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Not Everyone Loves Tim Tebow

Much has been made of Tim Tebow and how publically outspoken he is about his religion,  which just last month was highlighted in a pro-life commercial that aired during the super bowl. Well, another NFL prospect had enough of Tebow’s public displays of worship at the NFL scouting combine a couple weeks back…

Story from ProFootballTalk‘s Mike Florio

As we’ve mentioned once or twice, quarterback Tim Tebow‘s habit of openly expressing his religious beliefs could potentially rub folks the wrong way, especially in a locker room of grown men who choose to keep their beliefs to themselves, who don’t share his beliefs at all, and/or who only want to hear “God bless” after they have sneezed.

We’re told that Tebow already has gotten a taste of the resistance he might face at the next level.

At the Scouting Combine, the Wonderlic exam is administered to players in groups.  The 12-minute test is preceded by some brief instructions and comments from the person administering the test.

Per a league source, after the person administering the test to Tebow’s group had finished, Tebow made a request that the players bow their heads in prayer before taking the 50-question exam.

Said one of the other players in response:  “Shut the f–k up.”  Others players in the room then laughed.

We’re not passing judgment on this one; we’re just passing along what we’ve heard.  And it illustrates the type of challenges that could be faced by the team that drafts Tebow.

That said, some teams might embrace those challenges.  The final decision will depend largely on the composition of the team, and the personalities of the coach, the G.M., and the owner.

Who is the guy that told Tebow to STFU? I am already a fan.


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12yo Florida Girl Sues Ryan Howard for HR Ball


Just a mind numbing story out of Miami from yesterday at NBCMiami.com

Little girl catches Ryan Howard’s 200th homerun ball at Landshark stadium in Miami, gets invited to the clubhouse to meet Ryan and get an autographed ball in exchange for the milestone ball. Transaction is made, parents later cry foul and file a suit against Howard for the rights to the original ball.

12-Year-Old Girl Robs Phillies Slugger of a Home Run
Phillies slugger is robbed of a home run by a 12-year-old girl

Updated 9:27 PM EDT, Tue, Oct 6, 2009

Ryan Howard is used to getting robbed of a home run, just not by a 12-year-old girl.

Jennifer Valdivia filed a lawsuit Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies slugger for the rights to his 200th home run, which made Major League history as the player to reach the milestone the fastest.

In baseball terms, she threw a 100 mph heater high and inside at Howard’s head.

Instead of having a legal battle as the MLB postseason is about to start, Howard gave up the ball. “My ball,” Jennifer told the Miami Herald. “I have it, finally.”

Yay, Jennifer Valdivia, right? Wrong!

We’d like to say this was a happy ending, but it isn’t. Howard got robbed like when an outfielder climbs the fence and pulls back one of his homers.

It was never your ball, Jen.

Howard hit the home run at land Shark Stadium against the Florida Marlins on July 16, and as is customary, wanted the ball back.

So Phillies staff invited Valdivia to the club house for a one-on-one meeting with the star, which would have been enough for any other fan. But the Howard also autographed a baseball in exchange for the historic one.

The kid accepted the deal, but after she told her parents, the family told the Phillies and Howard they wanted the ball back. We think you see where this is going.

The family then hired an attorney, who then filed a lawsuit to get the ball back, claiming it was Valdivia’s ball and that Howard took advantage of the little girl. Instead of playing baseball tug-of-war with a kid, Howard just gave the ball back.

He probably would have won that battle in court, but would have taken a beating in the media and the public for fighting a little girl and her family over a baseball. And you can bet the family attorney knew that.

Now usually, any victory over the Phillies would be cause for rejoice in South Florida, but this appears to be a bit out of line. What lesson are Valdivia’s parents teaching their child by filing legal papers to get a ball back? it looks and smells a lot like greed.

It would have been a far better life lesson to congratulate the girl for being a good sport about it and understanding that the ball probably had far more emotional significance to Howard than to her family, which probably hopes to make a pretty penny off the historic ball at some point.

Instead, Valdivia and Howard are learning the lesson that seems to permeate everything in society today – to make money off of whatever you can, even if it means stepping on another person to do it.

The lesson here kids is to try and take advantage of people in any way possible. Good on Ryan, for not resorting to a legal battle against a 12 year old and her scumbag parents.

I give it about a month until the ball ends up on Ebay…what a country.


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