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    Bernie: It's Tebow Time At The Dome

    Bernie: It's Tebow Time at the Dome

    13 hours ago • BY BERNIE MIKLASZ, Post-Dispatch Sports Columnist

    The circus comes to town this weekend, setting up under the big top of the Edward Jones Dome. We’ll be treated to the spectacle of Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez, Rex Ryan and other cast members from the New York Jets.

    Before, during and after Sunday’s game between the Jets and the St. Louis Rams, there will be fear and loathing, fire and brimstone, tumult and shouting, and enough story lines to save the newspaper industry. Dozens of smirking scribes will furiously pound the keys of their laptops in the finest, overwrought tradition of the fictional sportswriter Max Mercy.

    This is not a football game. This is Tebowmania, with all of the controversy, both real and contrived. The event offers a glimpse of the most fascinating cultural phenomenon in professional sports.

    In NFL history, no backup quarterback has received as much attention as Tebow. Check that: No backup QB has been the object of such intense obsession.

    Tebow entered the NFL in 2010, and during his time in the league he’s attempted fewer passes than 40 NFL quarterbacks.

    This does not matter.

    Tebow just signed a national endorsement contract with TiVo, and he already has sponsorship deals with Nike, Jockey, and FRS Health Energy. Last year Tebow’s memoir, “Through My Eyes,” had a 24-week run on the New York Times bestseller list and was the top-selling Christian book for 2011. Tebow’s replica jersey ranked No.1 in NFL sales in 2010 and 2011 and is a close third (behind Peyton Manning and Robert Griffin III) this season.

    Tebow has attained a substantial national following due to his on-field success, his inspirational, hard-headed playing style, his endless supply of optimism and enthusiasm, and a sincere devotion to Christianity. Given the unfortunate divisiveness that’s inherent in modern culture, Tebow’s Good Guy status has attracted cynics and detractors.

    Tebow is an unconventional, strong-willed quarterback that has a conventional and strong-willed belief in God. This combination inflames passions. You are either a Tebow person, or you are not a Tebow person.

    I don’t think there’s anyone quite like Tebow in pro sports today.

    Tebow has started only 16 regular-season games, and he will not start against the Rams. That job still belongs to the sad-eyed Sanchez, a four-year veteran who cannot think straight, see straight or throw straight these days.

    Ryan, the bombastic head coach, is standing by his No. 1 quarterback, even though the Jets have lost 14 of the last 23 games with Sanchez as the starter.

    In the last calendar year, Tebow’s name has appeared on two lists: He was named one of the league’s Top 100 players by the NFL Network and was designated as the league’s most overrated player in a vote of 180 players conducted by Sports Illustrated.

    Wednesday, a photo of Tebow was splashed on the back-page cover of the New York Daily News. The catchy headline – “He’s Terrible” – set off another kerfuffle.

    In the story Tebow was ripped (mostly anonymously) by Jets teammates who railed against the idea of starting him ahead of Sanchez. Ryan responded by blasting the undercover critics.

    “If you’re going to make a negative comment, that’s fine,” Ryan said Wednesday in his daily news conference at Jets headquarters. “Put your name to it. I think people will respect you a lot more. Because I think it’s a cowardly thing. If you’re not going to put your name to it, I think that’s about as cowardly of a thing as there is.”

    Tebow handled the imbroglio with the usual mix of grace and gumption. I don't think I've ever seen an athlete handle the heat better than the happy, unflappable Tebow. He doesn't get sucked into the loud but indistinguishable noise that forms much of the discourse in an increasingly angry and irrational sports culture.

    Tebow, a gentleman, doesn’t campaign for playing time. He doesn’t try to undermine Sanchez. Do not, however, underestimate his toughness. Tebow has unwavering confidence and firmly believes he can be an effective NFL starter.

    While acknowledging that he felt “some frustration and I guess some sadness” after the Daily News hit piece, Tebow declined to sass back at his in-house critics.

    “I’ve had criticism somewhat my whole life playing football,” Tebow told reporters who cover the Jets. “You’ve got to do your best at handling it. ... It always has made me stronger in the past and it will continue to make me stronger.”

    Tebow, 25, lost his spot in Denver after the Broncos signed Peyton Manning to take over at quarterback. The Jets coveted Tebow as a change-of-pace specialist and gave the Broncos two draft picks to get him to NY.

    That part has gone as planned. Tebow has been utilized as a runner in the so-called wildcat formation. But he’s been used sparingly, participating in only 65 snaps and attempting six passes.

    The Jets, however, failed to grasp the enormity of Tebow’s polarizing presence. The Jets couldn’t see this coming? How could a team based in the roiling environment of New York be so clueless?

    In case you missed it, here are just a few of the highlights of The Tim Tebow Experience in New York:

    • ESPN’s bizarre infatuation with all things Tebow: The worldwide leader has saturated broadcasts with breathless Tebow updates and debates pitting Skip Bayless against a revolving cast of anti-Tebow antogonists. ESPN’s infatuation included an on-air celebration of Tebow’s 25th birthday, with studio hosts and analysts wearing party hats.

    ESPN understands that Tebow is boffo for ratings, but the fixation is also a source of embarrassment. During Wednesday’s broadcast of the Butler vs. Xavier men’s basketball game, analyst Dan Dakich asked partner Rob Wischusen to explain why Tebow isn’t starting.

    Wischusen, the Jets’ radio play-by-play voice, poked fun at ESPN.

    “Didn’t we get word from Bristol that we had actually allowed like 11 minutes of ESPN airtime to go by without mentioning Tebow? I think that’s the standard company rule,” Wischusen said. “Every 15 minutes of every program, regardless of what sport is being aired, Tim Tebow must be mentioned. So good job of you following the company line.”

    • When Jets owner Woody Johnson appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” program last month, he probably didn’t anticipate this question being asked by a host: “Is Tebow really a virgin?”

    • As Hurricane Sandy approached the eastern seaboard, USA Today ran a story on how Tebow’s role could be impacted by the devastating storm. It was theorized that the Jets would benefit from Tebow’s rambunctious running style.

    The newspaper quoted Thomas Downs, a New York-based meteorologist. “Tebow might get his chance with the storm,” Downs said. “It’s an additional element that may cause coaches to alter their game plans. There will definitely be some 20-mph wind gusts that could play havoc with the passing games.”

    • Sanchez has the NFL’s lowest completion percentage and has thrown more red-zone interceptions than any NFL starter. Sanchez continues to tell reporters that he has no concerns about losing his starting job. That prompted a tirade from retired Jets defensive lineman Kris Jenkins.

    Speaking on the Jets’ postgame show on local sports cable network SNY, Jenkins said: “This is a point where I wished some defensive end would have knocked him out of a game so they wouldn’t have had a choice but to put somebody else in.”

    An increasing number of Jets fans and commentators are clamoring for Tebow to replace Sanchez.

    Tebow isn’t an accurate passer, but he is a winner. In a storied college career at Florida, Tebow went 35-6 as the starter, won a Heisman Trophy and led the Gators to a BCS championship. After the 2011 Broncos dropped to 1-4 with Kyle Orton as the starter, the Broncos turned to Tebow. He went 7-4 as the starter and passed for 316 yards and two TDs in the upset victory over Pittsburgh in the AFC playoffs.

    In a postgame essay on NBC last season, Bob Costas offered an eloquent summation of the Tebow mystique. Tebow, Costas noted, has “a presence that can’t be explained, but can certainly be felt.”

    With Sanchez wallowing in failure, and the team sputtering at 3-6, the Jets will have no choice but to make the change.

    And if Sanchez struggles early Sunday against the Rams, it could be Tebow Time in downtown St. Louis.


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    Re: Bernie: It's Tebow Time At The Dome

    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie
    The circus comes to town this weekend, setting up under the big top of the Edward Jones Dome.
    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam
    The Day the Circus Came to Town. Welcome to the big top... its Jets week.
    Interesting.

    In the story Tebow was ripped (mostly anonymously) by Jets teammates who railed against the idea of starting him ahead of Sanchez. Ryan responded by blasting the undercover critics.

    “If you’re going to make a negative comment, that’s fine,” Ryan said Wednesday in his daily news conference at Jets headquarters. “Put your name to it. I think people will respect you a lot more. Because I think it’s a cowardly thing. If you’re not going to put your name to it, I think that’s about as cowardly of a thing as there is.”
    You know there is trouble in paradise when a head coach is publicly calling his players cowards.

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    Re: Bernie: It's Tebow Time At The Dome

    Bernie needs to stop poaching my stuff.

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    Re: Bernie: It's Tebow Time At The Dome

    AvengerRam needs to stop poaching my stuff.

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    Re: Bernie: It's Tebow Time At The Dome

    From the title of this thread, I thought he got the start. Glad he's not starting, lets wait until next week to see the Tebow magic.

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    Re: Bernie: It's Tebow Time At The Dome

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    From the title of this thread, I thought he got the start. Glad he's not starting, lets wait until next week to see the Tebow magic.
    wouldn't happen this week lol

    either quarterback won't matter, the rams WILL beat the jets,

    i notice when sanchez plays it's his fault

    when tebow is about to play, oh it's not tebow, it's everyone else

    it's not that...the jets just suck

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    Re: Bernie: It's Tebow Time At The Dome

    The Rams should not under estimate the Jets. Though the Jets don't do anything particularly well, they don't do anything particularly bad either. All they have to do is play a solid game to be in it at the end.

    But I do bet in the Jet game planning, they are counting on Rams mistakes. Rams penalties and miscues have cost the Rams games they should have won.

    Rams should win this game if they play physcial. Hit the Jets hard on the ground alot and go over top--nothing special, nothing complicated. If the Jets bring Tebow on the field, then Rams need but field a Tebow-destroyer (someone that Shadows him) from different possitions on the field.

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    Re: Bernie: It's Tebow Time At The Dome

    I like Tebow and think he's a good guy, that can instill a winning mentality to his team mates and effect the outcome of games by making those around him win. That being said, I hope he gets put in the game and gets obliterated by our Rams D. I think a stat line of 0/7, 2 INTs, -12 yards rushing is in order.

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    Re: Bernie: It's Tebow Time At The Dome

    I don't consider Tebow to be much of a passer, but I certainly admire how he handles himself with total class and dignity on and off the field. Sure, he's overhyped by the media and blah blah blah but I have a hard time not liking a person who walks the talk and is a genuinely solid human being.

    Now, if you play much in this game, Mr. Tebow, I hope you totally suck

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