If there’s one thing ESPN likes more than stroking it’s own ego, it’s stroking Tim Tebow’s ego. But we had some Tebow hate on the four letter network recently, and it may have been the culmination of a season of embarrassment for ESPN when it comes to the rager they had for Tebow since training camp began.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Tebow had an argument with New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan over the fact that he’d been skipped over as the No. 2 quarterback in New York. Mind you, Tebow must have had short term memory loss as he was the No. 3 quarterback that skipped over Brady Quinn last year in Denver.
But that was then and this is now. Tebow reportedly told Ryan not to use him in the Wildcat package, a statement that has now been blown up to epic proportions.
What Tebow likely meant, was that he wants to play quarterback, not be a decoy quarterback in a Wildcat package. But the way it’s been twisted is to make it sound like Tebow told Ryan what he could do with himself and told him he wasn’t going to play if he wasn’t going to be the starting quarterback.
Ron Jaworski fired some shots at Adam Shefter and ESPN’s suspect reporting on the issue but Merril Hodge took the bait and ran with it, going on a rant about how Tebow is “as phony as a three-dollar bill” and that he’s going to set the Jaguars back, among other things.
“To me, it smells like three-day-old fish, OK?” Hoge said. “I think he’s phony as a three-dollar bill. Because at the end of the day, what have I heard? That he will do anything at any time. You ask me to do it, I’ll do it. And all of a sudden now that’s unacceptable? That’s all of a sudden, ‘Now I want to play quarterback or I’m not gonna play Wildcat?’ . . . Tim Tebow, being the teammate he says he is, accepts that. Because he says I’ll do anything for the team. That’s all I’ve ever heard about him. Well I think this sound shows really what he’s about.”
Jaworski was there to defend Tebow, but he also threw some hooks at Schefter and the ESPN crew by saying all the “reports” from “sources” — and yeah, he used air quotes– was nothing but a bunch of hearsay.
We asked earlier this week if Tebow could help the Jaguars, and Hodge apparently has very strong feelings on the issue. We still know very little about what was said and what was twisted around, but if one thing is certain it’s this: ESPN’s love affair with Tebow has finally blown up in their smug faces and it’s a joy to watch.