New York Jets release Tim Tebow: ESPN coverage will torture us all



ESPN’s home team, the New York Jets, has released ESPN’s all-time favorite player Tim Tebow.

I haven’t turned on the boys (and girls) in Bristol, and quite frankly I’m afraid to. I won’t dare flip on the World Wide Leader right now because they will undoubtedly treat this story as if it were bigger than all four U.S. Presidential assassinations (JFK, Lincoln, McKinley, Garfield) combined.

The New York Jets parting ways with Tim Tebow? That’s gotta be priority number one for the WWL.  I’m sure Darren Rovell has already sent out a dozen tweets about what brand of shoes Tim Tebow wears.

This will no doubt interrupt the network’s WALL TO WALL Miami Heat coverage.

Tim Tebow threw for a whopping 39 yards and rushed just 32 times for 102 huge yards – stunningly lower than even I expected. And I had very low expectations for Tim Tebow. I even went on CBS Jacksonville the morning Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos and said on air that he would flop in the NFL. To quote Chris Rock:

“yeah, I said it. In London I said it. In Johannesburg I said it. At the Apollo in Harlem I said it.”

Tim Tebow had zero touchdowns as a member of the frat house/reality show/train wreck that is the Jets.

Will Tebow head straight for the Arena League now? Prematurely begin his next career as an in-demand public speaker? Well, I’m sure at least one more NFL team will take a flyer on him. If not at QB, then at least one squad will try to convert him to a H-Back/Tight End. However, it won’t be his hometown Jacksonville Jaguars. Even though they’re awful, and especially awful at signal caller right now, Jax has specifically said they are not interested in the services of Tim Tebow.

We knew the Jets were going to can Tim Tebow for awhile. This morning simply made it official. Tebow was told upon showing up at practice this morning.

Meanwhile, “starter” Mark Sanchez was even more Mark Sanchez like this past fall. His numbers were the most Mark Sanchezesque of his career. (Seriously, Kate Upton, you dated this clown? I mean considering the type of man  you could get? Sanchez, really?)

He had to look over his shoulder all year long as the press would not shut up about Tebow’s playing time. The Jets drafted quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night, giving New York six quarterbacks on its roster – and likely meaning that the Jets will soon say: “hey, thanks for coming!” to Sanchez as well.

We’re pretty sure Geno Smith is the direction Sexy Rexy and company want to go now.

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports, an author and regular contributor to MSN, Fox Sports , Chicago Now, and Walter Football. Banks has appeared on Comcast SportsNet and the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@PaulMBanks)

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