Jerry Ballgame weighs in on the Tim Tebow Circus.
You would usually associate the circus coming to town with fun, excitement, and entertainment intended to distract you from your daily concerns. That certainly seemed to be the case in the Big Apple last year, as “Ringmaster Rex” attempted to preside over the three ring circus that was the New York Jets. What made it all the more fascinating was that, somehow or another, Tim Tebow seemed to be constantly in the center ring, without actually ever leaving the wings. Now, despite being a big hit with the New York media, Tebow has taken his talents on the road to Foxborough, where it is anticipated that he will have to develop a whole new act.
To my way of thinking, the only way that Tebow has any hope of sticking around with the Pats, and thereby the NFL, is to demonstrate the versatility that Bill Belichick so highly values. I refuse to believe that Coach Bill would consider for even a moment, tying up one of his precious roster spots for someone who is nothing more than a third string QB experiment. Furthermore, I don’t believe that this is Bill doing Josh (McDaniels) doing Tim a favor. The last “favor” he did for McDaniels was WR Brandon Lloyd, and that was somewhat less than a success. I could, however, see the 6’3″, 236 pound Tebow following in the foot steps of Mike Vrabel and Troy Brown, and using his athleticism to contribute on both special teams, as well as catching passes out of the backfield.
If I’m right, and that’s what Bill is thinking, than I like the move. Financially, it’s a bit of a no brainer as well. At the veteran minmum ($630,000 this year, $730,000 next) and with no guaranteed money, there it little to lose. Now, the only question left is how many Patriots’ Tebow shirts, with his old high school number 5 on it, will be sold. I’m sure the NFL is hoping the Pats keep him long enough to find out.
HUBLET ALERT: “CHOOSE WISELY…”
I have to think that Jarome Iginla did not see “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade“, or at least forgot that nugget of advise from the old knight, when he was deciding between the Penguins and the Bruins, at the NHL trade deadline. The 35 year, Calgary winger was supposedly allowed to pick with which team he wanted to make what is likely his “last crusade” for an appearance in the Stanley Cup finals. He picked Pittsburgh, despite the B’s being a better fit for his style of play. Wronnggg! In fairness, I can understand how difficult it must have been to pick against “Syd the Kid.” After all, no one else realized it was “Tuukku Time”, either. (Which is why I’m going with the B’s in 7 in the Finals. I’m hoping for 5, but my predicting 7 has been lucky so far so I’m sticking with it.)
By the way, and it’s not that I’m vindictive or anything, but I’m rooting against Miami in the NBA Finals, because I don’t want Ray Allen to get another ring, after he left Boston. OK, so I’m a little vindictive…
HUBLET ALERT: ‘THAT’S MY STORY AND I’M STICKING TO IT.”
Actually it’s more of a prediction than a story, but one way or the other, I’m still predicting the Red Sox will finish third in the AL East, despite their league leading ability to score runs. Jon Lester just had his fifth straight bad start, Clay Buchholz is suddenly fragile and John Lackey gave back (pun intended) a six run lead against the Rays. This may not come as a news flash, but it is still about the pitching over the long haul, and the Sox have got me worried about theirs.
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