Thursday, September 12, 2013
Does Magic Know Football?
After the Jacksonville Jaguars ignominious 28-2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the first week of the 2013 NFL season, Earvin "Magic" Johnson opined on the internet about Tim Tebow. Johnson, the five time NBA basketball champion, entrepreneur and now partial owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, suggestion may have been facetious, but his bon mot may have a point.
The Orlando Sentinel bemoans the mediocre product that the Jaguars have produced for years. The season opener convinced sports writer Mike Bianchi that the Jags have absolutely nothing. Magic Johnson is said to believe that sports should be fun and entertaining.
Even though Tebow has been cut by the Denver Broncos, the New York Jets and was recently cut from the New England Patriots final training roster, Tebow has a loyal national fan base and has displayed an unconventional and exiting style when he helmed the Broncos. As the Philadelphia Eagles under head coach Chip Kelly (previously at University of Oregon) showed in their season opener against the Washington Redskins, a quick paced unconventional college system can work in the NFL.
Besides, Tebow's personal popularity, especially amongst Christians who admire Tebow's honoring God and pro-life stance, might sell some Jaguar jerseys.
So will Magic's tongue-in-cheek incantation have any power in Jacksonville?