Charles Barkley has been pretty busy lately -- perhaps in an attempt to occupy time that could otherwise be spent eating. The svelte Barkley has been pitching Weight Watchers along with handling his usual duties on TNT's "Inside The NBA." The outspoken NBA Hall of Famer has also been turning up on all sorts of other programs, appearing on The Daily Show" and even hosting "Saturday Night Live." But even with all of that on his plate to distract him, Barkley has still had his fill of Tebowmania.
Talking to Mike Missanelli 97.5 the Fanatic in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Barkley was asked about Tebow and the Broncos' improbable overtime victory over the Steelers in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs. Never one to pull punches, Barkley didn't hide his feelings about Tebowmania.
"The national nightmare continues. Hey, listen, I like Tim Tebow but there comes a point, he had a great game. He's supposed to have a great game," Barkley said.
Missanelli then asked Barkley if he has had enough of Tebow.
"I think the world has," Barkley replied. "First of all, Mike, I don't know anything you said about Tebow but let's just say the jury is still out on Tebow. He seems like a nice kid but these ups and downs are so different. The jury is still out on Tebow. Just because he had a great game and made four or five great throws yesterday doesn’t mean he's gonna be a great starting quarterback in the NFL."
We assume Barkley is somewhat relieved that the Broncos have a date with the Patriots in Foxboro this weekend in the Divisional Round. It wasn't too long ago (December 18 to be exact) when New England crushed Denver 41-23 to clinch the AFC East. Barkley's pals at SNL were among those who felt confident the Pats would prevail in that contest -- even if the reason they suggested was a bit unsual.
Of course, Barkley's feelings and Patriots' regular-season superiority may not mean much if the "Mile High Halo" suddenly appears over Gillette Stadium.
Although Barkley can't wait for Tebowmania to end, here are some athletes who have embraced the phenomenon.