While there are varied opinions about the impact Peyton Manning will have on the Denver Broncos, how the franchise handled the pursuit of the all-world quarterback on the heels of a playoff season with a young, transcendent figure under center, and whether the Broncos should have kept Tim Tebow as well, most fans in the Mile High City and around the NFL wish the best for both players as they move forward.
Not everybody is of that opinion, however.
Televangelist Pat Robertson, never one to shy away from making controversial comments, apparently believes it would be fitting if Manning suffers a setback in his recovery from neck surgery and is unable to provide an upgrade over Tebow, the hero to all believers.
“I think the Denver Broncos treated him shabbily,” Robertson said of Tebow. “He won seven games, he brought them into the playoffs, for heaven sakes. I mean, they were a nothing team. He rallied them together with spectacular last-minute passes and, you know, when they beat Buffalo — I mean, Pittsburgh, excuse me — it was a tremendous victory.”
Of course, Buffalo trounced the Broncos last season when Tebow committed about as many turnovers as there were attendees at the Last Supper.
Robertson wasn’t done there.
“And you just ask yourself, OK, so Peyton Manning was a tremendous MVP quarterback, but he’s been injured,” he said. “If that injury comes back, Denver will find itself without a quarterback. And in my opinion, it would serve them right.”
Thanks for the input, Pat.
We can all probably assume Hurricane Katrina was a pre-emptive punitive strike against the city of New Orleans for the future bounty program, too.
■ HIGHER POWER — It probably wasn’t Robertson, but someone with knowledge beyond this earth must have talked to New Yorker Russell Francis on his deathbed last week.
Francis, described by the New York Daily News as a “rabid” Jets fan, told his wife before he died that Tebow was coming to his beloved team.
His family will now send him off with a fitting tribute, burying Francis in a new Jets No. 15 Tebow jersey.
Francis’ widow recalled the statement the 44-year-old repeated before his battle with lung cancer came to an end.
“He kept saying, ‘They’re going to get Tebow. They’re going to get Tebow,’ ” she told the Daily News. “This was a whole week before the trade.”
Francis also stated his belief the Jets would win the Super Bowl this year, so not all deathbed predictions are destined to come true.
■ COMMON BOND — Gregg “Opie” Hughes, the New York-based co-host of the popular Sirius XM morning show “The Opie & Anthony Show,” doesn’t think Tebow will have trouble fitting in with new teammate Antonio Cromartie, despite a Twitter rant by Cromartie before the trade about how the Jets didn’t need Tebow.
We will avoid reciting the exact quote so as not to botch the brilliance of the line, but Hughes feels the ultra-Christian quarterback and the cornerback famous for his many children have an obvious belief to bond over.
Neither believes in birth control.
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