On Jermichael Finley’s comments that Tim Tebow coverage is “disturbing”

In this week’s edition of ‘My Ego Hurts’ news, Packers tight end Jermichael Finley expressed that he is ‘disturbed’ by the media coverage being given to Tim Tebow.

jermichael-finley-comments-on-tim-tebowActually, Finley’s quoted words in comparing his own quarterback to Tebow were as follows…

‘I sit at home, start watching TV and all I’m seeing is Tebow. We have a guy here that’s breaking records every week and you have a guy in Tebow that’s saying ‘God’ every word and he gets coverage. Of course I love my faith and God. but come on man’

Finley then goes on to predict that the bloom will eventually fall off the Tebow rose, and the day will come when Tebow is no longer the most popular player in the National Football League.

So the nice 19-game winning streak the Pack has right now is taking a bit of a back seat to the Tebow/Tom Brady showdown in Denver this Sunday, and it seems like Finley doesn’t like it.

But, to use a Tebow-ism, the Packers’ undefeated season falling to the backburner temporarily should actually be seen as a bit of a blessing.

I checked ESPN tonight, and Green Bay is still getting plenty of coverage. Of course there is a Tebow category in the bottom line scroll, but also a Packers scroll as well.

Here on Midwest Sports Fans, there is as much insightful Green Bay Packers coverage as anywhere on the Internet, from a variety of writers.

Should the Packers win a second consecutive NFL title, the team will be talked about for generations to come.

Unfortunately, the Broncos played in Green Bay this year before Tebow supplanted Kyle Orton as Denver’s starting QB (who the Packers get a second helping of Sunday in Kansas City). But had Denver started Tebow at Lambeau v. Rodgers, it would had been like showing up for the start of Wisconsin deer hunting season with a squirt-gun. And Tebow himself would humbly tell you that.

Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in pro football right now, and the Packers the best team.

But, like it or not, Tebow has become one of the most popular figures the NFL has seen in quite some time.

As me and other writers at MSF have noted in recent weeks, Tebow has become the rare sports story that transcends sports. You could be in the camp of not having a single care in the world about the NFL, or sports in general, and you would likely have at least some level of interest in Tebow at this point. Personally, I know if my mother was here right now she would have asked me by now “Who’s Tebow?” and ultimately end up cheering for him.

tebowjockeyLet me recount a quick Tebow story that helps to explain why such a big deal is made of him on and off the field.

Tebow did a signing at a Jockey Outlet store, which he’s a pitchman for. Realizing near the end of his session that there were still far more people lined up outside than he was going to have time – he gets up, goes outside, and personally greets each and every fan who showed up that he wasn’t going to be able to get to sign for.

Where did the autograph session take place?? Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

I’m not calling out Jermichael Finley as a spoiled, rotten apple. Currently he’s doing a promotion with the local Blood Center in Wisconsin and is also involved in numerous other charity events.

But all Finley had to do was notice the buzz in Lambeau Field well after Mike McCarthy called off the dogs in the Packers 46-16 rout of Oakland, as fans started following Tebow’s latest heroics against the Chicago Bears. In the midst of the blowout, fans in Green Bay actually became as interested in the Broncos and Tebow as the team they pay handsomely to see.

But it still makes sense, Tebow or not, as the two favorite teams in Wisconsin remain the Packers and whoever happens to be playing the Bears.

Which storyline would you rather have right now? What Tebow has meant the past two months, or the Bears bumbling around and making brain-dead decisions in crunch time that might lead a cynic to wonder just how many customers Sam Hurd had on that team.

So you can choose between the Tebow Story or the developing Hurd story, which will explode thousand-fold when the names of some of his alleged NFL clients manage to leak out. As much as they will try to redact those names, assuming they exist, the hound-dog media will still find a way to reveal them before the official charges cam out.

And then there is the disgusting Jerry Sandusky scandal and Bernie Fine – not to mention Nk-Ding-Dong Suh and enough other knuckleheads in sports and the world in general. That’s why the Tebow story comes along like the proverbial ‘Breath of Fresh Air’.

It should be recalled that once upon a time the Green Bay Packers had become pretty much an irrelevant franchise until a certain QB named Favre arrived, along with a star defensive end named Reggie White who happened to be devoutly religious. Like Tebow, White gained respect and a following amongst opponents as well as teammates. Reggie was Tebow before there was Tebow.

For one final testimony on the Tim Tebow phenomenon, imagine if he is selected to play in the Pro Bowl – which just for marketing purposes the NFL will make sure happens. I’ll bet there will be infinitely more interest in the Pro Bowl than any time in recent memory.

Or just maybe, the Denver Broncos continue to defy the odds and somehow win the AFC Championship – and end up playing the Packers with Tebow and the record-setting Aaron Rodgers facing each other.

That would not be “disturbing” at all.

About Kurt Allen

Have written/blogged about sports since 2000, along with starting my popular Twitter feed in 2009. I also closely follow fantasy sports developments, along with events such as the NFL Draft.


  1. I agree with Finley. It's a joke. I for the life of me can't imagine that God much cares about who gets a touchdown or who wins a football game. Tebow is right-wing Christian show. I'm not impressed.

    • Most people that doubt Tebow, aren’t believers of the Christian faith and usually live negative lives. You are one of them…….but there is hope for all of you.

    • Bruce why such disdain for Cristians, after all Cristians built this country. The fact that this kid took a real bad team and won 7 out of 8 games in the NFL is amazing, the fact that in the last seven minutes of the fouth quarter he has the highest QB rating in the league should also be noticed. For you this seem to be about religion and politics, I’m sorry that because of your closed liberal mind you are unable to see just how great this story is. Maybe your just angry because you can’t understand the God thing. Your comment is as ridiculous as it gets.

      • The founding fathers of this country were deists, not Christians.

        • that is not true, most were christians. they however recognized the need for religious freedom, so they based the founding of our country on judeo-christian values while not deeming this a christian nation. Nice try with the deists angle tho, the founding fathers were of various denominations. So that makes them deists? They still were believers in the judeo-christian God.

      • Too bad gr can’t even spell “Christian”. I think that alone makes his argument invalid.

  2. Finley, shut your pie hole – the Packers D sucks as soon as you play a good team you will lose by 20+ !!

    • Yeah, because we all know the Saints, Giants, Falcons, Lions, Bears (w/Cutler playing) aren't *good* teams even though they all have winning records and at least 3 of those teams, other than the Packers, will be in the NFC playoffs. btw, if Tebow can't score more than 17 pts. against the Pats, who have the *worst* D in football, then Elway needs to trade him. Tebow has been more lucky than good this year. Seriously ppl, get a grip.

    • The Packers are the Super Bowl winners and have gone undefeated for 19 games. You'd think just maybe in 19 games they might have played a "good" team….right? That 19 game winning streak was also through the playoffs to the Super Bowl last year – were those teams not "good" either?

  3. Kurt, that’s weak. We all understand Tebow sells right now, and why. But I’ve actually heard other analysts making this exact same point and no one claimed their egos were involved. The man is right. No need for cheap shots.

  4. I suppose you have to find something to write about each week, but twisting Finley's comments the way you have Mr. Allen is sort of embarrassing. I guess Reading Comprehension is not your strong suit. All Finley was doing was complimenting his own quarterback, and you have to make it an Ego/Team thing? Smarten-up, wise guy.

  5. sanity check says:

    Tim who?

  6. TruthSayer says:

    The Tim Tebow thing is ridiculous on both sides of the issue.

  7. I almost forgot what the article was about with all the coverage of how awesome Tim Tebow is and the defense of why the media should be covering him.. The media man crush is sickening. But the minute he does something wrong you guys will be the first one tearing him down so in the end it won’t matter. What happened to objective journalism? Oh yeah that doesn’t actually exist any more. PS – Just because someone doesn’t agree with something doesn’t mean they are jealous. Especially when they are in the better position. It doesn’t make sense. The writer is just trying to justify himself by putting others down. Passive agressive behavior 101.

  8. Oneofmillion says:

    It is a breath of fresh air to hear of an athlete faith than court date or divorce a man of faith has more than just his teamates in his side so I say to finely if you dont have any thing good to say my mom taught us don't say nothing at all

  9. Jermichael Finley (and the rest of the Green Bay Packers):
    Waaaahhh!!! So what if YOUR quarterback is breaking records every week! Aaron Rodgers is, and will always be, a FUGLY and arrogant jerk…maybe that's why no one cares or comments about him breaking Favre's records! (It couldn't POSSIBLY be his stupid, self-absorbed end zone celebration that turns people off…) Win or lose, Tim Tebow is and will always be a class act. So leave God out of it and stop whining about someone else getting all the attention. Instead, find some BandAids for your precious ego(s) and go help Aaron Rodgers find the class and humility that he's desperately lacking. Go Broncos!!!….and GO TEBOW!

    • You are one class act, Shande. Aaron Rodgers shows class and humility every step of the way. He's a leader, the best quarterback in football, and a good man. You are a whiner – just read your post. Are you even a little embarrassed?

  10. Pure envy–even from a guy on a 13-0 team? Really pathetic, though expected. Tebow has 7 wins. ESPN's "experts" (rarely correct on anything) didn't think he'd win 7 games his entire career.

    Go play football, Jermichael — whoever the heck you are.

    • Nicholas S. Gerlach says:

      I actually think he has some good points. There is no reason that Tim Tebow should be getting more coverage than Aaron Rogers right now. I wonder what kind of coverage he would be getting if he were a member of a non-christian religion such as Judaism or Islam. He has experience some pretty good luck in this little run. Tyler Palko had the same results against the Bears defense as Tebow as far as scoring.

  11. Twitter tale of the tape, Jermichael 100,000 followers, Aaron Rodgers (who does not tweet in-season) 425,000, Tebow fast approaching 700,000…

  12. How are the Broncos going to win the AFC, when they have the worst record of all the divisions? Just curious…

  13. I’m a huge Packers fan. You would be surprised of all the Bears fans here in WI. Anyways, about Jermichael Finley now. I was very displeased with his performance. He reminds me of T.O. ALL TALK! NO ACTION! I know I’m a little more critical than some sports fans, but I been telling my buddy all year about this guy and our sh*t defense! Somebody put itching powder in Newhouse’s jock strap! It might make him move faster! I’m disgusted about our Chiefs loss.

    @Shande Your a moron. All your making is assumptions based off what little you know of Aaron Rodgers. People hate Rodgers TD dance? That’s why people do it in the state farm and Ford commercials! How did your boy Tebow do against the Pats?

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