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A Black Friday idea for Joe Ellis

Insider: Leinart in good spot to succeed
www.profootballweekly.com

“There are people out there that think God is winning these games (for Tim Tebow) and willing him to victory- the right-wing coalition and the power of prayer. Everyone is going to be kneeling and Tebowing before it is all over. Someone is going to think of a way to make money off this one. They’ll create the Tebow doll where he is kneeling down and you push a button and he stands up and screams ‘Amen.’ “

Yeah, I know the idea of a Tebow doll sounds crazy, right?

I would have said the same thing about a 23-year old writing an autobiography a year ago.

Tebow makes the unexpected possible.  

Irvin chugs a gallon of orange Kool-Aid

Irvin talks Tebow and Super Bowl
espn.go.com

“When I say ‘I believe,’ I’m talking about I believe Tebow can get this team to a Super Bowl because there has been in a shift in power in the AFC. It’s shifted to the NFC … We say run the ball, stop the run and don’t turn the ball over. That’s exactly what Tebow is doing right now.”

Make room aboard the Tim Tebow Express for Mike Irvin.

Expect to see a lot of this hyperbole in the next several weeks as the postseason draws near.  Tebow makes headlines, and producers will want all of their on-screen talent to start taking an extreme position on him either way.

You think Merril Hoge has sold less books in the last month?

Elway & Xanders at OU/Baylor

Elway, Xanders scouting Oklahoma-Baylor game
blogs.denverpost.com

With the Broncos off this weekend, Broncos’ front-office bosses John Elway and Brian Xanders are in Waco, Texas scouting the Baylor-Oklahoma game.

Tebow in a black and white world

What We Can All Learn from Tim Tebow
www.huffingtonpost.com

Of course, the bulk of the Tebow story has yet to be told, and the overwhelming likelihood remains that one of the league’s more archetypal quarterbacks will be the one to raise this year’s championship trophy. But for now, the education of Tim Tebow is also a chance for the rest of us to be reminded of some essential truths: that we must continually create spaces for new ways of seeing and understanding old systems; that we should always play to a person’s strengths, not their weaknesses; and that, sometimes, our institutions—and not the individuals who inhabit them—should be the ones to do the adjusting.

No matter what your view on Tim Tebow, the implicit point here is as solid as the ground upon which you stand (assuming you're not reading this in an earthquake): the world--and the systems we've created--are rarely black and white.   Remember this the next time you take a side on the debate.  No one really knows how this story is going to end.  Superlatives make for good theater, but they rarely encompass the holistic thinking required to grasp or understand an issue. 

When Tebow ultimately fails or succeeds as a quarterback, his critics or supporters will then write the narrative that shapes the history, as history is always written by the winners.  In hindsight one side will be able to claim they knew it all along.

This time, they'll be right.

Sanchez < Tebow

Toomer prefers Tebow to Mark Sanchez
espn.go.com

Toomer later added: “I’m not a huge Tebow supporter, but when you’re going against Sanchez, it’s not that big of a curve.”

Pundits have questioned Tebow’s NFL credentials because of an unorthodox throwing style. The left-hander had just two completions on eight attempts in a Nov. 13 win over Kansas City.

Toomer believes Tebow will “work tirelessly” to correct his mechanics.

“I’d rather have a guy with a deficiency like that, but at the end of the day he’s going to put it all on the line and he’s going to play with his heart,” Toomer said. “I’d love that.”

Amani Toomer was given the choice Saturday morning between starting a franchise with Tim Tebow or Mark Sanchez.

He picked Tebow, which is something Ted, Doug, and I all agreed with this week in our recent Chewing the Fat session. 

Mark Sanchez--bringing Broncos fans together in peace and harmony.   

Wilson: Breaking down Tebow’s game-winning run

Tracking Tebow, Week 11: Now do you believe?
eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com

You know how announcers will sometimes say “(Typical NFL quarterback) has a clock in his head and he knows the ball has to be out of his hands after 2.5 seconds”? Tebow has no such clock (and no pocket awareness to speak of). Instead, his alarm sounds after 55 minutes of horrific football, signifying that now it matters, now it’s time to play…Lost amid all the post-game revelry and Tebowing is…the real MVP of the game was rookie linebacker Von Miller…Denver has as legit shot to win the AFC West because it’s a weak division, but also because through Tebow, all things are possible.

Tebow = Frank the Tank = Springtime for Hitler

The Sports Guy's Week 11 Picks
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Tim Tebow is Frank the Tank from Old School. Most of the time, he’s fun to watch because of all the terrible things he does: overthrow or short-hop a wide open receiver … or scramble around like a chicken with his head cut off…But once or twice a game he has a “Frank during the debate” moment when he blacks out and pulls something spectacularly perfect out of his ass…I think Tim Tebow is a lot like the movie/Broadway show “The Producers”. Elway and Fox are the producers, Bialystock and Bloom. Tim Tebow is “Springtime for Hitler”. Elway and Fox think that if they put Tebow out there, he’s going to flop and make them look good and they’ll be able to draft a new QB. BUT, he’s winning even though he still sucks, so Elway and Fox are stuck with this clown until who knows when. Thoughts?

These are Bill's readers...

How to legitimize Vince Young? Compare him to Tim Tebow

Vince Young, Tim Tebow have winning reputations
www.timesherald.com

Young hit the NFL with the same rap as Tebow. He was considered a great college quarterback who would struggle playing the position at the next level. Young still isn’t as comfortable as he could be in the Eagles’ system. They’ve been running some of the same plays over and over to get them just right. If Young gets the nod Sunday and Cooper starts in place of Jeremy Maclin, who is nursing shoulder and hamstring injuries, you can expect a at least a small handful of connections.

Not exactly news, but amusing nonetheless.  

How to you get your fans excited at the prospects of starting Vince "Dream Team" Young in place of an injured Mike Vick this Sunday?

Compare him to Tim Tebow.  Vince Young went 30-17 as a Titan.  Tebow is 5-3.  

Close enough.  Naturally, Riley Cooper will go off.  

Tebow is the NFL’s version of John Edward

Redefining Excellence, One Handoff at a Time
fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com

Watching Tebow play quarterback is like watching a television psychic perform a cold reading. He flails about, trying this strategy and that, looking lost and a little silly. Then suddenly, someone shouts, “That voice from the spirit world you are hearing whose first name begins with a J is my great-uncle Jasper!” Everyone gasps in awe and cheers wildly as Jasper delivers his otherworldly message of vagueness, and any skeptic who dares to point out the absurdity of it all is branded a hateful killjoy.

But quarterbacks with the “winner” label always cause headaches for the rational people among us. Fans eager to embrace a new hero apply the post hoc fallacy: the team won, therefore the quarterback must have done something wonderful. They mix in a little confirmation bias: those three good plays are a sign of greatness, so we can ignore the 53 bad ones. Communal reinforcement — even the guys on the talk radio show agree! — serves as a chaser. There is nothing wrong with any of this because fandom is about hope and emotional connections to players and teams, not rational thought. But to cut through the rhetoric and analyze and evaluate these quarterbacks, you are better off consulting the noted skeptics James Randi and Michael Shermer than the gang at ESPN.

As opinions shift faster than sands through an hourglass, Mike Tanier isn't budging one bit.

I'm just pissed because he got to work in the words "communal reinforcement" before I did.

And I was planning to get real kinky, too.  

Killjoy, dude.

John Fox: I’m like totally sorry, Tim Tebow

Broncos' Fox regrets comments about Tim Tebow he made to NFL.com
www.denverpost.com

“I screwed up,” Fox said today at his news conference. “What bothers me about that is I love Tim Tebow. How can you not? I’m his biggest fan.”

Quick, what's the best thing to do after Pat Bowlen says the Broncos are keeping Tim Tebow?

Beg for forgiveness, that's what.

We're still missing one thing, though.

Group hug.