Morning Jolt: Tebow making push for MVP

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Tebow making push for MVP

To what extent is there a Tebow Effect? Last week, Tebow was No. 31 in the NFL [in "Total QBR"]. He was behind Kyle Orton, who the Denver Broncos dumped to make room for Tebow. He was behind Donovan McNabb, who no one claimed on waivers. Behind Philip Rivers, who stinks, and Tarvaris Jackson. Well, you get the idea. And here's the thing: Tebow is the NFL's Most Valuable Player. Not officially, of course. ... [Tebow's] more valuable to his team than any other player in the league. Aaron Rodgers is his closest competition. When Tebow took over, the Broncos were 1-4. Now, after Tebow had yet another miracle comeback Sunday to win at Minnesota, they are 7-5. Tebow is in first place. (

Battier headed to Heat?

As the free-agent courting period warms up, the Heat will take center stage. Once NBA teams can speak with free agents beginning Monday, Miami Heat president Pat Riley has his franchise in strong position to sell Shane Battier on signing to play with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Battier has been a primary target in free agency for the Heat, and sources say the pitch of Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra and key Heat players could ultimately confirm Battier's strong feelings about chasing a championship in Miami. Riley and Spoelstra see Battier as a strong defender with an ability to hit the open shots that'll come his way playing with James, Wade and Chris Bosh. (Yahoo! Sports)Comment

Johnson without food for week

On the surface, Chris Johnson sure appears to have returned to form, but he admitted Sunday, after running for 153 yards and two TD, that he didn't feel quite right. Johnson revealed he'd been sick all week, hadn't had a full meal since last Sunday and had lost 10 pounds. ... "I can't lie, I felt weak out there. It was pretty hard to practice all week. It was the flu or something, I don't know, but it was bad. I just had to push through it because we have to continue to win if we want to make the playoffs." Johnson made the Bills sick as the Titans pulled off a 23-17 victory. It started with a 48-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to put the Titans ahead 10-7. (The Tennessean)Comment

Must-See Photo

Tiger Woods celebrates after connecting on a six-foot birdie putt to win the Chevron World Challenge, his first win in any tournament since 2009.

Must-See Video

Dexter McCluster hauls in a Hail Mary to end the first half and give the Chiefs all the points they would need to topple the Bears.

Game To Watch

Philip Rivers and The Chargers visit the Jack Del Rio-less Jaguars in Jacksonville in a game whose interest may be limited largely to fantasy football owners.

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SI Vault: More Herscel Walker

This Day in Sports

  • 1982 -- Herschel Walker of Georgia wins the Heisman Trophy.
  • 1984 -- The Oakland A's trade Rickey Henderson to the Yankees for Jay Howell and Jose Rijo.
  • 1947 -- Former NFL quarterback, and 1980 Super Bowl winner, Jim Plunkett born.