UPDATE: Tebow "laughing and joking" this morning. Non-issue?
Here's what we know, and what we don't. Credit to the Independent Florida Alligator for breaking the story:
*Tebow has flu-like symptoms. Unknown whether it is the "swine flu."
*Tebow flew to Kentucky on a quarantined flight full of players who were also sick.
*No word on the severity of symptoms or how it will impact Tebow's play or playing time.
*Yahoo's Dr. Saturday, Matt Hinton, accurately predicts this as the Story of the Day, because it offers the chance to add to Tebow's mythology with a Jordan-like "Flu Game."
(Alternatively, it might create an opportunity for John Brantley to come in and run the offense in a non-blowout situation -- intriguing in its own way.)
Even more alternatively, this could be the "black swan" event that derails Florida's title hopes. You don't plan for a third of your team -- including your best player -- to have the flu for the first SEC road game of the season.
This game -- for Tebow and for the entire team -- will be about gritting out the win, taking it and heading into the bye week with two full weeks to get healthy before traveling to LSU.