I have a not-sarcastic question for Robbie Andreu, Jeremy Fowler, Antonya English, Jo Goodman, Ben Volin and everyone else who covers the Gators full-time:
The 4-yard "Tebow Tiptoe" for that 1st down on 3rd and 3 when the game was still close, to keep the drive alive and eventually lead to a Florida score was widely lauded -- by Urban and in the media -- as one of Tebow's best plays of his career. I agree: An "instant-classic" Tebow moment.
There was another moment, however, that I would rank among Tebow's most frustrating -- and I'm sure it was, both for Tebow and Urban Meyer.
Given Urban Meyer's fastidiousness about ball-security (as Andreu puts it "zero tolerance for fumblers"), how does that square with Tebow's fumble against Tennessee?
Viewed objectively, it was pretty ugly: The first half of the play was brilliant, classic Tebow -- juking and jiving, making something out of nothing. Then he took a hit and stretched, leaving the ball tenuously exposed -- the fumble was all-but-inevitable.
It was the antithesis of the ball-security -- if Emmanual Moody or Chris Rainey had done that, neither would have seen a touch for weeks.
Obviously, Tim Tebow has earned quite a bit of cred -- with Meyer and in general -- to "excuse" what seemed like a pretty egregious ball-security mistake. (It didn't cost them the game, of course, but -- as Tebow himself pointed out -- it turned "30-6" into "23-13.")
I can't believe that Tebow would ever have to be lectured on ball-security -- I presume he was harder on himself about it than Meyer could ever be. But it struck me as an overlooked moment.
And, to be sure: It didn't impact the result. It didn't take away from Tebow's signature play -- the "Tiptoe." It didn't even make SportsCenter or GameDay's highlights package.
Maybe I remember it more vividly because it happened literally right in front of where I was sitting -- maybe 30 feet away. Or because the play started so brilliantly and ended so frustratingly, or because it was the difference between the blowout it was about to be (and deserved to be) and the 10-point win it turned out to be.
I'm nit-picking, of course. But before we move ahead to Kentucky, I felt like the moment hadn't been given its due analysis. Carry on.