Things are dark in Tim Tebow land

It’s been a brutal couple of weeks for Tim Tebow.

First, there was the announcement by Rex Ryan that Tim Tebow would work only work with Jets backups in minicamp — he did get two plays with the starters, but this was brutal news for sure.

Second, you had the former New England Patriots linebacker and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi tell Tim Tebow that he needed to shut up. Quit giving interviews and making the news. Tebow responded with typical class, saying he respected Bruschi and that he only did what he was told.

Third, you had the article that states Tebow’s flawed mechanics have been so drilled into his muscle memory, that he’ll never be able to change them. This article got quoted by several analysts and became the conversation for several days. Asked about it, Tebow said one can always improve by practicing the correct motion over and over.

Finally, today an article published that’s being shared at a record pace. It destroys Tim Tebow probably better than any article I’ve seen. And it cements the fact that Mark Sanchez should remain for good the starting QB of the Jets.

Incredibly, it even claims that Tebow looks so bad in practice that if he didn’t have the number 15 on his jersey, he would have been cut. And it dismisses the prior season’s wins by saying the Denver Broncos got lucky in almost every one of their losses.

There are numerous counters to this article I could state, including most obviously that so many games have missed tackles or field goals. Thus, by the writer’s reasoning, perhaps nearly every close win by any team is luck?

But back to the point, things are probably darker than they’ve ever been if you’re a Tebow fanatic. The media spin has clearly tilted against him and toward Mark Sanchez. (And for those who don’t know… No, I’m not one of Tim Tebow’s religious fanatical fans.)

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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Latest Tim Tebow update

First, we’ve got more absurd focus on practices.

Tim Tebow threw a sweet 50-yard pass, with “nice touch,” but apparently held the ball too long a couple times and appeared “tentative.” (I’m sure that had nothing to do with the two interceptions he threw in the last open practice, which made major headlines for days…)

And with this thought in mind, I ask again… Can you ever remember even a major starter having his receptions or interceptions reported on such as is currently being done with Tim Tebow? Especially as major news on the front page of ESPN and Sports Illustrated?

Ever heard of Peyton Manning or Tom Brady or Drew Brees throwing an interception in practice? Me neither. Maybe comments such as “He didn’t look sharp,” or, “The team isn’t operating cohesively yet.”

Anyway, moving on, we’ve got more Tebow news from Mark Sanchez, who opened up about him. (Good, quick read if you’re interested.)

While we’re talking about Mark Sanchez, let me throw my two cents in about him.

First, I think it was unfair he was called Mark “Sanchise” when he first arrived on the scene, and that he was coddled so much. It wasn’t fair to him to know he was the starter no matter what.

How could anyone push themselves to the extreme knowing their job was safe?

Thus, it comes as no surprise to me that he arrived to camp in better shape and throwing sharper. Competition is a beautiful thing.

Now, whether he can hold off Tebow is the larger question. You guys know my answer, though I’ve never written it: Not a chance.

(And for those who don’t know… No, I’m not one of Tim Tebow’s religious fanatical fans.)

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. Learn more about it here.

Things will get more hairy, not less

The MarineTimes announced last week something I hadn’t pondered in quite a few years. Namely, that as Army and Marine ground troops begin to exit the Afghan theater, our air support will continue for Afghan forces.

This should have been obvious to me since there is no real Afghan air force, but I hadn’t considered it.  As a ground pounder who likes to roll with full-powered weapons and plenty of friends, there’s nothing that scares me more than imagining a single pilot who’s shot down in enemy territory, hiding out with nothing but a pistol and radio. Remember Capt. Scott O’Grady getting shot down in Bosnia?

I hope our military and civilian leaders are thinking about this as we withdraw our forces. We need a quick react team ready to go, and a much larger ground element ready to insert to reinforce them if things get too nasty.

The last thing I want to see is another American get publicly beheaded on some grainy, amateur home video. Remember Daniel Pearl?  And he didn’t even fly a jet.

Having said all this, I still want us to leave. Sooner, rather than later.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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