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Get ‘em while they’re hot: Tebowing Christmas cards

For Unto You Is Born This Day In The City Of Denver A Savior, Which Is Tim Tebow (Expedited Shipping Available)
deadspin.com

Some Coloradan soul has gone to the trouble of creating a limited run of 1,000 of these bad boys so get them while they’re hot (Five for $15). Once they’re gone, they’re gone! Unless…no that’s not for a few more months still.

I'm holding out for a Tebow tree topper...

Mort: Broncos less likely to use first-rounder on QB

Broncos may avoid 1st-round QB
espn.go.com

If Tim Tebow continues to show improvement and leads the Broncos to the playoffs, the franchise is likely to commit to him as its starting quarterback in 2012 and not automatically use a first-round draft pick on another quarterback, according to team sources. Any commitment to Tebow as a starter does not mean the Broncos will ignore the quarterback position in the offseason because Denver only has Tebow and rookie Adam Weber under contract beyond this season. If Denver commits to Tebow as a starter, the Broncos will “draft the best player available” regardless of position, a source said, whereas the organization and executive vice president of football operations John Elway had expected to use a first-round pick on a quarterback in April’s draft.

A lesson on how to apply selection bias

LOVIE: WE KNOW WHAT'S AT STAKE
www.csnchicago.com

This will be difficult. Whether because of altitude or whatever, the Broncos have the NFL’s best record at home (218-84) since 1975. They already have lost to Oakland, San Diego and Detroit at home this year.

The Broncos do indeed have the best home record since 1975.  Wait, 1975? 

Often in our quest to build a gigantic sample size, we end up creating a worse problem--we ignore the obvious, like new stadium construction, regime and player changes, and you know, recent five and ten year trends, which would match current rosters.

But it's one hell of a statistic.  Even the wine-and-cheese crowd that currently inhabits SAF can get behind it.   

RG3 beats AL, C-3PO, and R2-D2 for Heisman

Griffin wins first Heisman Trophy for Baylor
rivals.yahoo.com

Griffin received 405 first-place votes and 1,687 points. Luck received 247 first-place votes and 1,407 points to become the fourth player to be Heisman runner-up in consecutive seasons and first since Arkansas running back Darren McFadden in 2006 and `07. Alabama running back Trent Richardson was third with 138 first-place votes and 978 points. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball (348 points) was fourth and the other finalist, Louisiana State cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (327) was fifth. Griffin’s highlights were spectacular—his signature moment coming on a long, cross-field touchdown pass with 8 seconds left to beat Oklahoma—and he put up dizzying numbers, completing 72 percent of his passes for 3,998 yards with 36 touchdown passes and a nation-leading 192.3 efficiency rating.

Got myself a little man crush on RG3, I'll admit it.  So although this has nothing to do with the Broncos (or does it?), it gave me the chance to express myself emotionally and work in a random Star Wars reference at the same time.  Here is the dizzying play in case you missed it:

Pete Carroll scared to death of Tebow

Tim Tebow: Flavor of the month, or long-term staple in Denver?
www.latimes.com

Carroll said the Seahawks were strongly considering taking Tebow early in the draft too. “When we got close to draft time, I had an awakening,” the coach said in a phone interview this week. “All these shows where they were talking about how he’s not throwing the ball right. He’s got all these guys drilling him, trying to figure it out, get his motion to where everybody would find him acceptable. It hit me, like, ‘What are we thinking? This guy’s like the greatest winner and champion of all time, and he’s going to figure it out somehow. Whatever he needs to do to figure it out, he’ll figure it out.’  “It really changed my outlook on his value going into the draft. I wasn’t surprised to see somebody else take him, that somebody else would realize the same thing. He’s going to find a way to be successful, more so than maybe anybody else we’ve ever watched come through the college ranks.

“Now that he’s jumped in there and he’s doing it and kicking butt, it’s like, who cares how you do it? What difference does it make? This guy is contributing to a great win streak, they’re in first place, and everybody is scared to death to play them because they can’t figure out how to beat them.”

If Tebow keeps winning expect to see a lot of quotes like this coming around the bend, from both coaches and journalists. Of course, it goes without saying, they are ridiculous.

Everyone needs to get their Tebow narrative straight as fast as they can. Here's the narrative: they knew it all along. As always, the story gets rewritten to fit the result after the fact, just like John Fox is doing now. 

So Pete Carroll had an awakening and says the Seahawks were strongly considering taking Tebow? Yeah? That's why Carroll drafted Russell Okung and Earl Thomas with his first two picks in 2010 when Tebow was still on the board. 

Elway and Tebow hug it out

Elway determined to succeed with Tebow
msn.foxsports.com

Elway — who was sometimes caught in media controversies during his 17-year Hall of Fame career — became concerned enough that he spoke privately with Tebow to clear the air.

“I said, ‘I know you don’t read those things, but I know you’re just like me in that your family and friends think it’s their obligation to tell you something that was said about you. I just wanted to make sure that as long as you and I are always on the same page I’ll do the best I can,’ ” Elway said. “I told him I probably answered with too sharp an answer which could be spun a different way. I told him I’m sorry it came out that way, but it’s not the case.”

Tebow told FOXSports.com he didn’t take Elway’s comment the wrong way but appreciated his gesture.

“Just for us to talk and have an open communication and good relationship definitely means a lot,” Tebow said.

The two will become even closer in the offseason. Elway said he plans to “spend a lot of time” with Tebow and Broncos quarterbacks coach Adam Gase. Elway already offers suggestions to Gase but doesn’t want to meddle too much with the coaching staff’s efforts in developing Tebow.

If Elway plans to spend a lot of time with Tebow in the offseason, I'm guessing this puts the whole quarterback thing to rest?

Tebowites of the world, unite!

More God, more Tebow

Tim Tebow: God's Quarterback
online.wsj.com

...feelings about Mr. Tebow have been a litmus test of political and social identity. If you think he’s destined to be a winner, you must be a naive evangelical. If you question his long-term chances as an NFL quarterback, you must hate people who love Jesus.

Just in case you've not had your fill of philosophical meanderings about religion and sports.  All together now: "lightning rod." 

This little gem of a quote pretty much sums up how each side sees one another.

(h/t RSH)

Goody got it going

Goodman peaking along with the Broncos
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

New head coach John Fox and his staff had done some housecleaning. Holdovers like Renaldo Hill, Nate Jones and Perrish Cox - all members of last year’s secondary - were cut. Goodman survived in part because of his deep resume as a cover corner and because Broncos staff went back to the 2009 tape, when he played his second straight 16-game season, to get a better read on his abilities.

“Obviously just watching him in camp, without having an offseason, I think all of our guys were a little rusty coming in initially,’’ Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said. “But I think probably about halfway through camp you realized he still had the ability to cover and he was getting his legs back under him.’‘

Those legs spent much of the offseason on the track, as Goodman ran countless sprints and did endurance work to try to strengthen the muscles that had failed him the previous season.

An increase in man-to-man coverage helped him rediscover his comfort zone.

Show me a corner that doesn't want more man-to-man coverage, and I'll show you a safety.

Sprint-interval training.  It does a body good.

Charles Barkley tired of Tebowmania

Barkley to Bears on Tebow: 'Stop the madness'
eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com

“I want to make a personal plea to Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher, Mr. [Julius] Peppers, please stop the madness,” Barkley said Friday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I’m just so tired ... I like Tim Tebow. He seems like a good kid, and I wish him success, but I am Tebowed out. So this is my personal plea for you three guys, please stop this madness.”

Barkley also said he believes Tebow’s only getting run in the media because people like to argue about whether or not Tebow is a good quarterback. (Or something like that.)

“It’s clearly a media-drive story,” Barkley said. “They just want you to argue about Tim Tebow. Dude, let the kid play. If he can play, good. If he can’t play it will show. But to have this argument every single day after five or six games is just ridiculous.”

Everyone says they are Tebowed out, yet the numbers tell a different story.

ESPN knows it.  The Denver Post knows it.  And yes, we know it.  We see the numbers, too.

Why do you think I just ran a story about what Charles Barkley thinks about Tim Tebow?  I try to tell myself I'm above this every day.  I desperately want to write about things like the prevent defense and the zone biltz.

Can't..stop...watching...Tebow...

Blue and yellow is the new silver and black

Ndukwe released following practice fight
www.signonsandiego.com

The Chargers have released offensive lineman Ikechuku Ndukwe following a fight in practice on Thursday. According to sources, Ndukwe became upset with defensive end Vaughn Martin and dropped Martin with a punch and then kicked him. Ndukwe was upset with how Martin had been bull rushing him and had told him to stop.

You stay classy, San Diego.