Tim Tebow, Star Of The Omaha Beef?
Yesterday, I got an e-mail from my friend R.J. Bell, founder of wagering infotainment website pregame.com. I love getting e-mails from R.J. because they always have the gambling spin on whatever the latest sports news is. You know how some people subscribe to services that send them inspirational e-mails each day? Well, that's my version of inspiration.
R.J.'s emails are like "Chicken Soup for the Degenerate Soul."
Anyway, yesterday's e-mail laid out, among other things, odds on where (or if) Tim Tebow would next be playing football. The odds were very interesting and they went like this:
- In the NFL -200
- In the Canadian Football League +400
- Will not play football again +400
- In the Arena Football League +1000
A couple observations on these odds:
1. Perhaps I jumped the gun on the title of yesterday's post where I actually attached the phrase "R.I.P." to Tebow. To be fair, I did clarify in the title and the piece that I was referring to his career as a quarterback. But the combination of several stupid teams and the gambling gods attaching a virtual 68 percent chance to Tebow staying in the league as a whole is a little harrowing.
2. When exactly would a "Will not play football again" wager pay off? Isn't that somewhat open-ended? Somewhat open-ended, hell, it's entirely open-ended, especially when you consider every little podunk league looking for a gimmick to pop a crowd on a random Thursday night in May, and the potential for Tebow to pop said crowd.
Which brings us to the latest bit of Tebow news (courtesy of ESPN.com -- ):
The Omaha Beef have a job waiting for Tim Tebow if he wants it -- and the Nebraska indoor football team will even pay him $75 a game. A day after Tebow was cut by the New York Jets, the Beef called the office of Tebow agent Jimmy Sexton to offer a standard player contract.
Beef assistant general manager Andrew Mather said Tuesday that he doesn't expect to hear back, but he thought it was worth asking.
Tebow went unclaimed on NFL waivers Tuesday.
The Beef's quarterback, James McNear, has led the team to a 5-1 start. He's completing 70 percent of his passes and has thrown for 21 touchdowns against just two interceptions.
McNear is anything but insulted by the Beef's wooing of Tebow.
"I think Tim can learn a lot from me," McNear said.
If you're looking for a calibration of "where are we now?" in the Tim Tebow saga, we are at the part where minor league indoor football quarterbacks are talking shit to him.
As Henry Hill said in Goodfellas, "This is the bad time."