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Today is Skip Bayless's Last Day on "First Take," So Naturally They Debated Tim Tebow

Skip Bayless is going out clutching Tim Tebow.

by Sean Newell
Jun 21 2016, 4:08pm

Today is the last day Skip Bayless will appear on ESPN airwaves before he sets sail for FS1's Island of Dipshits. As they send Skip off, First Take has morphed into Last Take and, for some godforsaken reason, they debated who was right about Tim Tebow. If you're unfamiliar with Skip's favorite hobbyhorses—congratulations, you are a functioning and mature adult—he likes to take the best (or worst) athletes and argue that they are in fact the worst (or best), despite all reason, evidence, and common sense to the contrary. He is a shameless troll and contrarian, and look no further than his recent tweets about LeBron James for just a taste of how shameless he can be.

While he spent years killing LeBron out of one side of his mouth, he used the other side to talk about Tim Tebow as if he were John Elway and Peyton Manning rolled into one Super Quarterback. His schtick was to be continually at a loss for words (figuratively) for why Tebow was not playing in the NFL, all based on a 7-4 stretch in 2011 when he threw for 300 yards once. Skip could not seem to fathom how, during that stretch (for perspective of how long ago it was, it occurred in the same year Bridesmaids was released), more NFL teams did not pick this guy up and give him chance. The same NFL, where teams mortgage decades trying to find the right person to fill in at quarterback, wanted no part of Tebow Time. The same NFL teams, who will literally pay domestic abusers, drug addicts, alcoholics if they are talented enough, would not even sniff around certified Saint Tim Tebow. And Skip has no earthly idea why.

So on his last day, Skip and Stephen A., who to his credit wanted nothing to do with this debate, discussed who was right about Tim Tebow. Skip is obviously very wrong about Tim Tebow and mostly everything else he talks about, but he is undeterred. He thinks 20 years from now people are going to look back and think "how did Tebow not get another shot?" It's willful, manufactured ignorance for the sport of it and it's right in FS1's wheelhouse.

[ESPN 2]