1 » As those that follow Florida Gators basketball are well aware, senior forward Erik Murphy’s perfect shooting performance on Wednesday came very close to not even being a possibility due to a number of incidents that happened over his first three years of college. Murphy had considered transferring on two different occasions (with a push coming from his father), obviously deciding to stay both times, and faced third-degree felony burglary charges after allegedly breaking into a car in April 2011. A feature on Murphy by CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman notes that two of those incidents happened one after another with both being major reasons why the player is better than he has ever been. “It made me grow up overall in my life,” Murphy said. “I realized I wasn’t really that focused on anything.”
2 » The NBA 2012-13 season began two weeks ago (more on that at the end of the month), and a pair of former Gators have most certainly been turning heads with their respective performances. Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is averaging 16.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.4 steals in 39.8 minutes per game (all career-highs) and has registered 17 or more points in five of eight games with four double-doubles. His best performance came Wednesday night when he sunk two late baskets to lead Chicago over Phoenix 112-106 in overtime. In a similar fashion, Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons is averaging career-highs in points (12.4), boards (6.4) and dimes (3.6) in a career-most 38.3 minutes per game. He also registered a career-high 25 points on 5-of-10 shooting from three against Miami on Monday and hit the last basket in a 100-96 win over New Orleans on Wednesday.
3 » It only took nine games for the cowardly New York Jets’ anonymous player sources to rip quarterback Tim Tebow with them doing so Wednesday in a story for the New York Daily News. In the story, “more than a dozen Jets players and members of the organization painted a sobering picture” of Tebow with one defender coming out and saying “he’s terrible.” Left guard Matt Slauson, months ago, went so far as to refuse to name him a quarterback, calling him “an athlete” while a member of the organization said recently that “it would take extremely poor play … like a five-interception game … something where it was just ridiculous” for Tebow to even get a legitimate shot behind center. Another player said “nobody” on the team wanted Tebow to be the starter with yet another laughing that the question was even asked. All anonymously, of course.
Read three more BITS (two on Tebow)…after the break!
4 » What is actually terrible with Tebow’s new team is the Jets themselves. The entire organization continues to be run like a circus. Those who are NFL fans certainly remember a similar story coming out last year about starter Mark Sanchez; this is what goes on behind closed doors with this New York franchise. The coaching staff traded for him with the intent of playing him but shows a clear lack of knowledge of how to use him, even if he is not the starter. Tebow should be behind center for every short-yardage play, especially in the red zone. He should be allowed to throw the ball at least one-third of the plays he is in the game in order to keep defenses honest. Perhaps most of all, Tebow – someone who barely gets on the field for the Jets – should not be blamed for the failings of a 3-6 team being led by another quarterback.
5 » New York coach Rex Ryan, as he always does, tried to spin the Daily News story into something that he believes can help the team grow closer because it forced him to address the issue head-on. “If you’re going to make a negative comment, that’s fine,” Ryan said during a press conference on Wednesday. “We never say that it always has to be a bed of roses. But again, put your name to it. I think people will respect you a lot more.” Ryan continued to say that anonymously ripping a teammate is “a cowardly thing” that he addressed to the team. Reports have Ryan asking the entire locker room who thought Tebow was “terrible;” no one raised their hand or stood up. ESPN analysts have called Tebow “a victim” who has done nothing but come to work each day and work hard. Sanchez himself defended him, too, saying he has been in his shoes and knows what it feels like to be criticized. Then Tebow spoke to the media.
“This is something I can’t control,” he said. “I can control my attitude, my effort and my work ethic. Those are things that will never change based on what anybody says. I’ve had criticism somewhat my whole life playing football. You got to do your best at handling it. On one side, you try to make it motivate you. But at the same time, it always has somewhat of an effect on you. You’re human. It’s not always fun having people saying negative things about you, but you try to be stronger form it. It always ahs made me stronger in the past and it will continue to make me stronger. … It’s a little disappointing, but you try to go about your business and improve and get better and not let this affect you negatively at all. If anything, just make you work a little bit harder. … I don’t need to stop and wonder why. That doesn’t help me. That doesn’t help you do anything…just makes you think about it more. It can be a little frustrating or saddening, but at the same time, you’re always motivated to go out there and keep winning.”
6 » Florida cheerleader Tarin Moses shot a game day diary for Varsity.com. If you have ever wondered what it is like to be a cheerleader, or around cheerleaders, for a game, check out her video below: