Ridiculous questions like the one asked about Tim Tebow on ESPN's First Take Friday really makes one wonder what being in a production meeting for the controversial debate show is actually like.
I imagine the conversation during the production meeting for Friday's show went something like this:
The producer, who has obviously never read the Twitter reviews of his show, asks: "So gang, we're going to go heavy on the Tim Tebow angle again today. Any ideas for craziness we could talk about?"
The insufferable Skip Bayless, snickering and smiling in his seat, quickly poses this question: "Well, Colin Kaepernick is a running quarterback. Tim Tebow is a running quarterback. Kaepernick got the 49ers to the Super Bowl, but could Tebow have done the same?"
Despite the ridiculousness of the question, the producer's eyes light up. "Yes! That's perfect, Skip. Tebow fans will love it, the rest will loathe it so much that they have to talk about it. Let's run it."
A few hours later, viewers of ESPN 2 get this masterpiece:
Of course, Bayless argued for several minutes that Tebow could have led the 49ers to the Super Bowl using the same read-option offense that Kaepernick has mastered this postseason.
Well, Twitter didn't exactly allow Bayless and First Take to get away with insulting its collective intelligence with such a preposterous question. The blue bird took some humorous swings back.
Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller was one of the firestorm starters. He tweeted out this very honest opinion of the Tebow question shortly after the screen grab was posted:
Others weren't as kind as Mr. Miller.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports went on the attack, stating that Tebow couldn't get the 49ers to the Super Bowl unless he was controlling them on a video game console. In all fairness, Prisco has remained one of Tebow's harshest critics.
Did I just hear this right: Somebody is asking if Tebow could have taken the 49ers to the Super Bowl? Yeah, on Playstation.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) January 25, 2013
Zach Dillard of Fox Sports South took the hilariousness one step further.
"Coming up on First Take ... How much more undefeated would the '72 Dolphins have been with TIM TEBOW at quarterback?"— Zach Dillard (@Zach_Dillard) January 26, 2013
Here are just a few more reactions:
@nick_bullock Missing the point. I think the real question is, could Tebow have led the Union at Vicksburg and Gettysburg simultaneously.— Howie Magner (@howiemag) January 25, 2013
Next on First Take: Could Tebow have used falsetto to fool Manti Te'o?— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) January 25, 2013
Tomorrow on "First Take" Liam Neeson In Taken vs. Tebow; Could Tebow have stopped him?..Why do people talk about, let alone watch that show?— Benjamin Allbright (@NFLDraftMonster) January 25, 2013
First Take is well known for its ridiculous commentary and over-the-top narrative on Tebow. It's comforting to know that, as long as Twitter exists, the controversial show will have its check-and-balances.