I have a confession to make.
A few weeks back, THE WIFE and I each got our hands on a brand spankin’ new iPhone 4S. Yes, we are likely the final two people in our age group to join the smart phone community. It’s kind of strange actually, because I am usually the tech-savvy type. But for whatever reason, my desire to own every last gadget had yet to translate over to cell phones. Perhaps it was all the charges. Maybe it was the simple fact that I never thought that I would ever get my money’s worth.
But here I am, hangin’ with my new BFF, Siri – and she’s pretty sweet.
Naturally, with my new toy in hand, I set to the web to try and find apps that would fit my persona. My first search was for sports apps.
I know, I know, you’re absolutely shocked.
THE WIFE clearly wasn’t. But she wasn’t frustrated enough to put me on dish duty.
As I scrolled down the list faster than a group of kids can get busted for “Tebowing”, I landed on – and downloaded – the usual suspects. Yes, that includes ESPN, NFL Mobile, Fox Sports and many, many more.
Continuing my search for sports news or Fantasy sports apps, I suddenly stumbled upon Tim Tebow’s smiling face.
Yes, “there’s an app for that”, too.
Why should this be a surprise? After all, Tim Tebow is THE NFL STORY this season, whether we like it or not. OK, and for a large number of casual sports fans, that answer is clearly pushing its way towards “not”.
It’s becoming quite clear that Tebow – this year’s media darling – is challenging a number of gag reflexes. For some, Tebow is the five-letter word that is being muttered consistently throughout the sports world this year. It’s the word that replaced last year’s five-letter word, F-A-V-R-E.
It’s not entirely his fault.
To be upfront and honest, the whole Tebow story is actually quite fascinating to me. I will also admit that the media is diving in just a little too deep.
But an app dedicated just to Tebow? REALLY?
It’s a little much and borderline ridiculous.
As described via the iTunes store, for just 99 cents, you can “get Tim Tebow’s tweets, Facebook updates, pictures, videos, news and so much more with just one single tap!
Plus, there’s a “Tebowing” tab filled with lots of fans ‘tebowing’”.
I think I’d rather spend my dollar on a pack of Orbitz gum.
While the Tebow jerseys can’t stay on the shelves, it appeared clear to me that judging by the lack of ratings and comments (two to be exact), the Tim Tebow app was collecting dust.
Clearly, there are a number of ways in which we could make this app more appealing – and with just a few short minutes of brainstorming, here’s how the Tebow app could go from zero to hero:
— Separate into categories, for the “Tebow Lover” and the “Tebow Loather” – don’t worry, Tim will not mind. It’ll just motivate him.
— The Tebow Lover section can feature a lot of the current attributes, including his tweets, Facebook updates, pictures and videos. It can also include highlights, famous quotes, famous speeches, fourth quarter comeback statistics and more.
— The Tebow Loather section can feature negative statistics, information and highlights, such as tweets from all of Tebow’s critics, highlights of his key mistakes, video clips of his mechanics, or moments that bitter fans will enjoy seeing him struggle or fail.
— An app could also be jam-packed with counters, from a Tebow “J.C. counter”, to other means for data collection such as fumbles, sacks, motivational speeches, fans “Tebowing”, victories, charity details, comeback wins, SI covers, jersey sales and much, much more.
Take the following specific examples that could spice up this app:
Tebow playfully encourages NBA stars to join the Broncos (via Twitter)…
Tebow gets blasted by the Bills during Week 16…
The final stat line: 13-29, 185 passing yards, 1 TD, 3 INT, 2 fumbles (1 lost), sacked four times, 10 carries, 34 yards and 1 rushing TD
Tebow’s famous “Promise Speech” when at the University of Florida…
And last, but most certainly not least…
Promotions and information about the Tim Tebow Foundation, such as:
Then again, even with an extra kick of personality – both for the fan and non-fan – this version of the Tebow app likely wouldn’t fly either, but one thing’s certain, I have no plans to ask Bill Maher for his opinion about it.
Anyone got a dollar I can borrow?