PTI co-host Michael Wilbon appeared on the Scott Van Pelt Show (with SVP absent and Ryen Russillo doing the interview) and was asked about, what else, Tim Tebow and the Jets. Although Wilbon has been associated with ESPN thanks to his incredible success with Tony Kornheiser on PTI, he's largely outside the Bristol echo chamber. He's from Chicago, wrote and filmed PTI in DC, and now does the bulk of his ESPN work out west. What sets Wilbon apart from other columnists turned talking heads is his strong opinion and straight talk that isn't rinsed in Bristol hegemony.
Bristol didn't create TebowMania (to some extent) and they aren't the only offenders of course. Take a look at other networks, websites, and blogs and you'll see Tebow. Tebow = ratings, clicks, and dollars. However, ESPN's Tebow coverage is so ludicrously disproportionate to reality that it's easy to see through. Not even Jets fans want 20 straight days of Jets camp reports, but inside the Bristol axis it's like a powerful drug that becomes more addicting day after day. Because Wilbon is outside that Bristol axis (on Real Street if you will), he sees the disconnect when Bristol covers a Jets practice fight and Tebow running shirtless through the rain as bigger than the Black Sox Scandal. Have a listen to Wilbon's truth telling…no comments