On Monday, after Peyton Manning's first press conference as a Denver Bronco, we recorded a segment for the upcoming episode of "Bomani & Jones" about what John Elway would have to do to trade Tim Tebow. Forty-eight hours later, Tebow was been traded to the Jets. Then, a few minutes after that, the trade was on hold. Then Jacksonville got back in the picture. Then Tebow got to pick his team. Then he wound up going to the Jets anyway.
It was a series of events more absurd than anything we could have made up, and that's saying a lot. We're the people who brought you the Donald Sterling Black History Bonanza. And the Jets, as is their wont, blew that out of the water.
There's never been a player in the NFL with so little skill who has been afforded more privilege than Tebow. Most agreed that Alex Smith needed to suck up his hurt feelings over the 49ers courtship of Manning, but just as many believed Denver somehow owed Tebow the chance to land where he wanted. That's ridiculous. No one knows anything in the NFL, especially not someone who, as we learned, has already been advanced $5 million on future salary. The Broncos gave him plenty, even if they eventually gave him the ol' heave-ho.
Now, Tebow's in a city that's not known for giving quarter to anyone. This isn't Denver, where every silver lining of Tebow's mostly cloudy performances were highlighted. There will be few crediting him for making "some NFL throws," as if those aren't the only acceptable ones in the NFL. And closing the season 1-3, with all the losses coming via blowouts, would create unbearable pressure with each mounting defeat. The patronizing tone of Tebowmania, where much of America evaluated his performance like he was their child -- hey, you made two or three great plays, Timmy! -- is antithetical to everything anyone's ever heard about the Big City.
So here's wishing him the best, if only because there's no reason to do otherwise. But don't forget -- the only two teams in the Tebow sweepstakes at the end were his hometown team, the Jaguars, and a franchise that's spent more of the last 40 years in our conversations than the Super Bowl.
Well, we'll be talking plenty about Tebow and the Jets, starting with this week's "Bomani & Jones," where we imagine how Elway managed to pull off this trade -- any trade -- for Tebow. Then, we'll look at this peculiar NCAA Tournament -- where Duke's at home and NC State is still rolling -- through the eyes of the biggest Blue Devils and Wolfpack fans we know, Joe in Raleigh and 2004 ACC Player of the Year Julius Hodge.