A new definition of 'Tebowing'


A new definition of 'Tebowing'

Tebowing is defined as the action of getting down on one knee and praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something different.

Avid Denver Broncos fan Jared Kleinstein coined the term after watching former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow spark another comeback victory over the Miami Dolphins in 2011. Tebow threw two touchdown passes and a two point conversion to force overtime. The Broncos prevailed in OT off the foot of kicker Matt Prater, who sealed the 18-15 victory. Kleinstein became a believer and launched tebowing.com the very next day.

However, when dissecting recent statements from wide receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, there seemed to have been a different definition of Tebowing formulating within the Broncos' locker room.

I will preface their comments with saying I personally witnessed Tim Tebow wear out his receiving core, just while playing catch prior to stretch in Denvers 2010 training camp. This happened before practices even began during Tebow's first rookie camp. One throw would be off the shoe strings, the next, three feet high, forcing the receiver to jump and make an acrobatic catch. I walked away thinking the Broncos receivers were working miracles during warm-ups alone. Tebow didnt get any better throughout the entire two and a half hour practice. It was ugly and painful to watch. Adding insult to injury, Broncos fans would boo receivers for not hauling in Cirque De Soleil receptions play after play.

Thomas recently appeared on SportsRadioInterviews.com after the trading of Tim Tebow to the New York Jets saying, I aint going to say I was sad because the only thing they remember is that pass.

Thomas was referring to the game winning touchdown pass Tebow threw to Thomas during the Broncos' overtime playoff victory against the Steelers last year.

You gotta go back and look at the rest of the games," Thomas said. "I wasnt getting no balls and you had to make some of these plays where some players were open and he is not making throws, but I dont want to talk bad about Tim. But hey, I am happy we got Peyton.

Thomas went on to say, You would have people calling him out saying, 'Tim you gotta make that throw. You gotta read the defenses better.'

Thomas' comments are about as damning as it gets from an NFL teammate.

I think many of us have experience dealing with co-workers failing to perform a task at hand. Overall, everyone just bites the bullet and picks up the slack through shear self preservation to get the job done. But former teammates of Tebow are not shy about their defining moments with him, as well as and what the future may hold with Broncos new quarterback and future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning.

Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker joined ESPNs Colin Cowherd to discuss how differently this offseason has been working with Manning so far. Decker described Peytons accuracy saying, Throwing it great, hitting you in the right spot.

With the subtle jabs by Thomas and Decker at their former quarterback, it seems to be their time to wear Tim Tebow out through the media.

Decker continued raving about Peyton Manning, stating, Hes such a perfectionist. If he hits you in the belly button, he gets mad at himself for not hitting you in the chest. Its unbelievable to be around a guy who has those standards for himself.

I am one who does believe the Broncos wide receivers' prayers have been answered.

Morning Update: Cubs open World Series tonight; Hawks lose in shootout

Morning Update: Cubs open World Series tonight; Hawks lose in shootout

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Why Cubs wouldn't pay the price for Andrew Miller and got Aroldis Chapman from Yankees

Why Cubs wouldn't pay the price for Andrew Miller and got Aroldis Chapman from Yankees

CLEVELAND — As the New York Yankees marketed Andrew Miller this summer and prepared for their first sell-off in a generation, their demands started at either Kyle Schwarber or Javier Baez — and the Cubs still would have been forced to throw in more talent to get the All-Star reliever.

This could be the fascinating what-if for this World Series. The Cleveland Indians paid the price, giving up a four-player package headlined by outfielder Clint Frazier (the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft) and left-hander Justus Sheffield (the No. 31 pick in the 2014 draft) to get what turned out to be the American League Championship Series MVP.

The Cubs didn’t make Schwarber untouchable because they thought he would be ready in time for the World Series, but he’s preparing to be their Game 1 designated hitter on Tuesday night at Progressive Field after a remarkable recovery from major surgery on his left knee.

“It was impossible to avoid some of the names — particularly the Cubs — (with) the year they were having,” Miller said. “Whether I wanted to avoid it or not I heard it. Guys in the clubhouse, our media was certainly bringing it to us.”

Even in other possible deals for pitching, the Cubs never came close to selling low on Baez, who broke out as the National League Championship Series co-MVP for his offensive production and defensive wizardry. 

Instead of getting Miller’s late-game dominance for three pennant races — and giving up five potential 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons with Schwarber — the Cubs closed a different blockbuster deal with the Yankees for a left-handed power arm.

The Cubs wanted Aroldis Chapman’s 100-mph fastball to get the last out of the World Series and would rationalize his 30-game suspension to begin this season under Major League Baseball’s domestic-violence policy. Already holding an age-22 All-Star shortstop in Addison Russell, the Cubs surrendered elite prospect Gleyber Torres.

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“Gleyber’s a good baseball player,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “That kid’s going to be really good. So you have to give up something to get something. But also our guys felt if we got Aroldis this year, we’d have a chance to be sitting here and answering this question. And they were right.

“It’s an entirely different thing when you get a guy out there throwing 100 miles an hour. You feel pretty good about it, regardless of who is hitting. So he’s really a big part of why we’re doing this right now.”

Chapman has saved five playoff games — and become that reassuring ninth-inning presence at Wrigley Field — but he clearly responds better to a scripted role.

Miller has been untouchable during the postseason, throwing 11 2/3 scoreless innings and striking out 21 of the 41 batters he’s faced, giving Terry Francona even more freedom to manage a lights-out Cleveland bullpen.

“To be utilized like Miller,” Maddon said, “not everybody is cut from the same cloth mentally, either, or the ability to get loose and prepare. Andrew Miller — having done a variety of different things in the big leagues as a pitcher — is probably more suited to be able to be this guy that can get up in the sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth and warm up in a manner that gets him in the game both mentally and physically.

“Whereas Aroldis — if he wanted to do that — I think that would have had to be done from spring training. He’d have to differentiate his mindset. He’d have to have a different way to get ready. I do notice he throws a heavy baseball before he actually throws a regular baseball. That’s his routine.

“Whether you agree with it or not, that’s just the way it is. So with a guy like Aroldis — to ask him to attempt to dump his routine right now (and) do something else — I think you’re looking for failure right there.

“We stretched him to five outs the other night, which is a good thing, I thought. So now going forward he knows he can do that. But to just haphazardly throw him in the sixth, seventh or ninth, I think would be very difficult to do.”

Even in a World Series featuring historic droughts, Cy Young Award winners, MVP candidates and star managers, this October could come down to the bullpens shaped by deals with the Yankees.

“Both teams made aggressive trades,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “Both teams are still standing. There’s something to that.”