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On Tebow, “virtual certainty” apparently has a new meaning

Jets' Tebow on the bench against the Bills in Orchard Park Reuters

Last month, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen breathlessly reported it’s a “virtual certainty” that Tim Tebow will be a Jaguar in 2013.

I don’t think that term means what he thinks it means.  (Unless he thinks it means “95 percent” certain.)

Either way, it sure sounds like a lot less than a virtual certainty that Tebow will be a member of the Jaguars in 2013.  Which means that the next time someone at ESPN feels compelled to report that anything months away from happening is a “virtual certainty,” it’s a virtual certainty that they won’t.

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37 Responses to “On Tebow, “virtual certainty” apparently has a new meaning”
  1. nfcbeastly says: Jan 10, 2013 4:55 PM

    People are really still talking about this guy? He was so 2011. Let’s move on guys, especially the 4 letter.

  2. ncp2 says: Jan 10, 2013 4:56 PM

    so, what’s the news here?

  3. thecashcartel says: Jan 10, 2013 4:56 PM

    Tebow made the worst mistake of his life choosing the Jets over the Jags. What was he thinking?

  4. opinevain says: Jan 10, 2013 4:57 PM

    ESPN needed a story, so its a “virtual certainty” that 95% of it was fabricated

  5. opinevain says: Jan 10, 2013 4:58 PM

    They want to keep Tebow as relevant as possible because they’ve lost leverage with the story and ran it into the ground.

  6. footballfanatic3431 says: Jan 10, 2013 4:59 PM

    I don’t get it. He’s surely not a great quarterback, but he’s won games in this league. However, the way analysts, reporters and media members talk about him, you’d think he was a cancerous human being who couldn’t play pee wee football. I don’t get why everyone feels the need to take Tebow shots when all he’s done is have some success in the league.

  7. 1bbfan says: Jan 10, 2013 5:00 PM

    If he would just admit to himself that he is actually a tight end he would find a job.

  8. mannynh says: Jan 10, 2013 5:02 PM

    So your calling him wrong, before anything has happened?? You can call him wrong come week 1 of next year, but until then he may still be right. Ever think that maybe they are trying to show no interest in order to get a better deal if and when it happens. Think about it, you made a story about Mort being wrong, before its played out.. Makes you look a little immature and unproffessional if you ask me…

  9. philly4lyfe says: Jan 10, 2013 5:04 PM

    inconceivable!

  10. delhommed says: Jan 10, 2013 5:05 PM

    is it too much to wish for you guys to start talking about the playoffs? we already know its a “virtual certainty” you will continue to waste space with these Tebow articles. Do we really care about field condition at FedEx field? Do we need to hear RG3 news over and over (after he lost)? No…. Because there are currently 8 teams who should have our attention heading in to the Divisional weekend. Do some real reporting. thanks.

  11. bengalsstillsuck says: Jan 10, 2013 5:07 PM

    Rugby here comes 2 time national champion Tim Tebow

  12. trollhammer20 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:07 PM

    It’s a virtual certainty that this won’t be the last Tebow article we see in the next 48 hours…

  13. trojanwarrior007 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:07 PM

    Mort…accurate information as always. smh.

  14. trodriguez89 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:08 PM

    I loved the princess bride reference

  15. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Jan 10, 2013 5:13 PM

    Haha nice movie reference

  16. edhochuli says: Jan 10, 2013 5:14 PM

    Boom. Roasted.

  17. sf49ers4 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:16 PM

    Jags don’t want to get in trouble for tampering.

  18. salutethis says: Jan 10, 2013 5:16 PM

    Boy Tebow really made the wrong choice in going to the new York jests… It probably killed his best chance at starting in the nfl anytime soon

  19. m1000be says: Jan 10, 2013 5:25 PM

    Let’s see here.

    It was 95 percent certain that….

    Andy Reid was signing the Cardinals.

    Chip Kelly was signing with the Browns.

    Tim Tebow will sign with the Jaguars.

    The list goes on and on.
    Can we all just admit that ESPN is just the sports version of Entertainment Tonight and is nothing but gossip and headlines to attract attention, even if they are not near “certain”?

  20. nfloracle says: Jan 10, 2013 5:30 PM

    Tebow should let God “lead” him to play fullback, where I think the Lord would bless him with a lot more success than playing quarterback. I think it’s time that he humble himself away from the QB position because it appears that nobody wants to hire him.

  21. melikefootball says: Jan 10, 2013 5:34 PM

    No not another Tebow story.

  22. dukemarc says: Jan 10, 2013 5:48 PM

    Rather than keep pointing out when Mort is wrong – can we just start seeing articles when he’s right? I’m guessing he’d get a lot less press that way.

  23. dalucks says: Jan 10, 2013 6:06 PM

    Considering that Tebow is under contract with the Jets, the Jaguars GM might have said it to avoid tampering charges.

  24. patssteelersorgiants says: Jan 10, 2013 6:11 PM

    The 3rd string QB on a non-playoff team. Does the phrase “who cares?” apply here?

  25. rameyag says: Jan 10, 2013 6:23 PM

    In 5 years, he’ll be the answer to some trivial question.

  26. greeneblitz says: Jan 10, 2013 6:29 PM

    “I don’t get it. He’s surely not a great quarterback, but he’s won games in this league. However, the way analysts, reporters and media members talk about him, you’d think he was a cancerous human being who couldn’t play pee wee football. I don’t get why everyone feels the need to take Tebow shots when all he’s done is have some success in the league.”

    It says more about the society that we live in when Tim Tebow is constantly attacked and belittled and a scumbag little Michael Vick is fawned over and defended.

  27. aldavisisthenfl says: Jan 10, 2013 6:49 PM

    Wasn’t it Al who called Mort a professional liar…..

  28. manilovethepftcensors says: Jan 10, 2013 6:55 PM

    I wasn’t an English major but I believe that putting the word virtual in front of the word certainty could imply that it is not 100% certain. As a writer and an attorney I would think you would understand that.

  29. dowhatifeellike says: Jan 10, 2013 7:12 PM

    How could someone call it tampering when Tebow asks to be traded, the Jets say they’re open to trading him, and the Jags express interest? That sounds like the beginning of trade talks to me.

  30. razzlejag says: Jan 10, 2013 7:16 PM

    The new GM of the Jags stated in his press conference that TT will not be coming to Jax. If he goes back on that, he will instantly lose a lot of credibility with the fans.

    1. Tebow can’t play QB in the NFL.
    2. See #1

    What’s so hard to understand?

  31. kappy32 says: Jan 10, 2013 7:42 PM

    It may have been a virtual certainty under the former regime, but not with Caldwell in charge. Caldwell is smart by not tying himself to Tebow & having his job dependent upon Tebow miraculously becoming even an average QB (with the Jags’ weapons, all they need is an average QB). I really thought there was a good chance, once Mularkey was fired, that you would see Tebow & Marc Trestman reunite in Jacksonville. However, I was wrong. If it doesn’t happen, which it looks like it won’t, the ONLY landing spot I see for Tebow is with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL, assuming Trestman isn’t picked up by another NFL team as a head coach or offensive coordinator.

  32. aintasinner says: Jan 10, 2013 8:04 PM

    ESPN? The same network that accused Loomis of the Saints of eavesdropping on other teams and then the story just disappeared? That ESPN? The whole network is a laughingstock. The only network worse than ESPN is the NFL network.

  33. cranespy says: Jan 10, 2013 8:27 PM

    I’m betting Tebow becomes a Patriot…..H Back, Tight End, Linebacker…Special Teams Warrior for the Pats as they seek to win their second consecutive Super Bowl next season!

  34. tformation says: Jan 10, 2013 10:43 PM

    Hey, Caldwell could be lying too. In fact, it’d be pretty smart of him to reinforce the conventional wisdom on Timmy. Means he can pick him up in a trade cheaper, or perhaps on waivers.

  35. cherrybop says: Jan 10, 2013 10:48 PM

    See, the thing with most fullbacks is that they’re supposed to be excellent blockers and/or decent secondary runners. I haven’t seen the blocking thing done well by Tebow during his wildcat/special teams play; and I haven’t seen enough of him run ike a RB (instead of scrambling for yards as QB) to determine if he does that well, either.

    How are his hands as far as catching the ball? That should give him a clear shot for being a TE at least if his mitts are good enough for that.

  36. coltzfan166 says: Jan 10, 2013 10:50 PM

    They have to say that or it would be tampering.

  37. qwest12 says: Jan 11, 2013 12:51 AM

    I put money on the fact he goes to Jacksonville no matter what the coach says

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