Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Florida Times-Union examines the remarkable Q score and popularity of Tim Tebow, whose celebrity makes him comparable to the likes of Dick Vitale, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Dan Marino, Derek Jeter and Jack Nicholson depending upon the measure. Arguably, Tebow's exceptional career with the Gators is the biggest contributor to his fame, although his lionization by the Christian right and his straight-laced image can't be too far behind.
But of course, he hasn't really done anything yet as a professional - he's started three games, won one of them, and scored a few touchdowns. And while many of us think he'll end up the Broncos' starting QB in 2011 - and a successful one, at that - one has to wonder what will become of Tebow's fame if he fails as an NFL player. Tebow's jersey was only outsold last year by those of established stars Troy Polamalu, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers, all of whom have led their team to Super Bowl titles.
And what does Tebow's popularity mean to the Broncos? Will it help fill seats at the Big IF and continue to sell merch? Will Tebow place/keep the Broncos in the national sports consciousness for whatever length his career in Denver stretches, or only for however long he helps them win, if at all? It will be interesting to find out...
The Times Call's Brian Howell considers American sports fans' love of hatred - hating the Heat, Tiger Woods, and specific to Denver hating Josh McDaniels and Jay Cutler.
Tebow signed books at a Barnes & Noble in Orlando yesterday, and there was a huge turnout including some folks who waited more than 24 hours to meet the QB. Plus, video from Tebow's signing in Gainesville.
The looming return of former Rays OF Carl Crawford to Tampa as a Sawk recalls John Lynch's visit as a Bronco after being cut by the Bucs.
Tebow's book debuted at #6 on the NYT's hardcover nonfiction bestseller list.
Tebow's image now adorns vending machines that sell Jockey T-shirts.
Daniel Kaplan of SBJ is hearing that an agreement may be reached in as little as two weeks.
Gary Myers says both sides are fearful of taking a big financial hit, and that's why they're serious about talking now.
Jack Bechta explains in dollar terms what the NFL's projected revenue growth could mean for the players in coming years.
Businesses at and around the training-camp sites of NFL teams may end up losing out big as the lockout drags on. Of course, Roger Goodell & Co are doing this for their benefit...
Jerry McDonald makes the case for Oakland to select Terrelle Pryor if he enters the supplemental draft.
Pete Carroll isn't conceding the 2004 BCS title.
Apparently the Browns were interested in talking to Jim Tressel five years ago.
In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei writes that he doesn't foresee Tressel landing in the NFL, plus questions about Colin Kaepernick's fit in Jim Harbaugh's offense. Pompei is hearing that once a labor agreement is in place, there may be a signing period for veteran free agents before there's one for undrafted rookies. He also lists a few reasons the Broncos drafted two safeties in April - the age of Brian Dawkins and Renaldo Hill, the increasing importance of the passing game, and the need for more bodies on special teams.
Doug Farrar examines the running backs who performed best on third down last year.
One-liners via PFT.