When watching the local news last week in Jacksonville, the opening introduction said this:
“Tebow is in town. Does the hometown hero sign with Jacksonville? Jag fans certainly hope so.”
After hearing that comment, I looked at the TV in disgust and asked myself “Is this real life?”
Being a Jacksonville native, Jaguar fans are used to hearing a select group obsess about getting hometown hero Tim Tebow in a Jags uniform. And that was even before it was reported Peyton Manning was going to sign with the Broncos. Now, Manning is close to finalizing a 5 year $95 million dollar deal that will most likely cause Denver to release Tebow if the Broncos can’t find a team willing to trade for him.
Already, many people are rolling the red carpet out for Tim Tebow to return home.
Time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to step up and do the right thing for business: Go out & get Tim Tebow.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) March 19, 2012
The national media has always pushed the issue of “Tebow for the Jags” in which they drum up the usual “BUT HE WILL SELL TICKETS” nonsense, to which most local fans just associate with a lack of research on their part. ESPN's Adam Schefter placed Jacksonville as Tebow's top destination on Monday Night's SportsCenter. Here's the transcript:
"None is more obvious than the Jacksonville Jaguars, who with one trade can replace the tarps they've used to cover seats with TebowMania instead. Tebow's from Jacksonville. He would sell tickets, inject excitement, make the Jaguars more relevant than they've been since David Garrard led Jacksonville to a memorable playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. And all it takes is one simple deal."
It's one thing when the national media gets caught up in the Tebow to Jacksonville hype. That's predictable if not frustrating. It’s completely ridiculous though when the local media and city representatives get caught up in that hype...