Can Tim Tebow be a reliable starting quarterback for the New York Jets? (Barry Gutierrez / Associated…)
It's one thing to bemoan professional sports for its business-only attitude and lack of loyalty and sensitivity, but Bill Plaschke's latest rant [March 21] is his most whiningly naive and childish ever. Despite Tim Tebow's magical mystery tour last year, the NFL doesn't owe him a thing. He'll get another chance if a team believes they can win with him and not because they are unrealistically fawning in love with him as Plaschke obviously is. "Former convicts and miscreants" had jobs in the NFL because they could win. Tebow will have a job if he can win, as well.
The reason you don't understand Bill, is because you're clueless — at best. Fact: Tebow has virtually no skill as a quarterback. Everyone in the NFL recognizes that. You choose to ignore it — that's your problem. You want to give Tebow a second chance? Buy an NFL team and make him your quarterback.
How do you know, as you write in your article, that a football player's skill can be born of inspiration and faith, and who cares? Religion (and the bible) are concerned about good deeds, not football games and quarterback-engineered comebacks. How ridiculous this has all become, and you foster it with your article. Tim Tebow is an NFL quarterback and football player with many years left. Let's evaluate him as such. God will evaluate him as a person at the end of his life, as it should be. Please keep your stories about sports.
Michael H. Miller
Not sure what the latest reality show — also called the New York Jets — expects to accomplish by trading for Tim Tebow. They might want to get more tension and division in the locker room, raise Rex Ryan's blood pressure or a quarterback controversy the first time Mark Sanchez throws an interception with Jet Nation calling for a change at quarterback.
Jets management must know that the all recent Super Bowl winners have had a brilliant quarterback with a big arm. Guys like Tom Brady, both Mannings, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Troy Aikman, Ben Roethlisberger, Brett Favre and Kurt Warner are prototypical NFL quarterbacks that win Super Bowls, Tim Tebow is not.
Matthew D. Kerster
The Broncos' upgrade at quarterback from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning is roughly equivalent to swapping your prom date from Roseanne Barr to Megan Fox. They are both women; but the similarities end there. Broncos receivers will be in for quite a shock when footballs arrive on time and with more velocity than a Jamie Moyer fastball. Best of luck to Tebow in his future endeavors. I hope he does not sustain any serious injuries holding a clipboard.
Mark S. Roth
If anyone thinks that Peyton Manning is a good fit playing in Denver — outdoor stadium, cold weather, poor playoff record in games with the temperature under 40 degrees, and coming off extensive neck surgery — then Tom Thumb's sneakers are a good fit for Bob Lanier's feet!
Going by the Saints' bounty system, I'm wondering what the Tampa Bay player who took out Sean Payton on the sidelines last season, breaking his leg, would have gotten.
Regarding the Saints and the bounty system, Roger Goodell should remember that the Super Bowl trophy is named after the man who said, "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing."
On the court
The Laker Nation should give thanks to the resident village idiot of the NBA, Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who single-handedly killed the Lakers' Chris Paul trade, unwittingly kept the Lakers' Big Three together for the foreseeable future, and gift-wrapped the point guard the Lakers have so desperately needed for years, Ramon Sessions, who will be a top 10 (or better) point guard in the league for the next six or seven years, or more.
Apparently Bill Plaschke [March 23] is unfamiliar with concept of comparing apples to oranges. Miami and Oklahoma City both pursued Derek Fisher because he provides championship leadership and pedigree, qualities that both teams lack. The Lakers have no such problem. On the flip side, the Lakers sorely lack team speed and quickness. The Heat and Thunder have no such problem.
Multiple-choice question for Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan: The definition of a "no-brainer" is:
(a) The Lakers' plan to execute their option on Andrew Bynum.
(b) Bynum high-fiving fans after being ejected.
If Lakers are intent on reducing their payroll, I'd bet Kobe would go across hall to Clippers to win his sixth ring.
At the beginning of the season, some analyst said that the Clippers have two years to persuade Chris Paul to stay in L.A. as a Clipper. Ominous quote from Paul before the New Orleans game: "This is becoming embarrassing."