There's news that people talk about, and then there's news that makes people talk. Tim Tebow reportedly joining the Patriots? That's news that makes people talk. On Twitter and in SportsNation, athletes and fans were buzzing about the former Broncos and Jets quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner joining Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in New England.New England Patriots RB Leon Washington
What?! Tebow to the Patriots? Did I just see that?!So much for Belichick hating him as a player...— Tiki Barber (@TikiBarber) June 10, 2013
As for Tebow: If he had any inkling the Patriots were inviting him to minicamp, he offered no hints. His most recent tweet, as of Sunday afternoon, references other plans for later this month:
Don't discount the Patriots-Jets rivalry as a factor in this. ESPN's Damien Woody would know, since he played for both teams:
Don't think Belichick doesn't want to rub it in the Jets face w/ Tebow— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) June 10, 2013
A Patriot last season, free agent Donte Stallworth tweeted that Boston won't turn this into a wild ride like the Jets did.
For anyone who thinks there will be a circus in New England with the Tebow signing, I have a bridge in #Brooklyn for sale...— Donte' Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) June 10, 2013
Speaking of a circus, do you remember Tebow's introductory news conference with the Jets? This sports fan did:
So QB Tim Tebow is going to sign with the Patriots. I wonder if he's excited? Do you think he's excited? I bet you he's excited. #overrated— Nicholas Mayer (@NRL_MAYER23) June 10, 2013
Hollywood weighed in as Boston's own Donnie Wahlberg tweeted enthusiasm for the move.