Three New England Patriots players originally listed as questionable have been downgraded and won’t play in Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. The team announced Saturday that wide receiver Deion Branch (groin), linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) and running back Shane Vereen (hamstring) have been ruled out. The Patriots also ruled out two others—safety Patrick Chung (foot) and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot)—who were originally listed as doubtful.
Fans petition Broncos, Tim Tebow to support gay youth
A growing group of fans and activists are petitioning the Denver Broncos, specifically QB Tim Tebow, to join the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign in support of gay teens. Says petition organizer and Broncos fan Andy Szekeres: “It’s the good Christian thing to do.” The project, founded in September, 2010, is an effort to curb suicides among lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender teens.
Jermichael Finley calls Tebow coverage “kind of disturbing”
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley told Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that it is “kind of disturbing” to see the amount of time the media spends talking about Tebow. He thinks that more time should be spent on the season that Aaron Rodgers is having and he also thinks that the time is coming when Tebow will no longer be everybody’s favorite player.
“He’s telling everybody what they want to hear,” Finley said. “You see him and he’s patting everybody on the back saying, ‘You’re going to make this catch. I promise because God said,’ and he makes it happen. Stuff like that. It confuses people. People that don’t know the game outside of the fans, of course they’re going to hype it up. But guys that see a good player and a good quarterback, they know what kind of guy he’ll be down the road when he gets exposed. Everybody who knows the game knows what kind of player Tebow is going to be.”
Tebow joining LeBron and Tiger as stars moving the sports needle
Perhaps the most remarkable finding is that Tebow now rates alongside such celebrities as Jennifer Aniston, Lady Gaga, Tom Hanks, Will Smith and Taylor Swift when it comes to aspiration (the degree to which consumers feel a celebrity has a life to which they would aspire) and influence (the degree to which consumers believe a celebrity is an influence in today’s world).
5 questions for ... Shannon Sharpe
You played in Denver, do you think Tim Tebow can keep this up?
I’m treating this like I’m dating a Victoria’s Secret model. I’m not worried about if we’ll be together three years from now, I’m enjoying this right now. Why should John Elway come out and say this is our guy? John Skelton has won four of five for the Cardinals, so I guess they should commit to him? No, let it play out. This isn’t Aaron Rodgers. He’s winning, but there’s limitations on what he can do.
Three to Focus On: Patriots @ Broncos, Week 15
The Patriots’ defense is misleadingly efficient at keeping teams out of the end zone despite giving up over 400 yards per game, so Denver needs to capitalize on whatever opportunities they earn.
It’s hard to picture Tebowmania extending another week against a quality opponent like New England, but the Broncos have been counted out before and proved their doubters wrong. To beat the Patriots, Denver needs an inspired defensive effort. If it comes down to a shootout between Tim Tebow and Brady, the Broncos could find themselves out of the game quickly.
Peek at the Week: If Tebow beats Pats, critics have less to crow about
So now it’s that he’s lucky or is carried by a defense that, oh, by the way, yielded close to 500 yards to a rookie quarterback two weeks ago…In any case, the more Tebow and the Broncos win, the more it infuriates critics who refuse to admit that maybe, just maybe, they might have been wrong. So they search for something, anything, not to give the guy credit, waiting for him to screw up and to declare themselves victors.
I know, Tebow isn’t doing this alone, but consider this the next time you shred the guy: He has one of the league’s worst sets of running backs and receivers around him, with Denver trading away Brandon Lloyd—its top pass catcher—soon after Tebow took over. OK, so Willis McGahee has been a load. He was also all but washed up when Baltimore let him walk. And tell me what you know about Tebow’s go-to receiver, Eric Decker. Someone? Anyone?
Never mind that the Broncos' best player was on the sideline in Minnesota. Yeah, the defense ain't any good either.
Rick Perry wants to be the “Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses,” he said in Thursday night’s debate in Sioux City.
Taking on the perception that he’s not up to the task of debating President Obama, Perry said he thinks he’s been getting better in the debates and looks forward to facing the president. “We will get it on,” Perry said
The Texas governor noted that there were doubters of Tim Tebow, too, who said he didn’t have the right “throwing mechanisms” and “wasn’t going to be a very good NFL quarterback.” Well, Perry said, “I hope I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses.”
I've seen it all now, but I guess we shouldn't be surprised that even the politicians want a piece of the Tebow mojo.
If the Broncos beat the Patriots this Sunday, look for Vladimir Putin to come out and say he "just wins elections."
Did the Packers untying Ndamukong Suh’s shoes set him off?
Was Ndamukong Suh’s Thanksgiving outburst caused by a juvenile prank ordered by a Green Bay Packers coach? According to former Packers offensive lineman Matt Brock, that’s exactly what happened. Brock was being interviewed on KXTG in Portland, Ore., when he floated the theory that his former teammate, current offensive line coach James Campen, may have told Evan Dietrich-Smith to untie Ndamukong Suh’s shoes during the game as a way of getting under the skin of the volatile Detroit Lions star.
Jockey offering $1 million in prizes if Tim Tebow wins Super Bowl
Jockey® is putting over $1 million on the line in favor of Denver winning football’s championship game on February 5, 2012. If Tim Tebow’s team wins, 1 lucky winner will take home a $15,000 Grand Prize. All other entrants will receive a $25 Jockey® gift card.
You know, protecting use of logos is one thing, but to keep companies from even putting Denver and Broncos together or from calling the ultimate professional football contest the Super Bowl is just too much.