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Why Tim Tebow is Good for the NY Jets

I can’t believe it.  First, Jeremy Lin, one of my favorite players, goes bonkers in February for the Knicks, and now Tim Tebow, another one of my favorite players, gets traded to the Jets.  Crazy.

I know there are a million voices talking about the Tebow trade right now, and I’ve been surprised at how overwhelmingly negative most sports pundits have been, including folks like Michael Kay, Stephen A Smith, Joe Namath, Rich Villodas, etc.

For what it’s worth, I think it’s a great trade for Tebow and the Jets, and here’s why:

Tim Tebow is now a Jet. I think it's a good thing.

1.  The Jets needed someone – anyone – to push Sanchez – Before the Tebow trade, many Jets fans were bemoaning the coddling of Mark Sanchez the past three years.  Giving Sanchez a 5-year extension earlier this month did nothing to quell those criticisms after he had a subpar year.

Now there is some pressure for Sanchez to perform.  Whether the pressure is real or perceived doesn’t matter – Sanchez will be pushed, and hopefully, he’ll be challenged to bring his best.

2.  Even if the cries for Tebow get loud, if Sanchez performs, Tebow will become more irrelevant – The biggest reason Bronco fans wanted Tebow to get a shot was because the Broncos were 1-4, and the offense wasn’t that dynamic with Orton at the helm.

Do you really think fans would have been chanting for Tebow if they were 4-1?

The same is true for the Jets.  If the Jets win under Sanchez, Tebow’s playing time will be irrelevant.

And if the Jets aren’t winning?  Yes, the fans will chant for Tebow.

This all comes down to Sanchez and whether or not he can be a consistently winning and effective quarterback in the NFL.

Yes, he doesn’t have as much margin for error now because he has the most popular backup in league history behind him.

Isn’t that what Jet fans wanted in the first place – a viable option behind Sanchez?

3.  The critique on Tebow is that he’s not a very good quarterback.  The proof will come on the field, though.   

“He’s not a viable option!” Jet fan might say.

Well, if Sanchez doesn’t perform and the Jets aren’t winning, then Tebow will almost certainly get a shot.

And guess what?

He has to perform.

Tebow has to keep winning, or else he’ll be run out of town as quickly as he’s been welcomed here.  NY is a results-oriented place.  Tebow has to get results, or his star will fade quickly in these parts.

The only reason John Fox and John Elway had no choice but to keep playing Tebow, as bad as his stats were, was because he kept winning.

I might sound like Skip Bayless here, but if Tebow started out with Denver losing 3 straight games, or even 2 straight games probably, there is NO WAY he would have remained a starting quarterback.  He would have lost the locker room and the fan base.

After the Tebow-led Broncos got blown out by the Lions in his second week as a starter, people were asking if Tebow was going to get a chance to start again, and many were wondering if the Tebow thing would die down.

But Tebow kept winning.  It was insane, but that’s why Elway and Fox couldn’t pull him, even though they desperately wanted to replace him.

4.  Even if he’s not a prototypical quarterback, the Jets offensive and defensive philosophies are ideal for him – If he does get his chance, the Jets want to ground and pound and play good defense.  They just need someone who doesn’t make mistakes and is a good leader with intangibles.

That sounds like Tebow to me.

I think this is the kind of system and staff that really does see Tebow’s strengths and wants to work with them.

Sanchez proved that he could do this his first couple of years.  Last year they tried to change their philosophy a bit and it didn’t work.

This year, he can get comfortable again and get back to his winning ways.

Otherwise, Tebow will get a shot.

New Yorkers will not clamor for Tebow because he’s popular.  New Yorkers will clamor for Tebow if the team is losing.

And if Tebow loses, he’ll get booed as Jets fans look for the next great Jet.

5.  At the end of the day, results are what ultimately matter in the NFL and in New York – So with all the hoopla about this being about publicity or about Mark Sanchez needing the support of an organization, at the end of the day, if the Jets are winning, everything will take care of it itself.

If the Jets are losing, that’s another story.

And if Tebow loses, then he’ll lose the locker room and fan base too.

And then the Jets will move on.

Jeremy Lin was asked in an interview if he was worried about losing playing time after Mike Woodson became coach.  He said something to the effect of “I’m not worried because if you can play, you’ll play.”

If Sanchez can play, he’ll play.  If Tebow can play, he’ll play too.

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Inter-Generational Sports Match-ups I’d Love to Watch

After watching some of the epic Nadal-Djokovic Australian Open Final last night, I came away with the following thoughts:

1) These guys are really good at tennis.

2) I’m getting tired just from watching.

3) Pete Sampras’ matches/rallies never went this long.

Could Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic have stopped Sampras?

So I started to wonder, man, what would it have been like for either of these guys to play Sampras?  These top players nowadays, along with Roger Federer, seem to be baseline geniuses.  But if memory serves me well, Sampras points used to be finished in like 3-4 strokes, and the guy was dominant (grass and hard court only).

This got me thinking about other match-ups I’d like to see.  Now, keep in mind that my childhood sports memories are safely in the 80s-90s, so these pairings will reflect these eras, most likely.

In other words, I’m not going to compare Shaq to George Mikan, because the still shots of Mikan I’ve seen don’t like that intimidating, quite frankly.

Moreover, these match-ups will likely be for sports that have more of a one-on-one edge to them, like tennis or basketball, and I’m talking about players in their primes.

Anyhow, here are the match-ups I’d love to see:

1)  Pete Sampras against Roger Federer/Rafael Nadal/Novak Djokovic – I’m really not sure who would win because there are so few serve-and-volley players nowadays, and I’ve never really seen Fed, Nadal, or Djokovic play a maestro like Sampras who plays the s-n-v style.  It’s quite stunning that the Fed-Nadal-Djokovic triumverate exists today – these guys are all incredibly talented and seemingly evenly matched, whereas Sampras was clearly a cut above all the players in his era.

But yeah, this would be great tennis because of the opposing styles and the tenacious play.  It is interesting to note that in Sampras’ autobiography, he mentions how Michael Chang used to dominate him on the youth circuit.  That changed circa 1990, I think.

Who do you think Phil Jackson would rather have?

2)  Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant – Yes, we saw some of this in the twilight of Jordan’s career, and I wish that MJ played just a little longer as Kobe was really coming on.

But can you imagine these two guys going at it in their prime?  Just for their sheer competitiveness, this would have been fun to watch.

Before you judge me, I’m not saying that Kobe is in MJ’s class, because I think MJ was in a class of his own. The only thing Kobe might have better is his 3-ball and possibly his handle.

But would this have been an interesting match-up?  Heck yeah.

3)  Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls, 1993-1995 – The only other dominant basketball player I remember from MJ’s era was Hakeem Olajuwon, and I’m specifically referring to Olajuown’s run in 1993-1995.

Dream and MJ were 10-10 against each other when the Bulls played the Rockets, and Hakeem was the only player the Bulls used to double team.

Do you remember Dream viciously dominating David Robinson, Ewing, and Shaq those years?  Crazy.

I remember thinking, this guy can’t be stopped, and if they played the Bulls those years that MJ retired, I think they’d have a legitimate shot at beating them.

Let’s put it this way, I’d contend that the championship Rockets in those years were better than any of the other opponents the Bulls beat through their six championships (Sonics, Jazz, Lakers, Suns, Blazers).

I know, whenever I mention this to non-Houston people, they say, “who would have guarded MJ?!” to which I respond, “who would have guarded Otis Thorpe?”

Just kidding.

But seriously, do you think Luc Longley could have guarded Dream?

Call me crazy, but I think Clutch City could have taken the Bulls, or at least given them their toughest series (for sure a 7 gamer, something the Bulls never had in their title years).

4)  Michael Jordan vs. Lebron James – I know Lebron haters will talk about his lack of championships, but really, have we ever seen a player like him?

Lebron should be a Knick.

With Kobe, it’s easier to compare him to MJ because their size and positions are so similar.

But with Lebron, there are clearly attributes he possesses that are a tier above MJ (hence Pippen’s comments last year that Lebron might be a better all around player than MJ).

For instance, Lebron’s passing, rebounding, and size are a cut above MJ.

People might say, how would Lebron stop MJ?!  Well, LBJ guarded everyone from Paul Pierce to Derrick Rose in last year’s playoffs (let’s forget about JJ Barea for now), and he did an effective job against those guys.

But how would MJ handle Lebron’s combination of speed and strength?

When LBJ starts winning championships I think he’s going to go down as one of the top two players in the game, especially if he wins “not six, not seven, not eight.”

I’m guessing he wins at least two.

Man, he should have come to the Knicks.  That would have been unreal.

5)  Joe Montana vs. Tom Brady – Brady’s lost a bit of his aura since he lost to the Giants (and I REALLY hope he loses again), but these guys are two of the most clutch qbs of all time.

I loathed that my teams got dominated by these QBs.

Significant Sidenote: the Giants put a hurt on both of them at various points in their careers. End of Sidenote.

These guys are just winners, and the thing about sports is that someone has to lose, and I’m not sure who would lose if it were to come down to Montana vs. Brady.

I despised both of these guys growing up because they both haunted the Rams, and I hated the feeling of them having the ball at any point in the game.  I’m not sure if this resonates with anyone – it’s not that I didn’t like that they had the ball at the end of the game – I hated that they would get the ball at all.

Why am I so obsessed with these things?  I don’t know.

We can talk about supporting casts, but yeah, even if we switched their teammates, I’m not sure who I’d take to win a game if the two were pitted against each other.

I hope Aaron Rodgers reaches this level after a few more years.  Discount double check!

This is a match-up I'd love to see. I'm not sure who I'd root for!

6)  Tim Tebow vs. Kurt Warner – Who would the Christian community root for?  How about the media?  The players?

What would happen in the heavenlies if these two played against each other?

My brain (and heart) are hurting just thinking about it.

I need to pray.

Which sporting match-ups would you like to see? 

What I Love about Tim Tebow and the Freedom to be Oneself

I’m still recovering from what I saw last night in the Jets-Broncos game.  It was inexplicable.  The Broncos offense was completely stalled for the entire game (credit can be given to the Jets D), and then all of a sudden Tim Tebow was in the end zone.  Wow.

I know many people have written about Tim Tebow and it’s well-known why the guy is so admired apart from his football winning ways.  He’s a devout Christian, he’s helped build a hospital in the Philippines, he’s really kind and hard-working, he’s a virgin.  Even non-Christian pro-choice folks can respect what he stands for, although I’m sure many people wonder if he’s for real.

What is Tebowing? (vb) to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.

But the moment from last night’s game that stands out to me is related to a recent internet craze that has involved Tebow.

A few weeks ago, a website was created in response to something that Tebow tends to do during games – get down on one knee and pray.  The term for this action has been dubbed “Tebowing“, and it means “to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.”

If you visit the site, it’s pretty hilarious.  Tina thinks it’s the funniest thing ever.

One opponent from the Lions even taunted Tebow (in good fun) with the pose after he sacked him.  Tebow wasn’t offended but laughed it off.

It’s actually all quite amusing.

One Lions Player started tebowing after he sacked Tim Tebow!

So here’s the thing, in last night’s game, Tebow leads this improbable, miraculous comeback.  Most of us watching couldn’t believe what we were seeing.  It was like all of a sudden, it was “Tebow Time” and therefore he was going to go win the game, even though he hadn’t done much the rest of the time.  As a Jet sympathizer, I felt pretty helpless.

Tebow scores on a 20-yard scamper and the entire stadium goes bonkers.  The sideline is going crazy and people are mauling Tebow for his efforts.  The national TV audience is in shock, disbelief, and shake-my-head wonderment.

So what does Tebow do?

He starts tebowing on the sideline.

Some might say, “Oh, it’s so cliche!  He’s just showing off his faith!  How can he do that when so many people make fun of him for it?!”

I know I was saying, “I can’t believe he’s tebowing after that!”

Is Tim Tebow really tebowing against the Jets after all that? Why yes!

I know if I were in his shoes, I probably never would have been caught tebowing again, because I care too much about what other people think of me.  I care too much about coming off too holy, or too fake, or too disingenuous.  I’m so image conscious and sometimes I care too much about coming off “too cool for school”.

But not Tebow.  He’s somehow so free to be himself that he can continue tebowing, and even laugh about all the ways people poke fun at him.

And that’s what I love about Tim Tebow.

Sure, it’s impossible for him to win every game, and he’ll go through even more adversity as is common to life, but Tim Tebow somehow feels so free to be himself in light of everything else going on around him.

Tim Tebow is secure enough to keep tebowing.

Freedom and security to be oneself.

I wonder where that comes from…