Braylon Edwards gave 79 students $10,000 for college
As a Cleveland Browns rookie in 2005, Edwards announced he’d give $10,000 in scholarships to 100 area eighth-graders if they could graduate high school with over a 2.5 GPA and 15 hours community service. Of the 100 who were afforded the opportunity, 79 met the criteria and have begun their first year of college. Many are attending Ohio universities, but the schools represented spread across the country and include Harvard, Cornell and Johns Hopkins…Edwards hasn’t played for the Browns in two years. He’s a member of the San Francisco 49ers this season and is earning a $1 million base salary for the year, just about what he’ll pay those 79 students he promised to help years ago.
As I read this, I began thinking of how I might apply this to my own life. If you know of 79 students who need a $1 Jumbo Eraser at Dollar Tree, send them along. I'm a big spender.
Tim Tebow To Host Saturday Night Live?
Having supplanted Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the NFL’s most-discussed player, Tim Tebow could soon follow the pigskin legends onto the hallowed stages of America’s most popular late-night television sketch comedy show. Saturday Night Live producers want Tebow to host the popular NBC show, according to HollywoodLife.com. The site reports that a source close to SNL says producers want the Broncos quarterback to be featured as soon as football season is over. “SNL realizes it would be huge ratings and they are hoping he will say yes,” HollywoodLife’s source said. “Tim just can’t and won’t be able to do it while the season is still in play.”
My vote? Tebow plays a motivational speaker:
Bills' home finale blacked out on TV
The Bills announced Wednesday they still had about 24,000 tickets left for their final home game of the season. Buffalo closes its season having its last three home games blacked out.
Why Athletes Keep Chasing Head Injuries
He was so comfortable, in fact, that, according to the release, “(James) Harrison called…to thank him for putting (Kevlar) in his helmet, proclaiming it was the first time he did not experience post-game head pain or ringing in his ears.” In seven years.
Polamalu took the field against the Cincinnati Bengals just seven days after sustaining his not-quite-acknowledged concussion. His fear of not being a man, of looking like a wuss in front of his teammates, trumped his fear of looking at his son at age 50 and seeing a stranger; of uncontrollably sobbing and not knowing why, like the departed NFL great Dave Duerson, or, more recently, the late 28-year-old NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard; of not remembering what he ate for breakfast that morning, like the late NHL tough guy Bob Probert.
The NFL is good—astonishingly so, to the point where it’s tough to ever quite notice it doing it—at pushing its stark-raving, trembling, broken-down old soldiers to the margins. They are kept away from public view and trotted out briefly when the occasion arises. We see them only as their younger, beautiful selves in living eulogies produced by NFL Films.
Not my words, that title above. Rather, they belong to Sean Conboy, the author of the excellent column originally posted on The Classical and republished on Deadspin. As if the Ben Utecht story weren't enough to give one pause...
Rankings: Orton move could bite Elway, Broncos
So yes, he is acutely aware of the public pummeling that awaits him if Kyle Orton – the former starter the Broncos’ executive vice president nobly set free a few weeks ago – returns to Denver 11 days from now as the Chiefs’ quarterback and squashes his old team’s playoff dreams. Should that scenario play out, Elway knows he will be slammed for having made a gratuitous transaction that ultimately came back to bite his team.
I disagree with Silver. Tim Tebow is too big a phenomenon at this point for his supporters to care what happens to Kyle Orton. Tim Tebow is the answer; Kyle Orton is just another name Tebow gets to ghostwrite in his next autobiography. I'm telling you right now, the Chiefs could run the table with Kyle Orton (it won't happen), beat the Patriots in the conference playoffs, and destroy the Packers in the Super Bowl, and it wouldn't change the feelings of Tebow Nation in the slightest.
“Mr. Elway is obviously one of the best to ever play the game,” Tebow said of the Hall of Fame quarterback who now runs the Broncos’ football operations. “To get any compliment from him is extremely nice. He’s been around this game a long time. That’s nice to hear.”
Saturday Night Live's Tim Tebow Satire Raises Ire Of Pro-Christianity Voices
Pat Robertson claimed the SNL skit was “anti-Christrian bigotry that’s just disgusting.” Robertson, 81, told viewers on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s 700 Club that had the skit been about another religion, things would have been much different. “If this had been a Muslim country and they had done that, and had Muhammad doing that stuff, you would have found bombs being thrown off, and bodies on the street,” Robertson said.
Okay, okay, I'll take the bait, Pat. It's a slow news night. First, while I won't deny that anti-Christian bigotry does exist in America, and I understand the religious right can be a little sensitive to this sort of thing, I think Roberston is completely wrong in the case of SNL. SNL, by its very nature, satirizes that which is mainstream in American society. They've been doing it for decades. Do they lean to the left? Probably so. But bigotry? Come on. His second point about the Muslim country, while potentially correct, misses the point entirely. America is neither a theocracy, nor is Islam the dominant/mainstream religion. Oh, and Tebow isn't a Muslim.
If Roberton's point is to suggest that satirizing a Muslim version of Tim Tebow in Saudi Arabia would result in bombing, then okay, so what? If, on the other hand, his point is to suggest that the same would happen if Tebow were a Muslim athlete in America is really stretching it. To consider this is to engage in a lot of hypothetical gymnastics, all of which require another dimension of space and time. It assumes some mythical reality in which Tebow is a Muslim quarterback who praises Allah to a mainstream audience of Muslims while inspiring other guys like Wesley Woodyard and Brian Dawkins to also praise Allah. In short, it's just a context that doesn't exist in American society. And as a thought experiment, it requires us to bend the context to an alternate reality. It's like when people ask me what would happen if Tim Tebow were a Muslim in America, and I say to them that the phenomenon that is Tim Tebow wouldn't exist if he were (there aren't enough Muslims in the United States to support the staggering jersey sales, for starters). I suspect Robertson can find lower-hanging fruit than the SNL skit.
Gifts For People Who Have An Opinion About Tim Tebow
Nobody puts the “Christ” in “Christmas” like America’s greatest football phenomenon. Don’t stop with Denver Broncos gear—Tim Tebow is much more than just an athlete, as the bio of “Timmy” on the Tebow family ministry’s website makes clear. Here are a few ideas to help your favorite Tebower get closer to Him this holiday season.
John Elway endorses Tim Tebow
“Tim Tebow’s not going anywhere. I mean, he’s going to be a Bronco and we’re going to do everything we can and hopefully he’s that guy…The best way for Tim to develop was to be good on the defensive side and take our time with him on the offensive side. And that wouldn’t dump all the pressure on him and say, ‘Here you go, in your second year you need to go out and score 35 points a game.’...I think the big picture with Tim is we’ve got to see the whole body of work. And so really what you want to see with him is the improvement that’s going to happen over time.”
“We want it to happen because of the competitor he is and what type of person he is and how he represents not only himself but represents the Broncos and the city. People have been watching him, so he’s a draw. But that’s where some time in the offseason (helps) and it comes down to timing and throwing…Do I think he’ll get there? Yeah, I do.”
Elway hedges his words with the typical hopefully but this is undoubtedly John's most emphatic statement in support of Tim Tebow's future as the Denver QB. And in the end it will all come down to his actions rather than his words, but this is still a far cry from saying he hadn't seen improvement out of Tim only weeks earlier.
Tracking Tebow, Week 15: Learning experiences
Unlike the Lions game in Week 8 (the last time the Broncos lost, by the way), where Tebow looked thoroughly confused (and, incidentally, a week before the Broncos went all in on read-option football), the second-year quarterback continues to get better.
But there are also signs that opposing defenses are beginning to get a bead on the offense that made Tebow a Heisman trophy winner in college. The question now, with two games left in the regular season and the Broncos trying to old onto the AFC West lead: Can Tebow’s mastery of option football be enough to overcome its potential flaws? It’s one thing for an opponent to know how to stop Tebow, it’s something else entirely to actually pull it off.