it was guys pushing Hooter’s Girls down the ice, I could understand it. But it’s a guy sliding a rock and two janitors trying to run ahead of it.
And the NFL is losing ground to that?
Time for Football to have a real Fans’ League and nothing says it more than the Player the Fans want most to see. Tebow. Go Big or Go Home. Sign Tebow…NOW.
Do it before the NFL Owners wake up and realize they have dumbasses working for them who are going to cost them their fortunes.
Same Sports Bimbo I’ve always been.
On Tuesday night, people from all over the state filled the Mississippi Coliseum in order to hear a message given by a football hero and a war hero.
Tim Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner who has seen his share of obstacles and miracles through his time in the NCAA and NFL, took the stage with CJ Stewart, a Purple Heart recipient, who died twice on the operating table then went through 18 blood transfusions and 40 surgeries to reconstruct his body after he was wounded by an RPG when he served as a combat medic in Afghanistan.
The event was a fundraiser for Stewart’s Down Range camp, planned to be a place where young people can learn about character through life experiences at the old Camp Kickapoo site in Clinton. At the end of the program, Tebow pledged to give $10,000 to the project, then asked the audience if there were four more people who would stand up and give $10,000.
They did, which met Stewart’s goal of raising $100,000 before the summer.
“That was out of the blue. He’s an incredible guy and continues to prove that over and over again,” Stewart said. “I had no idea he was going to do that. When you’re led in a direction you go, and great things come out of it.”
In the question-and-answer forum with Stewart fielding questions sent to the foundation’s mobile app, Tebow talked about growing up with a competitive family and how by the age of 8 years old he had a passion for football.
“We serve a big God, and big things are possible,” Tebow said. “But our dreams are so small. Look at what God can do. We should dream big, like CJ is doing.”
At one point in the program, Stewart asked Tebow what he hopes people will say about him in 50 years.
“Man, I hope they wouldn’t ever talk about football when they talk about me in 50 years,” Tebow answered. “I’d want that to be the last thing they talk about. I hope they would remember me as someone who tried to bring faith, hope and love to people in their darkest needs. I hope in 50 years they’ll talk about how I cared about people, and that I did something to make their lives better.”
Tebow also talked about the Ole Miss Rebels’ win over the Gators in 2008, saying that many people think he would count it among his least favorite games.
“I consider that one of our biggest blessings,” he said. “We were a very talented team, but we needed more motivation.”
Tebow said his team just kept expecting to win the game at the last minute, and when they didn’t, it caused the team to reevaluate what their goals were from that point on.
“We went to practice in full pads that Sunday, and it was the most intense practice I’ve ever been in,” Tebow said, adding that it solidified the Gators as a team and allowed them to play for the National Championship.
“So thank you very much, Ole Miss,” he said.
Another question Stewart asked was from a 10-year-old football fan named Caleb whose parents are going into the mission field, which will take him away from the sport he loves so much.
He referred him to Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Tebow explained that the verse isn’t just saying that anything can be accomplished through Christ, but that no matter what the situation, that God will give his people the strength to get through it.
“God’s going to honor you for giving up the things you love for him,” Tebow said. “When you love God and people, and you’re serving those people, God will see to it that it’s worth it some day.”
Tebow ended the evening with one of his favorite personal goals, telling the audience to “finish strong.” He told a story about Coach Urban Meyer pulling off his headset after Florida won the National Championship. Meyer hugged Tebow and told him, “Timmy, I love you and I’m so proud of you. You finished strong.”
“When I get to Heaven and God pulls off his headset and embraces me, I want him to be able to say, ‘Timmy, I love you and I’m proud of you. You finished strong,’ ” Tebow said. “I want to be able to say I gave it all, and that I gave it for a worthy cause.”