These quacks are really quacking

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It’s amazing how many sports writers and talking heads have become doctors this week. Tim Tebow sustains a concussion, and all of a sudden we have doctors and experts popping up all across the Internet, telling us how Tebow’s injury needs to be treated, and how long he should remain sidelined.

One writer who covers the team said Tebow needs to sit out the season. This opinion came before Tebow was even loaded into the ambulance Saturday night in Lexington. OK, out for the season even though you don’t know what the injury is yet.

Quack.

Another national writer has offered some advice to Urban Meyer: Rest Tebow for the next four games no matter what. Four games. Where did he come up with that number?

Quack.

Here’s some advice for all those out there who suddenly think they’re medical experts: Leave it up to the real medical experts to treat Tebow and decide when he returns.

That’s what Urban Meyer is doing. The decision for when Tebow returns is out of his hands. The doctors will decide. When his symptoms are gone, when he’s 100 percent healthy, the doctors will clear him to play. When they say he’s ready, he’s ready.

Of course, here is what will happen. Let’s say Tebow’s headache goes away this week and the doctors say he’s good to go for the LSU game. All those “experts” out there will instantly jump on Meyer, saying it’s too soon for Tebow to come back. How could Meyer put him at such risk?

When that junk starts coming out, here will be my response: Somebody must have stepped on a duck.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Not only do most of the talking heads out there on sports radio and television know nothing about health or medicine, but most of them know (actually know) very little about sports as well. With their outlandish predictions and critique of players and coaches as well as their “opinions” about which teams are better than others and their constant dramatizations it really has turned me sick. When I look at the 4 letter network and others, I see a lot of people with journalism degrees, wardrobe and makeup people, and that’s about it. The only things the TV networks are good for is their live sports programming and highlights. That is at least until they kill you with commercials. All of the rest of the programming and sports radio is to create drama so people will tune in and then they go back to giving another baseless opinion. We all know what they say about opinions!!!

  2. Thank you, Robbie. As a doctor, I get ticked, too, when these armchair docs start pontificating. Even when a Gator player gets injured in my own area of expertise, I am not dumb enough to pretend that I know the specifics of that particular player’s injury, since he is not under MY care.
    On the football front, I feel the same about sportswriters opining that our two of the last three NC coach should’ve had Tebow out of the game when he got hurt, even though other coaches have agreed that the game was NOT in hand, and that our O, which was sputtering, needed to end a drive with a TD to feel good about removing starters.

  3. Finally, someone with some credibility has said it. You are 100% correct and thanks so much for posting this. The day after the injury I posted a comment on EDSBS and was mocked and pretty much told that I was an idiot.

    But here’s the main thing: Is it annoying and wrong for all of these writers/bloggers/commenters to play doctor? Sure. But it’s even worse when they start to demonize Urban Meyer and make him out to be a coach that will play Tebow even if it’s not in his best interest, which is patently ridiculous and disgraceful.

  4. Since I am a doctor, of law that is, it is with gratitude that I commend Robbie’s post. There are too many idiots out there (with platforms) who pretend to act as subject matter experts, when they are clearly clueless. I also think that the types of comments Robbie references reflect a sort of cynicism about coaches and their selfish motives to win at all costs (read: at the expense of the health and well being of their student athletes). Not to be naiive, but I sincerely believe that Urban Meyer is
    not about to jeopardize Tebow’s health (especially with a brain injury) just so that he can have a better chance of beating LSU or any other school.

    by Dougie Fresh Gator

  5. It is typical Gatorhate, that’s all. Timmy won’t see the field unless the doctors fully clear him to play. If he is cleared, he’ll play and he’ll play well. If not, the offense will be good enough with JB at the helm. So many people get caught up in the “Meyer spread” and what Timmy is doing, they forget all about the defense and IMO, defense wins championships.

    GO GATORS!!!

  6. I agree with the two previous commenters and you but…

    I think it would be nice if Meyer was better informed on the subject so he doesn’t do anything dumb that the Doctors don’t know about.

    Case-In-Point: Meyer and Tebow watched TV together in Tebow’s hospital room in Kentucky. There’s not a credible Doctor alive who would say that’s a good idea. It’s not life-threatening but TV watching makes the head-aches associated with Concussions worse.

  7. To me it almost seems that they are trying to build public opinion for Meyer to NOT let Tebow play. You hear alot of the same “concerned” chatter from rival fans on blogs and message boards. Suddenly the guy they were were calling names and rediculing becomes someone whom they are consumed with his health and well being. I smell an agenda…

  8. Robbie if Tebow does not play, and Brantley starts, might this be the game where Meyer utilizes Joe Haden in the Wildcat to keep LSU guessing a little? Just a thought since he snuck that trial balloon out during the summer.

  9. COACH MEYER WANTED TO BE ABSOLUTLY SURE THE GAME WAS IN HAND BEFORE PULLING TIM HE WAS ABOUT TO DO IT, BUT HAD CERTAIN ISSUES TO DEAL WITH. ONE WAS THAT TIM WAS ABOUT TO BREAK MANY LONG STANDING RECORDS WHICH WOULD DIRECTLY EFECT HIS HISEMAN CHANCES AND THE OTHER WAS TIM WOULD NEEDLE COACH TO GET BACK IN. AS WOULD HIS TEAMMATES TO GET HIM BACK IN AS WE ALL KNOW TIM IS THE
    THE ULTIMATE COMPETITOR AS IS HIS COACH. MEYER HAD A LOT TO THINK ABOUT. THANK Y0U J. FOLLY A.D. WE HAVE THE BEST OF THE BEST. GO GATORS

  10. Obviously the reason this is getting so much pub is because it is Tebow. I actually agree with you on this one, Robbie; the media will blast Meyer if Tebow starts or even plays this week because some of them will want to claim that it is Meyer’s greed for success that is making the decision and not the doctors.

    However, Meyer has been in this position before. I think it was two years ago when Percy Harvin missed two – three games due to migraines. He missed the SEC Championship game last year due to injury. Deonte Thompson has been out the last two weeks for a hamstring injury. While you could argue that these players are not as “important” as Tebow, you could also argue that a precedent has been set: If players aren’t ready to play (however it is that you want to define that) they will not play for Meyer.