Let's get right to the point: I did, in fact, meet Tim Tebow face-to-face last night. I'm still trying to organize my analysis of the experience. I will say this: It is an understatement to say that he had never heard of "TimTeblog.com."
Aside from that recap, I've got one more Tebow-related post before the Draft that I will publish here. Bear with me.
As for today's SN column, there is a ton of ground to cover. Start with the thesis: This week showcases the NFL at the height of its power.
*The schedule release yesterday was AN EVENT (the NFL knows what it's doing kicking off the season with Saints-Vikings).
*They will do their best to mitigate the Big Ben suspension today by wedging it between Schedule Hangover and the climax of pre-Draft insanity.
*And then there is tomorrow's Draft, unprecedented in format and likely to draw the biggest audience in the history of the event. I had already thought that Draft Day was the single-biggest day of the NFL year besides the Super Bowl -- tomorrow will reinforce that.
(Speaking of the Draft, will Tebow show? As of last night, he still wasn't sure. I can make a compelling argument both ways. I would argue that the NFL needs him there more than he needs to be there for the NFL.)
More you'll find:
*The 2010 Thunder remind me of the '86 Bulls.
*Totally surprised by the Celtics rout.
*Unsurprised by the Suns rout.
*It's a farce that the NBA plays a playoff game on Sunday then doesn't play Game 2 until Wednesday. If MLB tried that, people would freak.
*Expect nothing from Big Ten commish Jim Delany today.
*Of the three big men who declared for the NBA Draft yesterday (Gallon, Babbitt, Samuels), one will be a break-out NBA hit. My bet is on Gallon.
*I'm not a big Mike Shanahan fan, but I'm glad to see him steering clear of T.O. in DC.
*I'm not a big Jason Taylor fan, and it's fair to wonder if he signed with New York to be near the media spotlight.
*Who didn't put Dwight Howard on their Defensive Player of the Year ballot? Transparency!
*I don't doubt that Edinson Volquez took fertility drugs. I doubt he took them for -- y'know -- fertility.
*I am fully on board the Jason Heyward Bandwagon.
*After all that stalling, Reggie Bush settles. He oozes.
Complete SN column here. More later.