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Charles Barkley on Tim Tebow: ‘The national nightmare continues’

Jan 10, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT


We all remember back in early December when Charles Barkley made a public plea to the Chicago Bears: “Please stop the madness … I am Tebowed out.” The Bears, of course, lost to Tebow and the Broncos. And recent events have done nothing to soothe Barkley’s annoyance over the greatest sports meme of the past five months.

Appearing on 97.5 the Fanatic radio in Philadelphia with Mike Missanelli on Monday, Barkley threw a little cold water (OK, an entire Gatorade bucket) on Tebow’s performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday:

“The national nightmare continues. Hey listen, I like Tim Tebow but there comes a point, he had a great game. He’s supposed to have a great game. They want to make it seem like, oh the world is aligned correct. I’m like he does play quarterback. He is supposed to play well.”

Host: “So you’ve had enough of Tebow?”

“I think the world has.”

Host: “There’s a lot of Tebow fans out there. I’ve had enough and I’m not a big Tebow guy and they’re just killing me about Tebow.”

“First of all Mike I don’t know anything you said about Tebow but let’s just say the jury is still out on Tebow. He seems like a nice kid but these ups and downs are so different. The jury is still out on Tebow. Just because he had a great game and made four or five great throws yesterday doesn’t mean he’s gonna be a great starting quarterback in the NFL.”

Audio here.

So Barkley’s not going to be thrilled to hear that Tebow’s autobiograhy, Through My Eyes, was the best-selling sports book of 2011, according to Darren Rovell. My favorite part of Rovell’s post:

Nathan Whitaker stood in the back at a book signing in Gainesville and watched his co-author, and subject, Tim Tebow sign books for fans.

“I’ve sat next to Tony Dungy and one in every 20 come through in tears,” said Whitaker, a former capologist for Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers who went on to write three best-selling books with Dungy. “With Tim, it was like every other person. People would literally come up to touch him while he was signing their book and some kids would be unable to move.”

Charles Barkley on Tim Tebow and the Broncos Advancing in the Playoffs: “The national nightmare continues” [Sports Radio Interviews]

  1. mdcampbell7 - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    if i can quote the guy who does the Obama parodies: “haters gon’ hate”!
    …keep praising God, Tim!

  2. kyleortonsarm - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    The worlds been sick of Barkley for over a decade so I guess it’s fine with me if he has to suffer a little bit. He’s the least funny and probably most mentally retarded and autistic person on television outside of Jersey Shore. I think he’s had more concussions then those NFL players from the 50s-70s. Let’s hope he goes off the air for good someday really soon.

  3. dcarlock - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Hey Chuck; we already know you are not the sharpest pencil in the box! You don’t have to keep reminding us!!!

  4. goforthanddie - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Well Chuck, you’re not the only one tired of hearing it. But you know what doesn’t help? Someone of your stature TALKING ABOUT TEBOW in a manner that gets broadcast worldwide.

    • 1historian - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      someone of Charles Barkley’s stature – could you please elaborate?

      • goforthanddie - Jan 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM

        Someone who’s on national TV multiple times a week?

  5. hardjudge - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I sick of Barkley! Take him and his ads off tv so I won’t have to change the channel every time one comes on.

  6. jimeejohnson - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    IF Denver wins the Super Bowl does this mean Sir Charles is really Satan?

    • 1historian - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      not to worry – Tiny Tim’s vacation will start around 11:30 p.m. est this Saturday.

  7. 1historian - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    1) A 24 year old kid writes his autobiography.

    Is this a joke?

    2) Charles Barkley makes good money shooting his mouth off and acting like a buffoon – as long as he makes good money making a fool of himself he’ll keep doing it.

    Keep moving on folks, there’s nothing here.

    • ponsonbybritt - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      And when he’s not shooting his mouth off, it’s on to looking-for-oral-sex-while-driving-drunk time.

  8. kvon3d - Jan 10, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    This is hilarious! One can always count on Sir Charles to add some amusement to the story. Let’s not forget though, he is getting paid to be provocative and amusing. Plus he is using Tebow to raise his own profile as a media personality in general and a football commentator in particular. On a side note, no one is really going to pay much attention to him if he talks about basketball. Football has taken over as the most interesting game in town, and even ex-basketball players are more interested in it!

  9. trbowman - Jan 10, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    I don’t hate Tebow, I hate the cult that follows him

    I’m surprised ESPN doesn’t make it breaking news everytime Tebow urinates

  10. metalhead65 - Jan 11, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    look the average fan like me wants tebow to do well because all the experts keep saying he can’t play. ok he was a first round pick but he was taken 25th! not top 5 or 10 or even 20 but 25th! but they act like he should be a pro bowler and putting up drew brees type numbers because he was taken in the first round. why not let the guy develop like any other young qb and decide 3-4 years from now if he is a bust? but no he has 15 count them15 starts and he is judged by each game he plays whether he can play or not. if he wins fine it was a team effort but if they lose he sucks and it is all his fault. newsflash people he is playing with the same guys who were 1-5 with him on the bench. he only got to play because the coach and gm wanted him to fail so they could say we gave him a chance when they dumped him. but he surprised them and won. it may be unconventional but he wins which is what you are suppose to do. just think of the improvement he can make with a off season to work on all those things people say he can’t do. he didn’t ask for all the attention he gets but he handles it the way he does because that is who is. he is not a phony but a good person who stands by his beliefs whether you like it or not. I do not care about the religion part, I am just happy he is not another say this then go and get busted for drugs,dui or beating up his girlfriend type player.we need more athletes like him instead deriding him you should be happy there is at least 1 person like him out there.

    • steelers1981 - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      How do you know he won’t do something bad. He seems genuine to me too but he wouldn’t be the first seemingly genuine good guy to do bad things

      • aceluckstar - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        Steelers1981, why be such a negative person and think someone will eventually fail? Your what is wrong with our world today, everyone just expects everyone on this Earth to be bad and corrupt. Your obviously a Steelers fan and so yes, your quarterback has done some bad, bad things. But just because he has done things wrong, doesn’t mean Mr. Tebow will follow in Big Ben’s foot steps. Finally after all the Sandusky and Bernie Fine situations we have something good to hear about and people are now wanting to hear about things like this. Well rest assured, ESPN is reporting that a coach recently punched his own player in the head during the game because he wouldn’t listen, so you now have something to go read besides something good in nature. I am sorry your world is negative, I hope and pray you can find peace in your life and realize that the world is a good place to be, the alternative is not.

  11. mogogo1 - Jan 11, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    metalhead65 is right on target. No matter what team you root for or even if you’re not sold on Tebow, it is incredibly entertaining watching all the talking heads have to eat their words and make fools of themselves. My personal favorite has been Trent Dilfer. How many times this year did he make the argument that Tebow needed to play QB more like the immortal Trent Dilfer did? The guy couldn’t have been any more smug. His “analysis” inevitably turns into a 5-minute Glory Days segment about how great he was and how Tebow’s only chance is to emulate him. If you don’t enjoy Dilfer and his like looking silly, then you’re not living!

  12. steelers1981 - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    I believe in the seperation of church & football

  13. pandebailey - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    I don’t mind Tebow so much…..its his fan club I can’t stand.

    Honestly, Tim seems like a very sweet kid (so far), but a big percent of the religious right are not nearly so nice. Disagree with them on Jesus, abortion, gay marriage, Obama, etc. and you may want to be wearing a vest!

    If more of his followers were as “Christian” as Tim seems to be, I’d be a bigger fan.

  14. jollyjoker2 - Jan 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    chuck must be losing his audience. Bash someone for a few more fans. Its the american way! Tebow, tebow, tebow, tebow, tebow!!!!!!!!!!!!