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Tim Tebow. Sigh!

TIM TEBOW RECEIVES HOLLYWOOD HEARTTHROB TREATMENT FROM ‘PEOPLE’ IN ‘PHOTO SPECIAL’
www.sportressofblogitude.com

Rocking a basic white tee to perfection, it’s no surprise Jockey chose the clean-cut quarterback to be the spokesperson for their Staycool collection this spring. Sigh! Now we know what he wears under his Denver Broncos uniform!

“I am not better than anyone else just because I play football,” says the humble quarterback, despite his effortless ability to turn heads for his sporting prowess and his rugged good looks while training in Denver in August.

Pitino: Jesus comes out of the sky, and he’s hitting everything

Louisville’s Rick Pitino Urges “All You Atheists Out There” To Watch Tim Tebow
www.sportsgrid.com

“All you atheists out there, watch Tim Tebow and you’ll believe. … You watch him out there, and he can’t complete a pass. Then, Jesus comes out of the sky, and he’s hitting everything.”

I can't wait for Mike Tyson to throw his .02 in.

The Tim Tebow memorabilia world, growing daily

Someone On Craigslist Denver Is Selling Envelopes Postmarked The Day Tebow Was Born
deadspin.com

These four items are from the actual date that Tim Tebow was born, which was August 14, 1987. Two of them also synchronize in, by some wonderful serendipity, with key aspects of the life he has lived in the decades since.

Only ninety dollars? Damn, they're practically giving this stuff away!

And growing... (via DP)

Young: Urlacher got Tebowed, needs to own it

Steve Young to Brian Urlacher: ‘You got Tebowed, just take it like a man!’
sports.yahoo.com

“I thought it was so cheap of Brian Urlacher to [talk about] how he lost to a running back,” Young said. To me … he did it to you. He Tebowed you. Just take it like a man and walk away. You lost your shot.” Young then talked about the Broncos-Patriots matchup this upcoming Sunday that will be televised in an estimated 5,000 percent of American homes. “Next up, Patriots — and I can tell you, the NFL royalty now coming into this fray — Bill Belichick and Tom Brady — I’m sure they’re saying to themselves, ‘No way are we going to be part of this story. No way.’”

What's better than a sport that can reduce monstrous tough guys like Brian Urlacher to snivelling sore losers?

Freeman: Tebow has changed perceptions of Josh McDaniels

The Daily Shoutout: Josh McDaniels in new light
mike-freeman.blogs.cbssports.com

Tebow has evolved into a star and McDaniels is now getting a second look from teams looking for a head coach. Now, McDaniels isn’t a hot candidate. He is, after all, the offensive coordinator on a team that has maybe the worst offense in modern freaking football history. But that Tebow thing…I can tell you teams compiling head coaching lists have him as a person of interest and it’s all because of Tebow. What was once considered a farce of a pick has for obvious reasons put McDaniels in a different place, a better place.

It seems like yesterday folks were saying McDaniels the personnel guy got McDaniels the football coach fired, ala Mike Shanahan. Yet in retrospect and with the on-field success of Tim Tebow and the futility of the Rams offense, it's now the opposite. What a funny game.

Kacsmar: Tebow fastest to six fourth-quarter comebacks

Captain Comeback Week 14: Eli Does Dallas Edition
www.coldhardfootballfacts.com

A quarterback that can’t be stopped late, a defense that makes huge plays, and a kicker that just doesn’t miss. It doesn’t matter they’ve trailed at the two-minute warning the last four weeks. Tebow threw 40 passes and turned it over twice. Didn’t matter. They were down 10-0 in the final minutes. Didn’t matter. Perhaps the most unlikely 6-game winning streak in NFL history rolls on. Denver’s now won three overtime games this season. The only team to ever win more was the 2003 Carolina Panthers (4). Who coached them? John Fox, the same guy that coaches these Broncos.

One thing’s for sure: Tim Tebow is the fastest to 6 fourth quarter comebacks and 6 game-winning drives, doing it in 11 starts.

Harrison suspended for McCoy hit

James Harrison suspended 1 game
espn.go.com

The NFL suspended Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison one game without pay for his helmet-to-helmet hit Thursday night on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy…Harrison becomes the first player to be suspended for a helmet-to-helmet hit at a time when the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has attempted to enforce enhanced player safety rules.

They should probably suspend the Browns medical and coaching staffs too...

Brooks: Fox best coach for having made Broncos, Tebow winners

Tebow just part of why Fox should be Coach of the Year
www.nfl.com

The NFL’s best coaches are willing to cater their schemes to fit the strengths of their personnel, and Fox has certainly demonstrated adaptability in building the Broncos offense around the talents of Tim Tebow…Part of (Tebow’s) late-game success can be attributed to the Broncos’ increased utilization of an up-tempo approach in those situations. Game circumstances certainly contributed to the increased urgency, but the clever mixing of formations and play calls sets the table for Tebow’s brilliance in the clutch.

Fox has successfully implemented a slow-down strategy that reduces the number of overall possessions in a game. This tactic requires each of the three phases—offense, defense and kicking game—to work in unison to make the game a fourth-quarter affair…Finally, it has been his reliance on his superb kicking game that has helped the Broncos surge to the top of the AFC West. They have consistently won the field position battle with excellent kicks and coverage, and produced enough yards in the return game to tip the scales.

It may often be boring for 55 minutes, but there's no doubt that Foxball has been a winning formula.

Sparano Done

Miami Dolphins fire coach Tony Sparano
www.miamiherald.com

Sources close to the situation reiterated that owner Stephen Ross would like to hire a big name coach, a proven winner who would get fans excited. If he cannot — if he has to settle for a lower profile coach — then there is sentiment internally toward hiring an offensive-minded coach with a record of success developing quarterbacks. But the priority is hiring a star coach, regardless of what side of the ball is his specialty. And money will not be an impediment, an associate said.  Though Bill Cowher said Oct. 30 on CBS that he does not plan to coach next season, the Dolphins are not convinced that he’s adamant about that and are expected to contact him once the job is open, according to an associate of Ross. If Cowher declines Miami’s overtures, Ross is expected to turn his attention to ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, former Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher and former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick. Gruden won a Super Bowl in Tampa, Billick won one in Baltimore and Fisher lost one with Tennessee.

Cowher? Gruden? Fisher?  

My guess would be Gruden, but the right move would probably be Fisher--unless someone in Miami wants to sign Vince Young.   

Broncos literally defy the odds

The improbability of Tim Tebow's streak
espn.go.com

Multiplying out the Broncos’ lowest chances in each game of the win streak, Denver’s probability to win all six games was 0.0007 percent, approximately one in 137,000. The odds are better that a flipped coin comes up heads 17 consecutive times.

That microscopic number doesn’t even consider Denver’s most unlikely comeback, which came in Tebow’s first start of the season. With 5:50 remaining in Miami, the Dolphins led 15-0 and had 1st-and-10 from their own 33-yard line. At this point, the Broncos’ win probability was only 1.9 percent.

I flipped a coin once and it landed on heads twenty times in a row.  Of course, it was a double-sided coin.

Keep trying, math geeks.  It gets funnier each week--especially when you apply the point of "lowest" probability each time for full effect.