Tebowmania: "If he ran for president, he’d get Sarah Palin’s vote"

The nonstop Tebow coverage on national sports stations, the covers on Sports Illustrated and NFL the Magazine, the furious debate over whether his unorthodox playing style can succeed in the NFL, the relentless examination of his Christian beliefs — all this is manna from heaven for Denver’s business community.

“Every time this happens, we get more national exposure. We’re a national game now,” said Rich Grant, spokesman for the Denver Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Denver is once again a ghost town during the game, at least during the fourth quarter. Nobody wants to miss the last few minutes or you won’t have anything to talk about the next day.”…

Forget the Dallas Cowboys. “The Denver Broncos have become America’s Team,” said Vic Lombardi, host of “The Vic and Gary Show” on KXDP-FM in Denver…

“The popularity of Tim Tebow is bigger than the game,” said analyst Jalen Rose on the NFL Network. “If he ran for president, he’d get Sarah Palin’s vote. He’s that popular.”