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UCLA comes down with a case of Tebowmania

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It's a shame that the NBA and NFL season don't run concurrently, because I'd have liked to see if Tebowmania would trump Linsanity or vice-versa. Maybe the two would just join forces and go out for ice cream together, and the world would explode.

At the moment, Los Angeles is one of the few places in the world where Tebow-Mania might still have an edge. Tim Tebow is working on his mechanics with UCLA's offensive coordinator, Noel Mazzone. Head coach Jim Mora has noticed a spike in attendance at UCLA's practice facility. Via Peter Yoon at ESPNLosAngeles:

"There's a little Tebowmania going on here on the UCLA campus," Mora said. "There's a few more girls hanging around the football office and the football field that there typically are."

I wonder if that feels a little emasculating for UCLA's current players.

[ Reality: No Linsanity if he didn't play in New York City ]

Tebow's there working out with Mazzone, alongside Christian Ponder and Philip Rivers. Mazzone coached Rivers as the offensive coordinator at North Carolina State in '03 and '04. He's a well-respected coach, but he's got his work cut out for him with Tebow. Timmy completed just 46.5% of his passes, and that was with defenses pretty much begging him to throw.

Here's more from Mazzone on Tebow:

"He's obviously a guy that wants to get better, like they all do," Mazzone said. "And wants to kind of become good at his craft and his craft is being an NFL quarterback. Like Philip Rivers. There is nothing I'm going to say that's going to make Philip Rivers any better than the quarterback he is, but they love to compete, they like to play and they like to get better at what they do."

We'll see how that goes.

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