Jets trade picks to acquire Tebow

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Jets trade picks to acquire Tebow

The New York Giants can have the Lombardi Trophy. The city's sports pages now belong to the New York Jets. Indefinitely.

The Jets acquired Tim Tebow from the Broncos on Wednesday in exchange for two draft picks, a fourth rounder and a sixth rounder, according to reports. The Jets also acquired a seventh round selection in the deal.

Rex Ryan's bunch couldn't crack the postseason in 2011, but with this move they've succeeded once again in doing what they do best -- making noise.

It's unclear how Tebow will be used in New York. He wants to play quarterback, but we'll have to wait and listen for the Jets to explain themselves.

One would have to imagine that Mark Sanchez -- he of the newly reconstructed five-year contract -- is squirming in a chair somewhere.

In terms of traditional quarterbacking skill sets, Sanchez has Tebow beat. But New York can be a fickle and intimidating place. Despite the fact that Sanchez is currently a better pocket passer, and likely a better reader of defenses, who can say how he will handle the pressure of playing with Tebow looming over his shoulder?

It's a risky move to be sure. If Sanchez struggles, the world will be calling for Tebow. If Sanchez crumbles, the Jets will be stuck with Tebow. The Jets, just a season removed from making the AFC Championship game, could find themselves relying on a quarterback with a legion of fans but a 46.5 completion percentage.

Will Tebowmania play in New York? Will Sanchez withstand the heat? Will the Patriots indirectly benefit from how it all plays out? No one can say for sure just yet. What we do know: Things just got a whole lot more interesting in the AFC East.

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

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Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.