As it turns out, the Broncos’ excruciating elimination from the NFL playoffs at the hands of the Patriots may not be the last you have seen of Tim Tebow for awhile.
At least on CBS.
While it appears that Tebowmania has taken a sharp downturn following New England’s 45-10 blowout of Denver on Saturday night, CBS still thinks the iron is somewhat hot – so they’ve struck Tebow’s representatives asking if he could appear as a guest studio analyst alongside James Brown, Boomer Esiason et al. on the “Championship Sunday” edition of the “NFL Today” pregame show, scheduled to air at 2 PM ET, right before the AFC championship game, pitting the Ravens against the Patriots in a playoff rematch at Foxboro Stadium.
What better idea than to summon the No. 1 victim fresh from the scene of the crime, and let him be cross-examined right before Tom Brady and their crew set out to claim their next victims.
CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus admits the network has “had conversations with [Tebow’s] people” regarding a possible appearance on “NFL Today,” and at this time, “we haven’t heard back,” but McManus expects to receive a response by Wednesday.
It’s the least Tebow could do as a consolation prize for CBS, which had hoped to reap maximum ratings with Saturday night’s Patriots/Broncos playoff game. Instead, the 20.6 overnight rating it garnered, while still impressive for Saturday night programming in any form, was bested by the previous divisional playoff game of the day on FOX between New Orleans and San Francisco by more than a point (a 21.7 overnight rating).
It would be interesting if the start times of this year’s championship games, which alternate every year between the conferences at 3 PM and 6:30 PM ET, were established so that the NFC championship game between the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers started at 3, with the conclusion of the game going up against CBS’ pregame, which would start at 6 PM ET (truncated to a half-hour), featuring Tim Tebow in his first television appearance since his Massachusetts thrashing.
Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch tweets that it would be “unlikely” that Tebow would appear as a studio analyst on Sunday on CBS, or any other network, for that matter. “[A] source says ESPN also requested Tebow [likely for their “Sunday NFL Countdown” program] and [Tebow’s] reps declined,” reports Deitsch, who in a subsequent tweet mentioned the possibility of Tebow making an appearance “via a satellite interview with a studio show… We shall see.”
Certainly, it would probably be a dream come true for the “NFL Today” gang, should Tebow agree to appear on the show.
Just think: one week ago, they were all “Tebowing” on the set.
Now, the man who started the “Tebowing” craze can join them.
UPDATE: Tim Tebow has declined CBS’ invitation to their NFL pregame show this Sunday. Said Sean McManus: “Tim Tebow has decided not to appear, [but the network] is perfectly fine with the lineup we have.”