Shanahan: Tebow controversy will never end

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Shanahan: Tebow controversy will never end

FOXBORO - The Broncos' current brass has faced charges of being slow to embrace Tebow-mania. On Wednesday, Denver's former capo di tutti capi said that's probably going to be the case for a long time because Tim Tebow is so unconventional. Mike Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls with the Broncos, began by saying during a conference call with New England media that Tebow's work in Denver is "kind of great."He added, "I had a chance to work out Tim a few times and got a chance to get to know him. He did the same thing at Florida that hes doing now with Denver. Hes got a way of moving the ball and finding a way to get the ball in the end zone and people are playing at a high level around him."Shanahan and I had a great Tebow-related conversation at the 2010 NFL Owner's Meetings. He had misgivings about Tebow's throwing motion and the fact the former Florida quarterback was not fundamentally sound. But he said then he respected the way he got consistentlypositiveresults. It sounds like Shanahan's feelings are still pretty much the same. "People still come up with the big question mark youre going against a team that scores some points, can he play a catch up game?" Shanahan pointed out. "But hell keep on getting better and better and I dont think the controversy will ever end."

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.