The media frenzy surrounding Tim Tebow and his every action is nothing short of a circus.
Heisman Trophy Winner , before he is about to be honored at halftime during the (Dec 23rd 07) Jaguars/Oakland game. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Every move the fellow makes is sliced and diced and served up for the rest of the world to evaluate. The talking heads on the tube can stop talking about him. He was the lead story for months while he had the come from behind streak going with the Broncos.
Rumors flying around that he is being blackballed by the NFL. That he is not worth the media circus and associated distractions that go with having him sign a contract.
On top of that, everyone knows about the throwing mechanics, the wildcat, and all the other playing ability stuff.
Of course, the whole “Tebowing” thing. Frankly, I am tired of all of it. If he is being blackballed it is a good example of the machinery that is the NFL.
Tim Tebow won a national championship at Florida. He won the Heisman trophy. Urban Meyer was like a father to him. He was essentially a really competitive guy, a fullback, playing at the Quarterback position. He has a story. He has some leadership skills. He has his day in the sun. Accompanying all of this was the religious references every damn time the mic was shoved under his nose. Not everyone feels the same way as Tebow does. People put up with it, why? I guess, the want to see the kid play and are willing to overlook the religion stuff. Tebow is not the first to do this. Giving thanks to God for the win is nothing new.
Here is what it boils down to. Any (successful) effort by an individual, intentional or not, to usurp media, divert attention to oneself, or otherwise distract from the the NFL and their business interests, the copyrighted materials, or anything owned by the NFL will get the person slammed hard on the mat. I promise you, you will be thrown for a loss.
Lots of guys win games in row. Lots of guys win a playoff game. Lots of teams have a come from behind win.
Follow the money.
Why do owners want to pay Tim Tebow millions to be a distraction? In the scheme of things, Tebow is an ankle biter compared to the owners. It takes a gazillion dollars to be a franchise OWNER. With that comes certain benefits, one of which is the quiet confidence of being the only game in town on Sunday 6 months of the year. Another comes to mind. Having the Commissioner in their hip pocket. The can accomplishment almost anything they want. Money, power, ad dollars, media, (cheerleaders), a brand, control, hmmmmm, think of the possibilities.
Big money media contracts make the NFL world go around.
Tim Tebow is less than a cog in the big scheme of things.