Tim Tebow May Own Christian America, but the New York Giants Still Own New York

Lou RomContributor IApril 12, 2012

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MARCH 26:  Quarterback Tim Tebow addresses the media as he is introduced as a New York Jet at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on March 26, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey. Tebow, traded from the Denver Broncos last week, will be the team's backup quarterback according to Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, started 11 games in 2011 for Denver and finished with a 7-4 record as a starter. He led the Broncos to a playoff overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round before eventually losing to the New England Patriots in the next round.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow may own the Twittosphere, and he may be the darling of Christian America, but the Super Bowl champion New York Giants still own the Big Apple.

Tebow, the first backup quarterback to hold an introductory press conference upon his trade to the New York Jets, is a hot commodity, no doubt.

Hell, his signing spurred a lawsuit between Reebok and Nike in barely 48 hours over which NFL licensee had the rights to sell his Gang Green jersey, according to the Wall Street Journal.

But despite Madison Avenue's "images is everything" mantra and the media's insatiable appetite for all things Tebow, New York remains a sports town built on substance over style.

Like Tebow—Park Avenue, Time Square and Broadway may grab headlines—but New Yorkers, the most knowledgeable sports fans in America, well, we like our news cover to cover.

And it doesn't take a rocket scientist or a Tony La Russa to know that the Giants remain the best team in New York, with the best quarterback, the best defense and the best offense.

That about covers it, right?

So, while Tebow may be the flavor of the month, when it comes down to it, New Yorkers still fall back on the three food groups—dirty water hot dogs, salt bagels and pizza you fold before you eat it.

Yes, we like food and sports heroes that get the job done, not diet cola that leaves you with that empty feeling afterwards.

There's only one star quarterback in New York and everyone knows it's Eli Manning.
There's only one star quarterback in New York and everyone knows it's Eli Manning.Al Bello/Getty Images

And all the Tebowing in the world won't change that.

With the richest sports history in America, we know real stars when we see them:

Lawrence Taylor, Frank Gifford and Y.A. Tittle.

Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth.

Dennis Potvin, Brian Trottier and Wayne Gretzky.

And, of course, Willis Reed, Dave DeBusschere and Patrick Ewing.

Tebow is but a sideshow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage.

He has heart and he has captured the heart of many New Yorkers, but again, we know real stars when we see them:

Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Osi Umenyiora.

So, we'll give Tebow to Madison Avenue, where he'll fit in nicely. He can even ring the opening bell on Wall Street. Hell, surely someone will throw the guy a few orchestra seats to Jesus Christ Super Star.

But on Sunday I'll leave the praying up to Jets and Tebow fans alike and the playing to our Super Bowl champion New York Giants.


Jorge Posada will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Yankees home opener Friday.
Jorge Posada will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Yankees home opener Friday.Mike Stobe/Getty Images

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