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Tebow is America’s most popular pro athlete, according to 45 people

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He was one of the most popular college football players of all time.  Now, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has scaled the popularity mountain for pro athletes.

Or maybe it’s a mole hill.

In an ESPN survey of 1,502 Americans age 12 or older, three percent identified Tebow as their favorite professional athlete.  Tebow finished in front of Kobe Bryant (2 percent), Aaron Rodgers (1.9 percent), Peyton Manning (1.8 percent), and Tom Brady (1.5 percent).

So let’s put this in perspective.  ESPN polled 1,502 people.  Of those, three percent – i.e., 45 people — said Tim Tebow is their favorite pro athlete.  And because 45 people in America picked Tim Tebow, Tim Tebow is suddenly now the most popular pro athlete in America?

Then there’s the fact that ESPN apparently did no narrowing of the options, allowing the folks polled to mention anyone that came to mind.  In theory, there’s a chance that the folks responding to the poll answered the question with “none”.

There’s also a chance that 45 or more people answered the question that way.

And so, absent some sort of a runoff vote based on the top five or the top 10 or the top 20 finishers, the truth is that 97 percent of the persons polled, and thus “97 percent of America” have not embraced Tebow as their favorite pro athlete.

Of course, that would provide ESPN with a far less compelling headline.  One that definitely wouldn’t have landed on the front page of the Drudge Report.

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96 Responses to “Tebow is America’s most popular pro athlete, according to 45 people”
  1. wutthecrapman says: Jan 12, 2012 8:32 AM

    Shocking….

  2. waltdawg says: Jan 12, 2012 8:32 AM

    All 45 reside in FL and CO…However I like the kid too

  3. 15gb2 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:34 AM

    Finally Americans got something right

  4. roastbeefsandwich says: Jan 12, 2012 8:35 AM

    Sounds like PFT designed the poll…

  5. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jan 12, 2012 8:37 AM

    The 45 people were all employees of ESPN.

  6. wryly1 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:38 AM

    It would be more interesting and informative to know what percentage of people have had it up to their eyeballs with the Tebow hype. I’d wager it’s at least 10X as many who find him their favorite.

  7. chuckyd317 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:39 AM

    Was this poll held in Denver by chance???? 1500 people is a very small sample size, why would anyone even release a survey of America’s favorite Athlete with a .00000001% sample size???

  8. lolb23 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:40 AM

    He’s popular enough that ya’ll keep writing about him everyday.

  9. hendawg21 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:40 AM

    I knew when I saw that it had flaws what did ESPN do wait until he had the lead and pull the poll…I guess most of those may have been from his church!!!

  10. cakemixa says: Jan 12, 2012 8:41 AM

    Someone tell Skip Bayless.

  11. tebowedout says: Jan 12, 2012 8:41 AM

    The survey was conducted by espn. That should tell you all you need to know. They should just change the name to tspn.

  12. virusgvr says: Jan 12, 2012 8:42 AM

    You know this just shows how political these monster sites like Espn have become they will sway the numbers however they want to pump out the info that THEY deem what is good enough to share. Whatever happened to honest reporting? I for one do not get my news from the “mother ship” place is a joke that only try’s to cram NBA down your throat any chance it can, because….that’s whats popular! My a$$!!!

  13. godofwine330 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:42 AM

    Thisis why I have only turned to BSPN when there was a game on for the past two years. Too much on the BS (self explanatory) and much less of the SN (Sports Network). It is actually more like E! Sports Edition.

  14. wwwmattcom says: Jan 12, 2012 8:42 AM

    This is America. Popular votes are usually casted by an electoral college. In this case these people represented what was cool and trendy. As a Bills fan i always like Peyton as my favorite non Buffalo Bill but i would never cast a vote for him because i am insane and love my Bills. I would vote for Fred Jackson. Not Timmy.

  15. chuckyd317 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:43 AM

    ESPN has reached an all-time low…

  16. pleazenufalready says: Jan 12, 2012 8:43 AM

    How dare you criticize the Mouse! I wouldn’t be surprised if they were somehow able to delete this story from your website.

  17. sj39 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:43 AM

    Why does trying to comment on this web site have to be so painfull?

  18. vegaskid21 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:43 AM

    OK.. I am a Tebow fan (huge fan) and even I’m getting tired of 24/7 Tebow coverage. Give it a rest for a day will ya ESPN.

  19. damnws6 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:43 AM

    Make that 46! I forgot to vote.

  20. slatetundra07 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:44 AM

    Who’s this Tebow you speak of?!

  21. jlb10 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:46 AM

    more hype and propaganda from bspn

  22. 1captain1 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:47 AM

    What’s the big deal?

    Less than half the popular has won a US Presidency.

  23. duanethomas says: Jan 12, 2012 8:48 AM

    When ESPN gets some competition in the future and it will happen, we are going to be ashamed of ourselves to realize they were a joke. They invent stories lines, nicknames (Matty Ice) now the Tebowmania, who the jury is still out on.

  24. srbumblebeeman says: Jan 12, 2012 8:49 AM

    I receive ESPN text alerts about the NFL and they texted me about this yesterday. It was just as useless as the time this summer when they sent out a text that Joey Harrington was hit by a car.

  25. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:49 AM

    People who hate Tebow are like people who hate babies. He’s done nothing but good for people. They’re viscerally anti-religious haters.

  26. r8danation says: Jan 12, 2012 8:50 AM

    Now Take A National Poll! Congregration Votes Dont Count!

  27. stanmark says: Jan 12, 2012 8:52 AM

    WHAT??? thats not the PFT poll said! The PFT poll said that…..

    oh wait they didnt do one.

  28. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 12, 2012 8:53 AM

    “So let’s put this in perspective. ESPN polled 1,502 people. Of those, three percent – i.e., 45 people — said Tim Tebow is their favorite pro athlete. And because 45 people in America picked Tim Tebow, Tim Tebow is suddenly now the most popular pro athlete in America?”

    Polling 1,500 people makes it scientifically significant and more people chose him than any other person. So yeh, it’s legit.

  29. test2402 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:53 AM

    No. Tim Tebow is absolutely the most loved and more importantly, most dominant athlete in this country. Tim Tebow dominates. Physically, mentally and emotionally dominates. You all know it.

  30. east96st says: Jan 12, 2012 8:54 AM

    Interesting. Yet when a few pro football players were polled, I believe the exact number was 111, and they declared that they would “least like to play” for Tom Coughlin, that was reported as if it was completely valid. Seem to be very selective in which polls are “representative” and which are not.

  31. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 12, 2012 8:58 AM

    All 45 people think the earth is ~6000 years old.

  32. abengalfan says: Jan 12, 2012 8:58 AM

    At one time ESPN did allow facts to guide a story.
    Back around 1984 I think it was. Really since the mid 90’s when have facts dictated how ESPN reports something?

  33. nunpuncher says: Jan 12, 2012 8:58 AM

    No Michael Vick? That survey is racist.

  34. hendawg21 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:59 AM

    wryly1 says:
    Jan 12, 2012 8:38 AM
    It would be more interesting and informative to know what percentage of people have had it up to their eyeballs with the Tebow hype. I’d wager it’s at least 10X as many who find him their favorite.

    I concur 100% x10 enough already I can’t watch ESPN if I see his name or another story coming about him I hit mute or change the channel…

  35. motorcitydiddy says: Jan 12, 2012 9:00 AM

    45, that’s more than the number of people that run the country & make decisions for all of us so whats the beef?

  36. themediaisdumberthandirt says: Jan 12, 2012 9:00 AM

    Opinions of 12 year olds is almost as meaningless as an ESPN poll

  37. mtheparrothead says: Jan 12, 2012 9:02 AM

    @test2402,

    Really dude. Just admit you use your tebow poster for “fun time”

  38. jenniferxxx says: Jan 12, 2012 9:02 AM

    It’s just like the Republican primaries. The Jesus freaks all flock to the polls.

  39. frankvzappa says: Jan 12, 2012 9:03 AM

    “Facts don’t do what I want them to,
    facts just twist the truth around,
    facts are living turned inside out…”

    -D. B.

  40. 8man says: Jan 12, 2012 9:06 AM

    He is fun to watch. And I think he’ll have some success against the “flexible” defense of my Patriots.

    Yes, the Patriots pulled away in the earlier game against the Broncos, but Denver turned the ball over three times. If the Broncos can hold onto the rock, this will be a tight one.

  41. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 12, 2012 9:06 AM

    46 if you include me.

  42. raiders757 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:06 AM

    I can’t stand the Broncos, but better it be Tebow and not that scumbag Mike Vick.

  43. blueglaze says: Jan 12, 2012 9:08 AM

    Ya and I’m sure they do it that way every year… All of a sudden there is a flaw because Tim is at top… Spare me sports “columnist” with no time. Someone received no attention as a child…

  44. rdrs68 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:11 AM

    and here in the mile high city he is the one many of us are sick and tired or hearing about ALL the freaking time. It ain’t Tebow time-it’s time to GIVE IT A REST!!!!!!!!!!

  45. bigfranky75 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:13 AM

    I’m all for mocking the analysis, but i honestly dont think that you really could argue with the results…. whether we like it or not, Tebow is THE news story right now…. I’m not saying he is deserving, but he is the one on Good Morning America every morning, and the national news every night…. at this moment, he is the biggest star in Sports… whether he’s forced down our throughts or not, it is what it is…

    Lets put it this way, if my wife saw Tom Brady in the supermarket, she wouldn’t know it… but if she saw Tim Tebow, I would immediately be getting a call from her cell phone exclaiming: “You’ll never guess who I just saw in the supermarket!” thats just a fact.

  46. r8danation says: Jan 12, 2012 9:15 AM

    I Didn’t Know PFT Had 45 Employees.

  47. gingerkid2000 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:17 AM

    And McDonald’s is America’s most popular restaurant. What’s your point?

  48. grogansheroes says: Jan 12, 2012 9:19 AM

    Wow, NBC on ESPN crime!

  49. cshearing says: Jan 12, 2012 9:20 AM

    ESPN may need a statistician.

  50. latopia says: Jan 12, 2012 9:26 AM

    “Tim Tebow is my favorite hemorrhoid” – John Elway

  51. Tim says: Jan 12, 2012 9:27 AM

    This might also explain how/why Rick Santorum has been “surging” in recent polls.

  52. marty2019 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:28 AM

    So 97% of Americans think Tim Tebow is not their favorite pro athlete. That pretty much settles it.

  53. marty2019 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:29 AM

    Maybe they should do a survey, “Name the pro athlete you are most tired of.” I’d bet Tim Tebow would lead that poll, too.

  54. kidpresentable says: Jan 12, 2012 9:30 AM

    “People who hate Tebow are like people who hate babies. He’s done nothing but good for people. They’re viscerally anti-religious haters”

    No, people who hate Tebow hate that he gets Favre- like coverage without the Favre-like talent (and we hated the Favre coverage too).

    Now if you want to bring religion into it, I think Tebow comes off as a bit phony at times. For example, after throwing the game winning TD pass last week, he stopped celebrating to do his Tebowing move. It’s not a “praise the Lord” thing, it’s his move – his championship belt, his high-stepping, his dirty bird, his bob and weave, his “get your popcorn” ready thing. It’s Tebow’s “hey look at me” move. It’s not about Jesus, it’s about Tebow.

    Had he run down the field to celebrate, nobody would have assumed he didn’t love God, but he forced himself to do his move. In the same way Favre used his “aw-shucks” southern boy persona to hide that he was an attention-starved diva, Tebow uses the whole Ned Flanders-routine to hide that he loves the attention too.

  55. propertyofthebroncos says: Jan 12, 2012 9:31 AM

    apparently whoever did the poll doesn’t understand how this is supposed to work. you can’t use such a small sample for the population of sports fan. anyone who thinks this proves something clearly isn’t intelligent enough to understand statistics, and they should be embarrassed.

  56. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 12, 2012 9:32 AM

    cakemixa says:
    Jan 12, 2012 8:41 AM
    Someone tell Skip Bayless.
    ——-
    Trust me, nobody annoys me more than Skip Bayless, but he has really kind of gotten a raw deal in this whole process. He has basically been saying the same thing I have been saying this whole time: Tim Tebow can be a good starting QB in this league if given the chance.

    That’s it. Not an MVP. Not a Super Bowl MVP. Not a perenial pro-bowler. Just a good, quality starting QB who, if surrounded by a solid team, can be successful. I still don’t know why someone (like me) who said that at the beginning of the year had rocks thrown at them by so many people. I even heard things like “Are you kidding?!? Kyle Orton definitely gives them the best chance to win!”. Lol. That still cracks me up to this day. People were actually defending Kyle Orton (aka the most ordinary, average QB in the history of the world) because they hated Tebow so much.

  57. raysfan1 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:33 AM

    Someone should teach them about statistical significance and confidence intervals. 1500 is not a bad sample size, but I’d be willing to be the accuracy of the poll is +/- 2 or 3%–in other words, with the winner garnering 3%, the poll is likely a statistical tie between everyone named.

  58. jklm888 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:35 AM

    admitted data nerd here with slight OCD tendencies and thus the need to correct this statement…..

    a sample size of n=1,500 is plenty to be “legit”. the issue is how ESPN describes Tebow as “America’s” favorite athlete. instead, they should describe the “universe” as “among ESPN website users, Tebow is the favorite athlete.”

    that being said, the margin of error is +/- 3%, so with such small percentages, they really should have toned down the headline. of course, we all know ESPN isn’t exactly interested in presenting a balanced picture here.

  59. irongershwin says: Jan 12, 2012 9:39 AM

    He’s a positive role model, a ridiculous athlete, and has the truest form of the competitive spirit. If he marches into New England and pulls off another upset, I will start going to church again and praying.

  60. zoellner25 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:41 AM

    We all know the four letter network is in bed with Tebow. It’s sick. It’s overblown. It’s so freeking annoying I can’t stand to listen or watch it. they are the worst news reporting organization out there.

  61. nortonfest says: Jan 12, 2012 9:42 AM

    east96st says:

    Interesting. Yet when a few pro football players were polled, I believe the exact number was 111, and they declared that they would “least like to play” for Tom Coughlin, that was reported as if it was completely valid. Seem to be very selective in which polls are “representative” and which are not.
    ————–

    This poll would be more representative, because there are less than 2,000 players in the NFL, which is a 5% sample size. Much larger sampling than 1502 random people in America.

  62. mashoaf says: Jan 12, 2012 9:44 AM

    Too bad NASCAR fans do not know how use a computer well. Because there are quite a few driver fan bases are a bit larger than 45 people.

  63. skepticalcommentreader says: Jan 12, 2012 9:51 AM

    thereisalwaysnextyear says:

    “So let’s put this in perspective. ESPN polled 1,502 people. Of those, three percent – i.e., 45 people — said Tim Tebow is their favorite pro athlete. And because 45 people in America picked Tim Tebow, Tim Tebow is suddenly now the most popular pro athlete in America?”

    Polling 1,500 people makes it scientifically significant and more people chose him than any other person. So yeh, it’s legit.

    —-
    Legitimate surveys using samples also cite their margin of error and there is always a margin of error.

    Without knowing their exact methodology, which is suspiciously absent, we can use the standard margin of error. Using a confidence interval of 95%, which is the norm for surveys like this, the margin of error for a sample size of 1502 is plus or minus 2.5 percent. When the result (3%) is close to the margin of error (2.5%), the results are statistically insignificant, which is a fancy way of saying the poll isn’t saying anything at all.

  64. acebandito says: Jan 12, 2012 9:52 AM

    6AM Production Meeting
    “So who’s got a Tebow story for me today? Just putting the kids name on a headline get us page views out the wazoo. ”

    “We already did the no-illegal formation that was a non-story.”

    “What about Hoge? Barkley? Stephen A Smith? Somebody had to have childishly ripped Tebow yesterday.”

    “What about that ESPN poll?”

    (long silence) “Rosie…you brilliant S.O.B.!!!”

  65. eddddddd says: Jan 12, 2012 9:53 AM

    This is as legit as pro-bowl votes.

  66. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 12, 2012 10:03 AM

    I don’t understand all the hate? Sure, he’s overexposed but that’s the media’s doing. I don’t see Tebow looking for attention. He keeps his religious comments to a minimum.

    I hate the Broncos, but I love watching Tebow play football.

  67. kidpresentable says: Jan 12, 2012 10:05 AM

    “Polling 1,500 people makes it scientifically significant and more people chose him than any other person. So yeh, it’s legit.”

    It would be legit if it was a poll of random sports fans. This was either done as a poll of people who chose to click on one of their website polls or at most, a poll of people who are in ESPN’s database. Had this poll been done like how it’s done with Rasmussen or Gallup where they randomly call people, ask them if they’re sports fans, and if yes, ask them who their favorite athlete is, then the poll results would be more statistically accurate.

    Likewise, if you asked people who their least favorite athlete is, I bet a poll of 1,500 would show more than 45 votes for Tebow.

  68. denverwally says: Jan 12, 2012 10:21 AM

    There is nothing scientific about a self selected group in a poll.
    And remember – over 95% did not pick Tebow.

  69. savagenation2011 says: Jan 12, 2012 10:23 AM

    dpresentable says: Jan 12, 2012 9:30 AM

    “People who hate Tebow are like people who hate babies. He’s done nothing but good for people. They’re viscerally anti-religious haters”

    No, people who hate Tebow hate that he gets Favre- like coverage without the Favre-like talent (and we hated the Favre coverage too).

    Now if you want to bring religion into it, I think Tebow comes off as a bit phony at times. For example, after throwing the game winning TD pass last week, he stopped celebrating to do his Tebowing move. It’s not a “praise the Lord” thing, it’s his move – his championship belt, his high-stepping, his dirty bird, his bob and weave, his “get your popcorn” ready thing. It’s Tebow’s “hey look at me” move. It’s not about Jesus, it’s about Tebow.

    Had he run down the field to celebrate, nobody would have assumed he didn’t love God, but he forced himself to do his move. In the same way Favre used his “aw-shucks” southern boy persona to hide that he was an attention-starved diva, Tebow uses the whole Ned Flanders-routine to hide that he loves the attention too.

    —————

    You are clueless and no doubt, an atheist

    Tebow has been constant and is the LEAST phony
    person anywhere. You meet him and he’s the same humble kid.

    He never asks for attention. You pathetic haters follow him around

  70. thinwhiteduke76 says: Jan 12, 2012 10:26 AM

    It’s a sad day in Sports when Tebow gets more credit than real quarterbacks such as Brady, Brees, and Rodgers that put up real numbers and not half assed below 50% completion rate and lucky wins.

  71. kidpresentable says: Jan 12, 2012 10:34 AM

    “Tebow has been constant and is the LEAST phony
    person anywhere. You meet him and he’s the same humble kid.”

    But by being so “in-your-face” about it, he risks pushing away the people he should be trying to reach.

    On his radio show, Aaron Rodgers was asked about showing his faith since he cites the Bible as his favorite book. Rodgers responded that when it comes to faith, he follows the saying of St. Francis of Assisi:

    “Preach the Gospel at all times. Only when necessary use words.”

  72. easyeddie says: Jan 12, 2012 10:43 AM

    savagenation2011 says: “It’s not about Jesus, it’s about Tebow.”

    Tebow lives his faith and displays more humility, integrity, hard work and selflessness, moron.

  73. tundey says: Jan 12, 2012 10:46 AM

    Look who cares? This is not a new survey so why all the hoopla about this one? Did you do the same statistical analysis on last week/month’s survey results?

  74. hendawg21 says: Jan 12, 2012 10:48 AM

    marty2019 says:
    Jan 12, 2012 9:29 AM
    Maybe they should do a survey, “Name the pro athlete you are most tired of.” I’d bet Tim Tebow would lead that poll, too.

    How true, maybe we should ask “F” guy down in Mississippi to talk come back just to get the “T” guy out of the news for awhile…

    If the Donko’s lose this weekend guess we’ll back to the usual flavor of the day either Ray Ray or Tom Terrific and of course the “A “man doing his Discount Double check touchdown jiggy…

  75. haywoodjablomee says: Jan 12, 2012 10:49 AM

    Can’t get enough of Tebow. Keep it coming.

  76. pj29 says: Jan 12, 2012 10:54 AM

    If he doesn’t like the attention… Why play football?
    ESPN WTF? Please please enough already!
    If all you care about is ratings then content and rating will fall in the long run… Respect as well…
    All you god lovers out there, why do you watch football so much?
    Aren’t most the games on Sunday?
    Do I believe? Maybe… Not sure … No one can prove there is a God and no one can really prove there isn’t… To think you can is as crazy!
    But hope alway helps… Just stop putting in my face do much!
    I want to watch the NFL… Not some dude praying!

  77. bronco1st says: Jan 12, 2012 11:08 AM

    Who cares? He got mores votes than Kobe Bryant (2 percent), Aaron Rodgers (1.9 percent), Peyton Manning (1.8 percent), and Tom Brady (1.5 percent)!

  78. bronco1st says: Jan 12, 2012 11:10 AM

    Where’s the story here? ESPN has been conducting the poll for years using the same methods and this is the first time anybody (PFT) complains about it? Because Tebow won it? Seems Kobe Bryant (2 percent), Aaron Rodgers (1.9 percent), Peyton Manning (1.8 percent), and Tom Brady (1.5 percent), got even LESS votes, explain that!

  79. bronco1st says: Jan 12, 2012 11:13 AM

    Wow, I just got censored for adding the name of the story’s author to my post above (can’t mention the name again or I’ll get censored again but it begins with F and ends in O). LOL!

  80. therillest says: Jan 12, 2012 11:16 AM

    Make it 46! I like the kid!!

  81. kidpresentable says: Jan 12, 2012 11:20 AM

    On a side note, I like how people are sticking up for Tebow because he’s churchy then turn around and call Tebow critics like myself pathetic, clueless, moronic, baby-hating atheists.

    Now that may all be true, – well, except the baby-hating. Wait, what baby are we talking about? Some of them cry all the time and there’s the ones that always have a snotty nose – I can do without those. I like my kids, does that count? Alright, the jury is out on baby-hating. Anyway, I can think of better ways for you to be Christ-like.

  82. shallowfan says: Jan 12, 2012 11:27 AM

    Every poll is flawed in some way…even pft polls, but according to this particular poll tebow got more votes than other big time qb’s. that does give some sort of indication of his popularity…flawed or not.

    How about those tv ratings of that pit denver game? Can’t argue with that…

  83. dangonavyboy says: Jan 12, 2012 11:30 AM

    brady i beg you please just beat the hell out of tebogus and the broncos and get it over with..im sooo sick of all this..i was soo happy when denver was on a 3 game losing streak cause tebogus was barely on espn..then of course someone..SOMEONE..(the steelers)….had to let him back in the house…and now he is the guest who will not leave..holy baby jesus..make it stop..you know who should be really really pissed…CAM NEWTON..he had a crazy good year for a rookie..record year..and do/did we hear anything at all bout him at all this year..hell no..didnt hear nothing bout him…throwing for 300+ yards game after game..running for tds..but wait..we gotta hear about a guy who completes 5 out of 19 for 86 yards…for a week straight..EVERYDAY…because his kicker can make clutch kicks and his defense keeps them in the game…

  84. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 12, 2012 11:32 AM

    I’ve been waiting for a half hour while my car is serviced and ESPN has been talking about Tebow the whole time.

  85. Andre's Johnson says: Jan 12, 2012 11:40 AM

    What I want to know is how does Tiki Barber feel about this?

  86. drexelvol says: Jan 12, 2012 11:43 AM

    1502 people is statistically insignificant (grossly insignificant) and it’s not a scientific survey.

    So, out of 1502 votes, here’s what the top 5 got.

    Teblow: 45
    Bryant: 30
    Rodgers: 29
    Manning: 27
    Brady: 23

    That’s a total of 154 votes of 1502, just about 10%. So, who many damn athletes did ESPN put in this poll to have about 1348 votes outside of the top 5? If every other athlete on their poll received 20 votes (which isn’t at all feasible), there would have been about 67 more athletes on that poll. Based on that they probably had at least 100 to choose from, which is absolutely ridiculous if you’re only going to poll 1502 people.

  87. eaglesw00t says: Jan 12, 2012 11:46 AM

    If I go to Southern Texas, and poll 1500 people who their favorite president was, does that mean George W. Bush is Americas favorite president of all time?

    No. Thats why these polls are ridiculous to use as a headline. Im fine with taking a poll on it. Whatever floats your boat. But just dont use the headline “Americas Favorite”…because that just isnt true.

    A sample size of 1500 out of 300,000,000 residents is like asking my two neighbors something, and then saying it is representative of the opinion of my entire state. Its ludicrous.

  88. philtration says: Jan 12, 2012 11:49 AM

    gingerkid2000 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:17 AM

    And McDonald’s is America’s most popular restaurant. What’s your point?
    ====================================

    And American Idol is one of the most popular shows while Bud-Lite is the top selling beer.

    This is the same country that embraced Pet Rocks, Sarah Palin and Lady GaGa.
    Tim Tebow fits right in.

  89. 49erlifer says: Jan 12, 2012 12:26 PM

    Call me the devil but i cant stand Tim Tebow and cant wait to see him fail as a football player as a person he is a good guy though. He is probaly the most overrated football player in history of football thats all im saying now let the hate mail come on in.

  90. mario1357 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:28 PM

    gingerkid2000 says:

    “This is the same country that embraced Pet Rocks, Sarah Palin and Lady GaGa. Tim Tebow fits right in.”

    You forgot to add … elected Barack Obama to your list. I’m sure it was just an oversight.

  91. noquickreactionshere says: Jan 12, 2012 12:41 PM

    “Skip, why do you like Tim Tebow?”

    “Because it’s not always pretty… but he wins”

    “Why don’t you like Joe Flacco”

    “Because when he wins, it’s not pretty”

    indisputable logic there Mr. Bayless……

    Also interesting that the survay was people 12 years old and up…. I’m all for the future of America but not sure 12 year olds opinions speak the truth

  92. mayhemmatt300 says: Jan 13, 2012 12:18 AM

    Wow, even the owner of this blog is a hating anti bandwagoner. You aren’t cool because you make fun of Tebow, dork… Good job, all the other kids like you now!!

  93. antibenapalooza says: Jan 13, 2012 7:07 AM

    God+Tebow>lucifer+Rottenberger

  94. djflav303 says: Jan 13, 2012 8:56 AM

    I think it’s pretty safe to say he is. And why not? He’s everything you want out of a guy holding that title. Who else? Kobe, who had a rape scandal and is now getting a divorce. If our kids are looking up to Tebow instead of Kobe were gonna be ok.

  95. MichaelEdits says: Jan 13, 2012 11:11 AM

    I’ve given up 30 years of atheism because of Tebow. Halleluyah.

  96. steelpenguin71 says: Jan 14, 2012 9:51 AM

    What else would you expect out of espn? A great example of how the sports consuming public was very ready for another 24HR sports net. I hope NBC gets big enough to really compete.

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