As the old sports adage goes, "Every dog will have its day."
But for Tim Tebow's dog, May 11 was a day to forget.
Tim Tebow got an early start on the "dog days of summer" by changing the name of his dog from "Bronco" to "Bronx" in honor of his move to the Tri-State area.
Tebow, who was traded to the New York Jets from the Denver Broncos in March for two draft picks, owns a Rhodesian Ridgeback, a dog breed known for its intense loyalty and intelligence.
According to a USAToday.com report, hundreds of fans took to Twitter to weigh in on the move, as #RejectedTebowDogNames was trending nationwide for a short time on May 11.
Some of the hilarious names suggested were "Elway, Completion, Starter, Champ, Peyton and Judas." Tebow didn't respond to any tweets or post any information about the dog's name change from his official Twitter handle @timtebow.
While those were all funny suggestions, I believe Tebow was out of line by changing his dog's name just because he's on a new team.
The average lifespan of a Rhodesian Ridgeback is 10 to 12 years, and there's no way Tebow is going to be a member of the New York Jets for the next decade. I would be shocked if he was still on the team two years from now, let alone until 2022.
In fact, he may very well not make it out of this year while still donning the green-and-white.
Since Tebow isn't likely to be a longtime Jet, I don't see why he felt the need to change his dog's name.
When Tebow gets traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014, is he going to change his dog's name to Jackson or Jaguar? Highly doubtful.
If he did, it would be just plain cruel to change the dog's name for a third time.
Just like it doesn't make sense to have a dog named "Bronco" while playing football in New York, it won't make much sense to have a dog named "Bronx" when he's playing football in northern Florida.
He should have just stuck to a traditional dog name like Fido, Buster or Max, to avoid such awkward scenarios.
According to the denverpost.com report on the story, the name change from "Bronco" to "Bronx" was subtle enough that his dog didn't notice the difference and still responds when called, but Rhodesian Ridgebacks are well-known for their intelligence. If I had to bet on it, I would guess that the dog did realize its name was changed, despite reports that its on board with the move.
I'm pretty sure the dog isn't pleased with it, as usually the only adult dogs to get their names changed are ones that came from shelters who are adopted by new owners.
Tebow will have to earn the dog's loyalty and respect back by showering it with delicious treats in the days ahead.
Will Tim Tebow's Rhodesian Ridgeback forgive him for changing its name? Let me know in the comments.
Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Jets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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