ENGLEWOOD — Broncos followers assumed Tom Nalen was a real good offensive center. No one really knew for sure.
No Pro Sports League has done a better job of manipulating the Fans’ Passions better than the National Football League. More than a few people have asked me why I’ve made such a big deal out of the League’s treatment of Tim Tebow. The reason is simple. It sums up in a big fat nutshell, its treatment of all of the Fans.
The arrest and subsequent release by the Team of Seattle Seahawk Back-Up QB Josh Portis now has some speculating on whether the Pacific Northwest might now be Tebow Central. Oh, but it’s a Small Market. The “Circus” might be smaller and containable. Containable. Controllable. Managing Mediocrity. That’s the Name of the Real Game in Today’s NFL where Parity is just another way of saying an equal distribution of sloppy, lousy, unexciting, uninspiring Football.
At latest count, 72% of NFL Players will declare Bankruptcy within 3 years of leaving the League. In total, almost 90% of NFL Players face serious trouble in some form shortly after putting up the cleats. Divorce, Bankruptcy, Substance Abuse problems, Jail. And en ever-growing number aren’t even waiting for Retirement these days before tasting the fruits of the dark side. But Tim Tebow’s “Cult-Like” Following is the “Circus”.
A League that makes Rob Gronkowski apologize for Partying with Fans, yet does nothing when Players curse out those Fans, is so thoroughly lost it’s almost hard to imagine how it will ever find its way.
But that’s not at all the true problem. It’s that nobody wants to talk about the true problems. Teams finally, grudgingly began to admit that the “problem” with Tim Tebow is that he’s “too popular to sign”. If anything better says the League has allowed its Control-Freak Nature to completely Trump its Good Sense, I don’t know what it would be.
I’ve called for Tebow Fans to Stand Up…Don’t Cower. That’s what the NFL GM’s and Owners are doing. But folks say “Oh, that will infuriate them even more.” Good. Maybe the Owners will wake up and start turning some of their fury where it should be. At how completely lost the League has become on their Watch. Like NBC’s Arrest Watch for NFL Players. Something they do for No Other League. When the NBA has been surpassed in the Bad Boy League Dept, that alone should have told the NFL it needs to get its act together…and fast.
What does the NFL do instead? Work to marginalize the one Player who SHOULD be the Face of the League. The other Faces the League’s shown lately are really ugly. And getting uglier by the day.
Now NY Jets newest Phenom, Geno Smith, has signed on Roc Nation to be his Agents. Why? Because, despite having no dealings with the NFL, they’re Jay-Z’s Agency. They’re not even trying to hide this stuff anymore. Like the look Football Fans? Cause you’re going to get a whole lot more of it.
But hey, at least it’s not that Tebow Circus.
Buzzy Says : Here is Brandi to pick on some more.
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By Vinnie Iyer Sporting News
Tim Tebow, free-agent NFL quarterback, has a big fan in Walker, Texas Ranger.
With Tebow still looking for a job in football, actor/marital arts legend Chuck Norris has written him a recommendation letter of sorts. In a column for a non-profit site called Newsbusters, Norris posted a column endorsing Tebow as what he calls a UCP: An Ultimate Clutch Player.
Tim Tebow has a big fan in Chuck Norris. (AP Photo)Norris spun off the term from UFC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Part of the reason he likes Tebow is that’s he a different kind of fighter — a “warrior” and “leader” who, to him, is like a young Norris.
“Tebow is a player who rises to the occasion and delivers big in critical moments,” Norris wrote. “He reminds me of myself when I used to compete in martial arts.”
Norris also suggests that the Jacksonville Jaguars should sign Tebow, although the organization and its diehard fans don’t have any interest in Tebow playing for the team. He points out the usual facts, that Tebow is a winner “plain and simple” from the University of Florida who hails from the state of Florida. To make his point clearer, he says if the Jaguars go for Tebow, they would be meeting the challenge of words Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
While Tebow, the former New York Jets and Denver Broncos player, still has many fans, there’s little interest among NFLs team to add him at this point in the offseason. No word if Tebow is working out with Total Gym to keep himself in game shape.
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The lack of interest in free agency helped push the 13-year veteran away from the game.
ENGLEWOOD — Von Miller has played only two seasons for the Broncos, but he already has carved out a tidy slice of the team’s record book.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos keep bringing in veteran free-agent cornerbacks and Chris Harris keeps fending them off.
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I have never met Angie Gregory, but I thought she said this very well, so I share it with you.
Angie Gregory Online
Friday, May 17, 2013
TIM TEBOW: WHY WE REALLY LIKE HIM SO MUCH
Certain people in the NFL are blaming Tim Tebow’s fans for hurting his chances at ever being a starting QB for a NFL team. I had no idea who Tim Tebow was when he entered the intensive-care hospital room of my 4-year-old terminally ill nephew in 2009. He was a college hero but I wasn’t a sports fan so I didn’t care that the nursing staff treated him like he was a rock star. IT WAS HIS HUMILITY THAT IMPRESSED ME, ALMOST INSTANTLY. I LIKED HIS CHARACTER, HIS CHARM. HE HAS A LIGHT ABOUT HIM, A GENUINE LOVE FOR OTHERS THAT IS EASY TO ADMIRE. His uplifting visit brought joy to my nephew on a very rough day, one of the last days of his young life. That is what being a sports hero is about. At the end of the day, it’s not about mechanics or magazine covers or sports politics. It’s about inspiring someone so much that they can get behind you enough to put on a football jersey with your number on it. And Tim Tebow is better at that than anyone.
SOME PEOPLE ARE ENVIOUS OF THE TYPE OF DEVOTION TEBOW FANS HAVE FOR HIM. It makes them uncomfortable and rather than being honest with themselves about their envy, they shift the blame to us, the fans. They know that many of us became Tim Tebow fans for what he does off the field, rather than on it. Sure, we cheer him on from the stands and in front of our televisions. We are happy when he gets those wins. And no, we don’t care about his form, we’re more focused on his drive. But most importantly, WE LOVE THAT HE LIVES THE LIFE HE BELIEVES. Regardless if we personally agree with his beliefs or even share his faith at all, IT’S MORE ABOUT ROOTING FOR SOMEONE GENUINE, AUTHENTIC, A LEADER, A GUIDING LIGHT. Someone with class that is dedicated to his sport and his team, as well as to the values for which he stands. Someone who makes time for children fighting serious illnesses, orphans, and underprivileged kids from around the world. AND NONE OF IT IS AN ACT, OR SOMETHING HE IS FORCED TO DO; HE IS A GENUINE HUMAN BEING AND THAT IS REFRESHING AND INSPIRING. HE REMINDS US WHAT TRUE LEADERSHIP AND SPORTSMANSHIP IS ALL ABOUT.
So, yes, he brings people to the stands that might never watch a football game otherwise. We buy his jerseys, hashtag him on our social media, and even “Tebow” for photos. WE KNOW HE’S NOT PERFECT, HE IS ONLY HUMAN BUT HE’S OUR HERO. HE’S SOMEONE THAT WE CAN RALLY BEHIND BECAUSE OF HIS STRONG CHARACTER. We know he is criticized for his throwing motion but we also know that he is a talented athlete with a long list of wins, trophies, awards. He is a capable quarterback with a relentless drive to succeed that just happens to have millions of “crazed” fans that cheer him on.
MOST ANY LEGEND HAS A DIE-HARD FOLLOWING. WE BELIEVE THAT TEBOW IS THE STUFF THAT LEGENDS ARE MADE of and if given a fair shake, he can become all that we know he can be. He already is a legend off the field, he deserves to expand beyond his amazing collegiate career and brief run in the NFL to become a full-time starting QB. His short-lived time with the Denver Broncos was only glimpse at his ability to win and the NY Jets never let him shine.
IF TIM TEBOW WASN’T SUCH A STELLAR HUMAN BEING, PERHAPS HE WOULDN’T HAVE THE “FAN PROBLEM.” BUT THEN AGAIN, HE WOULDN’T BE TIM TEBOW, THE QB WITH ENOUGH CHARACTER TO BRING PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE TOGETHER TO FILL THE STANDS TO CHANT “TEBOW!” AND ENOUGH TALENT AND DRIVE TO GET THE WIN, bringing in even more Tebow fans. To me, it doesn’t seem that having a huge fan base should be a problem. Maybe those who use that excuse should try again.
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By Matthew Jussim
The Jacksonville Jaguars were one of the worst teams in the NFL last season after going 2-14 and after hiring a new coach and a general manager in Gus Bradley and David Caldwell, the franchise is ready to move into a new era under owner Shad Khan that has more success.
By Justin Barney
Tim Tebow came home on Friday night with a message that’s become a recurring theme in his ministry.
NFL quarterback or not — and he’s not right now after being released by the New York Jets — Tebow’s going to continue using the platform that he’s been given to make an impact any way that he can.
Tebow spoke at New Life Christian Fellowship as part of his Inspire series. Recently named the world’s most influential athlete by Forbes, Tebow didn’t talk about his lofty status, or future as an NFL player. While the debate about where the former Nease High and University of Florida star will end up continues to drag on, that wasn’t the message.
Tebow instead chose to share numerous stories from his well-known words of faith and hope. Tebow, who wasn’t made available to the media, talked about everything from his competitive nature as a 4-year-old tee-ball player (his coach thought Tebow’s mentality was a little too much), to his most forgettable recruiting trip in high school (Notre Dame). Most of the stories began with sports and ended with some tie to faith or humility.
For many in the audience, it was a chance to see and hear Tebow without “Jets” or “Jaguars” or “throwing motion” attached. It was a simple night that several people said was like a conversation around a table with an old friend. New Life’s Melodee Nobles said that 750 people attended the event.
“It was fun out there, how can it not be with that guy out there,” said Denny Thompson, a Providence assistant football coach who helped WJXL radio host Joe Cowart with an auction of Tebow-related memorabilia that raised ,700. “It was a great night out there.”
Providence junior Jack Halton, a tight end on the Stallions football team, said the night allowed the audience to hear Tebow, unscripted, talk about more than just football.
“You don’t get to see who’s behind the pads and we got a chance to see that,” Halton said. “He goes out of his way to reach out to kids. It’s just great to see that even someone [famous] like him will do that. I thought he was great.”
Outside of the Florida-Florida State zingers that drew the most applause, Tebow’s football line of the night came when Erik Dellanback asked about the most memorable moment of his 2011 season with the Denver Broncos.
“One of my favorite stories, ironically, was against the New York Jets,” Tebow said of a Nov. 17 game, a 17-13 Broncos win.
“And probably my greatest Jets highlight, I guess.”
Dellenback, executive director of Tebow’s foundation, said that some of the most special events that Tebow takes part in are those like Friday’s. Tebow does about 20 events every year like the Inspire forum. “We get to play a small part in making a difference,” Dellenback said. “God changes people we just get an opportunity to plant the seed.”
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