Jay Hartis a biased and dishonest journalist. I posted my critique of his recent article titled "No let up in senseless attacks of Tim Tebow
"One reported moment of a frustrated quarterback is enough for some to assassinate the character of a man who has proven time and time again to be as standup a human being as there is in a world where more and more sitting down is encouraged and celebrated."
Great job being an unbiased reporter. I can totally tell that you are not a Tebow fan at all.
If you couldn't tell, that was sarcasm. But clearly, you are very familiar with that: "He's not a prototypical quarterback, doesn't have the strongest arm or the best accuracy, and for that he's been castigated for the egregious act of trying. What a jerk!"
Once again, fantastic job reviewing the news in a completely open-minded and impartial fashion.
This article isn't sports journalism, it belongs in cheesy opinions column in some trashy magazine. This article is almost as well-informed and professional as the sports section of People magazine. And I say almost because at least they do some grammatical proof-reading: " 'That wasn't the talk at all,' he told the Daily News. '[Coach Ryan] knows that. And everybody on this team knows that I would never not to do something if I was asked. …'."
You condescendingly remark upon the Broncos decision to replace Tim Tebow with Peyton Manning. Hindsight may be 20/20, but I think that we can both agree that the Denver Broncos are significantly better this year than they were last year, and Peyton Manning is a massive part of that. And I intentionally say a massive part of that to emphasize that Manning is not entirely responsible for the Broncos remarkable season. The Broncos undeniably have a very talented defense that has been imperative to the team's success. Correlation does not equal causation, and thus while Tebow did play for a team with an 8-5 record, we cannot conclude that Tebow was responsible for that 8-5 record. There is no statistical basis for this claim. What we can statistically conclude, is that Peyton Manning is better for the team than was Tebow, because very obviously, 12-3 is better than 8-5.
It is furthermore completely unfair to proclaim Tebow the best player on the Florida national championship teams. Obviously he was the most prominent player on the 2008 championship team, but until their NFL careers are complete, we cannot declare Tebow the most talented player on that team when notable players such as Joe Haden, Major Wright, Janoris Jenkins, Brandon Spikes, Carlos Dunlap, Maurkice Pouncey, Aaron Hernandez and Percy Harvin also played for that 2008 championship team. And Tebow was not the starting quarterback for the 2006 championship team, so probably not the best player on that team either.
Finally, while your point is valid that no hard evidence exists to condemn Tebow in this particular situation, I believe you will agree that it is naive to think that the reports of Tebow are entirely fabricated. Doubtless that the story as we heard it is not 100% accurate, but some genuine event occurred that inspired personnel or teammates to leak the story anonymously. And who can blame the culprit for remaining anonymous when unbiased and impartial "journalists" like you want so desperately to record Tebow as a flawless hero invincible to wrong-doing.
It wasn't a news article; it was an opinion column. Open up a newspaper. Those are a part of journalism; nobody ever said that journalists can't have opinions. Obviously, opinion columns shouldn't masquerade as news pieces -- but you can usually tell which is which by the byline, if not the tone of the lede paragraph. This is like complaining that your macaroni doesn't taste enough like a steak -- it's not supposed to; it's not a steak.
You mean Jay Harris.