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Tebow Tops Forbes’ List Of Influential Athletes

From an quietly outraged Forbes Magazine:

Tim Tebow Tops Forbes’ 2013 List Of America’s Most Influential Athletes

By Tom Van Riper | May 6, 2013

Well, this would seem to be a first. The four most influential athletes in America really don’t play. At least not lately.

Idle NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has been back in the news, but not for any heroics: he was recently cut loose by the New York Jets after a one-year experiment as a part-time QB behind Mark Sanchez failed to yield results…

“For a backup quarterback to be talked about so much is incredible,” says Stephen Master, senior vice president of Sports for Nielsen, which conducted the surveys…

The three athletes in line behind Tebow haven’t seen much action over the past several months either: Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and Derek Jeter…

Meanwhile, from the Los Angeles Times:

Jason Collins memoir reportedly rejected by at least one publisher

By Chuck Schilken | May 6, 2013

Jason Collins may already be old news just a week after he became the first active male athlete in a pro team sport to publicly reveal he’s gay…

Collins is seeking a book deal for his planned memoirs, but at least one of the publishing houses his representative contacted has turned down the veteran NBA center.

An official from that publisher told AP that the extensive media coverage of Collins and concern that his story had already been told were among the reasons for rejecting the story that was big news just days ago.

At least two other publishers are said to have been contacted about the memoir by Collins, who made his revelation in a first-person account published by Sports Illustrated…

However, Jason Collins has tweeted that he is not seeking a book deal:

"Contrary to Sportscenter reports, I have no current plans to write any books. Sorry to disappoint my literary loving fans #"GoingToTheGym"

Whom to believe?

Meanwhile, we have this from CNS News:

First 8 Days: ‘Gay’ Jason Collins 2,381 News Stories; Gosnell Abortion-Murder Trial 115 Stories – 1,970% Difference in Coverage

By Michael W. Chapman | May 6, 2013

(CNSNews.com) – In the eight days since NBA player Jason Collins announced he was gay, the news media have covered the story in 2,381 places. But in the first eight days of the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell and his “House of Horrors” abortion business, the media covered the story in 115 places, meaning that Collins’ “gay” news received more than 1,970.4% more news coverage.

In addition, a search of the news coverage of the Gosnell trial that started 49 days ago on Mar. 18, shows there have been 1,876 stories, which is still less than the 2,381 Collins stories over the last 8 days – a 27% difference in coverage, still in Collins’ favor…

A general Nexis search of “All News” in English, for the first eight days in each case, shows the following: a search for “Jason Collins” and “gay”  (between Apr. 19 and May 6) reveals 2,381 news stories; a search for “Kermit Gosnell” and “abortion” (between Mar. 18 and Mar. 24) pulls up 115 stories…

That means that in the first eight days of coverage, there were 2,266 more news stories about Jason Collins coming out of the closet as gay than news stories about Gosnell who, specifically, is charged with killing four babies born alive during abortions by snipping their spinal cords with surgical scissors. The fifth murder charge against Gosnell concerns a woman who died from an anesthesia-overdose…

The difference in coverage between the two stories from when each broke – Collins’ announcement and the start of the Gosnell trial – and for eight days thereafter, is 1,970.43%.

What a world.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Tebow Tops Forbes’ List Of Influential Athletes”

  1. canary

    Jason Collins:

    I was like a kid with a million bucks in a candy store, but couldn’t touch or buy the sweets.
    I enjoyed the guys who spanked butts after a good play more than anything.
    What was an innocent team gesture of support to the others aroused me and mad me question if by some little chance that team mate might share my sex preference.

    It was difficult meeting eyes with some of the other players, my gaze was last to break and then I’d have to worry that it might bring suspicion. I loved a brush of hand, arm, or bootie, from a teammate and dreamed it was more….that perhaps many of my teammates might be just like me.

    I even tried to shower close to one particular player, I wish to leave unnamed. The vibes.

    I would sing the song by the little mice cartoon “Somewhere out there….”


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