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No, No, No

I was drinking my morning coffee when the headline flashed across the bottom of the screen. That sound you heard was me choking and sputtering.

My Jets have given up two perfectly good draft picks for Tim Tebow, the worst quarterback in the National Football League.


What the hell are they thinking over there at Gang Green central?

Mark Sanchez is not, as yet, Eli Manning, but he is a talented quarterback with a good arm and he completes more than fifty per cent of his passes, none of which can be said for Tebow. The last thing he needs is a stadium full of Timomaniacs screaming for Tebow every time a pass falls incomplete. The divisions in the Jets locker room last season were well documented. THis is just going to make those problems a thousand times worse.

Nor do I think that Tebow's conspicuous piety will play well in the Big Apple. This is the city that once embraced Broadway Joe. Tebow would fit better in... well, if Branson, Missouri had an NFL team, that would be a perfect fit.



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Mar. 21st, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)

Yeah. I think Woody Johnson is now officially the worst NY Metro sports franchise owner.

The contract or rather not reading the contract fiasco before announcing the trade have made the Jets organization a joke. Good luck to them in attracting quality players who value professionalism.
Mar. 21st, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
My entire office was laughing out loud today. What are the Jets thinking?!?! This might be worse than the Washington trade....

My Lions are looking good though :-) Unfortunately we do not play either NY team this year.
Mar. 21st, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
i hate to post an off-topic comment but...
I've just finished A Dance With Dragons and wanted to make a little shout-out to you, Mr. Martin: THANK YOU! Oh, how fantastic these 5 months in Westeros have been for me! I'm eagerly awaiting more work from you... and GOT season 2, woohooo!

As a side note, thank you for Theon's character - what a journey it has been for him... Beautiful, truly amazing character development!

Greetings from Poland :)
Mar. 21st, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
Peyton screwed everything up. He should have gone to the Niners (and I honestly don't know why he would choose the Broncos instead, where he'll have to listen to a constant stream of complaints from people who wanted Tebow). If he had then we could have finally been rid of Alex Smith, you wouldn't have Tebow inflicted on you, and the Denver fans could get what they want/deserve.
Walker Dollahon
Mar. 21st, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
Tebow as the "Young Wolf"
Seriously, I am surprised at GRRM's venom against Tebow, the classic, odd-ball underdog with heart. Couldn't you see Tebow as an interesting character in one of Martin's novels??
Tanto Ten
Mar. 22nd, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: Tebow as the "Young Wolf"
Just what I was thinking...Sign him up for Bonifer´s Holy Hundred!!!
Re: Tebow as the "Young Wolf" - CwjMckay - Mar. 22nd, 2012 01:52 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 21st, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
Trade hits a snag
I just read that the trade might be overturned because of salary implications.

If the trade does go through, though, I think the Jets need to spell out a very defined roll for Tebow that utilizes his running ability. They need to say that Sanchez is the starter, no matter what, and that Tebow will be used as a change-of-pace player. The wildcat -- which the Jets used when they had Brad Smith on the roster -- is the obvious example. There's no denying that Tebow is a serious headache for defensive coordinators in the red zone. If Tebow lines up as an H-back and gets the pitch from Sanchez, rolls left and has the option to run or pass, well, I'd hate to be on the defensive side of the ball (mostly because I'm 5-10, 165 pounds and too old).

But if the Jets bring him in as merely a backup quarterback without saying outright that Sanchez is the starter, then the first bad game Sanchez has the fans will be calling for a switch. And that would be downright silly since the Jets just invested $20 million guaranteed in Sanchez.

I think Tebow has a lot of value as a football player -- the guy is big, physical, smart and can run. He just can't pass like a traditional QB. If he went to a team like Steelers, Packers or even my Chargers, he could be a great fit as an offensive weapon while also mentoring under an established, traditional quarterback. And if Tebow went to the Chargers, the sight of him "Tebowing" on the sidelines next to backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (aka "Clipboard Jesus" because of his flowing locks and beard) would be priceless.
Mar. 21st, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
Tebow's Hot
...I'm just say'n
Mar. 21st, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
Tebow jerseys spotted!
Katie Canter
Mar. 22nd, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Love it
I have been reading your books and love your writing, however after reading this blog I have to say that you now have a life long loyal fan. I have long said that Tebow is not the great quarterback people proclaim him to be and am thankful that my beloved Bengals did not pick him up (there is finally a positive in Mike Brown's cheapskate ways).

Mar. 22nd, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Love it
Hey fellow Ohioan! Fair weathered Browns fan here...as futile as it may be. :(.. The weather is never fair, save those last few days of "winter". WT...?

Can the winds be changing? Is there hope after all? Only time will tell. ;)

Still I am preparing for a stupid hot summer.
Re: Love it - Katie Canter - Mar. 26th, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
Michael Vella
Mar. 22nd, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
Tebow N the Wild Cat
Tony Sparano and Tebow working together is going to be really exciting if they can work out the trade. A 4th and 6th round pick for a former first round pick college stud, common thats a steal.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
If Branson Missouri (where I live reluctantly) had an NFL team, all I can think is that their team jerseys would be dripping in red, white and blue sequins. It would look like a glitter bombing every time one of them got tackled. Come to think of it, that might actually be kind of entertaining to watch, you’d have little sparkly patches on the field to mark were people hit the ground.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
it always delights me when i find out someone hates tim tebow. not just because i'm a big fsu fan, but also because he's genuinely awful in every way.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 01:46 am (UTC)
Its a dark dark day for Jets fans!! Im absolutely baffled. Tebow gets all the credit for Willis Mcgahee's and the Denvers Defence hard work.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 02:43 am (UTC)
As a Broncos fan, I was a Tebow skeptic before he came to Denver. He converted me. He might lack the talent of an NFL quarterback but he willed a team with 4-12 talent into the playoffs. I'll be rooting for him for as long as he suits up on Sundays (as long as he's not facing the Broncos). The Broncos might have Manning but they lost something special - and he'll push that brat Sanchez which, I imagine, is what the Jets wanted.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
It's moments like these when I'm especially grateful that I don't give a damn about pro sports anymore. I'd rather read a good book. Or a comic book, for that matter.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
Hmm, I think you are looking at this the wrong way George. Tebow has proven he can win games, so all the stats in the world mean nothing if you can't get a win. Tebow at this point knows how to win games. Also, if Sanchez does get hurt, the Jet's now have a backup QB that has been to the playoffs and a proven winner. I do think there are other teams that would fit Tebow better but it is what it is. Don't let it distress you too much :)
Mar. 22nd, 2012 05:23 am (UTC)
I like Tebow in some ways and I think he could be a good fit on some teams but he doesn't make much sense for the Jets.
Jim Nee
Mar. 22nd, 2012 05:40 am (UTC)
Is anyone suprised?
Much like the honorable GRRM enjoys the pain and agony of his readers (just kidding. . . sort of), the General Management of the Jets seems to enjoy creating teams that are 'almost' good (with flashes of greatness).

Sanchez is a bad quarterback. End of Story.
Tim Tebow is a worse quarterback. End of Story.

I won't say which patriotic team I root for, but I will say that I always enjoy watching the Jets play, and I hope for your sake GRRM that they somehow correct this mistake.
Adam Franklin Golden
Mar. 22nd, 2012 06:08 am (UTC)
atleast it's not garrard
as i die-hard dolphan, and your divisional rival, just be glad it's not garrard.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
Calm down George! They need a big name to motivate Sanchez. The one thing people say Tebow has that Sanchez does not is a strong work ethic. While I don't like Tebow's throwing motion more than anyone else who watches football, I don't think this is the kiss of death for the Jets. I'm also not sure if Sanchez is the best answer for the Jets at QB to begin with, USC QBs rarely translate well to the NFL long term.

I agree that his faith is not going to be the selling point in New York that it was in Colorado, but it is something I think could keep motivating Tebow to improve and to not take criticism personally. No one has handled media scrutiny better in the NFL right now, sans Tom Brady (for the record, I'm a Giants fan, but Tom can give boring answers with the best of them.)

Bottom line, the Jets need an image overhaul. Tebow isn't a bad way to do that.
Alexander Pendergrass
Mar. 22nd, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
You're going to kill Arya for this, aren't you. :( Haha. Can't say I blame you. Tebow is nothing more than an egotistical joke. Go Lions!
Mar. 22nd, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
Sorry Jets. Will not cheer for you while Tebow is on the team. Learned to hate him when he played for Florida.
Mark O'Kane
Mar. 22nd, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
I'm a Broncos fan (and an atheist) and while Tebow's demeanor can seem very sanctimonious, I can genuinely tell you that the guy is actually a true believer. If we're all on a plane going over the rocky mountains and the engines blow, Tim would be the only one on the plane quietly praying, content with his life and impending death. If only we could all be so lucky to be that _____ (insert: faithful, dumb, naive, brainwashed, calm).

He is a totally humble player, and will never push for playing time he doesn't deserve. The Denver fan base forced John Fox's hand to start Tebow over Orton, which I will remind people, was the RIGHT choice! Tim didn't lobby for it himself, and after every miracle victory, he credited his team mates and said he had little to do with it. I'm more than happy my favorite team landed Peyton Manning, but my opinion of Tebow was very similar to most of yours while he was at Florida, but he won me over, and might do the same to some of you Jets fans.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
As a long-time fan of your work - I have every single Wild Cards book made as well as three autographed copies of Tuf Voyaging (sadly damaged in a basement flood) - I have to say I'm very disappointed by the anti-Christian tone evinced by several of the commenters here that I think was instigated by your crack about Tebow and Branson, Missouri.

I'm well aware that Tebow has flaws, but he is actually comparable to Sanchez in many aspects - not the least of which is leadership which is arguably the most important quality as a quarterback. As a longtime watcher of football I'd think you'd be aware of that.

As to his 'conspicious piety', sure it is a little over the top. But I'd hasten to point out that many people here are criticizing him with a level of invective and spite on par with quarterbacks like Roethlisberger and Vick. It's a little unfair, since they do both have a far better completion percentage and don't openly profess their faith on the field. I mean, rape, shmape, right?
Mar. 22nd, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
I am not a fan of Vick or Big Ben either, FWIW, and would not want either man on my team.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you have to deal with Tebow... but relieved he's out of Denver! Maybe now every single local radio station, newspaper, and TV station will stop talking about him all the time. I don't even follow sports, but living in Denver, I couldn't escape the Tebow talk! Auugh.
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