tim-tebow-locker-roomAll Tim Tebow does is win – NCAA Championships, Heisman Trophies, NFL Playoff Games, “guy I most want to date my daughter contests”, etc. He’s still looking for a job in the NFL though, because, even though he wins, teams don’t trust him. He takes too long to get rid of the ball and isn’t particularly accurate. In short, he’s the opposite of the NFL “prototype” quarterback. That’s a tough label to shake.

There’s a rumor this week that he may get another shot–as a third string QB for The Philadelphia Eagles and Coach Chip Kelly. Kelly worked out Tebow this week and has gone on record to say that if he can trade his current third string QB, he wants to sign Tebow. If it happens, Tebow goes from SEC Network analyst to NFL obscurity. Third string QBs are rarely even active on game day. Give Tebow credit though. He is holding onto his NFL dream, even going to MLB pitching guru, Tom House, to learn how to “spin a ball” better.

Shifting gears, those without expanded basic cable TV who waited for Netflix to watch Breaking Bad (and who will have to do the same with prequel Better Call Saul) now have a network TV series from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. CBS’s Battle Creek is about Battle Creek, Michigan’s police department and the new FBI “field office” that opens up across the hall.

Josh Duhamel plays Milt Chamberlain, the FBI field agent who has been exiled to Battle Creek from his office in Detroit. He and local police detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) partner together to solve quirky, Breaking Bad-style cases in and around Battle Creek. The key connective narrative surrounding the first three episodes has been the slow reveal of Chamberlain’s back story, and how it is that he finds himself sent to a remote outpost.

So far (mild spoilers ahead) we’ve learned that Chamberlain is a by-the-book nice guy who won the heart affections of his FBI commander’s wife when he jumped in front of the commander and took a few bullets to save his life. The commander’s marriage crumbled, not because of an affair, but because his wife couldn’t get over her infatuation with her husband’s savior. Is it possible that Chamberlain was shipped out because people couldn’t deal with him being a hero? There’s more exposition to come – we don’t yet know why Chamberlain needs to paint on a smile every morning to make it through a day.

Tebow and Chamberlain are both squeaky clean nice guys that, for various reasons, people just can’t trust. Their reputations as heroes precede them, and neither has had a discernible fall from grace. The exiled hero has a potentially fascinating story, be it Tebow, whose arc we suspect might have another chapter, or Chamberlain, who we sense will have to descend further before he comes back up (if he was ever really there in the first place). There seems to be something about the first becoming last that just feels right to those of us who know we’re dying.


P.S. How about the hero who has been exiled the entire game but comes back to save his team, his coach, and his crippled father, all in the same scene?! You can’t make this stuff up: