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Tim Tebow Being Exploited Again, but Not by the Media

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 05: (L-R) In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, ESPN college football analyst and former University of Florida football coach, Urban Meyer, 'Albert' The University of Florida mascot and Denver Broncos Quarterback and former University of Florida Quarterback, Tim Tebow attend 'ESPN The Weekend' on March 05, 2011 at Disney's Hollywood Studios Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Mark Ashman/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
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Christopher SmithCorrespondent IIIAugust 31, 2011

The Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow has been on the front page of every sports news site on the web for the last few months. NFL analysts have used Tebow as their lead story, and NFL fans continue to debate his place in the league. He's become what some people are calling the new NFL media deity.

Now his fame is being exploited by another organization in the NFL, one that seemingly has no ties to him whatsoever.

The Miami Dolphins have announced a reunion of the 2009 Florida Gators during their game against the Denver Broncos on October 23rd, 2011.

Tebow, as well as former Florida center Mike Pouncey, who currently plays for the Miami Dolphins, will be around, and they plan to bring Urban Meyer to town.

Sure, it's a good idea to sell tickets, but what do the Florida Gators have to do with the Miami Dolphins? I get that the two teams are in the same state, but there's another university there that happens to be a bit closer—The University of Miami.

Apparently, according to ProFootballTalk.com, the same offer was made by the Miami Dolphins to the University of Miami, but the school turned it down.

No way, really?

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators celebrates after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats 24-51 during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C.
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The University of Miami is in Miami. The University of Florida is in Gainesville. The Dolphins blatantly disrespected the university that is in their own town by planning to host a reunion for an in-state rival.

Aside from the fact that the Dolphins may have seriously ticked off the school down the street, they are very obviously reaching really far to get ticket sales. Just as the media has used Tim Tebow to get themselves exposure, and put their own name in the headlines, the Miami Dolphins are using him to distract their fans from the fact that their team isn't good enough to come see.

Honestly, I don't really blame either of them—the Dolphins or their fans. Miami needs to make some money and move some tickets (while hopefully avoiding some blackouts), so I get their side. And Dolphins fans don't want to spend money to watch Chad Henne; I get that too.

The best we can hope for is that maybe all the Tebowmania will move to Florida for a while, and Denver Broncos fans can focus on the Denver Broncos players that are actually on the field.

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