Tebow 6,971, Giants 2,104 -- The Way Both Teams Like It

May 24, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) during organized team activities at their training facility. Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Tim Tebow vs. Mark Sanchez got way more attention than the injury to Hakeem Nicks last week, and that should not surprise anyone.

Tim Tebow and the New York Jets 6,971. Hakeem Nicks and the New York Giants 2,104. These are the word counts generated by the major stories involving New York's two NFL teams last week, as charted by Sports Illustrated football guru Peter King.

King is virtually apoplectic over this turn of events, calling it "Tebowland" and writing in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, "This is where you lose me with the Tebow stuff."

Does this surprise anyone other than King? It shouldn't, and it certainly does not surprise me. This is the way both teams like it.

The Jets live to make headlines any way possible. They haven't beaten the Giants on the field in pretty much forever. The Jets won the Super Bowl back in 1969. The Giants have won it four times since then, including twice in the last five years, and have appeared in the Super Bowl six times since Joe Namath led the Jets past the Baltimore Colts.

So, the Jets settle for winning the battle they know they can win. That, of course, is the battle for the back pages. Tebow keeps Gang Green in the headlines. As did signing former Giant Plaxico Burress before that.

The defending Super Bowl champion Giants? They just collect rings and concentrate on winning. They know that if they do that, the headlines will come for the right things at the right time. That is, for winning. Not for being a team that makes personnel decisions based on the headlines they generate.

Maybe someday the Jets will learn what is actually important. That would probably be the biggest surprise of all.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.