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Tebow Won’t Be Able to Run at NFL Level

Tim Tebow may have played well in his first preseason game with the Denver Broncos but not everything was great. We told you that his throwing motion was too long and now we’re discovering that his physical running style may need to be discarded too.

Tebow ran for a touchdown on the final play of the preseason game but got crunched in the end zone. The hit he took was reminiscent of the one Donovan McNabb took in the first game of the season last year against the Carolina Panthers that broke his ribs and kept him out a few games.

While Tebow may have escaped a broken ribs injury, his midsection is sore enough to keep him out of practice this week. Compared to other successful running quarterbacks at the collegiate level — guys like Vince Young or Dennis Dixon for instance — Tebow’s style was more predicated on power than speed. It may have worked for Tim in the college game, but he’s quickly learning that the physical running style won’t last long in the NFL. That is, unless he wants his brains scrambled like Trent Green eventually.

ESPN’s ‘The File’ Could Dig Up Some Intriguing Information

ESPN launched The File Blog (subscription only) on Tuesday through their Insider page on ESPN.com.  While a lot of us will undoubtedly refuse to admit it, the concept is an intriguing one that is sure to result in some interesting information from the sports world coming into the public eye.  The blog, which is run by Shaun Assael, “uses public information requests, court filings, government data, and reader-furnished material to go deeper into the stories that the sports world is talking about,” according to their homepage.

The introductory column includes a breakdown of how much it cost the Alabama football team to visit the White House in March, which ended up being a measly $97,327, among other interesting behind-the-scenes information from various college football programs.

The section that I found most mind-boggling was about none other than Tim Tebow.  Although Tebow is now at the bottom of the food chain in the NFL, carrying shoulder pads and being given a Friar Tuck haircut, we’re reminded that he was once on top.  In fact, when he became ill with a flu virus that was spreading throughout the Florida Gators locker room, Florida paid nearly $10,000 to charter him a private flight to Kentucky to play the Wildcats.  I realize the precaution was taken to protect the entire team, but it’s no coincidence Tebow was the one getting quarantined.  That’s what I call star treatment.

Bottom line is The File got it right on their first day.  You would have to be a fully delusional ESPN-hater to say the concept has no potential.  I’m not going to sit here and bash the idea, because I’m sure it will be providing us with some blog-worthy content in the coming days.

How the Tide roll [The File Blog]

Tebow’s Delivery is Still Too Long

The Tim Tebow buzz is already in full effect after he played in his first NFL game with the Denver Broncos — albeit a preseason exhibition — on Sunday night.  While most are babbling about his hard-nosed touchdown run in the fourth quarter or the beautiful pass he threw deep down the sideline that was dropped, I noticed something a lot of people aren’t mentioning: Tebow’s delivery is still way too long for the NFL.

There’s no questioning Tebow’s desire to improve and he certainly should be considered one of the most coachable players in the NFL.  He carried his teammates shoulder pads without hesitation and took the Friar Tuck haircut in stride.  But Tebow nearly fumbled last night after being leveled by Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Jeromy Miles.  Upon further review, it was determined that Tebow’s arm was going forward, but if the shortened delivery he worked so hard on in the off-season carried over onto the field he may have been able to get rid of the ball.  Here’s the video of Tim Tebow getting jacked up in the preseason:

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Tim Tebow Gets the Friar Tuck Haircut

We’ve already established that Tim Tebow was a certified pad carrier when it came to NFL rookie hazing, but now we know he also takes whatever they do to him like a champ. Giving rookies jacked up haircuts has become quite the trend amongst hazing rituals, and nothing compares to what the Jaguars did to their rookies. But as we found out via Sports by Brooks through LenDale White’s twitter account, messed up haircuts are the best when they’re administered to star players. Check out a picture of Tim Tebow’s new haircut from the rookie hazing:

Well, if there was one benefit from the Broncos signing LenDale White, this was it. He just earned his pay.

Sources:
Friar Tebow: Denver Rookie Gets Haircut Hazing [Sports by Brooks]
LenDale White on Twitter

Tim Tebow Sells. A Lot of Gear.

Knowing that Tim Tebow was one of the most famous players in college football history, it’s no surprise to see how popular he is as he makes his transition into the NFL. Tebow creates lines when he’s signing autographs (even at a cost of $100+ per signing), and his Denver Broncos jersey has been the league’s top seller. As if that wasn’t enough evidence, we’re discovering that pretty much any gear with his name attached will cause a frenzy.

Nike released 500 limited edition Tim Tebow cross training shoes on its online store and they sold out in 15 minutes. They also released the shoes at three different locations: Nike Town New York, Nike Town Denver, and the new Nike store in Santa Monica. According to a sales rep at the Nike store in Santa Monica, the shoes sold out within two hours of the doors opening Friday, which also happened to be the grand opening.

In an effort to keep the Tebow hunger alive, the nike store online scattered the release of the Tebow shoes and t-shirt. The “Tebow Knows” shirt was released later in the day Friday and is still available in XL and XXL sizes, although likely not for long. Maybe some commercials similar to Bo Knows are forthcoming, but the point is clear: Tim Tebow is one of the most popular athletes around and fans demand his stuff. I wonder how long this will last if Tebow’s NFL career becomes unsuccessful.

Sources:
No. 15 is the key in Tim Tebow Trainer 1.2 release [Only Gators]

No, Tim Tebow Did Not Help Nick Swisher Propose to Joanna Garcia

Tim Tebow may have saved the manatees and he may be able to touch MC Hammer, but he did not help Nick Swisher propose to girlfriend Joanna Garcia. In a wild rumor amongst rumors, Swisher’s wikipedia page suggests “Football player Tim Tebow assisted Swisher with requesting Garcia’s hand in marriage by speaking to her parents.” Rather than blaming wikipedia for the story, the onus is probably on this June story in the Orlando Sentinel.

Even if many of us have learned better than to simply trust wikipedia (or the Orlando Sentinel in this case), a writer for Florida Today either took the bait or thought this would make for a cute story. He approached Nick Swisher armed with the story in hand to give Swish a chance at denial. And did Swisher deny!

“I’m a man! I don’t need to do that! Where’d you hear that?”

“It’s on Wikipedia,” I said.

“Dude, you’re in the media. You know better than to believe Wikipedia.”

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Tim Tebow Carries the Shoulder Pads

Ever since there was much ado about Dez Bryant refusing to carry Roy Williams’ shoulder pads all rookies have been judged by the same standard: pad carrier or not? We already know that Dolphins rookie Travis Ivey is a card carrying member and now we know that Tim Tebow is also in the club. In a Denver Post article about whether or not Tebow will be active on gamedays via Ben Maller, a picture showed Tebow carrying two teammates’ gear off the practice field:

It’s amazing how something so routine as rookies carrying veterans’ shoulder pads has become a training camp storyline. Tebow obliged but that does not make him special. Rather, it just points out how different Dez was from mostly everyone else. People got on Dez for refusing but I still maintain that Roy Williams should have been carrying Dez’s pads.

Sources:
Tebow may force Broncos into making tough decisions on game day [Denver Post]
Broncos Tim Tebow deals with rookie hazing [Ben Maller]