Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl lost a bet with the mayor of Denver had had to Tebow while wearing a Tebow jersey. (Larry Roberts / AP)

“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, fresh from hosting “Saturday Night Live,” told Mike Missanelli in an interview on Philly’s 97.5 The Fanatic (via Sports Radio Interviews). They want to make it seem like, ‘Oh, the world is aligned correct. I’m like, he does play quarterback. He is supposed to play well.”

Barkley told Missanelli “I think the world has” had enough of Tebow.

“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 [Sunday] doesn’t mean he’s gonna be a great starting quarterback in the NFL.”

Don’t tell Sir Charles, but the ratings for Sunday’s game were anything but turrible. Tebow led the Broncos’ to a 29-23 overtime win that was the most watched TV program since last February’s Super Bowl.

In other “Today in Tebow” news:

■As usual after the game, there was the obligatory pay-off of bets by politicians representing the opposing cities. Luke Ravenstahl had to wear a Tebow jersey and kneel in a Tebowing pose. (Really, Pittsburgh? You elected a guy with “Ravens” in his last name?)

■Kobe Bryant was asked about the phenomenon. He responded playfully to reporters, but revealed his admiration: “The guy wins. If he was [a glass bowl], he’d tell you [guys] to kiss his [posterior].”


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