Is Tim Tebow This Generation's Bo Jackson?
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Is Tim Tebow This Generation's Bo Jackson?

What a MLB career could do for Tebow.

Well, Tim Tebow recorded multiple hits in a preseason game against a minor league pitcher, so obviously we need to discuss his spot in the Mets' outfield and chances at the MVP. Okay, kidding.

But what can we see about Tim Tebow right now? He certainly has the power of a baseball player and his speed seems above average. His fielding looks standard so far.

There are times at the plate against actual major league pitchers he looks like a person who has just recently picked up the sport after a decade away from it. But it's still early and how he looks after a season of at bats in single, double, or triple A baseball will determine whether or not he'll be given a chance at the major league level.

Maybe he'll make. Maybe he won't. Only time will tell. But on the slim, but real, chance he does find himself in a New York Mets uniform, we as fans have to discuss whether or not Tebow is one of the greatest athletes of this or any generation.

Let us consider this: Tebow is already one of the greatest collegiate football players in the history of the sport. Even his biggest detractors have to grant him that. Tebow did play a few season of NFL football that saw him have individual and team success with a postseason win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now the question becomes if Tebow finds himself patrolling the outfield at Citi Field or rocking a hanging slider 400 ft, does he become this generation's Deion Sanders or Bo Jackson?

As sacrilege as that sounds, let's not go crazy (I say as I just compared Tim Tebow to the greatest defensive back in NFL history and the greatest athlete in modern sports) because at this moment, Tim Tebow is Brandon Weeden, but in reverse.

Remember Brandon Weeden? Of course you don't.

Weeden was drafted by the Yankees, quit baseball before every making it to the pros, then got drafted by the Cleveland Brown to be their QB for the future, and now he's the worst quarterback on the Houston Texans' depth chart. That's a depth chart that last season had guys like Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage

Right now, that's Tim Tebow: a former football player that couldn't cut it in the league and now is trying his hand at another sport. And he's putting himself for a high risk, high reward situation.

If he's fails, it looks pathetic. But, on the chance that he finds himself in Major League Baseball for a season or two as a fourth outfielder or possibly even a starter in the pros, he goes from Brandon Weeden to Bo Jackson. ESPN makes documentaries about Bo Jackson, not Brandon Weeden.

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People Actually Care About Tim Tebow's Baseball Career

This guy really gets bored easily.

Tim Tebow will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest college football players to ever play. Under Urban Meyer, he was a part of two national championship teams -- as a freshman and junior -- and nearly missed playing for another as a senior. He was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 2008 during Florida's undefeated run. Despite this, he'll also go down as one of the recent Heisman busts.

He joined the Denver Broncos in 2010 and quickly guided them to a playoff appearance in his rookie season. Things were looking bright for the popular lefty, before his career went spiraling downward. He was traded to the Jets in 2012 and shared time with Mark Sanchez, while the Jets were probably in the darkest days of their history (the Butt Fumble took place that year.) Tebow recently tried out for a roster spot with New England, and Bill Belichik expressed interest in a special teams position for the former QB. Well, that didn't work out so well, and Tebow was officially out of the NFL.

Now, when most high-profile athletes see their playing days come to an end, they usually have a go at coaching or broadcasting. Tebow pursued the latter, and was a pretty damn good broadcaster on College GameDay and the SEC Network. Knowledgeable, good-looking and natural on camera, Tebow was a perfect fit with Rece Davis and Kirk Herbstreit, but apparently, the gig wasn't enough for him.

As of now, Tebow is pursuing a professional baseball career. He was a great player in high school, but that's the last time he's played organized ball. Despite this, on Tuesday he dug up his mitt and wood bat and worked out for several teams across Major League Baseball. His full workout included a 60-yard dash (which he demolished), batting practice, infield and outfield work, and of course, a press conference.

Personally, I think a guy like Tebow is just what the MLB needs. The national pastime has sort of taken a backseat to sports like football and basketball, just for the sheer lack of action that takes place during a baseball game. Tim Tebow is an incredible athlete who has arms the size of tractor trailers, and I'm sure he could crank one into the right-field upper deck if he got a hold of it. Not only that, he's a great leader and a great personality, and his appearance in games would certainly draw bigger crowds.

Of course, there's a lot of people who completely disagree with this new move. Stephen A. Smith, always the unpopular opinion, said that current MLB players should be offended by this. He called Tebow arrogant. Orioles manager Buck Showalter also expressed dislike to Tim Tebow the baseball player.

Regardless of your thoughts on the matter, you've got to hand it to Tebow. He's only 29, and he's confident his days as an athlete aren't quite over. Don't be surprised if you see him back on a playing surface soon, specifically, a diamond-shaped one.

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I Hate Being A New York Sports Fan

But I'm not gonna stop.

I hate being a New York sports fan.

Why, you may ask? Because although we have arguably the biggest media market in the world as one of our selling points, it's also our Achilles heel.

There is no patience in markets like these (Los Angeles as well) and honestly, fans are tough. I believe 100 percent that New York fans are some of the best in the world, but in a market that is so used to success, when it's not there, it feels like the life is sucked out of a city. Big-market teams want so badly for their teams to be good that they push for rash decision making with the hope that it'll take them one step closer to a championship.

When has there been a time in sports where the New York and Los Angeles markets have been so irrelevant in basketball? The Knicks are dreadful, and although they seemingly found a diamond in Kristaps Porzingis, they don't have the draft picks necessary to surround him with the right players. The Lakers were only relevant this year because everybody wanted to see Kobe limp to the finish line and D'Angelo Russell become the worst teammate ever. The once exciting and electrifying Lob City Clippers are old news, and frankly, not that good.

I remember being at the 2009 Yankees championship parade and how alive the city felt. Everybody was always in a good mood and there was always something to talk about. The games were must-see-tv; the good times were rolling.

Sports have an effect on people unlike anything we've ever seen. It's almost magical. In big media markets such as Los Angeles and New York, the fans and media know that too, and that's why we are all so critical. We know what it's like to be at the top and we also know what it's like to be at the bottom. We constantly live in fear of the bottom, but chase for the top leaving us right where we see our beloved teams now. Treading water.

Everybody loves to say that big market teams have such an advantage over others, and while this may be true in some aspects, I don't give it much weight. Being in a big market is the exact reason the Knicks are tied to Carmelo Anthony (I do love Carmelo, but trading him is vital for a successful rebuild) and the Yankees refuse to trade any of their vaunted bullpen trio.

As a result of the situations many big market teams are put in I have to wonder, when will New York get its next championship? When will LA? Is there even a championship in sight for these two power markets?

Whether this championship is in sight or not (LeBron or no LeBron, we've still gotta be closer than Cleveland), as a fan I have no choice but to fight through the negativity and hope that maybe, one of my teams can do the impossible. It's why we Giants (and Jets fans) think every year is our year, because there's nothing else we can do but root root root for our home team.

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What To Watch For in Sports This Week (8/22)

College Football Is BACK!

We're only a couple of weeks away from the start of the NFL season. In the meantime, we only have more NFL preseason football to fill our NFL needs. But wait, college football is starting this week. That's right, for the first time since the Super Bowl, there's a football game that actually holds meaning. While it is only Hawaii facing off against California, it's the first college football of the season. So we take what we can get.

We also have more baseball, pro and Little League, which is great stuff when there is only a couple of months left in the sport. We also have Premier League soccer this week now that the European soccer leagues are officially underway.

Here is what to watch for in sports this week:

Tuesday, August 23
MLB: Washington Nationals vs. Baltimore Orioles (MLB Network, 7:05 p.m. ET)
Two very good baseball teams will face off tonight and while the Nationals are in a great spot to win the NL East Divison (they hold an 8.5 games lead over the Miami Marlins entering play on August 22), the Orioles are fighting for their playoff lives. This might just be the MLB game of the week. Probable starters are A.J. Cole (Washington) vs. Dylan Bundy (Baltimore).

MLB: New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners (ESPN, 10 p.m. ET)
The Orioles are not the only team trying to make it into the postseason, the Mariners are right behind them in the Wild Card standings. The Yankees, for as bad as they have been for various parts of the season, are only four games behind the Orioles for the last Wild Card spot in the American League. The Yankees have already begun with their youth movement, calling up prospects Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge, and they have been performing adequately, with each of their first at-bats back to back going for home runs. Probable starters are CC Sabathia (Yankees) vs. Hirashi Iwakuma (Seattle).

Wednesday, August 24
MLB: San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (ESPN, 10 p.m. ET)
The Giants have been one of the most successful baseball franchises in the past several years. The Giants are atop the Wild Card standings, but they are also half a game behind the Dodgers in the NL West standings. This is a big series that could decide the winner of the decision once it is all said and done. Probable starters are Johnny Cueto (San Francisco) vs. Rich Hill (Los Angeles).

Friday, August 26
College Football: Hawaii vs. California (ESPN, 10 p.m. ET)
California had a lot of potential after starting last season 5-0, but then the season crashed with four straight losses afterwards. This season for California is going to be a big one for the Golden Bears, especially in the second half of the season, with five of the last six opponents being ranked in the top 25. Hawaii can play spoiler and start the season on the right track after finishing last season with a 3-10 record. Also, IT'S THE START OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL!

Saturday, August 27
Barclays Premier League: Hull City vs. Manchester United (NBC, 12:30 p.m. ET)
Manchester United and Hull City are atop of the Premier League standings after two games and if Hull City can pull this off, they would start replicating, at least early in the season, Leicester City's storied run. Manchester United spent a pretty penny in the offseason, signing Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and trying to get back into winning league titles and getting back into competing in the UEFA Champions League.

Sunday, August 28
NFL Preseason: Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans (FOX, 4 p.m. ET)
The Cardinals are trying to finally get over the hump and make it into the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the Texans have been trying to get back into relevance under third year head coach Bill O'Brien, finishing 9-7 in each of the last two years. The third game of the preseason is usually the dress rehearsal for the starters so there is going to be a lot of playing time for your favorite players. This might end up being the best preseason game of the week.

All-week events
Little League World Series (ESPN Family of Networks)
The Little League World Series is always one of the more special sporting events of the year. There's something pure about watching kids play America's past time and also host several teams from all over the world to give the tournament a true worldly feel. It's not football or soccer, but it's a great weeknight watch that, as a sports fan, you will surely enjoy.

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The Triangle Offense Does Not Work

Just ask the Knicks.

The NBA season began on Tuesday, October 25. Not even a month into the regular season, the self proclaimed "super-team" of the New York Knicks have already had internal feuding.

Team President Phil Jackson is apparently upset that his patented Triangle Offense is not being used enough in the Knicks' offense. On the defensive side of the ball, the team is ranked dead last in efficiency, leading to assistant coach Kurt Rambis to take charge of the defense. I've had hot pockets that don't take as long to heat up as the Knicks organization does.

It is amazing in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference, a division where one team in the Philadelphia 76ers has been the laughing stock of basketball for the past five season and the Brooklyn Nets who's big free agent signing are Jeremy Lin and Luis Scola, the Knicks could actually be the worst team in this division.

The Triangle Offense will not work for this team! Phil Jackson has tried it every year since he arrived and it has failed each time.

Do you know why the Triangle worked? Because if an NBA team has Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen or Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, you could put any offensive scheme on the court and talent alone will guarantee you over 100 points a game.

The fact that Phil Jackson is still trying to shove a triangle offense into a square hole in the Knicks illustrates two things. First, he is behind the time by about a decade and refuses to move forward. Seccondly, he has convinced himself into thinking his 11 rings came from his brain and not from the wheeling and dealings of Jerry Krause in Chicago and Jerry West in Los Angeles.

Defensively, in a league that Mike D'Antoni is still coaching in, there is no excuse to be last in defensive efficiency. The fact the Knicks look bad does not is not shocking. It's the fact it took less than 10 games to see this experiment had more than a few holes in it.

Does this mean the season's over? No, it's November. They're in a weak division and have a lot of talent on their team. Plus, Jeff Hornacek is a good coach.

But at a certain point, you look at the massive egos that players and front office personal have and none of this can be encouraging for any fan of the Knicks.

Save us Porzingis! You're our only hope.

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Tim Tebow to Pursue Pro Baseball Career

Football failed, so he's giving baseball a shot.

When one sport doesn't work out, just try another one.

That is exactly what college football legend and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has decided to do. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tebow would be pursuing a career in professional baseball and will be working out in front of MLB teams later this month.

For the past year, Tebow has put his NFL dreams on hold and possibly behind him. He has been working on his baseball skills -- hitting and fielding. Maybe he will receive interest, because apparently he was good.

Tebow last played ball as a junior in high school in 2005 and was named All-State in Florida as he hit .494. A left fielder at the time, Tebow likely would have been selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim had he filled out the information card they sent him.

But instead he enrolled at the University of Florida for the spring 2006 semester, preventing him from playing baseball.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback had not played in an NFL game since 2012 and, most recently, he was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles last preseason.

Tebow's style of play was better suited for college football than the NFL, given his willingness to run and lack of an accurate throwing arm.

Football did not work out for Tebow, so he is essentially just switching majors to something else he enjoyed success with in the past. He realized there was no hope of landing a job with his degree, so he decided to go for something a little more realistic.

A left-handed thrower, Tebow is limited on the diamond defensively. The outfield (left field) seems like the likely destination. But given his frame and strength, perhaps someone gives him a chance at first base.

Set to turn 29 this month, Tebow is at an age where baseball players tend to peak. Even if he has the talent, regression may set in and prevent him from achieving his dreams.

Still, this seems like easy money for a minor league baseball team. Tebow brings media with him everywhere he goes and minor league teams love attention. MLB teams also love attention so even if it is a publicity stunt for them, it would not be shocking to see a team give him a minor league deal.