PA Man Tebows After Assaulting Teen on Lawn Mower

Okay, so this whole ordeal apparently started when a 17-year-old boy was mowing his lawn. He supposedly drove his tractor out into a road and in front of an oncoming vehicle. The driver allegedly got out of the car, pulled the kid down from the mower, assaulted him and then Tebowed before getting into his car and driving away. For those of you that play “Ohio or Florida?” might want to round this one up, considering it happened in a town just East of the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. [The Smoking Gun]

Republicans Lose the Cutest Religious Zealot in Presidential Race

Rick Santorum has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for president, and no one is very surprised by that. In fact, it’s pretty amazing that he got as far as he did with his myopic platform. Does anyone know what he thinks of besides abortion? Anyway, the field narrows. With the suspension of Santorum’s campaign, however, we lost one of the cutest candidates we’ve seen for a while. I know, slightly ferret-ish but still an attractive man. Mitt Romney, the presumptive candidate is a good-looking guy, too, but there’s a blankness there, no sparkle in the eye indicating maybe some fire in the belly. Read more »

Tim Tebow Won’t Be an Eagle Because He’s a New York Jet

So, everyone can stop speculating now that Tim Tebow is a New York Jet. Two weeks ago Fox 29 speculated whether or not Tebow would don midnight green before Peyton Manning had picked a team. Today, Dan McQuade explained why Philly fans should want Tim Tebow on the Iggles (hint: it’s because he’s bad). Alas, the Jets coughed up a fourth round pick for the guy. At least the Tebow/New York media thing should be entertaining to watch.

UPDATE: Just kidding, maybe. There seems to be a problem.

Tim Tebow’s a Bad Quarterback

If the Eagles want a Dream Team II to rival last year’s Dream Team, they need to be all in on Tim Tebow.

Last season, Tebow was the talk of the NFL. After sitting on the bench as a rookie, Tebow got a chance to start and took the Broncos to the playoffs with a series of improbable comebacks, then threw a touchdown pass in overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs. Because of variety of factors–good looks, impeccable college pedigree, his Christianity and charity work–Tim Tebow became the one sports star who non-sports fans got interested in.

The Broncos had a chance to upgrade, though, and yesterday they signed all-time great Peyton Manning, released by the Colts after missing last season with a neck injury. Tebow is now on the trading block. Read more »

Why Are We Talking About Tim Tebow and the Eagles?

“Is Tim Tebow now an option for the Eagles?”

Here’s how Fox 29 rationalized it: The Broncos have met with Peyton Manning as he tries to decide who he’ll play quarterback for next season. Denver seems like a reasonable enough destination. Manning is familiar with John Elway and head coach John Fox and the organization should be looking for an out of the Tim Tebow situation. What better way to get the team past the PR nightmare that will come with sitting, trading or otherwise ridding themselves of the Great Savior himself than to bring in, arguably, the best quarterback ever?

So the correct answer to the question of Tim Tebow coming to the Eagles is, “You’ve got to be f#$%ing kidding me.” Read more »

Tim Tebow’s Christian Fervor Annoys Me

Tim Tebow bugs me, and I’m feeling a little guilty about it. It makes sense to be annoyed by Larry the Cable Guy or Charles Manson or Progressive Flo … but Tebow? Good-looking star athlete, hero of the Broncos overtime against Pittsburgh, and a good Christian? Ah, there it is: The sleeve-wearing, knee-bending religion that irks me and, at the same time, elicits a sense of guilt for the sentiment. How can a man who stands up and professes his faith rub so many people the wrong way? I’ve been stewing about this, I’m sure, in an attempt to validate my feelings and not feel like a jerk for disliking someone’s religious convictions. I mean, he’s not standing up and rallying people to smoke meth or not pay their taxes or anything; he’s just saying he likes Jesus. Read more »

Tim Tebow, Could You (or God) Arrange This?

It was just an offhand comment from one of the announcers for the Alabama/LSU BCS National Championship Game last Monday—the game in which the Tide defense didn’t let the Tiger offense past the 50-yard line until deep in the fourth quarter. The announcer was talking about walking alongside some of the players on the Tigers’ offensive line. They were big, he said—big enough, he thought, to hold their own against the New Orleans Saints.

My husband Doug looked at me from his rocking chair, one eyebrow inching up. “You know,” he said thoughtfully. Read more »

PSU Conspiracy Theories: Was Hiring Bill O’Brien a Power Play?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bill Mahon, Vice President of University Relations at Penn State, sent a response to this post.

There are some factual errors in Michael Bradley’s opinion blog (dated 1/09/2012) about the search for Penn State’s new football coach, Bill O’Brien, which I want to correct for Philadelphia magazine readers.

1) Former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski did not have “a heavy hand in the search.” The hiring of Bill O’Brien was unanimous among the search committee, made up of faculty, athletic department representatives and one member of the Board of Trustees.

2) Search committee member Ira Lubert did not pay “the $500,000 salary and $1 million bonus that lured big-name grappling coach Cael Sanderson to Happy Valley in 2009.”

3) Lubert is not “providing the funding necessary to make O’Brien’s contract commensurate with other big-time coaches…” He is not providing any money toward O’Brien’s contract.

4) It is false to report “Lubert courted O’Brien without consulting each of the other five members of the committee.” In fact, it was a faculty member on the committee who first pushed O’Brien’s name for consideration by the group.

If LaVar Arrington’s recent statements are to be believed, there’s going to be some pretty cool stuff on eBay in the next couple of weeks. Arrington has said he is “done with Penn State,” since the school didn’t hire someone from the its “family” to take over the football program. So, Arrington will put away his jerseys, his Butkus Award and any other sweaty stuff he may have saved from his time in Happy Valley. Read more »

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