When news broke that the New York Jets had traded for former Broncos starting quarterback Tim Tebow to come be Mark Sanchez' backup, there were certainly New York Jets fans, and some New York sports fans in general, who were genuinely excited about the move.
It would seem Tebow has some work to do with the greater New York sports fan population, however.
Per the Associated Press, the third-year NFL veteran was booed while attending Yankee Stadium on Sunday night when he was shown on the main video screen—this, despite wearing a Yankees cap which I'm sure he's had for a long, long time....
As I wrote back when the trade went down, as much as the Jets want to be able to separate their plans for Tebow on the field and how he polarizes fans (and teammates) off of it, they signed on for a lot more than a "Wildcat quarterback" who can just come on for "20 snaps a game."
What they got was the single most polarizing figure in the NFL smack dab in the middle of the biggest media market in the country, where his every move will be blown up, scrutinized and regurgitated over and over again. And yes, I'm participating in it at this very moment and I feel comfortable acknowledging I have no soul.
I know the push-back on this is "It's Rex Ryan. He can deal with it." To which my response is: Santonio Holmes nearly blew this team up toward the end of the 2011 season with his immature nonsense. Reaction to Tebow will make the Santonio stuff look like child's play.
This is just the beginning. The booing tonight was somewhat tame by New York standards. When Tebow comes running off the field at MetLife Stadium after a particularly bad series or, heaven forbid, a turnover, MetLife will sound like the Roman Coliseum baying for blood.