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The new Tebow narrative: all the other Broncos suck

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

What would be his retaliation for a wedgie?

Did the Packers untying Ndamukong Suh’s shoes set him off?
sports.yahoo.com

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.

Win prizes from Jockey if Denver’s football team wins last game

Jockey offering $1 million in prizes if Tim Tebow wins Super Bowl
sports.yahoo.com

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.

Tebow fans subjected to persecution on Strong Island

NO! ATHLETES AT N.Y. HIGH SCHOOL SUSPENDED FOR TEBOWING IN SCHOOL HALLWAY
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A group of athletes at a Long Island high school have been suspended — no, not for completely inappropriate and disgusting hazing rituals or for drug and alcohol use — for the heinous act of Tebowing.

Kids these day, just no concept of right/wrong. Seriously though, WTF?!

Brady Quinn, forgotten man again

Beyond Tebow: Broncos' backup plan changes with Quinn
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What happens Sunday if the coaches must again tell Quinn to get ready? How does he prepare to be the next man up in an offense designed specifically for another very distinct man?...While the Broncos continue to implement their unique offense, Quinn is in the bizarre position of trying to self-scout a defense that Tebow will never face…If the Broncos stick with Tebow, the team’s current setup at quarterback makes it pretty clear they’ll need to focus on acquiring someone similar to Tebow’s skill set.

Quinn says he'd love to return to Denver next year, but it'll be a shock to not see him heading out of town, along with Eddie Royal.

Somebody was bound to say it

Top Ten with a Twist: Why Broncos will beat Pats
eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com

If I had to bet my mortgage on the outcome of this game, I’d put my money on the Patriots. But … it’s possible Denver somehow pulls off the win, especially given its amazing run during the past eight games. Thus, in this week’s Top Ten (with a Twist), I’ve come up with 10 reasons why the Broncos will win. Sure, Denver will probably need to play the perfect game while catching New England on one of its lesser days in order to pull off the upset, but as we’ve seen, you always should believe in the power of Tebow.

It's not that crazy...

Burke: Tebow’s bizarre early/late split likely a confluence of several factors

Week 15 N.F.L. Game Probabilities: Explaining Tebow
fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com

Perhaps opposing defenses are playing too soft with their fourth-quarter leads. Maybe Tebow plays too tight until the necessity and urgency of trailing in the fourth quarter allow him to play with abandon, a theory that is bolstered by fact that Tebow has played relatively poorly in his three overtimes this season. Is it by design? Perhaps the Broncos’ plan is to minimize errors and wait for opportunities for big plays while relying on their defense to keep the game close. Then in the fourth quarter, they roll the dice and become aggressive. My hunch is that it’s some combination of the above.

Nate Newton, small potatoes next to Sam Hurd

Bears WR Hurd facing federal drug charges after arrest
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According to the federal complaint, Hurd was arrested Wednesday after meeting with an undercover agent at a Chicago restaurant. The complaint said Hurd told the agent that he was interested in buying five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week for distribution in the Chicago area.

Man, Nate's got nothing on this guy. We're talking half a ton PER WEEK. If you're wondering, Hurd signed a three-year deal with Chicago in July which included a $1.35M signing bonus and a $685K salary for 2011 (via Rotoworld). Apparently, Hurd told the undercover agent that he was already responsible for the distribution of four kilos of cocaine per week, but that he needed more supply.

Trailer: Borderline Beast

Here’s the trailer for the movie about Brandon Marshall’s BPD
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A documentary’s coming out in 2012 entitled “Borderline Beast.” Here’s the trailer.

BMarsh should be commended for his introspection, and his willingness to share his story and use it to help others.