There's nothing in the world as large as a professional athlete's ego. Honestly, have you ever heard anyone other than an athlete refer to himself in the third person? Maybe it's the ego that separates them from the rest of us "weekend warriors," but it sure can make them sound idiotic...which brings me to former Steeler/current ESPN "expert" Merril Hoge. On this morning's Gameday roundtable discussion on Tim Tebow, Hoge refused to take even one small step back from his trashing of the Broncos' quarterback. When former Broncos' linebacker Tom Jackson pointed out that Tebow has won four of his five starts and could have the Broncos in a first place tie by the end of the day, should the Raiders lose in Minnesota, Hoge actually said, "It's not about winning games, or winning the division. It's about winning the Super Bowl." Jackson pointed out that, at some point, Hoge had to give credit to Tebow for what he's done since taking over the starting job for a 1-4 team. Hoge wouldn't budge, pointing out that everyone was running the "Wildcat" a few years ago, asking, "Where is it now?"
Jackson followed up with, "Suppose the Broncos win the division, which is a distinct possibility, and host a playoff game?" Hoge repeated, "It's not about winning the division, or winning a playoff game. It's about winning the Super Bowl."
Winning the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal? Does Hoge think he's the only one who realizes that? Does even the most delusional Bronco fan believe that can happen this year? Of course not. So, it comes down to figuring out how to make your season as successful as it can be. Tebow is accomplishing that. He has made the Broncos relevant again, pulling them from the abyss that Josh McDaniels and Kyle Orton had steered them into. I have been a Tebow doubter from the day he was drafted, but, unlike Hoge, I'm willing to acknowledge that, regardless of his completion percentage, delivery of the football, or lack of production for three and a half quarters, there is something about Tebow that is working. He's winning football games, which is, by all accounts other than Merril Hoge's, the measuring stick in professional sports.