Whither Tebow? Yon and Gone
It seems someone is loathe to concede that Tim Tebow's NFL career is Much Ado about Nothing.
Now it's Vinny Testaverde and Chris Weinke who contend the literary analogy should not be to Shakespeare but to JRR Tolkein:
- All that is gold does not glitter,
- Not all those who wander are lost.
- -- from 'Lord of the Rings'
The veteran alums from Miami and Florida State, respectively, seem to think they've found the fatal quirk in the Florida alum's delivery: his footwork.
Of course, it begs credulity that the likes of Urban Meyer and a host of NFL coaches would never think to watch the foundation of Tebow's mechanics. It also must be noted that in his self-appointed role as sage, Testaverde declared that the tandem of Mark Sanchez and Tebow would be successful for the Jets -- thus inviting the wrath of the football gods by putting 'successful' and 'Jets' in the same sentence -- because offensive savant Tony Sparano was there to make sense of it all.
Warren Moon, on the other hand, is more of a Shakespearean advocate:
- All that glitters is not gold.
- -- from 'The Merchant of Venice'
He went on record yesterday as stating Tebow could indeed make it in the NFL, but only if he changed positions; it's not like that hasn't been an observation by lesser luminaries than a Hall of Fame quarterback. Moon also ruled out a journey to the Great White North, as CFL quarterbacks throw the ball more than their NFL counterparts.
The hard fact is, four years of SEC hype from media and fans alike have loaded Tebow with a burden that few mortals can carry. Remember Thom Brenneman's asinine in-game ramble?
"If you're fortunate enough to spend five minutes or twenty minutes around Tim Tebow, your life is better for it."
He could have done Tebow a huge favor by just finding a Slippery Rock or Mt Union score update to give instead. Those wouldn't have gone viral.
With distraction-averse NFL teams unwilling to host the sideshow that follows Tebow everywhere, his odds of gaining traction with any of them are long. And yet, there is always someone out there who is willing to believe. Even an obviously loyal Meyer.
But for now, the latest coat-tail riders are a pair of Floridians who remain true to the verses of Tolkein:
- From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
- A light from the shadows shall spring;
- Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
- The crownless again shall be king.
Tall order, but certain to grab headlines. And therein, as Shakespeare would have said, lies the rub.
It just rubs too many the wrong way.