It started with this tweet from ESPN analyst Merril Hoge: "Sitting watching tape off bronco offense from last year! Orton or Tebow? It's embarrassing to think the broncos could win with tebow!!"
Hoge would continue on a Twitter rant against Tebow, then go on-air to continue.
Last night, Tebow responded: "Hey Merril...... 'ppreciate that"
That is as close to sarcasm as you will get from Tebow. (It reminded me of my favorite Tebow moment ever: When he did the Gator Chomp in Nic Harris' face in the 2008 national title game.)
After that, things got even more interesting. LeBron James tweeted out his support of Tebow (and his disdain of Hoge).
Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL. He's a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he'll be nice...
Listened to Merril Hoge today on SC and he was just blasting Tebow. The man hasn't even play a full season and its only his 2nd year in...
Guys get on that TV and act like they was all WORLD when they played. How bout encouraging him and wishing him the best instead of hating!!
A few things: It was already a big story, because anything involving Tim Tebow becomes a big story. LeBron weighing in makes it REALLY big -- it creates a confluence of two of the Top 5 most talked-about athletes of the last decade.
It might have petered out yesterday -- although we all know that anything Tebow gets attention, which is a big reason why Hoge said what he said and an even bigger reason why he will continue to rail on Tebow; it's good for his Q-rating.
But the combination of Tebow responding (at all, let alone with a bit of snark) and then LeBron jumping in will turn this into one of the big stories of the day and the rest of the preseason.