A high school senior in Sioux City, Iowa had yet to secure a prom date. So of course, she tweeted Tim Tebow to see if he was available to accompany her. When Tebow never responded, she was left with only two options. Go alone or create a cardboard cut-out of Tim Tebow and use that as her date.
She chose the latter and the photo to the left is the result of her choice.
Rachel Bird, a senior at Kingsley-Pierson High School, did not. Rather than panic, Bird tweeted a request to her hero, Tim Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner who plays quarterback for the New York Jets.
“I asked if he had plans on April 28 because I didn’t have a date to prom,” said Bird, daughter of Bob and Carol Bird of Kingsley.
Weeks passed. This Bird’s tweet got no response from Tebow, his agent or the Jets.
Undaunted — or maybe a little daunted — Bird found a picture of Tebow showing him in a sharp vest and tie. She took the photo to Staples in Sioux City and asked the pros there if they could make a life-sized vinyl reproduction of the photo.
“I knew you could get industrial prints pretty cheaply at Staples, but a color picture like this was going to cost $80,” Bird said. “I couldn’t spend $80 for a joke.”
As Bird departed, a Staples employee mentioned a sale on such reproductions would take place the last week of April. Bird could get her Tebow color print for $19.95 at that time.
She got the discounted picture at Staples. She and her mother then found a giant piece of cardboard in the trash bin behind Clarks Hardware in Kingsley. Rachel glued the picture to the cardboard as Bob fashioned back supports of wood and a wooden handle.
Everyone laughed when Rachel Bird showed up at friend DeAndra Mahrt’s home for pre-prom pictures. Her classmates had to include Tebow in group photos.
Classmates convinced Bird to enter the gym as a “couple” at the grand march. She decided to do it. Announcer Scott Bahrke introduced her last. “Rachel Bird,” Bahrke said. “Escorted by Tim Tebow.”
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes were booed loudly at Madison Square Garden during Wednesday night’s New York Knicks-Los Angeles Clippers game.
Sanchez and Holmes were seated next to each other in the front row and were shown on the Garden JumboTron as boos filled the air. The duo seemed not to be bothered by the reaction.
Sanchez and Holmes relationship was under the microscope at the end of last season, with reports that Holmes disrespected the quarterback by not showing up for team meetings that Sanchez had called. Sanchez had vowed to work on the relationship this offseason and Holmes has seemed willing to work with the signal caller, who is entering his fourth season.
Sanchez is under an even bigger microscope this season with the addition of quarterback Tim Tebow. The Jets plan to use Tebow in a variety of ways to get the third-year player on the field.
Tebow was booed and cheered at a Yankees game he attended April 15 at Yankee Stadium.
Eli Manning may have two Super Bowl rings and he may be more successful than his famous brother Peyton Manning. But despite that success, there has been little chatter about Manning in New York this offseason.
That’s because all of the offseason talk in the city has centered around the New York Jets quarterback drama involving Mark Sanchez and the recently acquired Tim Tebow.
“(The) New York Giants just won a championship,” Manning told Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith, “yet I’m still the third most talked-about quarterback in my own city.”
Earlier in the offseason, Manning commented to the New York Daily News that he was enjoying the quiet. The comment was made one day after the Jets held a press conference for Tebow.
“I’ll continue to enjoy this. And when we get our rings, I’ll continue to celebrate our championship season.”
The media circus surrounding Tim Tebow just got a little more weird. AshleyMadison.com, a Web site which is an online dating service and social network service marketed primarily to people who are already in a relationship, has offered $1 million to any woman who can prove she has had sex with New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow. This stems from Tebow’s claims that he has never had sexual relations with a woman.
The founder of Ashleymadison.com, Noel Biderman has released the following statement:
“I guarantee that no man of Tim Tebow’s stature could survive a season in New York without succumbing to the temptations of the city,”
“Sports and sex and of course, infidelity go hand in hand. If Mr. Tebow is indeed abstaining from adult relationships, I would encourage him to find a nice lady or two and enjoy his youth and fame as much as possible.”
The NFL is cracking down on out-of-control fans and from now on, if a fan gets ejected from an NFL stadium, he/she will probably have to pass a code-of-conduct exam before being allowed to attend another game.
Requirements for re-entry will vary depending on the stadium, the report points out, but most will involve an online class (fanconductclass.com) followed by an exam.
The program was designed by a licensed psychotherapist, Dr. Ari Novick.
“We’re not trying to squash anyone’s passion,” Novick told the Post. “We’re just trying to say don’t be violent.”
Novick began sampling the program in 2010, employing his conduct classes at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Fans ejected from MetLife were required to write a letter of apology to stadium security chief Daniel DeLorenzi and complete a $75 online course that lasts four hours.
A portion of the proceeds goes to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers. DeLorenzi said about 25 percent of the ejected fans never take the course and they make the “unforgiven” list, which includes their photo identification. He estimates 25 fans are ejected each year from the New York Giants-New York Jets game.
According to the report, security guards comb the stands for the “unforgiven,” and 10 have been caught in the stadium and arrested for trespassing.
Tim Tebow, the new backup quarterback for the New York Jets was booed at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night when he was shown on the giant video board even though he was wearing a Yankees cap.
Sitting in the third row next to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim dugout, Tebow cracked a smile and acknowledged the camera. There was a smattering of cheers, but most of the initial reactions were boos.
Tebow was acquired by the New York Jets from Denver Broncos in a much-hyped trade last month. He is expected to back up starter Mark Sanchez, even though Tebow rallied the Broncos to the NFL playoffs last season and became a polarizing sensation in the process.
Sitting next to Tebow was Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, also booed when he was shown on the scoreboard.
An unidentified bidder spent $100,000 in a charity auction for the right to spend a day with New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow participated in the Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., this weekend. The event included a gala Friday night, at which the donation was made. The money will go to support the Tim Tebow Foundation.
“It was incredible,” Tebow told the newspaper. “It’s humbling. You don’t feel worthy, but when people care about your cause and know that you’re trying to do something for other people, it’s amazing to see what can happen.”
Tebow told Newsday that he’s looking forward to working with incumbent starting quarterback Mark Sanchez when the Jets begin their voluntary workout program next week.
“I’ve been in contact with Mark, and he’s a great guy, we’ve got a great relationship,” Tebow said. “We’ll look forward to seeing each other on Monday.”
Tim Tebow drew a crowd of about 15,000 to an outdoor Easter church service Sunday in the Texas town of Georgetown, telling the gathering it’s important to be outspoken about faith while admonishing athletes about not being better role models.
Tebow told them he welcomed the attention on his convictions as well as the “Tebowing” prayer pose he often strikes on the field because it puts his faith and prayer in the public conversation.
The service took on the feel of a rock concert with more than a 100 school buses shuttling people to the sprawling mega-church campus from local shopping centers and the nearby college.
“It’s OK to be outspoken about your faith,” Tebow said.
He also took a shot at professional athletes who insist they are not role models.
“Yes you are. You’re just not a good one,” Tebow said.
Amanda O’Hara drove about 100 miles from San Antonio on Saturday and got to the church about 4:30 a.m. “to be one of the first ones here.”
“I only got about four hours sleep, I was so excited,” O’Hara said. “He doesn’t hide who he is. Parents should see him as a role model.”
The debate about how the New York Jets should use Tim Tebow continues. Tebow’s college coach, Urban Meyer, though offers his opinions on how the New York Jets should use their new quarterback. Meyer said the Jets should commit their offense to running a kind of spread-based offense that he used with Tebow at Florida.
“Just let him play,” Meyer said.
Meyer, now at Ohio State, believes that if defenses have to worry about Tebow carrying the ball while running the option, he will become a more effective passer.
“When you started seeing him throw against those easy coverages it was because [opposing team] had to stop the run,” Meyer said.
New York Jets legend Joe Namath doesn’t mince words on his old club trading for Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos. “I think it stinks,” says the Pro Football Hall of Famer.
“I do not agree with this situation,” Namath said. “I can’t agree with it. I just think it’s a publicity stunt. I really think it’s wrong. I can’t go for it.”
“That’s not a pat on the back. That’s a slap in the face…If I were there, I’d be pissed off about. But still go to work and try to make things work. But not be happy about it.”
Donald Trump, the billionaire mogul who flirted with a run at the U.S. presidency, has a definitive opinion on almost everything. No surprise then that The Donald knows exactly where Peyton Manning should go next.
The star of NBC’s The Apprentice would “love to see” Manning sign with the Miami Dolphins, Trump said Thursday while touting his $150 million purchase of The Doral Resort in Miami, according to the New York Daily News:
First of all (Dolphins owner) Steve Ross is a very good friend of mine,” Trump bellowed before a roomful of reporters and TV cameras at the WGC Cadillac Championship, where Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy were fighting it out in the first round.
“He’s a member of my club in Palm Beach and I think Peyton would be great for Miami. It would be a fantastic thing for this area.
Trump’s endorsement of the Dolphins over his hometown New York Jets didn’t go over well with the paper. Trump’s buddies with Jets owner Woody Johnson. The Jets are said to be one of the dozen or so NFL clubs pursuing the ex-Indianapolis Colts QB — despite the presence of starter Mark Sanchez. Trump “betrayed” his pal Johnson’s Jets when he touted the Dolphins, said the Daily News.
The Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants publicly mocked three beaten rivals — the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets as they celebrated at raucous victory rallies in New York and New Jersey Tuesday.
The Giants beat all three clubs on their way to the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl championship this season. Running back Brandon Jacobs also took a shot at Pats quarterback Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bundchen for popping off about her hubby’s receivers dropping his passes:
“She just needs to continue to be cute and shut up.”
Giants co-owner Steve Tisch boasted his team had cancelled the “Brady Bunch.” He also took a swipe at “America’s Team” in Dallas after a ticker tape parade down New York’s Canyon of Heroes attended by nearly 1 million people:
“There’s a group of guys in Dallas that call themselves ‘America’s Team,’ but looking out at all of you and the millions of people in the streets [Tuesday], we’re ‘America’s Dream.”
During a pep rally at MetLife Stadium shared between the Giants and Jets, Justin Tuck reminded Rex Ryan the Jets are still little brothers to Big Blue:
“You can be sure of whose house it is.”
Jacobs is the most outspoken Giant. After the Giants 21-17 win over the Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, he boasted the Giants had “decapitated” the powerful Pats dynasty of Brady and coach Bill Belichick:
“We decapitated them. They can’t wear that crown no more.”
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ESPN reporter Suzy Kolber has spoken publicly for the first time about former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath’s attempt to kiss her on live television.
“I felt like, ‘uh-oh,’ Joe is in trouble here and let’s get him out of it,” says Kolber in an interview for an HBO documentary on Namath that will air Saturday. “Get him off the air as quickly as possible.”
Kolber said she hadn’t spoken about the incident before because “I knew he wanted it to go away.”
The sideline incident occurred during a December 2003 game between the Jets and New England Patriots at Giants Stadium. Namath was among several former Jets being honored at the Saturday night game aired by ESPN.
She said in the documentary: “When we first started talking and he was slow and deliberate in his speech, what was going through my head was, ‘Maybe it’s just really cold.’ And none of the executives in the truck were alarmed either because nobody said (to) stop … The direction in my earpiece was, ‘keep going.’
Reflecting on the incident years later, Kolber said, “I think the way I felt about it at the time was that he’s a really good guy having a bad moment that happened to be captured on national television.”
Namath called Kolber days later to apologize and said “he felt humiliated.” Namath has said the entire episode made him realize he needed to address his drinking problem.
LaDainian Tomlinson said New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is “pampered” and that turmoil and dissension existed in the locker room all season long, but losing brought out the worst in the team. He made his comments in an interview for Showtime’s “Inside The NFL,” which aired Wednesday night.
“It got out of hand toward the end of the season,” Tomlinson said of the team’s problems, according to a transcript of the interview. “That is why it got out in the media. This is something that happened (in the) third or fourth week of the season, that was going on, and nobody knew about it because the players kept it under wraps. Until we went on that losing streak and guys started to speak up and speak out about certain things.”
In the days immediately after the season, reports of a fractured relationship between Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes surfaced. Holmes was benched in the fourth quarter of the team’s season-ending loss to the Miami Dolphins after yelling at tackle Wayne Hunter in a huddle; it was the last in a series of blowups by Holmes toward teammates.
Asked about the Sanchez-Holmes relationship, Tomlinson replied: “It is as bad as I’ve ever been around, honestly. And I’ve been around some locker rooms and quarterback-receiver situations and what-not. But it was as bad as I’ve been around. You know it was at the point where I think the players could no longer do anything about it. There was nothing that the players could do. So when it gets to that point there are certain changes that need to happen.
Tomlinson said that coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum created a situation in which the team had no accountability.
“The (Jets organization) created this. This is the type of football team they wanted. Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan are both brash, in-your-face type of style, say whatever you want, just get it done on the field. And then it leads to other things, as guys are calling each other out and saying I’m not getting the ball or whatever it may be,” Tomlinson said.
Holmes, along with fellow receivers Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason, met with former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer before the team’s Week 5 loss to the New England Patriots to discuss their unhappiness with the offense. A week later, Mason was traded to the Houston Texans.
Regarding Ryan, Tomlinson did add that he while he loved playing for the third-year head coach, he wished he would tone down the predictions.
“I don’t mind every now and again saying we are going to win a championship,” he said. “Maybe at the beginning of the year just saying, ‘Hey, our goal is to win a championship.’ But at the same time every week if you are calling out a team on certain things, I think it puts a little extra on your team. Guys really want to go out there and say, ‘Let’s shut this guy up. Let’s shut these Jets up, just end their season.'”
Tomlinson did not hold back when talking about Sanchez.
“I would say a bit pampered because he has no competition. He has no real threat to say this guy may take my job,” Tomlinson said.
Tomlinson does believe that Sanchez can turn things around in New York and he disputed the claim that Sanchez is lazy.
“The guy is not lazy, guys. He is not a lazy guy. He puts in the time after practice in the film room. He can get it done. He just has to have pieces around him to help him get it done,” Tomlinson said.
Tomlinson is a fan of Holmes’ talent.
“In all seriousness, Santonio, obviously, he is a great player. There are some things that obviously he needs to work on as far as being a leader.”
But Tomlinson did not paint as rosy a picture regarding Holmes’ future with the team.
“Whew, that is a tough one. I would really have to sit down with them and see if they can coexist, honestly. I mean, that is a decision that I really (would) have to make. And if I really feel like they can’t, then you have to make a move.”
Tomlinson reportedly is contemplating retirement after 11 seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers and the Jets.
New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy cancelled his scheduled appearance on ESPN2’s First Take and other shows today, said host Charissa Thompson. The 3rd-string quarterback was supposed to go undergo the so-called “Bristol Car Wash” where a guest appears on multiple shows the same day at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. headquarters.
McElroy, who won a national title at Alabama, sparked a media storm when he told 97.3 The Zone in Alabama this week the Jets locker room was “definitely not a fun place to be” this season:
“It’s the first time I’ve ever been around extremely selfish individuals. I think that’s maybe the nature of the NFL. But there were people within our locker room that didn’t care whether we won or lost … (as long as) they really had a good game individually. And that’s the disappointing thing.”
The New York Jets season has ended, but the criticism won’t stop. Ripping them has come from two former NFL quarterbacks turned analysts Terry Bradshaw of FOX and Boomer Esiason of CBS. Bradshaw said he would cut Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes. And Esiason said Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez played timidly down the stretch, like a “Chihuahua.”
Bradshaw said he believes the Jets should part with Holmes, after he was blasted by teammates for his lack of effort and attitude.
“I’d cut his butt, send him down the highway, move him on,” Bradshaw told ESPN New York 1050’s the Michael Kay Show. “Why would you put up with it? Because he can run a 4.3 40 and make one-handed catches whenever he feels like it?”
Esiason who has defended Sanchez in the past, but not anymore.
“If you watched Mark Sanchez the last month of the season, he was like a Chihuahua standing on Madison Avenue and 36th Street entering the Midtown Tunnel, eyes bigger than you-know-what, and just so shaky,” Esiason told Boston’s 850-AM.
Esiason later told ESPN that the Chihuahua reference had nothing to do with Sanchez’s Mexican-American heritage.
“I chose a small dog that always looks shaken and has big eyes, and doesn’t like big things a Chihuahua,” Esiason said. “It’s a skittish dog, and he’s been a skittish player.”
Esiason also blamed coach Rex Ryan and general manger Mike Tannenbaum for team chemistry that turned toxic.
“I think that Rex Ryan’s ways have come back to haunt him,” Esiason said. “And Mike Tannenbaum has a lot of responsibility in this regard, because they have put a lot of bad guys together in this locker room. There’s a good core of players with the New York Jets. But, unfortunately, all it takes is one guy. And Rex Ryan giving Santonio Holmes the captain’s ‘C’ on the chest was an absolute embarrassment. It’s a slap in the face of all the good guys in that locker room.”
And now, with their disappointing 8-8 season over, the Jets are still getting slapped around.
After Miami Dolphins season finale against the New York Jets on Sunday, the Dolphins will lose one of their long-time stars and one of the NFL’s all-time sack leaders. According to the Miami Herald, defensive end Jason Taylor plans to retire after the 2011 season.
Taylor is the active league leader for career sacks with 139.5 (most in Dolphins history), which only ranks behind Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Kevin Greene, Chris Doleman and Michael Strahan on the all-time list.
Selected in the third round of the 1997 draft by the Dolphins, Taylor played his first 11 seasons with Miami. The 37-year-old also played for the Washington Redskins and Jets, but returned to Miami before the season.
The 2006 Defensive Player of the Year has seven sacks this season to along with one forced fumble.
Braylon Edwards was a big playoff contributor with the New York Jets the past two seasons before signing as a free agent with San Francisco this past offseason. However he won’t be getting an opportunity to help the NFC West-winning 49ers in the playoffs. Edwards, on his official website, braylonedwards.com, announced Tuesday that he’s been waived from the team.
“I was released today by the 49ers due to my injury that required more time to rehab and hasn’t allowed me to re-sync with the offense,” Edwards’ statement read. “I wish the 49ers organization the best of luck during the Playoffs. I will be working hard this off season to strengthen my knee and prepare for the 2012 season. Thanks for your continued support and for being such loyal fans.”
Because of his banged-up knee, Edwards was able to play in only nine games for the 49ers, who finish their 2011 NFL regular season against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. He produced just 15 catches for 181 yards and no touchdowns.
The knowledge of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan having a fetish for the feet is well documented but this his the first time he has taken his team to the city of Brotherly Love and this is how the fans greeted him. The right foot hits it out of tyne park with the “Rexy thinks I’m sexy.” The Phildelphia Eagles beat the Jets 45-19 to keep an outside shot at the playoffs alive.
Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson got a little creative with his touchdown celebration in the second quarter against the New York Jets. After giving the Bills a 14-7 lead, Johnson started dancing and then pretended to shoot himself in the leg, clearly mocking Jets receiver Plaxico Burress.
Seconds after acting out the gun incident, Johnson began the second phase of his celebration. He spread his arms to mock Jets receiver Santonio Holmes “flight crew” celebration. After a few steps miming Holmes, Johnson crumpled to the turf, acting out a plane crash.
The NFL has told its game officials to watch closely for concussion symptoms in players. Ten days after San Diego Chargers guard Kris Dielman sustained a head injury against the New York Jets and later suffered a seizure on the team’s flight home, the league’s injury and safety panel issued the directive Wednesday.
“Our game officials will receive concussion awareness training and will remain alert to possible concussions during games,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said. “If an official believes a player may have suffered a concussion, he should take appropriate steps to alert the team and get medical attention for the player.”
Dielman was concussed with approximately 12 minutes remaining in the Oct. 23 game, after which he struggled to maintain balance and never came out of the game despite signs of struggle. He finished the game despite the head injury and was not assessed until after the loss to New York.
The Chargers did not mention any injuries following the game and only announced Dielman’s injury shortly before the team boarded a plane for San Diego. Dielman suffered a grand mal seizure near the end of the charter flight, although he was cleared of all long-term complications surrounding the concussion and seizure.
Instead of hiring extra doctors or trainers they’re making guys who are in no way qualified to diagnose concussions check players but the NFL cares about it’s players safety.
The Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals have completed a deal that sends quarterback Carson Palmer to Oakland. The Raiders included the teams 2012 first-round pick and a future pick in the package, according to reports, that could be a 2013 first-round pick, depending on certain conditions.
Fox Sports Jay Glazer cited coach Hue Jackson’s close relationship with Bengals owner Mike Brown as the reason for the deal. Brown had vowed not to honor Palmer’s offseason demand to be moved to another team. Jackson is in his first season as Oakland’s coach but was a Bengals assistant from 2004-06.
Oakland (4-2) is in dire need of a quarterback after Jason Campbell broke a collarbone in Sunday’s victory over the Cleveland Browns. Kyle Boller and rookie Terrelle Pryor are the other quarterbacks on the Raiders roster. Campbell had surgery Monday and will be out at least six weeks.
Acquiring Palmer, 31, isn’t a sure fix for the Raiders. He has yet to play this season and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis refers to him being retired. Plus, critics note that questions were being raised about his arm strength in recent seasons.
Palmer has not been idle. He has been working out in California with former New York Jets quarterback Ken O’Brien, and former Bengals wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Palmer is signed through 2014, signed in December 2005, which carries a prorated $6.9 million cap hit for the Raiders, who don’t have that much room and might need to dispose of a contract. Palmer is due $11.5 million in 2012, $13 million in 2013 and $14 million in 2014. There is also a $1 million roster bonus the next three seasons.
The New York Jets have ranked near the bottom of the NFL in rushing yards per game this season and had little to do with their 24-6 win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football but Shonn Greene did take out a referee blocking his path. Greene gained eight additional yards after first contact with the ref.