Tim Tebow's day was a strange one
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Was that the weirdest NFL game ever?
No, not the football itself, although the Denver Broncos' 18-15 come-from-pretty-much-dead win over the Miami Dolphins surely surprised anyone without a wholly (holy?) messianic view of Tim Tebow.
Such as: Will we ever see another NFL atmosphere like this, where the road team's quarterback (and alma mater) was celebrated for a championship -- in a rival school's home building, no less?
"This was more like going to a college game," said Jeff Kahn, a Dolphins fan of 30-some years who -- with his young son Justin -- put aside his NFL allegiance Sunday (in the form of matching Broncos No. 15s) because, as he put it, "my loyalty is to the Gators first."
Still, after the comeback, Kahn admitted to having "mixed feelings." And that pretty much sums up the schizophrenic nature of the afternoon game's crowd -- which featured more than a few instances of Dolphins-Gators confusion (often with a fan wearing one hat and the other jersey/shirt), and much more:
But the celebration went ahead as planned -- to plenty of cheers and awkward boos as that Gators band played the Dolphins' fight song and Tebow, Urban Meyer and the rest experienced a halftime show like few other.
Dolphins fans also got about 57 football minutes of glory, with some Gators/Broncos/Tebow supporters heading for the exits after Miami carried a 15-0 lead late into the fourth.
But that epic comeback we've all seen by now turned Tebow Day into more than a consolation prize for Florida fans. Instead it was the Dolphins' faithful that left hurting; take Julio Martinez, who exited the stadium wearing a "Suck 4 Luck" sign and said, somberly, "This is how most of us feel."
Well, not all Dolphins fans. There were those Gators-Fins hybrids, some of whom saw a double-shot of "winning."
"It's got to be the best-case scenario today for a Dolphin fan and a Tebow fan," a Florida/Tebow jersey-clad Matthew Kerker said. "You get a Tebow win, and you're still alive for the Andrew Luck sweepstakes."
Certainly one of the weirdest ever.
Patrick Dorsey is a Page 2 editor. He can be reached at email@example.com.