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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. 22nd, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
I agree. It honestly, makes no sense. I am a Phins fan, so I know my opinion won't be the most prized on this list, :) but, I wanted Tebow to go to Miami. I like the guy as a player and I like his heart. I don't have a problem with him. At least the Jets are acquiring SOMEONE. Miami is giving me a headache. They have NO QB signed as of yet. this just speaks of disaster for the phins. I would definitely take Tebow over their current situation.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
But, but: George, God is on his side!

And less facetiously, I do believe he brings out the best in his teammates. Hard to measure, I grant you. At least his antics are amusing.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Doesn't this just make it even more like a religion, George? Just let me know Brother Martin when I need to come over and testify. :)

When I heard the news my first thought was -- George will be appalled.

Kevin Gates
Mar. 22nd, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Sorry George, This is the worst news you could have heard
Time to focus on the Giants George, because the Jets are going to be a drama filled, losing season mess next year. Tebow is poison for Sanchez and the team. What kind of drugs is management taking? Mike DeVito's comment about being excited for having someone in the locker room who shares the same faith shows how an already split locker room is going to become complete chaos. Add to that Tebow saying he wants to push Sanchez to `get better' is ridiculous. Who the hell do you think you are Tebow? Montana? I also like his comment of how he will do his best, no matter what his role is. Bottom line, all QBs have egos, all of them want to be the starter. So there's your drama on the field. They should turn the Jets into a reality show. The Real Housewives of the NFL. It is too bad too, because the Jets are losing their cool factor and appeal very quickly with this. A shame. Namath has this right....It's a publicity stunt and they don't know what they are doing. Sorry George, I feel for you and all Jets fans on this one. At least you have the Giants!
Mar. 22nd, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
The joke could still be on the Broncos when all is said and done. They paided THAT much money for a 36 year old quarterback that's had 4 neck surgeries in one year. I know it's Payton Manning and all but everyone gets old and unless your name is Elway or Unitas you don't win the superbowl past the age of 36. Say what you want about Tebow but that team did rally around him last year.

Edited at 2012-03-22 04:22 pm (UTC)
Mar. 22nd, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
Crap, you're a Jets fan? Sad day.

10 year fan & hardcore Patriot
Mar. 23rd, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Very funny
I don't follow football (more of a Basketball kind of guy) but since I do check in here once in a while and have got a feel for things, I expect that even if Tebow walked on water (no pun intended) on the field, GRRM and a lots of his ardent followers would hate him. And I know why, so it's very funny to me.
Eric Weedin
Mar. 23rd, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
Tebow = Melisandre
I picture the two of them as the same. Both in thrall of their god, causing upheaval around them.
Mar. 23rd, 2012 08:36 am (UTC)
It's not as bad as you think
He could be a great change-of-pace wildcat QB, and also be really dangerous out of the backfield with Sanchez.

Furthermore, I think he will help to unite the Jets, like he has done for every other team he has played on, as opposed to causing further divisions.
Mar. 23rd, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
New Yorkers will eat Tebow for breakfast and spit him out for lunch. That religious schtick will not fly in New York, Tebow should have gone south. What were the Jets thinking? (posted by a die hard Chicago Bears fan)
Mar. 23rd, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin, agree with you 110%! I would think Mr. Tebow, with his high ideals and all, wouldn't want to be in NYC . . . unless he thinks it is a good opportunity for "missionary work" among us heathens.

Will be interesting to see how the 2012-13 season shakes out. Personally I am not to worried, Tebow IMPO isn't all that good and he won't last here.

Mar. 23rd, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
Far too much ado about nothing.
Without getting into Tebow's or Sanchez's accomplishments, let's be frank. After three full seasons as the starter, if Sanchez truly doesn't have the confidence and mental fortitude to deal with Tebow as his backup and the pressure that entails, he isn't cut out to be a starting NFL quarterback. That's the bottom line that must be understood. One cannot worry about how this will affect poor Sanchez's psyche, because if he's made of the right stuff, it shouldn't.

Further, don't buy into the media hype. I've yet to hear Tebow complaining about locker room environments, or teammates complaining about Tebow's piety in the context of the team. He seems to handle it just fine. New York isn't unique.

The most alarming part of this trade is that there's this much outrage. It's a trade involving a 4th-round pick and a backup QB.
Mar. 24th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
Typical Woody Johnson-era Jets. They did the same thing after the Giants won Super Bowl XLII. Instead of taking steps to improve the team in the areas they needed to, they sign Brett Favre and become a laughingstock.

Their little brother inferiority complex when it comes to the Giants is unreal. Of course I'm a Giants fan and I HATE the Woody Johnson Jets so this is all very amusing to me. But I feel for the Jets fans who are watching their team's owner and GM systematically destroy what actually works for the team and ignore the obvious problems in their pursuit of celebrity and buzz.
Scott Ruplin
Mar. 24th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
don't worry
The Big Apple will win Tim over - soon he'll be drinking and wenching like Broadway Joe himself :-)

I guess they want to pressure Sanchez so Sanch knows he's got competition. That usually does not work.
Jessica Berry
Mar. 24th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Tim Tebow
I don't understand why people who preach so much tolerance have little for people such as Tim Tebow. He professes he is a Christian. So what? Others profess they are drug addicted idiots with every word that comes out of their mouths and the sheep blather about them being heros and idols for their children.
Get over it. Tebow hasn't knocked up anyone lately or shot someone in a nightclub or got hauled in for a positive drug test and it seems like he is attacked for having different outlook on life. Grow up.
Mar. 25th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
Dragons, Tebow, Fine Ale, & Proximity
Greetings George!
I hope this finds you well and not entirely nutty. This email is some years in the formulation, but I haven't figured a way to connect with you until now (D'ope!) I'm a fan (yadda yadda) of Ice & Fire, and as it happens, a resident of Santa Fe. I'd love to get together with you to share a beer and talk fooball, but a) we're both insanely busy (with no clear sign of abatement in sight), and b) I'm a Patriots fan, born & bred. That doesn't make me the enemy, I'm actually a fairly decent fellow... heh.
So while I try to avoid news at all costs, I take it where it comes, so yours was the 1st news I'd heard about T-Bow. My first thought, besides "BWahahhhhahHHAhahahaa", was that if he ever grows into his jersey a bit, he has some promise. That is to say, I felt a good vibe, on the Jets' behalf, which is kind of new to me.

While Santa Fe's a pretty small town, I haven't run into you yet, though we came close once, last summer. At the int. of Cerrillos & Zafarano, I yelled across to you, with Paris in yer little red bug, but a massive pick'emup truck pulled betwixt us. Ah, my brushes with fame.
So on the chance you'd like to share a brew, or just tell me to gotahell for supporting a team without parallel, I can be reached @ 470-6462.

All the best, Peace, productivity, proclivity, Ken.

Ken Rugg
Gavin Collier & Co.
815 Early St., Suite E
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Mar. 25th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
I have to stay positive! If used the right way, h-back, tight end, decoy, some wildcat, all with Sanchez on the field, he can be dangerous!! Winning games is what it is all about. If the jets do that with the ways I mentioned, the media that is killing gang green will have all predicted this all along. Tebow is not a good QB, but he is a really good athlete. I would have liked it better if we signed Mario Williams, but we can't have everything. Good luck next week, let's kick some butt with the ratings. Gerard
Michael Sileno
Mar. 25th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Amen to your post
As a lifelong Jets fan, nothing is more disheartening than all the new Jets fans jumping on our bandwagon due to Tebow's cult. I will not stand for all the drama and highlighting this guy all day long by the media and his wacko fans. That's too much to put up with for a sub par QB. Anyone who thinks he is a better football player than Sanchez does not know anything about the game. My beef is not about character. We all know he does SOME good things in his life. Big deal. That should be something we all commonly do. A lot of players in the league do great things outside of their profession, which is great but we rarely hear about them and what they do. It is all about the Tim Tebow show. I turn it off instead of tuning in.
Alex Boyle
Mar. 27th, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
We needed a better line and faster, younger wide outs. Old guys like Plax could not get separation with Sanchez doing a three step drop. If Tebow is used as a slash or flea flicker/runner, fine, but the line remains a weakness. Peyton Manning (with a healthy neck) or Jaime Lannister (with both hands) could not play QB behind a porous line and expect to live.
Apr. 2nd, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
Sigh. This is a disappointing blog entry from a writer whose work I have enjoyed reading and re-reading. Admittedly, I am a University of Florida alumnus, both undergraduate and graduate degrees, but I try to look at these things objectively.

I agree that Tim Tebow is not the best professional quarterback in the NFL, nor is he likely to ever be an elite quarterback. But guess what . . . there are very few elite quarterbacks out there in the league. That's what makes them elite. But can he be an effective backup? Can he make Mark Sanchez better through competition? Probably.

I cannot believe that any fan would not want to have Tebow on their team for the right price and in the right situation, especially given the fact that he is a leader, a role model for good behavior, and has talent worthy of a roster spot. It seems to me that leadership and good behavior is something that the Jets desperately need, so I wonder why Jets fans would not at least applaud ownership for trying to correct that problem. Further, Tebow himself has accepted the role that he is to perform as a backup and running the "Wildcat" offense.

Is it Tebow's fault that the media creates the hype? Sorry, I don't see how his behavior and actions have done anything to contribute to the feeding frenzy. He has said and done all the right things both before and after becoming a New York Jet. And while I do not condone false piety, and I am not religious, I can respect those persons for whom faith is an integral part of their lives.
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