Did someone that people either love or hate finally sign with a team yesterday? Yes. The Stack is here this Tuesday to talk Tim Tebow and more so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, May 11:
Tim Tebow signs with New England
Just when it seemed like quarterback Tim Tebow would never find a job in the NFL this year, news was sent round the world that the New England Patriots signed the former Broncos and Jets quarterback...to play quarterback. Tebow is expected to join the team for their mandatory minicamp today. Tebow's signing comes in light of a report by Yahoo's Michael Silver that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick hated Tebow which Belichick refuted last week. Whether this is a way to stick it to the media or if Belichick truly believes Tebow can be a difference maker for the Patriots, Tebow gets another chance to prove the naysayers and the doubters wrong. This could very well be his last chance.
The Patriots made the most sense from the start. If any team can utilize Tebow the correct way, it's New England. If any one coach can figure out a way to resurrect Tebow's career, it's Belichick. If any team can control the media circus that Tebow unintentionally brings, it's New England. Have to wonder how New England will use Tebow. Of course, they'll bring him in as a backup. Tom Brady isn't coming off the field. But Tebow can be used in the backfield, taking a direct snap and then throwing downfield to guys like Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Maybe Tebow will play some tight end. Perhaps the Patriots are nervous about the Gronk's health and want to use a man of Tebow's skillset. Again, this is Tebow's last chance. He reunites with former head coach Josh McDaniels who is now New England's offensive coordinator. McDaniels knows him very well. He can get a lot out of Tebow. This is going to be really fascinating to watch. Later in a future post, I'll go more in depth on the ridiculousness of how many people hate Tebow and why it's a tad off base.
Chad Johnson gets jail time
Chad Johnson thought he had avoided jail time...until a pat on his lawyer's butt sent laughter throughout the courtroom and angered the judge so much that she took the plea deal off the table (Johnson had received a plea deal for violating his probation of domestic assault on his former wife) and sent Johnson to the Broward County jail for 30 days. Was what Johnson did appropriate given the circumstance? Probably not. The judge had simply asked if he was satisfied with the work his lawyer did. Like football players have done for years when a teammate does something good, he lightly patted his lawyer on the back side. No harm, no foul until laughter rang through the courtroom and the judge wanted to put her stamp on this. She's wrong. The judge definitely over-reacted in this case. Hopefully she comes to her senses and releases Johnson today, saying she was trying to prove a point. 30 days for what Johnson did is a tad ridiculous. Again, Johnson probably shouldn't have done what he did, but he wasn't demonstrative with his actions and wasn't trying to show up the judge. A definite mountain out of a molehill.
NBA coaching news
Another playoff head coach will not be returning to his team. This time, it's Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins. The team decided not to do a deal with Hollins, one of the most stupid moves this franchise could make. Hollins worked wonders with the Grizzlies. Why Grizzlies management was so cold on Hollins is a mystery. But Hollins is now free to hit the open market and it won't be long until he has a new job and it should be as a head coach.
In other coaching news, the Detroit Pistons have hired former Portland Trailblazers and current Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks as their new head coach. Cheeks was a good coach in Portland and his time around the Thunder with Kevin Durant certainly helps Cheeks for the challenges he'll face in Detroit. Good hire by the Pistons.
Oh yeah, the NBA Finals are tonight. Game 3 in San Antonio at 9 PM ET on ABC. San Antonio and Miami are deadlocked in a 1-1 series. The Spurs didn't look good in game two and Miami looks poised to take control of the series. Wonder if that's the same feeling we'll have tomorrow.
Coming up Wednesday: NBA Finals reaction plus other top sports headlines