“Does he throw a tight spiral?” Meyer asked rhetorically back in June. “Spirals, according to the history of football, are not the most important thing.”
I keep wondering where in the hell Urban keeps this college football history book he constantly refers to… and whether it goes back beyond 1990.
I will say this – Tebow’s fan club could care less about how prettily he throws the ball.
ESPN was apt in entitling a documentary of his 2005 senior season of football at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla., Tim Tebow: The Chosen One.
Tebow’s presence has grown significantly since then. A Google search of his name delivers more than 600,000 entries. You can choose from nearly 2,500 Tebow-related links on YouTube. He has graced more Sports Illustrated covers — six in the last 16 months, sharing a seventh with two other players — than any other college athlete.
With advertisers showing increasing interest, the company that computes popularity-measuring Q scores took stock of Tebow last spring. He was recognized by 49% of sports fans ages 12-64, equaling their familiarity with the Boston Celtics‘ Paul Pierce, the Tampa Bay Rays‘ Evan Longoria and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson. Baseball’s Chase Utley and Johan Santana, among others, scored a tick lower.
Tebow’s Q score of 21, the percentage who identified him as one of their favorite athletes, ranked with that of NFL mastermind Bill Parcells and NBA stars Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul and Steve Nash. And it was well above the average score of 14 for sports personalities.
“It’s a pretty good likability score for someone being measured for the first time,” says Henry Schafer, executive vice president of New York-based The Q Scores Co., which has compiled the ratings since 1963.
Last Saturday, after Tebow took the field against FSU and continued his tradition of inscribing a Bible verse on the glare-reducing black patches beneath his eyes, his chosen “Hebrews 12:1-2” was Google’s third-most popular search term. When he cited “John 3:16” during the national championship game against Oklahoma last January, it was the day’s No. 1-searched-for term.
If you think there’s a question leading up to the NFL draft that’s going to dominate the media chatter more than “where will Tebow go?”, you’re kidding yourself.
By the way, as an aside, I don’t know if you caught it in Dodd’s puff piece, but here’s his description of the outcome of the Florida-Tennessee game:
“I would think in their locker room there was a little bit of frustration,” Kiffin said after “losing” 23-13 on Sept. 19, “because there were such high expectations.”
Yep, that’s “losing” in scare quotes. I guess that answers the question about which game provided the greatest moral victory in the SEC this season.