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Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow prays near the endzone prior to their NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Denver December 11, 2011. (RICK WILKING/REUTERS)
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow prays near the endzone prior to their NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Denver December 11, 2011. (RICK WILKING/REUTERS)

Tebow set to play David to Brady's Goliath Add to ...

So, as kickoff approaches, we are decidedly, and for at least some people happily, in the realm of hyperbole. On Saturday night, Denver’s Channel 7 late-night news led with the story of “the game of the year,” as “Tebow mania reaches another level.” Broncos beat writer, Mike Klis of the Denver Post, said on the paper’s football blog this week that Tebow is “the biggest star to rock the NFL since Joe Namath was the anti-establishment hero of the late-1960s.”

Another Post blog piece talked of the “massive media horde descending on Denver.” Some 1,300 media credentials have been issued (double the usual, and a third of that for a Super Bowl), to the likes of national American media such as the New York Times. “The team,” the Post noted, “has also received requests from multiple Canadian newspapers.”

Meanwhile, Tebow is his usual calm self. He is a man of firsts (too many to list at this moment) and acts like it: He has always been a winner.

“We know our crowd’ll be fired up,” was among the spew of clichés he amiably issued at a Wednesday presser, in which he noted the importance of taking it “one day at a time,” and to “try to improve, and get a little bit better.”

Concluding remarks, we shall leave them to the man of the hour, Timothy Richard Tebow, two from post-game last week against Chicago, where a Bears meltdown and two 50-yard-plus kicks from Denver’s ace Matt Prater extended Tebow’s miracle run to four straight.

1: “It’s not Tebow Time,” Tebow said. “It’s Broncos Time.”

2: “If you believe, unbelievable things can sometimes be possible.”

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