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Broncos fans buying pro-Tim Tebow billboard

Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:04 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2011 11:57 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

On Monday night, the Broncos looked pretty, pretty bad, getting knocked around by Oakland. Bad enough, in fact, for fans to start chanting for backup quarterback and controversy magnet Tim Tebow during the fourth quarter.

It's something Kyle Orton, Tebow, the coaches and the front office know they'll have to deal with all year, but it's about to get worse -- one looney fan is going so far as to raise money to buy a billboard urging coach John Fox to ditch Orton and fire up the Tebow machine.

"We believe in Coach Fox, we’re just tired of Kyle Orton," Broncos fan Jesse Oaks told Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post, via Shutdown Corner's Doug Farrar. "We were sitting around after Fox said he didn’t hear the chants for Tebow, and we figured if he’s deaf, we hope he’s not blind."

OK, first things first: as Jones writes, Oaks and seven of his friends have been saving up their money for over a year in order to take a trip to this year's Super Bowl. I'm no math major, but tickets plus airfare plus hotel room plus drowning your sorrows in booze because the Broncos aren't playing equals a really expensive trip.

Instead, Oaks and his boys are taking all that cash and spending it on a billboard promoting the increase of Tebow's playing time.

This is -- almost categorically -- insane.

And not just because Tebow doesn't need to start right now. (He doesn't.) It's because this is a team that's been ravaged by two unbearably terrible years of draft classes (2009 and 2010), miserable trades, poor coaching and bad leadership.

This should be apparent to Broncos fans. Apparently it's not.

"We used to be a team that if we weren’t in the Super Bowl hunt, it was a losing season. It just feels like we’re a team that’s settling for mediocrity," Oaks said. "We’re not blind, we know when we see good football. We see other teams making good plays and we don’t see that from our team.

"We can sink or swim with Tim Tebow, why wait a few more years?"

The number one reason? Because in a few years Tebow might actually be a capable NFL starter. We don't know that he will, but we don't know that he won't. We just know he's not ready right now.

Additionally, rebuilding an NFL franchise isn't an overnight thing -- just ask the Lions. It's a process and in almost every case, that process involves a couple additional years of mediocrity before success to starts to come around again.

In fact, it's a bit awkward that such huge Broncos fans wouldn't recognize that in order to become a proud franchise, there's some patience involved. Not that it really matters -- Oaks his Tebow-loving brethren could purchase the naming rights for Mile High Stadium from Invesco and I'd be willing to bet that Fox won't be giving Tebow starters snaps until the Broncos are firmly eliminated from the playoffs.

To paraphrase a legendary movie: If you buy it, he still won't start.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:54 am

Broncos fans buying pro-Tim Tebow billboard

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Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:33 am

Broncos fans buying pro-Tim Tebow billboard

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 7:44 pm

Broncos fans buying pro-Tim Tebow billboard

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Since: Nov 28, 2011
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Since: Sep 10, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 6:41 pm

Broncos fans buying pro-Tim Tebow billboard

broncos kicker sure as heck doesn't want to see tebow playing.  tebow scores inside the 20 whereas orton is a sure fg attempt. 

Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:31 am

Broncos fans buying pro-Tim Tebow billboard

update on the billboards. both places that these people approached turned them down.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 16, 2011 6:00 pm

Broncos fans buying pro-Tim Tebow billboard

The billboard is a city wide effort! not just one rich guy wasting his $$$$. If you can watch the Broncos game Sunday it's gonna get real interesting for Mr. Orton if he plays like Monday, I kinda feel bad for him if we keep this up he will probably quit football forever(BOOHOO).  Mr. lotus on your comment about the "price was too high" for a "godd" QB tha rediculous when they pay them 100 mil to play a 2nd or 3rd round pick is nothin! The Broncos never set a depth chart so I dont know where evryone got 3rd string!

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: September 16, 2011 5:43 pm

Broncos fans buying pro-Tim Tebow billboard

They should just drive down Interstate 25 and throw their money out the window.  That would serve them better.  What a bunch of rich idiots.  I can think of a million things I'd rather do if I had that type of money.  Why don't they just buy a Tim Tebow jersey and call it a day.  That's good enough.  I hate seeing people with way more money than me wasting it away like this.  I'm a Bronco fan too, and you know what?  Kyle Orton passed for over 300 yards in week 1, yeah, let's pull him already.  It's ALL his fault I'm sure, had nothing to do with our defense not being able to stop the Raiders to give Orton a shot at finishing the game.  Idiots!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 5:22 pm

Broncos fans buying pro-Tim Tebow billboard

Tim Tebow = Brandon Inge

Trying to argue with his fans is pointless.  No matter how much he sucks his fans will demand he play.  The only difference is in Detroit is the manager loves Inge.  It doesn't matter if Tebow has a passer rating of 5.  His fans will saw he's got the intangibles.  He's a great threat out of the backfield.  Some sort of absolute non-sense.  Everyone just has to deal with it.

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