Dear ESPN: Nobody Cares about Tim Tebow
Allow me to preface this short essay with the following message: I am a fan of the New York Jets and New York Yankees. This is not a piece written to defend the idiocy of the Jets front office or to draw attention to the ever expanding disparity between the two franchises. It is a merely one fans opinion of the state of the "sports" media. Newsflash to all of you beat writers disseminating the inside scoops of your teams to all of us outsiders: no fans care about the melodrama. There are no fans siting at home or work on their laptops waiting for #quarterbackControversy to pop up on their twitter feed. Please reserve such simplicities and rumors to the entertainment industry.
Allow me to illuminate the situation for those of you who haven't been on espn's website in the past year. Last April, the jets traded for Tim tebow, a backup quarterback. A man who had a stupendous college career and who has enjoyed limited success in the NFL through anomalous and statistically improbable comebacks. As such, (did I mention he's a devout Christian?) he's become a media darling. The issue is, these reporters have become such slaves to their own biases and agendas, they've lost the pulse of the people. The fact is that that no fan of any franchise cares. Nobody cares. Nobody cares that a 3-6 team is in turmoil. Do you want to know why? Because they are a 3-6 team and nobody cares about 3-6 teams. Not even rival fans. They're sick of it. Everyone is.
I began this article by mentioning I'm a Yankees fan for a purpose. The past two years the Red Sox had significant issues pervasive throughout their front office and club house. There were anonymous reports left and right that players wanted bobby valentine fired, pitchers were drinking in the clubhouse, and one player was supposedly playing golf on a day he was scheduled to pitch but couldn't because of injury. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't giddy with schadenfreude for one whole hour. The fact of the matter was, it was newsworthy because the Red Sox were poised to make the playoffs before they fell off the face of the earth. The 2012 season played out very differently. The squad was mediocre, yet for some reason, then coverage exploded to 24/7. But guess what? Nobody cared. Nobody cared because the Red Sox were a sub .500 ball club. Yet you couldn't go one day without clandestine player meetings being blared across the mediaverse. Nobody cared. Not even Yankees fans.
Watching a bad team go down further isn't like watching a proverbial plane crash in slow motion. It's like watching in real time as an eight year old kid lights a generic cardboard box on fire. You know who cares about that? His mom. And that's who cares about Tim Tebow and mark Sanchez vying for the jets starting job even though this whole controversy was the putrid offspring of cultish university of Florida fans and ESpN. Moms. You know what else moms like? The food network and US weekly. That's not to say that Mom's can't be fans...I know some Mom's that wil take you to school on the Ravens. So please ESPN don't become E!SPN: the entertainment and sports network. I know you're owned by a mouse but let's keep sports the last bastion of American freedom. A place where fans can read about a red hot Saints team who just upset a perfect Falcons season without being bombarded with reports that Magic Johnson blasted the lakers front office when all he said was "I disagree with the signing of Mike D'Antoni." We get it, it's about ratings, but can't we keep sportscenter about sports and not whether Lebron's hipster glasses are prescription or not. Lets keep sports about sports not about ratings. In conclusion, nobody cares about the jets besides jets fans because they're a bad team. Please stop writing he said, she said articles. Nobody cares. Thank you.