I knew this season was going to be very different than past one’s as soon as Tim Tebow was announced as being traded to the Jets, but after the first preseason game, I had no idea it wold be like this.
What am I talking about? Just about everything from ESPN’s crazy coverage of the Jets because of Tim as the center piece, reporting of his every move on just about every news source, to his legions of Fans reminding me often on twitter that he is amazing beyond football.
Now I have nothing against Tim Tebow, let’s set the record straight, but what I have an issue is when Tim gets in the way of everything else Jets. Whether you believe it or not, there are other players on the team and one that is getting a ton of pressure is Mark Sanchez.
Some say that it’s Mark’s job to lose, but I tell you that the competition is fixed from the start. There is no way you can call this a level playing field. I saw a tweet that said that there are camera man assigned to follow every move Tim makes during the games. Why?
TV camera in front of me devoted solely to following Tebow on Jets sideline. I’m watching through his monitor. twitter.com/FSOhioZJackson…
I’ll tell you why we are getting a heavy dose of Tebow. It’s obvious, he sells and as long as there is demand, there will be supply. My concern as a die-hard-jets fan is that this will be coming to a head soon. There is no way that we can go the entire season without something bending and eventually breaking. I just hope that the coaching staff stick to their plan, whatever that is, and will not cave to the pressures of public demand.
Maybe it is their plan to bring Tim Tebow in the middle of the season if Mark throws two interceptions in a row, or maybe the plan is to stay with Mark no matter how bad he tanks. Regardless of the plan, I just hope that the screams for Tebow the first game of the regular season don’t alter their mindset of the approach for the 2012 season.
Who wants to start? TIM: "Me" MARK: "ME ME ME ME, Hello!"
What I’ve learned is that Tebow supporters want Tim to start no matter what. It’s not fair for me to say that all of them want Sanchez to fail, but from what I’ve read on twitter, they want their guy to take the Jets to the promised land as the starting QB not the punt protector. I have to admit that when I saw a Tebow supporter cheer on twitter after Mark was sacked, it turned me off.
I had a couple of Tebow supporters unfollow me because when I tweet during games, it is COMPLETELY different than my off season tweeting. I had given them a warning but they had no idea of the quantity and just plain truth. I don’t tweet with any filter, a Tebow Filter or a Sanchez Filter, but rather than a blunt fast reaction truth.
PSA: #Jets Football is back, and if anyone that knows me, my twitter account is going to go crazy. You’ve been warned.
8/10/12 7:29 PM
In the past on twitter, you had to deal with just the rival fans. With Tebow on the team, Jets fans have to deal in addition to the rival fans, a new “additional team”, Team Tebow. After every Mark or Tim play, some Tebow fans are tweeting me like they are against the Jets in a similar fashion as the the rivals.
Now this isn’t a bash on Tebow fans, or it isn’t my intent. I know you love your guy and that’s fine. This is written from a DIE-HARD Jets fan who is happy to have the talents of Mr. Tebow on the Jets. My concern is that he may be bigger than any team in the NFL The Broncos found out and despite his talents shipped him out for a song as fast as they could. There might be something to that. I hope the Jets can weather the storm and stay the course.
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Anyone else feel like I do, or am I on an island, “Manassy Island”? Let me know your thoughts. I’m curious to see if you are experiencing the same thing I am. One thing is for certain, I’m getting just a little nervous about this season.
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