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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Will Miami honor Broncos' starting QB?

By James Walker

If you thought things couldn't get worse for the winless Miami Dolphins (0-4), they may be honoring the opposing, starting quarterback in their next home game.

Yes, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow will be a celebrated guest at halftime of the Broncos-Dolphins game on Oct. 23 at Sun Life Stadium. It is part of a pre-planned "Gator Day" promotion the Dolphins are doing to celebrate the 2008 Florida Gators National Championship team.

Tebow replaced Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton in Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers. Tebow led Denver to two scoring drives and a near comeback. Broncos coach John Fox hasn't named Tebow the starter yet, but it is expected.

I knew this was a bad idea when it was first announced. Miami, after all, is Hurricane country. But it looks even more strange now that Dolphins fans will be expected to boo Tebow for two quarters, cheer him at halftime, then boo Tebow again after intermission.

Update: Denver coach John Fox named Tebow the starter for this game.