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SNL: Jesus prays to Matt Prater

Video: In SNL sketch, Jesus tells Tebow to ‘take it down a notch’
sports.yahoo.com

Taran Killam played the wide-eyed Tebow, Andy Samberg was kicking hero Matt Prater and Jason Sudekis played the man responsible for Denver’s second-half success, who advises the Broncos to take care of the game themselves instead of having Him come in and bail them out every fourth quarter.

Tebow: you will respect the authoritah!

Tebow to suspended students: Obey rules
msn.foxsports.com

Though he is impressed by their courage, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is asking high school students who have been punished for Tebowing at school to play by the rules. “You have to respect the position of authority and people that God’s put as authority over you,” Tebow said. “So that’s part of it and just finding the right place and the right time to do things is part of it, too. But I think it does show courage from the kids, standing out and doing that, and some boldness.”

Five Pats players ruled out

Branch, Spikes among five downgraded to out for Patriots
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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/Tebow to help reduce suicide among gay youth

Fans petition Broncos, Tim Tebow to support gay youth
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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.

Undoubtedly a great cause, and of course the Broncos sadly lost Kenny McKinley to suicide only 15 months ago. Hopefully the team steps up - Seahawks WR Mike Williams already has.

Jermichael Finley: Sad Face

Jermichael Finley calls Tebow coverage “kind of disturbing”
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

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.”

Tim Tebow, marketing marvel

Tebow joining LeBron and Tiger as stars moving the sports needle
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

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).

Sharpe: Why should Elway/Denver commit to Tebow?

5 questions for ... Shannon Sharpe
www.nypost.com

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.

PFF: Wilfork, Gronkowski command attention; can Broncos pressure Brady?

Three to Focus On: Patriots @ Broncos, Week 15
www.profootballfocus.com

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.

The new Tebow narrative: all the other Broncos suck

Peek at the Week: If Tebow beats Pats, critics have less to crow about
www.cbssports.com

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 is the new Tim Tebow

Perry-Tebow
www.politico.com

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."