FOXBORO -- Tim Tebow's completion percentage is 48.5 percent so far this season. That puts him squarely at 32nd in the NFL. If, as Bill Belichick so often says, a quarterback's accuracy is the most important attribute he can have in the passing game, Tebow would have to be downgraded as a thrower, right? Wrong. On Wednesday, the Patriots head coach stemmed a question about Tebow's inconsistent aim by breaking in with, "I don't agree with any of that. I think his passing is good. He was good in college, a very productive passer in college and he throws it well in this league. Throws it good short, throws it intermediate, throws it deep. He's got some very good throws, as good as anybody you want to put in there."Yeah. No. Not as good as anyone you want to put in there unless Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees were just on a plane that went down in the Andes. But there are elements thatat least mitigate Tebow's inaccuracy. One is his ability to run with the football. He's got 517 yards on 94 carries (5.5 average), so that at least somewhat offsets the facthe doesn't make gobs of yards on passing alone. The other element?He is third -- THIRD -- in the NFL infourth-quarter passing. Check this: Tebow is 96-for-198 overall, throwing for 1,290 yards and (a very impressive) 11 touchdowns and two picks. In the fourth quarter, he is 49 for 80 for 732 yards, six touchdowns and one pick. He is completing passes at 61.3 percent in the fourth quarter. His 55-for-118completion percentage (46 percent) for 558 yards (4.72 yards per attempt) in the first three quarters would get him hooked every time if he wasn't so damn effective late. Which has been the story of the NFL. Asked if Tebow can throw as well in the pocket as he does on the move, Belichick said, "He can hit 'em in the pocket, he can hit 'em out of the pocket, there's plenty of examples of both."
Rajon Rondo, out with a fractured right thumb, will not play for the Chicago Bulls against the Celtics tonight in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series at TD Garden, according to multiple reports.
The series is tied at 2.
Rondo out for Game 5, questionable at best, for Game 6.— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) April 26, 2017
Rondo said he can't do much with the thumb still. "It's still broke."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) April 26, 2017
Rondo, the Bulls point guard who played the first two game of the series, was reportedly going to try and test the thumb tonight but told reporters Wednesday morning he couldn’t play.
Game 6 is Friday in Chicago. Game 7, if necessary, is Sunday in Boston. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg called Rondo's return a "longshot."
X-rays show Rondo still has break in the right thumb with significant swelling, according to @chicagobulls Fred Hoiberg.— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) April 26, 2017
Hoiberg said Rondo "has a significant amount of swelling and soreness." Hoiberg reiterates its "longshot" that he returns.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) April 26, 2017
More to come.
A piece that ran on POLITICO Wednesday morning explored an interesting possibility: A potential political career for longtime baseball executive Theo Epstein.
The piece, titled “Could Theo Epstein Perform a Miracle for the Democrats?” comes a month after Fortune magazine ranked the Cubs president of baseball operations No. 1 on its annual ranking of the world’s greatest leaders. In the POLITICO article, Ben Strauss, in addition to noting the 43-year-old’s accomplishments with the Red Sox and Cubs, hits on several instances in which Epstein’s leadership has been mentioned in relation to politics.
Strauss then goes on to interview CNN senior political commentator (and Cubs fan) David Axelrod about whether Epstein could be a saving grace with “Democrats on the lookout for a new generation of talent.”
The interview sees both POLITICO and Axelrod compare Epstein to Barack Obama. Says Axelrod:
They both have two kinds of intelligence: emotional intelligence and a more linear intelligence. They both have the self-confidence to surround themselves with very smart people. Theo’s had a core group around him (general manager Jed Hoyer and head of amateur scouting Jason McLeod) since the beginning in Boston. It’s striking how much he relishes smart people around him and has the confidence to be challenged...Obama had it, too. I would add that Epstein has learned on the job. In Boston he was a pioneer [in using statistical analysis]...He’s told me that he used to be dismissive of the touchy-feely stuff [in evaluating baseball players], but now his scouts write five-page essays about the guys they’re going to draft. In the same way, Obama would tell you he was a better president at the end of eight years than at the beginning. He was smart enough to learn on the job, too.
Asked whether Epstein could win a statewide race for governor or Senate in Illinois, Axelrod replied, “Yeah, he could,” but questions whether Epstein has “the desire to hold public office.”
“I think Theo would be frustrated in public office because of the situation he’s in now,” Axelrod said. “He basically has free rein to do what he needs to do for the success of the organization. That is not the case in politics—you’re seeing that with the governor in Illinois (Bruce Rauner) right now. You have to deal with legislatures and all kinds of public stakeholders. And if you’re used to making things happen, I’m not sure the Senate would be a particularly satisfying job for you. When I talked to him on my podcast...about what he might want to do next...he allowed that he might want to own a team sometime and use that team or use that platform to try to impact on a community. He clearly cares about the larger world and wants to make an impact...But there are many, many reasons I think Cubs fans can relax and enjoy the benefits of his leadership for many years to come.”