Watching CBS' broadcast of the SEC championship game this past weekend it became crystal clear that, when it comes to shameless man-passion that the media has for an individual player, the NFL has the undisputed leader in the form of Brett Favre, but the college game also has their own burgeoning superstar.
His name is Tim Tebow and I'm fairly certain that if Gary Danielson would have been offered the opportunity to conduct a post-game interview from Tebow's lap on Saturday, he would have set a land-speed record from the booth to the field.
And this is no snub against Tebow. There's not much of a doubt that he's about as good as a QB who wears Crocs in public can be. Only 2 picks against 28 touchdowns is impressive in a season where every team placed a target on his back.
All that said, listening to Danielson and his partner Verne Lundquist gush about him for four quarters made it sound like they were singing Andy Samberg's new jam in the announcing booth. It was classic Favre-itis. The defense makes a huge play...the camera flips to Tebow on the sidelines. The special teams puts the clamps on the Crimson Tide kickoff return...the announcers explain that it was because Tebow was yelling at them before the play.
Basically, every ounce of success that the Gators experience is apparently due to Tim Tebow.
I began to think that maybe I was being too hard on old Verne and Gary. Maybe their love affair with Tebow was a product of my overly critical imagination which has been sculpted by years of listening to the media profess their undying love to all things Favre.
Then I got an exclusive look at the "notes" that Gary Danielson had on the desk in front of him during the game. They were fairly telling...
(It wouldn't be fair to the blogging community if we wrote something mentioning the name Tim Tebow and didn't link to this)