On the eve of Double-A Baseball’s All-Star Game, reporter Michael Kaplan revealed just how popular former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is in the minor league with a story revealing the extent of Tebow mania. In his extensive July 10 article, the New York Post’s Kaplan not only quotes fan after fan but also points out his AA team, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, have had to make special allowances for all the fans that want to meet and get an autograph from their most famous player.Tebow has brought more fans to the minors than anyone since NBA legend Michael Jordan made a brief, one-year stab at becoming a baseball player back in the early 1990s. And everywhere he goes the crowds follow, even at away games. “We think he’s awesome,” Tebow fan Mary Ludolph, 46, told the media before a Rumble Ponies game last week. “He stands up for his Christian beliefs. We like that.” The woman’s 16-year-old daughter, Hannah, was also on hand hoping for the … [Read more...] about Double-A Baseball Fans Still Have Tebow Mania
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Tim Tebow, former NFL quarterback turned Double-A baseball player, has improved to the point where he’s giving himself a “chance to get to the major leagues.” According to several assessments, Tebow has advanced far beyond where he was when he first entered Major League Baseball’s farm system and is now “suddenly looking like a pro baseball player,” according to The New York Post.When he first announced his decision to make a try at a pro baseball career, many — both in the game and among sports reporters — laughed off his attempt as a cheap publicity stunt or a childish, easily dismissible pipe dream. Indeed, when he first began playing he was far from impressive. He was no dog, granted, but the scoffers continued saying that he would never have the stuff for MLB. Still, fans loved him and they flocked to see him play. Many minor teams admitted that any time Tebow was playing on their fields, their attendance exploded. And he was … [Read more...] about Report: Tim Tebow ‘Looking Like a Pro Baseball Player’
No matter what else happens, remember the T-shirts. It’s easy for them to get lost in this whole saga. There are overwhelming distractions to come. But don’t forget about the T-shirts, because nothing else will matter when we’re done. Not the social media hack that put images of a college football star wearing a gas mask bong on the internet just moments before the 2016 NFL Draft. Not the football coach, the pious one who quoted scripture and made football miracles happen, who found himself undone by a sex scandal. And not the money. That might be the hardest part. There’s money everywhere in this story, including the stacks of cash Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis said he took from multiple parties trying to sway him to play football for their teams. There are also the untold dollars paid to college football players every year against NCAA rules, and the millions in legal fees spent to parse the former. At times this story bends to the wildly … [Read more...] about Inside the NCAA’s years-long, twisting investigation into Mississippi football
As an orthopedic surgeon, David Joyner said he learned to "compartmentalize" exterior forces to prevent them from distracting him in the operating room. He expects to translate that skill set in hiring a new football coach at Penn State."My medical background has probably been as strong of a preparation for this type of thing as anything," Penn State's interim athletic director said. "You might think that it's a divergent, but it's really not. That skill set, I think, is helping me transfer it over [to his new job]."Joyner, a former Penn State football player and wrestler, is chairman of the university's six-person committee charged with identifying and hiring a new coach. As a member of Penn State's board of trustees, Joyner voted on firing Joe Paterno following the indictment of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on charges of child molestation.Joyner suspended his board membership to become interim athletic director, a job that has one primary purpose: to find a head … [Read more...] about New coach to face intense scrutiny
Running off at the typewriter …It sure was good to see living legend Bobby Bowden back where he belonged earlier this week — attending an FSU football practice for the first time since was forced into retirement eight years ago. New FSU coach Willie Taggart, who grew up an FSU and a Bowden fan, rightfully gets credit for welcoming Bobby back into the Seminole football family.When I asked somebody close to Bobby Friday why he never attended a practice when Jimbo Fisher was the head coach, the response was succinct: “Because he was never asked.”However, I don’t think the narrative is that simple. Obviously, Bobby, being one of the nicest guys in college football history, wouldn’t have declined if Jimbo had asked him to come talk to the team at practice, but let’s not forget this: Bobby and Jimbo — if they were choosing one of those Facebook options to describe their relationship — both would pick: “It’s … [Read more...] about New FSU coach Taggart makes legendary Bowden feel welcome, but why didn’t Jimbo?