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

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.

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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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”?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. “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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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