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Broncos Sacrifice Tebow

 

If you haven’t heard, the Broncos acquired the recently free-agent Peyton Manning and subsequently traded Tebow to the Jets for two draft picks, because Peyton’s giant salary meant they couldn’t keep Tebow without hitting the salary cap.

 

Tebow Doesn’t Change: He Changes You

Tim Tebow: on the left, while playing for the Florida Gators; on the right, while playing for the Denver Broncos

 

From CBS Sports

Why Football Is The Quintessential American Sport

These days, football is the national pastime in all but name only, and an article in the Wall Street Journal by a British convert brilliantly explains why that is, and why the rest of the world doesn’t get it:

In its energy and complexity, football captures the spirit of America better than any other cultural creation on this continent, and I don’t mean because it features long breaks in which advertisers get to sell beer and treatments for erectile dysfunction. It sits at the intersection of pioneering aggression and impossibly complex strategic planning. It is a collision of Hobbes and Locke; violent, primal force tempered by the most complex set of rules, regulations, procedures and systems ever conceived in an athletic framework.

Soccer is called the beautiful game. But football is chess, played with real pieces that try to knock each other’s brains out. It doesn’t get any more beautiful than that.

From The Wall Street Journal, via Neatorama

Funny Tim Tebow Skit On SNL

Jesus visits Tebow and the rest of the Denver Broncos in the locker room to ask that they meet him halfway and stop relying only on him to win games.

Tim Tebow is a famous University of Florida quarterback that won two national championships (2006 and 2008) and the Heisman in 2008, but his skill in college has not translated well in professional football. Despite that, the Broncos have somehow won all but one game under his leadership, a fact that may be due to his religious fervor.

As a bonus, a joke about Tebow, Tom Brady, and God:

Tom Brady, after living a full life, died. When he got to heaven, God was showing him around. They came to a modest little house with a faded Patriots flag in the window. “This house is yours for eternity Tom, said God. “This is very special; not everyone gets a house up here.” Tom felt special, indeed, and walked up to his house.

On his way up the porch, he noticed another house just around the corner. It was a huge 3-story mansion with Orange and Blue sidewalks and driveways, a 50 foot tall flagpole with an enormous Broncos logo flag waving, a swimming pool in the shape of a horse, a Broncos logo in every window, and a Tim Tebow jersey on the front door.

Tom looked at God and said “God, I’m not trying to be ungrateful, but I have a question. I was an all-pro QB, I won 3 Super Bowls, and I even went to the Hall of Fame.”

God said “So what’s your point Tom?”

“Well, why does Tim Tebow get a better house than me?”

God chuckled, and said “Tom, that’s not Tim’s house, it’s mine.”

From Hulu

Urban Meyer’s Own Statements On Coaching At OSU

Now that former Florida football coach Urban Meyer has officially left his commentator gig at ESPN and accepted the head coach position at Florida’s quasi-rival OSU, some OSU and most Florida fans are up in arms. Here’s why, in Meyer’s own words:

 

Urban Meyer at his resignation, for health reasons, from Florida (December 2010)

 

“At this time in my life, however, I fully grasp the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field.  The decision to step down was a difficult one. […] I will profoundly miss coming to campus every day to coach this team, but I will always be a Gator at heart.” — From his resignation announcement, December 8th, 2010

“I am committed to ESPN and will not pursue any coaching opportunities this fall. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the people at ESPN this spring and remain very excited about my role with the network this fall”. — May 30th, 2011

“When rumors are out there — last week, a guy hit me with something, ‘Did you meet with so and so?’ Of course not. I don’t know how those things get printed, just, ‘Source says.’ Who’s your source? A guy walking down the street? Those things bother me, but it comes with the job, I guess.” — When asked about how he deals with speculation about coaching at OSU, October 13th, 2011

“I am very happy with my role at ESPN, I have no plans to return to coaching at this time.” — November 11th, 2011

“I can only tell you what Urban just texted me back about rumor that he has accepted job at Ohio State — ‘No truth to it.'” — Journalist Pat Dooley, via Twitter, November 18th, 2011

“Well there’s no truth to that. I know it’s that time of year, but I have not been offered any job and I have certainly not accepted any job.” — November 19th, 2011

“I’m in a good place right now mentally and physically. So if something happens with Ohio State, I’ll have a decision to make. But there has been no interview. There has been no offer to make a decision about.” — the day after his first contact with OSU, November 21st, 2011

“I have not been offered any job nor is there a deal in place. I plan on spending Thanksgiving with my family and will not comment on this any further.” — November 23rd, 2011

“A year ago in my mind I was convinced I was done coaching. Then I moved away. I didn’t realize I’d miss it so bad. […] But for the coaching position at the Ohio State University, I would not have coached this coming year. […] Florida was my dream job. I will always be a Gator. However, this is my home state and it’s great to be back home.” — From the press conference announcing his new position at OSU, November 28th, 2011

Urban Meyer at his first press conference at OSU (December 2011)

 

Every Florida fan feels like they just got the it’s-not-you-it’s-me routine. At least Steve Spurrier left for better pastures in the NFL and failed miserably before returning to coach a rival team. Meyer on the other hand, resigned for apparently no reason — over the course of 11 months, his health and family became a non-issue. Pat Dooley says he just needed a sabbatical, and that Florida’s program is broken, while OSU’s is not; in other words, Florida was too much to deal with for Meyer.

 

The Justice Dept Is Investigating College Football

The Associated Press is reporting that the Justice Department antitrust chief has sent a letter to the president of the NCAA asking him to explain why they don’t use a playoff system in college football, adding that the BCS system “may not be conducted consistent with the competition principles expressed in the federal antitrust laws”. Utah’s attorney general is apparently also preparing for a lawsuit against the BCS, on similar grounds. In related history, the NCAA has been saying for a while that they would move to a playoff system if the major schools wanted one, and bin Laden-killing President Obama made an early promise to try to do something about the lack of playoffs in college football. Hopefully the Justice Department will be as successful as the Navy SEALs.

From NPR