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Tebow Time

This weekend the legend of Tim Tebow will explode.

Depending on the final score of this weekend’s marquee matchup with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, it will either continue to swallow up small planets, or shatter into a million pieces.

If it feels like Tebow-Mania can’t possibly get any bigger, imagine what will happen if his Broncos defeat Bill Belichick’s evil empire?

Now imagine what it would be like if he threw for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in the process.

And that’s only what might happen ON the field.

On the field this season Tebow, a remarkably good athlete and competitor, has taken over as the Broncos starting Quarterback and led his team to more unbelievable come-from-behind successes than MacGyver- despite being the worst football player on the field for the overwhelming majority of the game.

Because the victories haven’t come as the result of remarkable overall play or even a demonstration of mastery over the most basic skills (like taking the ball from the center) the speculation of what makes him successful has become almost ridiculous.

His success has been labelled “magical”, “miraculous”, “unprecedented”, and “mystical”.

As his legend grows the experts, as well as the casual fans, have been left consistently wondering the same thing; “How does he do it?”, “How does he win all those games.” The answer is surprisingly easy.

 

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Robbing The Ducks

There’s a championship football game on tonight…

Surprise!

Unless you are a hardcore Oregon Duck fan it’s entirely possible to not know that the inaugural PAC-12 conference championship game is tonight.

That’s right, on a night typically reserved for high school playoff games nationwide, the Oregon Ducks will compete for a conference championship.

You are probably wondering why this isn’t stirring up as much public interest as say, mattress sales or snow tire installations- both of which apparently mean a lot to Northwesterners.

This is because the 10-2 Duck’s opponent in this contest are the 6-6 UCLA Bruins.

A Duck victory, and by victory I mean beat down, is highly likely since the Bruins have most recently:

-Lost by 50,
-Failed to score a single point,
-Fired their head coach,
-Forgotten how to spell UCLA.

Putting UCLA on the field tonight is an insult to Oregon, and it robs the Ducks of a spotlight that they rightfully deserve.

So why is this football game happening again?

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When Push Comes To Shove

 

This weekend was a bad one for NFL coaches.  I didn’t think that it could get much worse than coaches breaking legs AND tearing patellar tendons, but then the Detroit/San Francisco game ended in something that looked even more uncomfortable than Kirk Cameron’s most recent birthday party.

During the post game handshake Jim Harbaugh, the 49er’s rookie head coach, was so excited about his upstart team’s last second win over the previously undefeated Lions, that he pulled a real no-brainer.

In a jubilant sprint, he gave losing head coach Jim Schwartz of Detroit a “hand slap-chest bump” handshake- like the two of them were frat bro’s celebrating at a kegger.

Jim Schwartz didn’t like it.

While Harbaugh’s over expressive and self-congratulatory choice of post-game greeting was clearly over the top, how he ended the “handshake” may have been even worse.  At the speed both men were moving, there was going to be an inevitable collision.

Harbaugh did the old “side step and push around” maneuver that you do when cutting your way through a theme park crowd.

Jim Schwartz really didn’t like that.

As Harbaugh rushed to resume his “all-over-the-field” celebration, Schwartz looked back and “F-bombed” him to little effect.  When he realized how little impact his “fudging” of Harbaugh accomplished, he ran after him, applying the amount of body and language he felt was adequate to express his frustration.

Jim Harbaugh didn’t like that.

But this is where the paths of the two Jims diverge.  Whereas Schwartz heaped confrontation on top of Harbaugh’s cluelessness, Harbaugh didn’t want any part of Schwartz’ escalation.  It took a field full of players, coaches, and security personnel to keep Coach Schwartz away from Coach Harbaugh.

Schwartz didn’t much like that either.

At the press conference he pointed out that he didn’t like getting cussed at or shoved… even though he responded with an incredibly disproportionate amount of cussing and shoving.  Harbaugh on the other hand admitted that the offense was “on me” and that his “handshake needed some work”.

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