Shalise Manza Young wrote:
Somewhere between 80-90 credentialed media were at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, the first day of the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp, with reporters from CNN, ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, four of New York’s daily newspapers, and even NPR on hand.
An 80-member press group isn’t out of the norm during the postseason, but it is almost unheard of for a June practice.
But this is Tebowmania, the odd, fervent fascination with a player who is undoubtedly a good human being, but who has much work to do to become a good NFL quarterback.
Everywhere Tebow goes, he is an attraction. Even as a third-string quarterback, which he is with New England.
It began on Monday night, when news came that the 25-year-old Florida native was signing with New England. NFL-centric Twitter users made Tebow’s name and the Patriots trending topics nationally, as comment after comment about the move was posted.
Hours before the Patriots had officially announced the signing and before he had even been issued a number (he’s No. 5), the team’s online pro shop began selling replica Tebow jerseys at $95 a pop.
And then came Tuesday morning. Around 9:20, the team sent out the e-mail announcing the signing, and 90 minutes later Bill Belichick, whose disdain for most press conferences is well-detailed, walked to the podium on the red level of the press box, surveyed his super-sized audience, and smirked.
Belichick talked for less than nine minutes, about half as long as he typically would, and most of the 32 questions sent his way were specifically about Tebow.
What went into your decision to sign Tebow? How do you plan to use him — what position? Could he be used on special teams or defense? Can you talk about your relationship with him? Will you have an objection to him “Tebowing” if he scores?
On and on it went, with some prototypical Belichick pauses before responding, the clicking of his tongue and pursing of his lips.
By the time that “Tebowing” question came along, Belichick did his best to direct the press conference somewhere else, answering, “I think we’ve already talked enough about him.”
But the Tebow queries continued.
Have you been thinking about signing Tebow for a while? Have you had any conversations with Urban Meyer (Tebow’s coach at Florida) in the last 48 hours? How much does Josh McDaniels’s background with Tebow help — did McDaniels have a part in this decision?
That one drew perhaps the most unintentionally humorous answer of the session from Belichick, who responded, “I don’t know.” As Broncos head coach in 2010, McDaniels made Tebow a first-round draft pick.
A short time later, James called for one more question, Belichick answered, and then walked away from the podium, his deliberate stride taking him to the elevator that would bring him to field level for the start of the day’s practice.
If you think the "mistreatment of Tim Tebow" is about religion, then you're crazy.
Okay, I will bite Pudge. In what way was anything in your article above supporting the claim 'Tebow was mistreated'? In fact, if anyone was 'mistreated', it was Bellichick. And di you see how he 'handled it'? He basically shut them down. They can 'ask' all the questions they want about Tim Tebow, and they can keep going on and on...And it wont make a difference. You know why? Because this 'story' goes away in November. The American Public doesn't have the attention span to 'drive' this story. OctoMom was in the news for about 3 years:where is she now? Oh, occasionally she will 'pop up' in some stupid story, but for the most part she is 'irrelavant'. Honey-Boo-Boo is the current circus attraction.
And you seem to think Smith and Matt Ryan couldn't handle it in the same manner. Or for that matter, Drew Brees and Sean Payton. If anything, Peyton could call out the 'media is against us' card, and just stop answering those question, or say 'Im not here to talk all day about Tebow. I'll answer a few questions, but after that, Im done. If y'all keep asking me those questions, were done here, and dont let the door hit ya'.
I disagree with you assesment.
As for whether Tim Tebow's Christian Views are 'hurting him', Im not going to argue that point anymore. The guy has the same views as players of better or worse standards, but he is 'singled' out for the media attention. You have to ask yourself...Why? Why does Tebow get 80 people at the presser? Because he is 'good looking'? Or because he has become a polarizing figure due to his religious beliefs? I think that one is pretty self explanatory.
I liken this to the Chik-Fil-A scandal that erupted awhile back. I mean, there was Dan Cathy, running his families business, serving up fried chicken and sweet tea,,,and someone comes along and 'asks' him his views on Gay Marriage. Well what do you 'expect' a Southern religious guy who CLOSES his billion dollar restaurant chain on the Sabbath to say? "I think that idea is FAB-U-LOUS!"? Sweet Vegan Jesus, who couldn't see that coming a mile away?
So what was the result from this 'media created' sh*tstorm? Well, a whole buncha people got thier ass on thier choulders and started huffing and puffing, and denying building permits and scalling them 'haters'. The Greater Decatur Womyns Softball League staged 'kiss ins' at the Emory location. For w little while, the business declined to the bad publicity.
Then, getting pretty fed up with those shananigans, the local Christian Brigade began to support them in spite. So in the end: what happened? Well, they probably after it all evens out, took a tiny financial 'hit' after all is said and done. But they did not lose thier 'core' business. People are still lining up for those damn chicken sammiches today. The game goes on.
And this is exactly what is going to happen with Tebowmania, and the Pats. He aint going to be taking any snaps away from Brady. Unless Brady goes down, the guy will be a utility guy. The odd play here and there, and some special teams, right? By November, they wont remember his name. Some 'other' scandal will take the front page. Mark it down.
Now, you seem to think we couldn't handle Tebowmania, and I disagree.
And, you seem to think that Tebow's religion doesn't factor into his situation, that it's all about statistics, and I also disagree about that.
I guess we will find out soon enough, huh?