A new definition of 'Tebowing'

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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.

Wonky streaks, good fortune over Cavs on the line for Bulls

Wonky streaks, good fortune over Cavs on the line for Bulls

No matter the metric or the occasion, the only thing definitive about the Bulls over the last two seasons has been their mystifying dominance over the Cleveland Cavaliers in head-to-head matchups.

That, and their fascinating streak of consecutive wins while playing at home on TNT, a streak that could end at 19 games Thursday night when the two teams with varying objectives clash at the United Center.

The Cavaliers are searching to find themselves, along with a light switch that will perhaps alert them to a lost defense over the past several weeks that has been worst in the league since the All-Star break.

The Bulls are searching for consistency, but since it’s probably a little too late in the season for that, they’ll settle for a playoff spot with eight games left.

They’ll take two straight wins for the first time in a month, if they can get it.

They’ll extend a goofy streak, if that’s what things will come down to.

“The big thing is obviously you have to execute very well against this Cleveland team,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “You have to go out there with great urgency, great energy. I anticipate them coming in and playing with a ton of energy tomorrow. We’re going to have to match that. We’re going to have to come out and play physical basketball.”

Having a big break between games this late in the season is a rarity, as the Bulls have been off since Sunday evening, but it’s just another weird detail in this weird Bulls experience.

An experience that the mild-mannered Hoiberg has to experience from his couch some nights, such as watching the Miami Heat furiously steal a game in Detroit at the buzzer with a Hasaan Whiteside tip-in to extend a lead over his team to a game, followed by another win Wednesday to put more distance between the two teams.

“I did, actually,” said Hoiberg with a smirk when asked if he’s scoreboard watching and paying attention to the teams ahead of the Bulls in the playoff race.

After being prompted to give his raw emotions when Whiteside’s tip-in occurred, he slipped right back to Robo-Hoiberg—although one can imagine how animated he must’ve been while looking to catch a break from a previous contender for the eighth spot in the Pistons.

“It is what it is,” Hoiberg said. “You have to go out and worry about yourselves at this time of year. It was a great finish for Miami, obviously, the way that game ended. But there’s nothing you can do about that. You’ve got to worry about yourselves and hopefully go out and execute.”

Going 6-1 against the Cavaliers in his two seasons as Bulls coach is probably the biggest feather in his cap, including three wins in all three meetings this go round.

The rhyme or reason doesn’t seem explainable, but Nikola Mirotic seemed to give a few keys to the Bulls’ success over LeBron James’ Cavaliers: Sharing the ball, controlling the glass and getting back on defense.

“Against big teams, we play much better,” Mirotic said. “I don’t know why is the reason for that. We need to find a way to play against everybody like that. It’s on us. We just have to prove it.”

Usually, those tenets seem to work against most teams, not just the supremely talented champions who’ve just lost a grip on first place in the conference.

But their inconsistencies have left the Bulls here with a handful of games left before the April 12th finale.

A win over Cleveland could mean everything, or nothing at all, or something in between.

“Sure, we understand,” Mirotic said. “We’ve been in a very similar situation last year. We didn’t make the playoffs so this year we want to try to make that push. I think we have a good schedule for the last. Very important game tomorrow, huge one. I think we have played very well against Cleveland until now. We have a chance. We need to get out there and play with energy.” 

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