Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Camp Opens: Tebow First to Arrive

First Bronco in the building at 8:01 this morning? Tim Tebow. Of course.

-- ESPN's Adam Schefter, via Twitter.

Tim Tebow's Starting Job To Lose

"Game on," as Tim Tebow tweeted yesterday afternoon. The NFL is back.

And with today's frenzy of player movement, the most intriguing storyline might be out of Denver: The Broncos are reportedly shopping erstwhile starting QB Kyle Orton.

That clears the lane for Tim Tebow to pick up where he left off last year: Starting at quarterback.

(The hours after new coach John Fox was hired last winter, when it seemed like he was down on Tebow, feel like years ago.)

The Broncos are going to give Tim Tebow a chance, from the start. That's all anyone can ask for.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Tim Tebow to Start? His Job To Lose

NFL.com's Steve Wyche has done some reporting and thinks that the Broncos starting QB job is Tim Tebow's to lose.

ProFootballTalk did the transcribing of Wyche's podcast and the major conclusion was this: "I have talked to enough people . . . to comfortably say that unless Tim Tebow gets hurt in training camp or is absolutely awful, the starting job is his to lose. They want to find out if Tebow can play."

Friday, July 15, 2011

Two Years Ago Today, TimTeblog.com Launched

Two years ago today, I launched TimTeblog.com, promising obsessive coverage of the Tim Tebow phenomenon. (Here is that opening post.)

In part, it was because as a journalist, I thought Tim Tebow and his story throughout the 2009 season -- from trying to repeat as national champ to the NFL Draft -- was the most compelling story in sports.

In part, it was because as someone immersed in the media industry, I wanted to see if I could create a popular destination not about a sport or a team, but a single topic -- a single player. I thought that there was a fan appetite for that and was curious about the larger implications.

In part, it was because I was a huge Florida fan and -- in particular -- a huge Tim Tebow fan. I don't think I could have dedicated the time and energy to the project if I wasn't personally passionate about the topic, while still able to maintain a journalist's eye for good stories and analysis.

That stretch from July 2009 through the end of the season in January 2010 (really the SEC title game the first Saturday of December 2009), then the sprint from January through the NFL Draft in April 2010 remains one of the most memorable stints of my career.

I am grateful for the readers who found the site interesting. I am grateful for the community of people who commented and emailed. I am grateful that my hypothesis was right -- Tebow WAS the biggest story in sports that fall and spring; it led to a never-ending source of material.

Since the Draft, posting on the site has been spotty -- partly, that's because Tebow didn't play a whole lot in the fall of 2010 (and things really slowed down these past six months of 2011); partly, it's because I launched my company and its first product (Quickish.com). That said, I still update the site whenever interesting things happen (say, the "Through My Eyes" book launch and subsequent vault up the bestseller lists) and certainly when Tebow and the Broncos return to the field next month for training camp and the season.

If I have a regret, it is only that during a window of opportunity from December 2009 through the fall of 2010, I didn't take all the notes I had compiled -- both published on the site and never published on the site -- and write the book about Tebow I really wanted to. Obviously, it would be a bit different than "Through My Eyes" -- actually, it would be about Tebow through my eyes, the eyes of a fan and someone who "obsessively covered the Tebow phenomenon."

I thought that was a story worth telling -- I still do, and I think that in the same way you can today read something like Nick Hornby's classic "Fever Pitch" about an English soccer season of 20 years ago with complete enjoyment, I will someday write that Tebow book in a way that is as much about the universal lessons of that 2009 season and of fandom as it is about anything.

I'm excited to take this blog into Year 3 and I'm excited about trying to nip and tuck at the margins of my life in order to make that book a reality someday. If you really want to have fun, look at the Archives section on the right side of the site and take a trip back to that July of 2009 when the insanity of that season really began. It feels like a hundred years ago yet it still feels like last week. It was that much fun.

Thanks for joining me on the ride. More to come.

-- Dan

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tim Tebow's No. 15 Worn by WHOM?

Here's a name to know: Luchiez Purifoy. He is a freshman cornerback for the Gators this year who has made the mistake of picking No. 15 as his jersey number.

I will call it right now: This will become a big deal -- Florida fans (and media) will not be happy that Tim Tebow's jersey number was simply given away to any random frosh who wants to claim it. And, frankly, I don't think Purifoy really wants that kind of pressure.

Beyond that, I think it was a judgment error by the coaching staff (or equipment manager) to let him have it at all, and they will quickly backtrack once it becomes a "thing."

Via Alligator Army, check out the jersey assignments for '11-12 in the new Florida football media guide.

(On an unrelated note, I love that a new star player claims the No. 1 jersey whenever it opens up -- Chris Rainey takes it from the exiled Janoris Jenkins. And I love that the expectation is that whoever wears it has to try to live up to the standard of Percy Harvin (and Reggie Nelson) when they wore it.)