It’s Tebow Time For Along Time: See Why Tebow Will Silence The Critics

Tim Tebow can be and will be a good quarterback in the NFL.

After replacing Kyle Orton in the third quarter against the San Diego Chargers in week five, Tim Tebow has been the starting quarterback in Denver and with that has come a lot of attention; both negative and positive.

Coming off the bye week the Broncos traveled to Miami to face the Dolphins where quarterback Tim Tebow would make his first start of the 2011-12 NFL season and boy oh boy, it wasn’t pretty.

For 56 minutes, Tebow time looked like the wrong time as the Broncos couldn’t get anything going and were on the verge of losing to the, at the time 0-5 Dolphins as they trailed 15-0. Though just when it looked about over Tebow did what Tebow did as he carried the Broncos down the field leading them to a score making the game 15-7, Dolphins lead.

Getting the onside kick, the Broncos would re-gain possession with 2:27 left in the game.

Tebow then would once again lead his team back down the field scoring on a three yard Daniel Fells touchdown. But it wasn’t tied up yet as the Broncos still needed a two point conversion. Trailing 15-13, with everyone watching Tebow on a quarterback draw would score the two point conversion.

Sending the game to Overtime, the Broncos would go onto kick a 52 yard field goal and would win 18-15 over the Miami Dolphins.

A win that would’ve been called ugly for any team or starting quarterback was called a thing of beauty for Tim Tebow as that was the only thing that everyone was talking about; the Tebow comeback, in three minutes time.

The celebration wouldn’t stop there as the social media trend of “planking” would climb to new heights as it evolved into “tebowing” which was performed by imitating Tebow’s touchdown/prayer celebration.

However it was just one game and the celebration for Tebow would end quickly as on Sunday against the Detriot Lions would result in a massacre. Losing 45-10, the Denver Broncos and Tebow were just embarrassed by the Lions. Fumbling the ball three times (losing it once) and throwing an interception, Tebow was the blame for the Broncos 45-10 loss.

Losing his first game of the season the question of “Should Tebow be the starting quarterback?” started to come up as well as many other things; “Should he be pulled?”…“He can’t be an NFL quarterback, ever.”…“It’s embarrassing.”

The critic’s spoke and the Broncos answered as head coach John Fox told reporters that Tim Tebow would remain their starting quarterback. His decision caused an uproar as several reporters began bashing him, including NFL Live where every single analyst said that Tebow was not worthy enough to be an NFL starter as well as many other things.

And the thing is; they’re all wrong. Tebow does deserve to be a starter of this Denver Broncos football team and that’s why he is. It’s only one game; Tebow only lost one game. Orton lost three until he was finally pulled, Tebow only lost one and to his defense he lost a game to a very good football team.

Standing at 6-2 the Detroit Lions, aren’t the old Detroit Lions as they’ve changed a lot. With one of the best defensive lines in football and one of the most feared wide receivers in Calvin Johnson, and a great quarterback in Matthew Stafford, this Detroit Lions team is really good.

Now so what if he lost the game 45-10 he can’t get all of the blame as their defense should get some of it too; giving up 31 points, that’s completely unacceptable. But I don’t hear anyone saying bench the defense, bench that player or bench that player, no. All I hear is bench Tebow.

With games coming up against the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos can turn around their season with two wins over both of those teams and their best chance of doing so is with Tebow. So to all of the critics and haters, take a knee, put your elbow on it, and bow your head because for now it’s Tebow time in Denver.

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A Letter To The Chicago Bears Front Office: Pay The Man!

Pay the man!

Dear Virginia Halas McCaskey and the rest of the Chicago Bears front office,

Your family has been in charge of the Chicago Bears organization since you guys took it over in 1921. Since then you guys have made the playoffs 26 times, you guys have won 18 divisional championships, four conference championships, and one Super Bowl. You guys have had a lot of great talented players in the past before and you guys have seen a lot talented players throughout the years, and you guys have a lot of talented players now, but I come to you today to tell you that you have one really special one; Matt Forte.

Since being selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Forte was always a key asset to your team since day one; rushing for 1,238 yards and eight touchdowns off of 316 carries in his rookie season…wow. Then the next year, 929 yards rushing and four touchdowns off of 258 carries. Then he would bounce back in his third year for 1,069 yards rushing and six touchdowns off of 237 carries, and he’s not stopping there as this year with just seven games in, 672 yards and two touchdowns off of 124 carries which ranks third in the league in rushing for this season.

Though that’s not even including what Forte has done for you guys on the receiving side of the ball as he leads your team in receptions with 38, yards with 419, to go along with one touchdown.

The point I’m trying to make here is that Matt Forte, is really good…like really, really good. Like he’s your whole offense pretty much good and in his last year of his contract which he’s scheduled to make $600,000 this year and you guys are refusing to pay him, when his backup Marion Barber makes more than him at $2.25 million, something seems a little wrong there. At least it does to me, because if I had a player on my team that was putting up these types of numbers and leading my team in not only rushing yards but receiving yards as well; you sure as heck, bet that I…would pay the man.

So, Mrs. Virginia Halas McCaskey and the rest of the Chicago Bears front office please do me one favor and please; PAY THE MAN.


Mike Ortiz Jr. 

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NFL’s Rule of Helmet to Helmet: Needs to Re Reviewed.

Before you throw the flag, review it.

Every year the NFL always changes or adds some type of new rule to the book and then as a result it causes confusion to the players, coaches, and referees. The only difference is that this rule, helmet to helmet contact, has been around.

The NFL’s rule of helmet to helmet hits is a long very confusing process that defines a very fine line of what’s right and what’s wrong. So here’s a short summary of it: A defenseless player will be defined as a quarterback in the act of passing, A wide receiver in the act of making a catch, a kick or punt returner in the act of making a catch, a runner who is in the grass or whose forward progress has been stopped, a player on the ground at the end of the play, a QB after a change of possession, and a kicker or punter after the ball is kicked. Violations will result in a 15 yard unnecessary roughness penalty.

Confusing right? We know, and the worst part is that the above paragraph is only just a summary. The helmet to helmet rule which is very detailed in length has caused so much confusion and controversy in the NFL that referees can’t even get right.

Last week during three games, the Cleveland Browns vs. the Seattle Seahawks, the Green Bay Packers vs. the Minnesota Vikings, and the Baltimore Ravens vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars all had a helmet to helmet penalty called in their game and after further review, the penalty flag should’ve never have been thrown.

In the Cleveland, Seattle game a flag was thrown in the first quarter for unnecessary roughness when Seattle safety, Kam Chancellor made what appeared to be a sack on Colt McCoy forcing the Browns to a fourth down but instead was ruled as a helmet to helmet hit, resulting in a 15 yard penalty, automatic first down.

Perfect hit, right from behind, right between the numbers, no penalty at all.

As you can clearly see from the picture above, Chancellor’s head is no where near McCoy’s head therefore there should’ve been no penalty, fourth down for Cleveland. Chancellor did everything right on the play, he timed it perfectly, hit McCoy from behind and most importantly he hit him right in the numbers; a perfect tackle/sack that shouldn’t have resulted in a penalty.

Next up was a 3rd down and 13 for the Vikings when Clay Mathews rushed Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. While rushing Ponder it appeared that Mathews first was blocked in the back before he recovered and eventually appeared to tackle Ponder. The referee felt differently as he threw the flag and a 15 yard penalty was tacked on. Broadcaster Troy Aikman felt differently about it too as he said, “I don’t know about that — I think that’s a bad call.”

Again perfect hit between the numbers, no penalty. If anything there should've been a penalty thrown for block in the back on the Vikings.

As you can see from the picture above there’s no helmet to helmet contact at all. You can clearly see that Mathews (in the white) makes a perfect tackle on Ponder (in the purple) right between the numbers.

Last but certainly not least was on Monday night on a controversial game changing drive. The Jaguars had the ball on a 3rd and 7 where the pass was thrown to running back Deji Karim over the middle where safety Bernard Pollard landed a tackle on Karim forcing him to drop the ball. The play was then ruled as an unnecessary roughness call, helmet to helmet, 15 yard penalty automatic first down. The Jaguars would go onto make a field goal on that drive in what may have changed the game which gave the Jaguars the win.

As seen in the video Pollard lands a clean tackle right in between the numbers of Karim not connecting with his helmet at all. ESPN analyst, John Gruden couldn’t have said it any better “It’s just football.”

Now to the referees defense, making the right call in the moment of it all happening is very hard to do, don’t get me wrong. However,  since it’s such a complex, very detailed rule, in the event of a helmet to helmet contact, the referee(s) should huddle together and review the play in the replay booth to make sure the call their making is correct.

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Physical For Trade Reveals Brain Tumor For Jerome Harrison

Just simply amazing.

Your life changes everyday; rather you had something different to eat for breakfast, you bought a new car, you got a new job, whatever, your life changes in at least one way each day. For running back Jerome Harrison of the Detroit Lions formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, life changed too.

Approaching the trade deadline Harrison was traded from the Lions to the Eagles in exchange for running back Ronnie Brown as well as an undisclosed draft pick. The Lions made the trade due to a concussion that running back Jahvid Best suffered on Sunday.

However the trade wasn’t official just yet as like every trade, it was pending a physical. Though the physical part is usually the easiest part of the trade as everyone always passes it and there are usually no worries, however this time there was.

After getting a physical on Wednesday the trade would be voided due to “health issues” to Harrison that wouldn’t allow the trade to process. Though, those “health issues” would later be diagnosed as a brain tumor.

According to ESPN, doctors discovered Harrison had a brain tumor during his physical Wednesday, voiding the Detroit Lions’ deadline deal with the Philadelphia Eagles for running back Ronnie Brown and sending Harrison back to Detroit.

Amazing…simply amazing as well as very lucky, because if running back Jahvid Best never suffered a concussion on Sunday then the Lions would’ve never made a trade for Ronnie Brown. This would’ve meant that Harrison wouldn’t have been involved in a trade meaning he wouldn’t have had a physical done, which would’ve meant that doctors would’ve never discovered the brain tumor and if the tumor was never discovered, who knows what may have happened then.

The Lions have yet to comment on or confirm that Harrison’s tumor is being treated.

As for the rest of the Lions organization, Maurice Morris will likely be the starter for this weeks game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday as Best looks very doubtful. There have been other reports as well that have said that Best was ask to consider sitting out the rest of the year due to this being his second concussion within three months.

As for the Eagles, Ronnie Brown will return to his backup role behind LeSean McCoy and their undisclosed draft pick will be theirs again.

Its crazy how life has its twists and turns and where it may lead you, but for Jerome Harrison life has hit a dead end for him as of right now, however luckily for him, he’ll be able to turn around.

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A Handshake Says A Lot In A Man: Jim Harbaugh Vs. Jim Schwartz

It was just a handshake...

Mathew Stafford completed a pass on 4th and 10 to Calvin Johnson who then lateraled the ball to Titus Young who then dropped it; it was game over, 49ers, 25, Lions, 19. This marked a huge win for the 49ers and marked a tough loss for the Lions as their undefeated season would come to an end. But that wasn’t the story Sunday afternoon, what was, was what happened after the game.

As the last second ticked off the scoreboard and the players cleared the sidelines to head for the locker rooms 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh and Lions head coach, Jim Schwartz did the occasionally hand shake; except it didn’t go so smooth.

Instead what happened was Harbaugh ran to mid field, lifting his shirt to expose his belly extended his right hand to Schwartz for a shake and slapped him on the back with his left hand.

Schwartz didn’t like the encounter so he charged after Harbaugh in efforts to fight him. While yelling and screaming Schwartz would be separated by players, coaches, and referees before eventually being taken off the field. There would be no punches thrown or any bloodshed.

However the Harbaugh, Schwartz wasn’t over just yet as round two was the press conference. Harbaugh struck first by saying, “That’s totally on me…I shook his hand too hard,” said Harbaugh. “I mean I really went in…and it was a strong…kind of a slap, grab handshake…that was on me. It was a little too hard of a handshake.”

Schwartz would respond back with, “I went to congratulate coach Harbaugh and got shoved out of the way,” Schwartz said. “I didn’t expect an obscenity at that point. Obviously, when you win a game like that, you are excited, but there is a protocol that goes with this league.”

Well like every close fight that doesn’t end in a knockout you have to review the fight and pick a winner; so let’s do it.

By very tough decision…Harbaugh wins, not only if they really did fight, but he wins in this dispute and let’s be honest if they really did fight, we wouldn’t have to make a decision has it probably would’ve ended in a knockout; a knockout given by Harbaugh that would leave Schwartz lying on the ground clueless. Though for Schwartz’s sake and everyone else’s, that didn’t happen.

However in conclusion to that the reason why Harbaugh wins is because it was just a handshake. So what if was “too hard” grow up. Didn’t Schwartz ever hear of, “a man is determined by their handshake”? Well I take he didn’t because his was awful and if we determined him by the shake on Sunday well then he’s a young four year old boy; because that was weak. Too hard?! Come on man.

Though that wasn’t all as Schwartz would go onto add that it wasn’t good “protocol” are you kidding me, protocol? Really? Well I can tell him what protocol isn’t and that’s yelling on the sidelines at opposing teams players, yelling at referees and chasing after another coach; that’s not “protocol”.

So Harbaugh…Schwartz, let’s end this with a handshake. Harbaugh let’s even do a chest bump and Schwartz…well let’s just stick to a light high five because you should be able to handle that.

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It’s Official Lebron James is Going To the NFL: Now It’s Just A Matter of Where

Where will James go?

During the NBA Lockout Miami Heat forward Lebron James has been playing football with his former high school team, St. Vincent-St. Mary. James has been practicing with the team in full pads which as a result has gained the attention of the media and has started a question, is Lebron James going to switch sports and play football?

On Tuesday, October 4th after finishing up a practice with his former high school team James tweeted, “Just got done practicing with the St.V Varsity football team, full pads and all.. Felt great being back on the field. Should I?”

“Should I?” A question that James was hinting towards; should he play football. The tweet immediately spread by users re-tweeting and responding to James tweet as everyone was shocked that this “football thing” was going this far.

Fast forward to Monday; David Stern addressed the media that the NBA was canceling the first two weeks of the NBA season due to the owners and players not coming to an agreement. “I’m sorry to report…that the first two weeks of the season have been canceled,” Stern told reporters outside the New York hotel in which the sides met. “We depart on good terms with negotiators. We just have a gulf that separates us.”

Stern would also go onto add, “We remain very, very far apart on virtually all issues.”

James would respond to the news by tweeting, “I wanna sincerely say sorry to all the fans! It’s a sad day for all of us, especially u guys! There’s no US w/o You. loveuguys.”

Though that wouldn’t be all for number six as the following day James would ask ESPN’s John Clayton, “When is the deadline for a team to sign a free agent?”

So does this mean that Lebron James is considering playing football this season in the NFL? It seems that way indeed, strike one: Lebron James practices with his former high school football team in full pads, strike two: James asks the fans if he should play football, strike three: James asks ESPN’s John Clayton when the free agent deadline is. Those three strikes are all leading up to what could possibly be another decision; to play or not to play? That is the question.

Now let’s just say that James decides to play, where would he go?

Buffalo Bills: Why not? They’re hot and on fire and the addition of Lebron James to their football team couldn’t hurt them at all, it would only help them. Now say that James doesn’t live up to the hype and can’t play, then their back in the same situation that they were in before except with a bigger fan base.

Miami Dolphins: Wouldn’t that be something, Lebron James takes his talents to South Beach again. James could really fit into their offense and at 0-4 what’s the worse that could happen?

Cleveland Browns: A coming home party? How would Cleveland react is the big question…would they let him back or would they boo? However James would make a nice fit in Cleveland at either the receiver or even a tight end position.

Chicago Bears: The city of Chicago took part in a transition like this before when Michael Jordan left basketball to play for the Chicago White Sox, so why not again? Let’s face it when your running back is your leading your receiver you know that you’re in trouble.

Devin Hester, isn’t going to work out maybe he’ll break a long one here or there but he’s a return specialist not a receiver. Then too Jonny Knox; he’s not bad but he shouldn’t be a number one receiver on any team. Then to Roy Williams; reunited with Mike Martz and expected to have the season of his career, well six receptions, 81 yards, and zero touchdowns doesn’t sound that great to me.

San Francisco 49ers: On the west coast, in California, which has Lebron James written all over it. The 49ers need a receiver because who knows when Braylon Edwards is coming back, Josh Morgan has a broken a leg, Michael Crabtree is basically getting paid for free and that’s about it. So lace them up big fella because San Fran is just a phone call away.

Seattle Seahawks:

Pete Carroll and Lebron James are doing more than just tweeting, they’re actually talking and what their talking about, is James suiting up in Seattle. With two good receivers as their starters it wouldn’t seem to make any sense to bring in Lebron James, but it does; it makes perfect sense. Not only will he bring some talent, but he’s going to bring media, fans, and more.

Other teams: Dallas Cowboys- Jerry Jones is all about signing big name players that bring attention to his football team and with that being James’s favorite team, the two sides might just work something out.

Tennessee Titans- It could happen, while it’s very low, it could happen. Another injury or two and James could just slide his way in there.

Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons.

Now James wouldn’t be the first player to make the move from basketball to football as there has been players to do so such as Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates. However the only problem is, James has been away from the game of football for about eight years and just ask anyone that’s a long time so it’s very questionable if he would be any good. However that’s why James has been preparing for the move, by practicing with his former high school.

As of right now James hasn’t signed with a team or talked with any yet, because he’s trying to find an agent which he’s doing right now. Give it about another two weeks and if the lockout is still in tack which it should be, you will be seeing James in a football jersey.

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Andre Johnson May Miss Up To Five Weeks Or More With His Injury

He may be out longer

Andre Johnson caught his fourth pass of the game on Sunday and began running to gain more yards until without being tackled he collapsed by himself. Watching him hit the ground fans, fantasy owners, coaches, and players held their breaths. At first glance and even with replay the fall that Johnson had definitely showed an injury but even worse; a torn ACL or MCL.

That’s what it looked like at the first couple glances, however luckily for Johnson and the Houston Texans organization after several tests and an MRI they would find out that it wasn’t a torn ACL or MCL and that Johnson would return this season. The question was; how long?

The injury would be revealed as a hamstring injury and that Johnson would have to undergo surgery and the recovery time would be two to three weeks. Though more reports would come out later saying that Johnson did have surgery and that he was going to be healthy within three weeks and that the target date is October 30th week 8 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However nothings certain as unfortunately setbacks can happen especially with hamstring injuries, just ask his teammate Arian Foster.

Foster who has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury all season long has finally appeared to have overcame it after his last week performance of 155 yards and a touchdown off of 30 carries.

The injury took about over five weeks total to recover from for Foster and who knows it may not even be fully healed. So for Johnson a two to three week time table is just an educated guess.

Facing the facts and looking at reality the injury will probably last about four to five weeks until Johnson is fully recovered, at least that would be the smart approach. Though we can’t compare this injury to Foster’s because we don’t know if there similar, yes they are both hamstring injuries but they could be different tears that are/were in them.

Now if Johnson was to take the same approach as Foster and post a picture of his MRI up on twitter too then we would know. But as of right now @Johnson80 hasn’t posted any MRI’s or any tweets at all.

Expected Recovery Time: Five weeks; putting a target date for their game against Cleveland or Tampa Bay. But with a week 11 bye the Texans could take the safe approach and hold him out an extra week. But sitting at 3-1 and tied for first place in their division the Texans are fine for now but depending on how their next couple games go, they might have to rush their star player back as soon as possible.

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