1 » Senior Bowl Practice Day 1:
By all accounts, former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow did not have a great day practicing in Mobile, AL. Most of the criticism surrounding Tebow Monday centered on his fumbling of multiple snaps from under center. However, he did put together some good throws and showed nice arm strength. Wide receiver Riley Cooper proved to be one of the best in his position and showed a nice combination of size and quickness.
“I feel like it was good. Kind of back to the basics,” Tebow said after practice. “Gotta get the timing down, gotta get the snaps down, everything, so it’s like you’re back in junior high.” He also explained some of his early struggles. “I think it has to do with getting used to a new [center]. They are rotating in three quarterbacks, rotating in three centers, so that’s something you have to get used to and it takes a little time.”
Five more BITS including Tebow’s Super Bowl ad, a TMZ piece, Cooper’s agent, Harvin’s Pro Bowl, Parsons’ Facebook friends and Tebow on ESPN…after the jump!
2 » As OGGOA reported last week, CBS has been expecting some backlash about their decision to air the Focus on the Family advertisement featuring Tebow and his mother Pam. Numerous women’s groups including the Women’s Media Center, National Organization for Women and Feminist Majority (among others) are hoping to convince the network to shelve the ad on Super Bowl Sunday. “An ad that uses sports to divide rather than to unite has no place in the biggest national sports event of the year,” said Jemhu Greene of the WMC. During a press conference Sunday, Tebow spoke about his convictions. “I know some people won’t agree with [the ad], but I think they can at least respect that I stand up for what I believe,” he said.
3 » For an athlete shrouded by almost zero controversy, Tebow is strangely covered extensively by TMZ and its new sports division. So much so, in fact, that they bothered to make a entire post out of a shirt-less picture of him from the first day of Senior Bowl practices. OGGOA‘s female readers can rejoice.
4 » Speaking of Cooper, he has hired Joel Segal of BEST as his agent. Segal represents other former Gators including WR Percy Harvin, linebacker Channing Crowder, running back Ciatrick Fason and tight end Ben Troupe. Other NFL stars on his client roster include RB Chris Johnson, QB Michael Vick, WR Santonio Holmes and WR Marques Colston as well as a host of other big-name receivers. To that end, Cooper has quit baseball and returned his $250,000 signing bonus to MLB‘s Texas Rangers.
5 » Harvin, the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year, was selected as the NFC’s return man for the 2010 Pro Bowl. However, Harvin has decided to forego his chance to play in Miami, FL, next week; Chicago Bears WR Johnny Knox will replace him.
6 » Junior forward Chandler Parsons‘ two game-winning, buzzer-beating three-pointers may prove to be the difference between a NCAA Tournament appearance for Florida or a third straight trip to the NIT. “It definitely feels good,” Parsons said Monday. “Just to make those shots and get the win for my team is really important to me. The recognition, the fans and stuff, that’s great. But the win to me is bigger.” Even so, Parsons is staying humble, though his Facebook friend count may indicate otherwise. “It was out of control,” he said. “It’s just crazy. If that ball rolls out, everyone might be calling you a choke and de-friending you on Facebook. You can’t really take it to heart.”
Extra Bit » ESPN‘s Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic discuss Tebow’s future in the NFL.