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Tim Tebow’s Thursday Night Notes

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Hello, Big Blue Nation. I’ve missed you. It’s the evening of August 14th, 2014, and by now all of you have likely been watching the SEC Network for six straight hours since its launch. Coincidentally, the SEC Network’s big star, Tim Tebow, is celebrating his 27th birthday on launch day. Or is it a coincidence?

August 14th is a crowded day for sports birthdays. It wouldn’t be right not to mention Magic Johnson (1959) and Ed O’Bannon (1972) on this day. Things are going pretty good for both of these guys recently. Magic Johnson’s Dodgers had a five-game lead in the NL West entering tonight’s games — and, of course, you know that Ed O’Bannon won his case against the NCAA just last week. But it’s Tim Tebow’s birthday AND the launch day of the SEC Network, so these notes are in honor of No. 15. Tebowmania is back! And if you don’t like it, feel free to scroll down a little further for your UK notes.

Timothy Richard Tebow was born on this date in 1987 in the Philippines, where his family was serving as missionaries at the time. His football career took off at Nease High School, where he played while being educated at home. In his senior year, Tebow was a state champion, Florida’s Mr. Football, a Parade All-American and a U.S. Army All-American. You know the rest of the story — after flirting with Alabama, he ultimately chose to play for Urban Meyer at Florida. As a freshman, he made an immediate impact on the Gators’ 2006 national championship team as he shared QB duties with senior Chris Leak. A year later, Tebow was the full-time QB and went on to win the Heisman Trophy. In his junior year, he won his second national title and finished third in Heisman voting.

In Big Blue Nation, we most remember Tebow’s senior year for this:


But Tebow bounced back and ended his college career with a blowout win over Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 25th overall pick and saw limited action in his rookie season. He began his second NFL season as a backup as well. But after Denver started the season 1-4 with Kyle Orton, the Broncos turned to Tim Tebow and the mania begun. Tebow went 7-1 in his first eight starts, often rallying from fourth-quarter deficits to win. Tebow managed to knock off the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the playoffs, but fell hard the following week to the Patriots. As you know, it all went down hill from there for Tebow. He made zero starts and threw just eight passes in one season for the Jets. Then he failed to make the Patriots roster in 2013. But tonight, on his 27th birthday, he made a triumphed return as an anchor for the SEC Network.

Now, on to your UK news and notes:

— ICYMI, the SEC Network’s opening segment:

— It was another off day for the Cats in the Bahamas, but even a day on the beach wasn’t enough to keep John Calipari silent. An early walk on the beach reminded Cal of a poem …

Then he teased us by saying he just had his “best idea yet”. Another “tweak”, perhaps?

— This afternoon, we received a scare from Team USA practice. DeMarcus Cousins was helped off the court to end practice after Anthony Davis came down on his right leg. Boogie will have a precautionary MRI on his right knee and will sit out through at least the weekend, including Saturday’s scrimmage against Brazil. But Big Cuz took to Twitter to let his fans know he is okay.

— Karl Towns has big feet. And Willie Cauley-Stein is Aquaman.

— The Cats had plenty of fun today sailing, snorkeling and mingling with fans. Check out some photos from paradise in the post below this one.

— And the random, late news note of the night? Former UK football coach Guy Morriss is now on the staff at Warren Central High School.

— Tomorrow, it’s back to basketball. Be sure to tune in to KSR at 10 a.m. and watch the Cats at 1 p.m. against the Dominican Republic on the SEC Network’s first-ever live broadcast. Can Coach O’s squad give the Cats their first challenge of the trip?

Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

22 Comments for Tim Tebow’s Thursday Night Notes

  1. Captain Obvious
    11:13 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    Hey everyone, we knocked a Heisman winner out of the game. We must not suck at football anymore. Oh wait.

    • Goodness, We Have a Winner!
      4:30 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

      Your creativity and original wit is beyond belief.

    • Axe Cop
      7:06 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

      Not sure what that means as that was not implied at all in this post.

  2. memphis wildcat
    11:24 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    Comcast in Memphis dropped the ball on the SEC Network launch…a technical difficulty is keeping it from getting loaded-whatever that means. Actually that means no SEC Network for me yet. Anyone else in the same boat?

    • SyncronousOrbit
      11:44 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

      Sorry to hear that, but not surprised. The largest cable network ever to be launched is bound to lay a few eggs along the way. Gotta go now, been on hold with AOL to cancel service since 2002 and I think somebody may be answering now. Damn, just that annoying modem sound. Anyway, just dial up Comcast and complain, I hear their customer service has improved exponentially.

  3. inside info
    11:35 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    Coach Morriss’ daughter is HOT

  4. Whatever dude
    11:36 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    “Watching the SEC Network for six hours straight since it’s launch”. Sorry, we’re not that pathetic…

    • ....
      11:53 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink


  5. D
    11:48 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    Why would Guy Morris’s be at a South Central KY high school?

  6. Just Saying
    12:05 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    I hope the SEC NETWORK figures out a way to provide closed captioning like most networks do on television networks. If they don’t, that leaves most of us older people in the dark.

    • Honest
      8:22 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t worry, you’ll probably be dead from old age or so consumed with Alzheimer’s that it won’t make a difference. Enjoy!

    • KARMA
      9:47 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

      To Honest – Why would you even say that to someone?

    • Honest
      10:09 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

      Why wouldn’t I say that to someone? It’s all for the Lolz.

      Also you don’t understand the actual eastern religion concept of karma, do you?

    • Brad
      11:32 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

      Cowards tend to say bold things from the safety of their computer.

    • Honest
      12:53 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

      Would you like my information so I can say it to you directly, Brad? I dare say you’re true coward.

    • Brad
      1:55 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink


  7. Turntup
    2:39 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t act like you can read that closed captioning

    • Josephi Verbum
      7:02 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

      Big talk for someone who can’t figure out the reply button…

    • Axe Cop
      7:09 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

      Yes, because he can navigate a computer and website, type his thoughts into actual words and sentence structure, but at the same time cannot read. Makes sense (to a tardinal).

  8. haha
    9:06 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    Cal sippin on summa dat Bahamian good-good…..

  9. BamaCat
    9:17 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    I’ll always remember how Tebow cried like a baby when Alabama finally beat him in the championship game. Love that!!!

      9:45 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

      I’m a MAJOR UK FAN … but I have to say, I love Tebow, tears and all. He’s an amazing guy and I wish the best for him!