GAINESVILLE — If you Google the name Tim Tebow, you'll find at least 1.4 million references to the Florida senior quarterback. Try "Tim Tebow girlfriend" and you'll net about 305,000. Tim Tebow and faith will get you about 64,200 references.
As defending national champion Florida prepares to begin fall practice next week, Tebow is in the spotlight more than ever. If you can imagine that.
He's on the cover of the preseason editions of Lindy's, Athlon Sports and Sporting News to name a few. Last week's Sports Illustrated featured the Jacksonville native, focusing on his prison missionary work and his life outside of football.
And then there are the Web sites and blogs exclusively devoted to the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, which seem to be growing along with Tebow's stature.
So we thought, just for fun, we'd check some of them out. Remember, none of these sites are endorsed by Tim Tebow or the University of Florida. Or us, for that matter.
THE MAIN PREMISE: Sporting News writer Dan Shanoff recently decided to launch a Web site devoted solely to Tebow based on the reasoning that Tebow's story this season is similar in interest to that of Michael Phelps as he was heading into the Olympics last summer. Shanoff decided to cover it as a beat.
THE MOTTO: Obsessive coverage of Tim Tebow.
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING: Timely and insightful commentary by Shanoff. It's not a fan blog, but a news forum that examines issues and aspects as they relate to Tebow. For example, Shanoff had an entry on Wednesday about how the Patriots' potential signing of Michael Vick might be a test case for the drafting of Tebow. It, like most other sites, also links to other news stories about Tebow.
QUIRKY ASPECT: Shanoff is serious, but he isn't oblivious to the absurdity of it all. He has posts from National Lampoon and Smoking Musket, that poke fun at Tebow's expense.
LAST WORD: "Tebow is the single-biggest sports story of the fall," Shanoff told the Times in an e-mail. "Not only is he trying to lead his team to a back-to-back national championship (for which they are favored to win), but he is the leading contender for the Heisman. The combination of team accomplishment and individual accolades — plus the general mythology that has been created around him — will put him squarely in the debate over whether he is the best college football player of all time. For me, that affirmatively qualifies the Tebow story as worthy of my focused journalistic coverage."
THE MAIN PREMISE: This site is an all-encompassing type that basically compiles all types of Tebow information and puts in one place, so you don't have to. It has categories for Tim Tebow bench press photos, his "alleged" girlfriends, etc.
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING: The site primarily leads you to other sites that do it for you. There's little editorial content except brief introductions into the stories it features from other news organizations.
QUIRKY TIME: This site has a "fun facts" section that has a running tab of all the Tim Tebow quips, many you've heard, some you might not. Like "Tim Tebow doesn't do pushups, he pushes the earth down."
SAY WHAT? The photos on the site are all taken from someone else, and the site even says that if you see a photo that is your copyrighted product and you want it removed, let them know.
THE MAIN PREMISE: The site is primarily an assortment of videos and sound bites, from ESPN to YouTube, with Tebow as the focus
MOTTO: Gators' Tim Tebow. This is all about Tim Tebow.
WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT: No editorial content. There are 34 pages of video content, including key plays from various games. Viewers can click on the video clip, which comes complete with headlines and photos.
QUIRKY TIME: The YouTube video of Tebow admitting he's saving himself for marriage has gotten 12,064 views as of Wednesday.