Jan 14, 2012
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In case you missed it, last week the Denver Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers
in the first round of the NFL playoffs 29 – 23 in overtime.
As mayors of cities often do, the mayor of Pittsburgh and the mayor of Denver had a friendly bet on the outcome of the game. This is normal and it just adds some local flavor to the hype.
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl bet that if the Bronco’s won, he would wear a Denver Nronco jersey and “Tebow.” “Tebowing” is the practice of getting down on one knee just as the Denver quarterback Tim Tebow does before, during and after games. It is copying the way Tebow prays.
For some, Tebowing is a salute to the quarterback. For others, it is a call to prayer. And for others, it is done in a way to mock the faith of Tebow.
For his part, Tebow doesn’t have a problem with it.
If I can help be an example of that, then I look at that as a blessing,” says Tebow…
“It’s not my job to see what people’s reasons are behind it. But I know, like a kid that tweeted me with cancer and said, ‘I’m Tebowing while I’m chemo-ing.’ How cool is that? That’s worth it right there for that kid.
“If that gives him any encouragement or just puts a smile on his face or gives him encouragement to pray, then that’s really awesome and that’s completely worth it for me.”
So why does it bother us to some extent the mayor of Pittsburgh made “Tebowing” a part of a bet?
Why does it bother us to some extent that he said:
Jan 8, 2012
Like many, we were interested in watching the Broncos play the Steelers in the first round of the NFL playoffs on Sunday.
Much of our interest was centered around watching Tim Tebow, but we are also a fan of defense, With the Denver defense being very good and the Pittsburgh defense being the best in the league, we were looking forward to the game.
We weren’t expecting what happened. Both defenses gave up 23 points in 60 minutes. Tebow threw long passes for completions. In fact, statistically Tebow outplayed the hobbled (and most likely Canton bound) Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger was 22 of 40 for 289 yards and a passer rating of 75.9.
Tebow was 10 of 21 for 316 yards and a passer rating of 125.6.
The play of the game was, of course, the 80 yard pass and run from Tebow to Demaryius Thomas for the winning touchdown in overtime.
Game over. Turn out the lights. Broncos win 29 – 23.
The Cinderella season of the Broncos would continue to next week.
We have to be honest that when the Pittsburgh Steelers got the ball back with the score tied and time on the clock in regulation, we thought the game was over. The Steelers, with their experience, Pro Bowl quarterback, and better players were going to win as time expired.
We thought at the time “well, the clock has struck midnight on Cinderella.”
Cinderella, however, did not date Tim Tebow.
Dec 12, 2011
With a little over 2 minutes left in the game between the Chicago Bears and the Denver Broncos, it looked for all the world as if the magic of comebacks and wins for the Denver Broncos was about to end – or at least stumble a bit.
The Bears have a very good defense which only allowed the Broncos 345 yards of offense all day. Tim Tebow had thrown one interception and lost a fumble. Yet behind a Denver defense that had played just as well if not better than the much more heralded Bears’ defense in allowing on 245 yards, the Broncos were still in the game.
Down 10 – 0 and just over two minutes left?
It was as if the preliminaries were over and the real game was about to begin.
It started with a 10 yard touchdown pass from Tebow to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas: 10 – 7 Bears and people are thinking “can this happen again?”
After kicking off to the Bears, the Denver defense rose up and forced a “three and out.” During their possession, Bears’ running back Marion Barber inexplicably ran out of bounds stopping the clock. If he had not done so, the the Broncos would have gotten the ball back with about 10 seconds left in the game. As it was, after the Bears’ punt, Denver had 0:53 seconds and were looking at the ball sitting on their own 20 yard line.
Denver drove 49 yards to the Bears’ 41 and with 0:02 seconds left in the game, Denver placekicker Matt Prater lined up for a 59 yard field goal.
Prater’s kick would have been good from 69 yards.
With the score now tied at 10 – 10, the teams headed to overtime.
Dec 9, 2011
After we heard some feedback on our review of “Killing Lincoln,” by Bill O’Reilly, we thought we’d review the book “Through My Eyes,” by Tim Tebow.
Before we review the book, we should state any bias we may have toward the author. We did the same thing with the “Killing Lincoln” review simply because no matter how hard one tries to deny it, there is always a bias to writing on subjective subjects such as whether you like or dislike something.
First, unlike many of our friends, we are not rabid fans of the University of Florida Gators. We are not a member of the Gator Nation. In fact, when it comes to rooting for college teams, we have a definite pecking order. We first root for our beloved Terps from the University of Maryland. We then root for any Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC team.) After that, to appease, to pacify, and to stay out of harm’s way, we will root for the Gators, followed by teams from the Southeastern Conference (the SEC.)
We watched Tebow play in college and were amazed and impressed with him. It was not just his football ability, it was the stories off the field as well. We always thought Tebow was an underdog to “make it in the next level” for a variety of reasons. Yet to be honest, we rooted for him. In his senior season we began to think and believe he could play in the NFL.
Luckily for us, he not only is playing in the NFL, but is making fools out of a lot of people who claimed he couldn’t.
This means from what we have seen of Tim Tebow, we like him. There is something appealing to us that is hard to quantify. Maybe it is that we wish and hope he is as nice, polite and sincere as he appears in interviews. It just may be that we are rooting for someone in the public eye not to be a phoney.
When we picked up “Through My Eyes,” there was a bit of skepticism. After all, at 24 years of age, what can he tell us? We have socks and underwear older than Tebow.
What life experiences has he had that are of interest to us?
One reviewer at Amazon.com had the same issue and in fact asked something along the lines of “isn’t a bit presumptuous for a someone so young to be writing an auto-biography?”
Which brings us to actually reviewing the book.
Dec 5, 2011
The Denver Broncos won again yesterday, beating the Minnesota Vikings 35 – 32 and once again coming from behind in the fourth quarter.
This raises the record of the Broncos to 6 – 1 since maligned quarterback and lightning rod for controversy Tim Tebow became a starter.
We are not particularly fans of the Denver Broncos. We aren’t rooting for them, but we are taking a perverse kind of pleasure in watching all the so called “experts” who swore Tebow would fail in the NFL having to eat crow.
The day was not a day for the Denver defense. They gave up a whopping 489 yards and 32 points. The disparity in time of possession heavily favored the Vikings (37:52 – 22:09). Number of plays run went heavily the Vikings way as well (81 – 49)
Yet at the end of the day, the only stat that matters is points scored. There the Broncos won, 35 – 32.
There are two magical things happening with the Broncos. We are seeing a guy who very few “experts” believed could play the game at the highest level win games. Yesterday Tebow completed 10 of 15 passes for 202 yards. That’s a completion rate of 67% and a monstrous quarterback rating of 149.3. (Tebow also ran a mere 4 times for 13 yards.)
The other thing we are seeing is that somehow the moment Tebow became a starter, Denver became a team. You don’t see that much in professional sports anymore. Denver is playing as one group, believing they will win.
Nov 20, 2011
After the Broncos won this past Thursday night, there has been a lot of conversation about Tim Tebow. Basically, the question is “how does he keep leafing the Broncos to wins?”
Certainly he has a lot of help from a really good defense. Certainly he has the faith and backing of his teammates who believe he can win. Yet it appears he plays so badly at least for the majority of the time.
But overall, statistically, how bad is Tebow compared to someone like Hall of Fame quarterback and former Bronco John Elway?
To compare, ask yourself the following questions as to who performed better in their first eight games as a starter:
1) Who won more games? Elway or Tebow?
2) Who has thrown for more yards? Elway or Tebow?
3) Who has the better interception to touchdown ration? Elway or Tebow?
4) Who rushed for more yards? Elway or Tebow?
5) Who scored more rushing touchdowns? Elway or Tebow?
The answers after the jump.
Aug 19, 2011
People that follow the National Football League and the fans of the University of Florida are going to have to accept the facts: the Heisman Trophy quarterback who led the Gators to a National Championship is not going to make it as a quarterback in the NFL. We can confidently predict that he will never again start a game in the NFL. All the negatives said about him – the throwing motion, can’t read defenses, not accurate enough, not enough arm strength, etc, will forever keep this guy from starting. He won’t play for Denver, New Orleans, Washington or anyone else in the NFL.
We 100% guarantee it.
Because Danny Wuerffel has moved on.
After five NFL seasons that can only be described as lackluster, Wuerffel was released from the Washington Redskins following the 2002 season and in a blink of an eye, his days as a quarterback on a football field were over.
Wuerffel now runs a Christian ministry named “Desire Street Ministries” in the (in)famous Ninth Ward in New Orleans. Far from the one hundred thousand fans that often greeted him on Saturdays while a Gator, Wuerffel deals with the physical, emotional and spiritual poverty of the people in New Orleans. We are sure that when he left the NFL, Wuerffel could have looked back and been bitter. Instead, he relied on his Christian faith and looked forward.
This past June, Wuerffel was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The body literally attacks itself. According to the National Institute of Health,
The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. In many instances, the weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body. These symptoms can increase in intensity until the muscles cannot be used at all and the patient is almost totally paralyzed. In these cases, the disorder is life-threatening and is considered a medical emergency. The patient is often put on a ventilator to assist with breathing.
Due to an early diagnosis, Wuerffel is expected to fully recover, but the road back is going to be a long one, possibly taking years.
How does all this relate to Tim Tebow?