Is Tebow really the guy we’ve been looking for to return us to the days of the Mile High magic? Sure, “Tebowing” is now a word ingrained into our pop culture. Yes, Tebow went from being a nice kid who played football in Florida to now a cult like figure. Heck, there is even an online website called TebowHotline.com that provides a phone call from ol’ Tim himself (actually an impersonator) to wish you a happy whatever you want!
Yet, after six truly amazing comebacks the Broncos went from unbelievable to absolutely horrendous with three disappointing loses to finish out the regular season. The Broncos once top rated defense began showing their weakness while the lackluster offense did nothing to lift the now waning Tebow. Regardless, the Tebow magic somehow got us into the playoffs for the first time in six very long years.
Each week since Tebow stepped in as the new quarterback the game facing him was a huge challenge with insurmountable odds. Well, now Tebow and all the entire Bronco organization need to do something even more daunting. They need to figure out a way to come together this week as a team after finishing the season almost worse than when they started. They face the beat-up but still bad-ass Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in Denver for the AFC wild card playoff showdown.
John Elway was heard this week at practice suggesting that Tebow can redeem himself this Sunday by trusting in himself more and by simply pulling the trigger. I could not agree more. Apparently, nor can Tebow. After this Wednesday’s practice he was quoted as saying “You’ve got to be smart, but you’ve got to be aggressive, and pull the trigger at times.”
At this point the oddsmakers obviously don’t believe Tebow can pull the trigger with the Steelers being an 8-point favorite. After all, this is Tebow’s first time to the playoffs and his revealing game play of late has not helped his case. Meanwhile, two time NFL champion Ben Roethlisberger is a seasoned vet who knows how to expose teams weaknesses and when exactly to pull the trigger. At this point, the Broncos are 120-1 underdogs in Vegas to win the coveted NFL championship title. However, don’t tell that to Tebow, who remains relentlessly upbeat as he heads into the game of his life. “It’s exciting,” he said. “What a great opportunity it is and it is a blessing. I know it will be a rocking environment Sunday and it will be a lot of fun.”
If they can pull it off it sure will be fun around this town and the Tebow phenomenon will continue. Grandmas and grandkids will be Tebowing in the streets and the talk of that good old Mile High Magic will get even louder. Here’s hoping and rooting that Tebow and the boys in Orange & Blue can make magic happen…once again. Go Broncos!
Andy is a Denver native and owner of CoffmanConsulting, LLC providing full service marketing and voiceover services at andycoffman.com