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Bailey does his best John Elway

Patriots Stop Tim Tebow: Why He Will Be Missed
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Denver’s defense lost this game, but Tebow was still pretty terrible: he completed just 9 of 26 passes, for 136 yards. (John 1:36 – “When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’”)  One 3rd-and-19 pass late in the third quarter was so wobbly and off the mark that Denver chose to kick a field goal rather than go for it on fourth down, trailing 42-7. The message was clear: Denver coach John Fox had no faith that Tebow could convert.

After the game, Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey was asked if Tebow should be the starter next season. Bailey looked the other way, providing no answer.

Champ has hedged his QB bet several times this year.  First he was in the Orton camp.  Then he switched to Tebow's.  After the KC loss, he was neutral.  With the win against Pittsburgh, it was safe to leave the house again.

Now, mum's the word. Can't say I blame him.  It's best to declare after the fact so you're on the right side of history.

Tom Kensler had a different version of events, though.

Team player, or Team Tebow player?

Tebow Performs Better in Sideshow
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Soon they were all praying together, while a protective cocoon of Tebow’s people formed around the pair, getting huffy when a couple of reporters stopped to observe. “Private family time,” one said, which was strange, since the scene was a hard-to-miss public spectacle, like so much of the Tebowing phenomenon, and it lasted considerably longer than any Denver drive.

He comes off as exceedingly earnest and sincere, though his religious invocations can have the same repetitive effect of those uttered during a Miss America pageant. Being uncomfortable with them doesn’t make one a hater or a heathen, just one of many who wonder if there is an appropriate time and place and if the football environment doesn’t always have to be one of them. Maybe as part of the growth process Tebow will figure that out.

As he always does, he thanked his teammates for their support and effort immediately after praising God. But one was left to surmise that he, the Broncos’ purported leader, should have been with them late Saturday night instead of in the corridor tending to his own personal business, no matter how giving it was. There are times when duty to team has to come first. Surely one of them is in the wake of lopsided and season-ending defeat.

Scott Pioli may have gone all Dick Nixon on Handshake Haley

Arrowhead anxiety: Turnover off the field causes concern
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Looking up toward the ceiling, he darted into a back hallway before hesitating. Then he turned around, going back through a door and stopping again. Haley suspected that many rooms at the team facility were bugged so that team administrators could monitor employees’ conversations. Stopping finally in a conference room, Haley said he believed his personal cellphone, a line he used before being hired by the Chiefs in 2009, had been tampered with.

Paranoid? The Chiefs have adamantly denied that they tap phones or listen in on conversations. But as the team enters another period of transition after elevating defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel last week to head coach, interviews with more than two dozen current and former employees suggest that intimidation and secrecy are among the Chiefs’ principal management styles — and that Haley wasn’t the only one with paranoid thoughts.

“When you’re mentally abused, you eventually lose it, too,” one former longtime Chiefs executive said.

Wow.  Just wow.  What's more fun, watching Oakland pinch off Hue-bris Jackson or Scott Pioli act like he's dropping acid?  Quick, Scott, get down, I think I just saw the walls breathing. 

Tebow goes biblical

Tebow urges Denver’s Davids to conquer Goliath
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As if there weren’t enough religious references and images enveloping the Denver Broncos and quarterback Tim Tebow, Jay Glazer of FOX reports that Tebow delivered a speech to his teammates on Saturday morning urging the team to play the role of David, against the Goliaths known as the Patriots.  Glazer says Tebow received a standing ovation for his passionate remarks.  In a few hours, we’ll find out whether it pushes the Broncos toward another postseason victory.

I always did think Tom "Goliath" Brady stood six cubits and a span, which is the bible's way of saying almost ten feet tall. That guy can really see over his linemen.

Rick Reilly just realized Tim Tebow is a nice guy

I believe in Tim Tebow
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I’ve come to believe in Tim Tebow, but not for what he does on a football field, which is still three parts Dr. Jekyll and two parts Mr. Hyde. No, I’ve come to believe in Tim Tebow for what he does off a football field, which is represent the best parts of us, the parts I want to be and so rarely am.

Who among us is this selfless?

Every week, Tebow picks out someone who is suffering, or who is dying, or who is injured, flies them and their families to the Broncos game, rents them a car, puts them up in a nice hotel, buys them dinner (usually at a Dave and Buster’s), gets them and their families pregame passes, visits with them just before kickoff (!), gets them 30-yard line tickets down low, visits with them after the game (sometimes for an hour), has them walk him to his car, and sends them off with a basket of gifts.

Home or road, win or lose, hero or goat.

Apparently, there were a few stragglers left who didn't buy into the idea that Tebow was a good person off the field.  Reilly, it appears, has just come around to the idea.

Either that or he just needed to lay down a word count in order to keep up his end of his contract with ESPN.  

Who among us has been living in a cave, Rick?

Lombardi: Tebowmania is a motivational gift to Belichick, Brady

Brady, Pats will flourish in the face of Tebowmania; notes
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When has Tom Brady not been the main story? Brady is a Hall of Fame player and a huge celebrity off the field, but even he has to take a back seat when Tebowmania comes to town. And with Tebow getting all the attention, something tells me that Brady will play his best.

With the Tebow story running wild, this year’s Patriots should be fully tuned in to their coach’s message.

It's not often that a 13.5-point dog gets all of the attention, but that is the power of Tebow. Hopefully, the Broncos aren't buying into the hype, and they still see themselves as underdogs.

Double, double toil and Tebow

Salem sorcesses in Brady's corner, but won't hex Tebow
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The group plans to gather Friday (the 13th, mind you) to nullify any curses associated with Brady being splashed on the cover of past issues of Sports Illustrated. No Tim Tebow hexes are planned—these are nice witches, with jobs and email addresses—but the ladies are heavily into Patriots football and not afraid to toy with the outcome.

We always knew Belichick had some dark arts on his side...

Jimmy Fallon: Timmy Stardust

VIDEO: Jimmy Fallon sings 'Tebowie' skit
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Tim Tebow to Jesus Christ,
Can’t win by myself but with your help I might.
Tim Tebow to Jesus Christ,
Commencing fourth down hut hut hike.
Snap the football and may God’s love be with me…

Tebow to hit the clubs with Tiger?

Pebble Pro-Am Pairing Made In Heaven: Tebow, Woods
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A highly placed source at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am confirmed Thursday that the tournament is strongly considering issuing an invitation to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. The source also told Global Golf Post that if Tebow accepts, the tournament’s first choice as a partner for Tebow will be Tiger Woods.

Don't worry, we're not talking about those clubs. Get your mind out of the gutter! (via Waggle Room)

Bayless: Tebow should demand a trade

Tim Tebow: 'Lot of crazy polls out there'
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After what transpired last week, I will not be surprised if Tim Tebow asks for a trade once this is over no matter how it turns out…win, lose, or draw…I will encourage him to ask for a trade, maybe even to demand a trade…cause what happened last week…that locker room turned into a snake pit for Tim Tebow…not only did the veteran players turn on him after Kyle Orton returned to Denver and won that game, but the coaching staff sold out on him quickly.

The article beneath the video is actually very interesting, but, of course, it's the video that makes the news.  

Skip Bayless was asked about Tebow's future after Ed Werder reported that Tebow was annoyed by the special packages that Brady Quinn had last week.  As you might expect, Bayless was livid that the Broncos would even think about not playing Tebow under any circumstance.  

Where does Bayless think Tebow should demand to be shipped to?  Jacksonville, naturally.

Perhaps Von Miller should demand a trade, too, since Mario Haggan has been playing for Miller on running downs.