Elliot HughesFirst off, unless you’re someone who’s seen Tim Tebow perform at a Denver Broncos practice, I don’t want to hear anyone say with an air of certainty that Tebow can’t and won’t ever become an NFL quarterback.It’s truly remarkable how little of a chance sports pundits – namely Merril Hoge of ESPN – have given Tebow. It’s just incredibly irrational.He’s in the first half of his second year in the NFL, playing the game’s most difficult position. Sports analysts coddle young quarterbacks like they’re infants learning how to walk and talk, and now after seeing Tebow play in the limited amount of playing time he’s been given, we’re just going to label him a failure? Come on.It’s time to take on this Tebow controversy (which, in the whole, vast galaxy of sports, is strangely one of the most divisive these days) with some rationality.Here’s what we know so far:Kyle Orton is not cutting it as Denver’s signal caller. Not counting last week’s 29-24 loss to San Diego, in which he was benched for the second half, Orton led the Broncos to a 1-3 record with a flaccid 75.7 passer rating so far this year.Tebow, who we still need to keep in mind is a young quarterback, played fairly well in the three games he started in 2010. His passer ratings in those games: 100.5, 89.4 and 58.2. His completion percentage was a poor 49 percent, and he threw four touchdowns and three interceptions (he also rushed for three more scores).In the second half of last Sunday’s game against San Diego, Tebow completed four of 10 passes for 79 yards and one touchdown, good for a passer rating of 101.7. And let me point out that several of his passes Sunday were dropped.All told for Tebow’s short career: 48.9 completion percentage, six touchdown passes, three interceptions and an 84.2 passer rating.Those numbers aren’t exactly impressive, but is it a disaster like Hoge would make it out to be? Far from it. It seems to me like Tebow’s had a relatively positive entrance to the NFL when compared to other quarterbacks. And considering Tebow’s famous work ethic, I feel confident he can build off of it.And don’t give the argument about his mechanics. Brett Favre’s were miserable. For 20 years, he held the ball near his stomach and threw off his backfoot. He may be the league’s all-time leader in interceptions, but they still kept him in the starting lineup for a reason.So should Tebow be the starter right now? Sure. I honestly don’t know how well Denver’s coaching staff would say Brady Quinn has performed lately in practice, but Tebow’s played well enough as a young quarterback to warrant a starting nod for now.Ian McCueSorry Elliot, but Tim Tebow is possibly the last man in the NFL I would want to start for my team. While I don’t agree with Merril Hoge on much, I do share his not so favorable opinions of Tebow.Call me callous, but I don’t buy the idea that heart and hard work can be used to build an NFL career. When down by three touchdowns, I can’t see a halftime speech about heart and a strong work ethic going over so well in a locker room full of large, angry men. His whole “good guy” mantra may have worked at Florida, but his career at quarterback should have ended in the SEC. The guy was made to be a college quarterback – elusive and the type of player every Gators fan loved – but nothing more.Tebow simply doesn’t have the physical tools or skills to be a professional quarterback competing against the likes of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. It’s not like the guy hasn’t had a chance to prove himself – he played in nine games last year, and his stats weren’t exactly mind-blowing. The so-called quarterback completed just 50 percent of his passes and threw five touchdowns and three interceptions, so it’s not like he wowed the Broncos with his rocket-powered arm (that’s a joke – Tebow actually has a very weak arm).The most overrated player in the league doesn’t rack up yards on the ground, either. Admittedly, his six rushing touchdowns in 2010 are impressive, but Tebow averaged just 5.3 yards per carry. He’s a run-first quarterback, and the only problem is that run-first quarterbacks rarely, if ever, work in the NFL. His speed on the ground carried him in college, but the speed and agility of defensive players at the professional level will keep Tebow from picking up big gains on the ground.The guy gets more attention then any other player in the NFL who hasn’t done anything of note, and I don’t understand why. While I realize his appeal, he in no way deserves the amount of hype and attention he gets when he has (mostly) been a backup.Tebow has enough trouble taking a snap from under center and throwing the football correctly – he’s in no way ready to be a starting NFL quarterback. Kyle Orton is not exactly an All-Pro signal-caller either, but he has proven himself much more than Tebow and deserves the starting spot.Part of me believes the Broncos know they aren’t going anywhere this season and are making the change at quarterback solely to fill seats at Mile High Stadium. Why else would John Fox put Tebow under center?
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Earlier this week, Johnson told the Los Angeles Times that he asked owner Jeanie Buss to take the $500,000 fine out of his salary because “it’s under my watch. … I don’t want her spending $500,000 because she didn’t do anything. That’s on me.”The Lakers’ interest in George is believed to be mutual, after it was reported by The Vertical in June that Mintz informed the Pacers his client intended to opt out of his contract following next season and pursue a deal with the Lakers. That led the Pacer to field offers for the four-time All-Star, eventually sending him to the Thunder for guard Victor Oladipo and 2016 lottery pick Domantas Sabonis.“Even though the Pacers were put in a tough position,” Simon said, “we feel extremely fortunate to end up with two exceptional players in Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Their youth and talent, when coupled with our returning players and other players acquired over the summer, offer tremendous promise for our franchise and our fans.” Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon said he is not considering legal action after the NBA fined the Lakers $500,000 for tampering with former Pacers star Paul George, who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this summer.“We agree with the NBA’s findings and we want to put this issue behind us,” Simon said in a statement released by the Pacers on Wednesday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLongtime NBA columnist Peter Vecsey reported earlier in the week that the Pacers owner was considering filing suit against the NBA and the Lakers, which Simon emphatically denied.The Lakers were hit with the largest fine for tampering in league history after an independent investigation determined General Manager Rob Pelinka spoke with George’s agent, Aaron Mintz, and gave “a prohibited expression of interest in the player while he was under contract.” The investigation was the result of allegations made by the Pacers.The league had previously warned Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson about tampering with George following an April appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” when Johnson said if he saw George, who grew up in Palmdale, in the offseason he would “be wink winking like … you know what that means, right?”
Creepie-Crawlies Camp is one of the programs in theÂ ‘Trip In Town’ series for 1st-6th grades.Â Â Camp willÂ meet at the WRC, 10:30 am, this Friday, June 28. Â Pick ups at the pool, 3:30 pm. Session 2 of Aqua Fitness and Land Fitness classes runs Monday-Thursdays, July 1-25. No class July 4th. Home Swim Meet against El Dorado on Tuesday, July 2nd. Pool will close at 4:00 pm. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Night Sky & Tye Dye takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, July 2 and 3 at the Elsass Art Center. Class is for ages 6 and up. Session 3 of Goju-Ryu Karate takes place Tuesdays and Saturdays at the WRC, from July 2-29. Water Babies Aquatics on Monday-Thursdays, July 1-11 from 12:00-12:30 pm for 3-5 year olds. Class is full. The Red, White & Blue Tournament, (ASA Sanctioned Softball); for girls 10U/12U/14U/16U/18U, takes place this Friday-Sunday, June 28-30 at Worden Park. Call Tanner at the WRC, 326-3323 for more information about registering teams. There will be a Cheerleading Camp; for K-8th grades from 10 am-noon, Tuesday & Thursday, June 25 and 27 at the WHS Wrestling room. There will be a sign posted on the entrance west door. Paint Your Art Out; for adults, has a couple of openings left. The class is this Thursday, June 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the McKinley Bldg. At quick glance at next week, July 1-7Session 3 Swimming Lessons and Preschool Aquatics, six Levels offered from July 1-11. No class Thursday, July 4. Make up class on Friday, July 5. Make a pair of earrings and a anklet or bracelet in the Beaded Jewelry classÂ for 14 yr- adult, from 12-1 pm on Tuesday, June 25 at Elsass Art Center. There is a 2nd class that has been added toÂ Under The Sea Stepping Stone. The class,Â for ages 6 and up, takes place Wednesday, June 26 from 2:00-3:15 pm at the Elsass Art Center Rock & Roll Kids 2nd Session takes place at the WRC from July 6-27, on Saturdays. Session 2 of Creative Kids Camp runs Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8-22 at the Elsass Art Center. Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” There are three easy ways to register for summer programs;Â online @Â wellingtonrec.com, walk-in at the WRC, 202 S. Jefferson or call-in, 620-326-3323.Come and cool off at theÂ Aquatic Center! The poolÂ is open everydayÂ from 1-7 pm. Season Pool Passes may be purchased at the WRC. Gift Certificates may be used as credit toward for any WRC Concession, pool admissions and programsÂ may also be purchased at the Rec Center.RecRap; This Week, June 24-30Youth Basketball CampÂ for K-5th grades run from 9-10 am, Monday-Thursday, June 24-27 at the WMS Gym. Clay KidsÂ for 3-5 year olds, takes place on Tuesdays, June 25 & July 2 at Elsass Art Center.