Tim Tebow is back in the news. Pretty amazing considering he has not played in the NFL since 2012. Here is a player that is still in the spotlight after throwing twelve career touchdowns. I think there are quarterbacks that have thrown for 12 touchdowns in just a few games that we have completely forgotten about. So how does he manage to stay in the news? Is it his ego or our obsession with him? Why does the media continually feed us Tim Tebow stories?
Obviously, it would not make the news if you or I had a tryout for MLB teams. As a matter of fact, we would not even get a tryout for MLB teams. Why would Tebow get one? It seems that he was an All-State performer in high school. He chose to play football at Florida in college and his baseball playing days were over, until now. He must have had an itch to try to get back into the game and he held a workout for scouts to come watch him play. How did he perform?
He received mixed reviews. Not many people would argue his raw power is tremendous. You can see how large and well trained his body is. He also has great speed for a person his size. The scouts had their “grades” all over the board. One thing most agreed on was his batting against major league quality pitchers in the simulated game portion. His power did not translate and he was not nearly as impressive when he did not know a 75mph fastball was coming. That is to be expected, the guy has not played in years.
Regardless of how this turns out, why does Tebow somehow always end up in the public eye? Tebow was asked why he would subject himself to critics of this did not work out. His answer actually makes a ton of sense, “Why not?” He is right, why not? If I am Tebow and I might have a shot, why not take? What does he have to lose? How about this brilliant move on his part? Sign an apparel deal, who knows for how much or for how long, but he made a few bucks wearing certain clothes during a try out. If you are the apparel company, why not sign him? I am not sure what deal you gave him or how much it costs to advertise in major news outlets, but you do want eyeballs on your product. So Tebow wears the Adidas gear and quite a few media outlets were there to cover the tryout. As shown earlier there was an article covering the deal, so they might have already made their money back?
Whatever your feelings are for Tebow, you can not deny he is a world class athlete. I am not sure I understand why he is covered with such fervor. I guess it does not really matter what I think. The media will supply the masses with whatever they feel is coveted. Even if his talent is not good enough for the minor leagues, some team will sign him. He will be able to sell jerseys and tickets while creating a buzz about the organization. If he does not pan out, you can release him at a minimal cost. Based on this thought, I would imagine TebowMania will be around for awhile longer!