VERSUS JAGUARS?
September 18, 2013
KISS versus Jaguars? It should be a no-brainer for Tebow

By Rick Johnston

So by now, a lot of the sports and media world are aware of Gene Simmons' push to sign NFL free agent and apple of ESPN's eye Tim Tebow to be the quarterback and centerpiece of the soon-to-be Arena Football League team, the Los Angeles Kiss.

The effort caught the eye of my colleague John Burr of the Jacksonville Business Journal, who is pining for Tebow to sign with his hometown Jacksonville Jaguars -- even though owner Shahid Khan and general manager David Caldwell have said such a signing won't happen.

If I was Tebow, I'd rather play for the Kiss in Los Angeles. Why?

First -- the obvious. Jacksonville is a fine town. But, it's not Los Angeles. Being a one-time 26-year-old male, I know where I would've rather have lived.

Next, imagine the corporate wedding of these two. Kiss plans on performing a concert for its season-ticket holders as a perk. Imagine Tebow walking on stage to, I don't know, "War Machine" or "Calling Dr. Love."

Both Tebow and Simmons have shown an affinity for eye-black. The latter just took it a little further.

Imagine a flaming sword in the endzone. Tebow does one of his famed quarterback rushes for a touchdown, runs to the sword and puffs a fireball, a la Simmons. Tell me that doesn't make the "SportsCenter" Top 10.

Also, there are the other, non-football concerns.

Not sure if this is obvious, but, L.A. has this slight reputation as being a place where the wild world of the media is a big influence. Tebow has always used whatever he could as a platform to tell the world about the role his faith plays in his life.

Tebow is, by all indications, a smart guy. One would think a smart guy would know that football doesn't last forever. Why not go to L.A. and start making connections such that he has a bigger platform to spread his message so that he could easily head into that world once he hangs up the pads?

But, back on the field, look at the ownership. Simmons is actively courting Tebow. Again, Khan isn't.

I also don't know that Southern California television stations would have to apologize for showing the games. And, while you might think the Kiss branding is a gimmick, so is enticing people to come to your games by showing other games on the video board.

Finally, while yes, the Kiss is an AFL team -- not a sub-arena, or just "indoor football," team -- the snarky part of my personality would point out that the AFL has done just fine for itself for longer than the Jags have been in existence. It's not exactly a risky venture.