Certainly, anybody who was watching football last Saturday afternoon and evening was made aware - repeatedly - of the nasty concussion Tim Tebow suffered at the hands of Kentucky defensive end Taylor Wyndham. We watched the replays, in regular and slow motion, of the back of Tebow’s head crashing into his lineman’s knee, knocking the famed quarterback out cold. That all, y’know, happened.
Someone may want to tell the SEC that we all remember it, though, because the conference is seemingly on a mission to wipe any and all mentions of said horrific injury (and subsequent vomiting and hospitalization) from the record. It was just a “big hit”; that’s all.
From GATOR BYTES:
The highlight package, which lasts 2:23, completely skips over Taylor Wyndham’s hit on Tebow late in the third quarter. The play happened with 4:11 left in the third quarter, and the highlight tape jumps from 12 minutes to 54 seconds in the third quarter with no mention whatsoever of Wyndham’s devastating hit and Tebow’s concussion.
At the very end of the tape, Lauren the announcer finally addresses the Tebow injury. Here is the full text:
“Tebow, after being sacked in the third quarter, was tended to briefly on the field and walked off under his own power, but he did not return to the game.”
Exactly. Also, the LAPD gave Rodney King a stern talking-to, O.J. Simpson was practicing shaving techniques with his ex-wife and her friend, and Stafon Johnson has a sore throat.
The snow job continued from there, extending to the official SEC recap and Kentucky’s own video site. No mentions of the “C” word at either place.
The problem? Ah yes, that pesky $2.25 billion SEC/ESPN deal signed before the season. You know, the one where the SEC retained all video rights and decided to mete them out in curiously stingy fashion. Here it is in action, folks.
The SEC’s Web site, and the Web sites of the member schools, are the only places where you can legally watch SEC video highlights. Pretty soon, the only video evidence of SEC football on the entire internet will be on SECSports.com. And the SEC is busy erasing the Tebow hit from history.
The only part of this we don’t understand is why the SEC would go about the concussion like this. It happened and, as ESPN spent the 24 subsequent hours telling us, it’s a pretty big deal. But what does the SEC gain by trying to pretend it didn’t happen? Do they think the conference appears weaker if their quarterbacks get concussions or something? Seriously, we’re baffled here.