SportsCenter's Tim Tebow Hour Is Proof Tebowmania Has Driven Media Insane

Ryan Phillips@@RumorsandRantsContributor IIIDecember 7, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 4: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos scrambles with the ball as Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings gives chase in the fourth quarter on December 4, 2011 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Broncos defeated the Vikings 35-32. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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ESPN's SportsCenter is currently running an hour of programming dedicated entirely to Tim Tebow. How on Earth did we arrive at this moment?

I mean, I get that Tebow is on a nice run, having led the Denver Broncos to a 6-1 record since taking over as the team's starting quarterback, but an entire hour of programming for a guy completing less than 50 percent of his passes?

That's honestly one of the most absurd things I've ever heard.

Tebowmania has clearly driven our national media insane and rendered it utterly meaningless. I realize ESPN is doing it strictly for ratings—from both the Tebow lovers and haters who are sure to tune in—but at some point, journalistic integrity should kick in and tell them that hyping a guy like Tebow at this point in his career is just wrong.

For example, where is the hour dedicated to Aaron Rodgers, who is having what might be the best single season for a quarterback in NFL history? 

Tebow Time on SportsCenter is just a shameless ploy to bring in viewers, and it cheapens SportsCenter, which used to be the authority on all things sports. 

Yes, Tebow is a hot topic right now, but dedicate a segment to breaking down what he has done, not an entire hour exalting him as some kind of football savior who has come to grace us with his presence. 

Look, I like Tim Tebow.

He seems like a great kid, and a part of me is always happy when good people succeed. That doesn't happen enough in our world, so I can appreciate the kid's appeal. That said, from a football perspective he hasn't done squat yet in the NFL. 

While Denver has gone 6-1 with him at the helm, football teams don't win based on one player. Anyone who has watched the Broncos play over the past seven weeks is keenly aware that the team's defense, led by rookie Von Miller, and its offensive line have had much more to do with its wins than Tebow.

Even Tebow would probably admit that.

On the season, Tebow has played in 10 games and has completed 75 of 158 passes (47.5 percent), for 1,054 yards, with 10 touchdowns and one interception. His 87.9 quarterback rating is mediocre at best. 

If he gets an hour of coverage dedicated to him because his team is winning, why didn't Trent Dilfer get an hour of coverage back in 2000? After all, he led his team to a Super Bowl.

The answer ,of course, is that Dilfer wasn't a good quarterback. He did just enough for his team to win games and didn't make many mistakes. 

That has been Tebow's greatest achievement. He is doing just enough to win games and not screwing up enough to lose them. For some reason that means he gets an hour's worth of coverage on the world's biggest sports television network.

It makes absolutely zero sense.