Tim Tebow got a taste of what life must be like for Justin Bieber.

If you think the beloved Bronco's fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Dolphins 18-15 in overtime on Sunday was the most surreal part of the Denver quarterback's weekend, you'd be mistaken.

As Tebow, wearing a bright purple shirt, strolled out of Sun Life Stadium, hundreds of fans lined up to get a glimpse of the hotshot former Florida Gators star.

That's not surprising, considering he led his Jacksonville area high school to a Florida state championship his senior year, won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and led the Gators to the BCS title in 2008. But what happened next was even more memorable.

Tebow, before stepping onto the Broncos team bus, received the third degree from TSA in front of hundreds of minions. So you had a quarterback being serenaded for getting a security check.

As admirers lined up five- and six-deep to get as close as possible to the Broncos' chosen one, Tebow was patted down by airport security officers in preparation for the long trip back to the Mile High City as some fans chanted, "Tebow, Tebow!"

The Palm Beach Post reports the darling of two state's worth of loving fans wasn't able to sign autographs for his backers because of a tight travel schedule.

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Most convicted felons don't break bread with members of Congress, but then again most guys who do time aren't star NFL quarterbacks.

Michael Vick has become buddies with a member of the United States Congress. The Eagles star was spotted dining this week with U.S. Rep. Bob Brady at Chops, a Philly steakhouse.

Vick served 21 months in prison for his involvement in an illegal dog fighting ring. Vick failed a police lie detector test when he denied killing dogs, and sadly it turned out he personally killed at least seven dogs via hanging or drowning.

So what is a member of the 112th Congress doing with him?

"I'm helping him work some things out. He's got this bankruptcy thing he needs some help with, whatever," Brady told Philadelphia Daily News reporter Dan Gross.

Later, the representative serving the people of Pennsylvania's First Congressional District for an eighth term contradicted his own quote by saying he wasn't personally helping Vick with his finances.

Congressman Brady instead says he's working with Vick on Humane Society projects. The two went to a Humane Society event together on Tuesday.

The pair was joined by friends of the congressman who dined on a meal fit for kings: steaks, swordfish and

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more -- paid for by the elected rep.

The dinner is just a little bit ironic when you realize Congressman Brady is often called the "Mayor of Capitol Hill", as he is in charge of monitoring the daily functions on the Hill as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration.

The Pennsylvania politician claims Vick is a "real genuine guy who deserves a second shot." Smart money says he wouldn't have said such nice things if Vick worked as a cab driver, security guard or baker.

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Some of the biggest names in professional sports have kicked up their heels on "Dancing With The Stars," but the show's producers have struck out trying to land one NFL icon.

Mike Ditka, star player, coach and broadcaster, has been one sports star producers of the hit reality show have a yearning for, but the coach of the 1985 Chicago Bears isn't interested.

Apparently Ditka, one of only two men to win Super Bowls as a player, assistant coach and head coach, was a heck of a dancer in his day. Now a television commentator, Iron Mike is in London to promote the Bears game against the Saints this weekend at Wembley Stadium.

After saying he's no longer the best dancer in America, Ditka let a reality TV secret slip to the British tabloids. "I used to dance a lot. They've tried to get me on Dancing with the Stars three or four times but I can't do it. I'm an old man. But there was a time when I could dance, or at least I thought I could. And most of the women I was dancing with thought I could too."

Emmitt Smith was the first professional athlete to be crowned champion of "Dancing With the Stars," and since then the show has seen half of its 12 winners come from the sporting world.

Ditka, 72, also told the Metro London that England could support an NFL franchise, but football is an American sport, and if you place it another country, "you would be stuffing an American sport down somebody's throat."

Guess he didn't dance around that subject.

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The Super Bowl has been blamed for crime, traffic and overpriced food, but never before has it been responsible for a shortage of spun wool.

Indianapolis organizers of next year's big game plan to have all 8,000 volunteers wearing specially hand-made blue and white "Super Scarves," but yarn stores are having a devil of a time keeping up with the demand.

FOX 59 Indy reports stores are ordering up to five times more blue and white yarn and that oversized supply is still not enough. A spokeswoman for the Super Bowl host committee bragged to the Indianapolis Star recently about the "economic boon to the yarn industry,".

With 107 days to go until America's largest sporting event, more than 9,000 scarfs have been collected, blowing past the goal set up by organizers of the big game.

Whether Indy can find enough furry string or not, those who get the precious scarves will have quite a yarn to tell.

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The St. Louis Cardinals drew 3,093,954 fans this season, with many of them calling themselves lifelong supporters of the Red Birds.

But one fan can claim that label like none other.

Clementine Wilkerson, 98 years young, is believed to be the only Cards supporter to see all 18 Cardinals World Series.

Wilkerson was in attendance as a 13-year-old when St. Louis played Babe Ruth's New York Yankees in the 1926 World Series. While Calvin Coolidge was president during that World Series, won by the Cards in seven games, the matriarch of Arch City baseball fans is still attending World Series games while President Obama holds down the White House.

KTVI-Fox 2 caught up with Wilkerson, who watched the Cards World Series opening win earlier this week. Clementine said despite getting on in years, she is a people person at heart.

"I like to be with all the people and see the banners and the noise. I just love everything about it."  

Her only complaint? The chilly late October weather in the Gateway to the West. Clementine says this is the coldest World Series game she's witnessed. And that's saying something.

 

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Over recent years the horse-racing industry has been rocked by fixing and cheating scandals, but you'll never guess the latest performance enhancer for racing ponies: a cross-country flight.

Horses can gallop an extra 25 seconds following air travel to different time zones before fatigue takes place, according to a study reported on in the Daily Mail.

Researchers found stallions and mares are very sensitive to sudden shifts in their regular light-dark routine, but they're able to deal with the travel easier than their human counterparts.

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The ponies actually benefit from hormones released from the travel which scientists say helps athletic performance. Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. became the first to look into the impact of jet lag on the performance of racehorses. The results showed a positive effect on the horses, unlike humans and rodents, whose physical performance is hurt by the changes in the 24-hour, light-dark cycle disruption of biological rhythms.

During the research, horses felt a shift in the regular daily light-dark cycle that copied an eastern flight across seven time zones. The research was published in the Journal of Neuroendocrinology and could have a big impact on horse trainers. As one of the scientists pointed out, racehorses don't have to travel to be subjected to changes in daily light, meaning this study could result in changes to the way the animals are trained.

Other than humans, racehorses are the only animals that routinely travel across time zones for athletic events.

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As more and more people pick up smart phones and other gadgets, the visual impact of the 2012 Games will go far beyond coverage on the NBC family of networks. The London Olympics will likely be the most recorded sporting event ever.

According to a study, a stunning 175 million minutes of video from the 2012 Games will be captured by fans, equal to 334 years of footage. The Mirror reports research done by Panasonic estimates fans will snap 466 million photos of athletes and events in London, which will become the world's first city to have hosted the modern Games of three Olympiads.

The study is based on an average of 8.8 million ticket-holding Olympic fans taking 53 photographs and

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about 20 minutes of video.

If photos are your style, you could stretch the 466 million pictures that will be taken almost twice around planet Earth. It would take you until the year 2346 to view all the video taken by Olympic fans. During that period of time, an additional 82 Olympic Games will have been held. Wonder how fast the 100 meters will be run then ...

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The man who helped end 86 years of failure for the Boston Red Sox is trying to keep a low profile.

Terry Francona abruptly backed out of a golf tournament that was planned in his honor. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports "Thank You Terry Francona Day" was scrapped when Tito let the host golf club know he won't attend.

Members of the International in Bolton, Mass. were informed that Francona said no to the event "due to the current hostile media environment."

The former Red Sox manager has been roasted on sports radio and blogs over reports his players were drinking beer in the clubhouse and eating fried chicken during games as the worst September collapse in the history of Major League Baseball unfolded.

The Boston Globe reported the Red Sox believed Francona was distracted during the 2011 season because of a separation from his wife of more than 30 years and his use of pain medication.

A total of 160 golfers had agreed to pay $225 each to play in the golf event, which was set to benefit cancer research.

Francona last appeared publicly when he filled in for Tim McCarver on FOX TV's coverage of ALCS Games 1 and 2 in Texas.

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One of the biggest flops in NFL draft history is proving to be quite the warrior in retirement.

Former Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf had part of a brain tumor removed by doctors back in May, and now the former Washington State star says he needs radiation treatment for the part of the tumor that couldn't be removed.

"I had most of the tumor removed back in May," said Leaf, 35, in a live chat with fans on the Seattle Times website. "I'm very grateful and blessed that it was benign. I do have to go to Southern California and go through six weeks of radiation starting in the middle of November, but it's just another bridge I need to cross."

Leaf had seven hours of surgery May 25, just a week after being informed he had a tumor growing near his brain stem.

The former No. 2 overall NFL draft pick is a recovering drug addict; he spent 42 days in a rehab facility trying to end his addiction to pain killers. Now, sober for nearly three years, Leaf explained how his bad habits were formed:

"I had eight surgeries in 15 years and took them for physical pain. Before you know it, your body becomes addicted to it."

Leaf is admirably comfortable with his reputation, and the man who was so defensive during his career is

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unafraid of others' judgement now. Check out this hostile question from the Times chat:

"What qualifies you as a motivational speaker? Choking in the Rose Bowl? Biggest NFL draft bust of all time? Drug addiction? I'd think that you'd be more like Exhibit A on what not to do."

And here's Leaf's answer:

"I have failed so many more times than I will succeed," he said, "but I've done it at the highest possible level. And at this time and age, people are more apt to listen to somebody who has more celebrity and notoriety. That's a shame, but it's a reality. and I'm more than happy to carry that torch."

Leaf has found other things to fill his time as he recovers from addiction. "Writing became an outlet for me, as well as working out," he said.

The 6-5 quarterback had a 4-17 record in 21 NFL games started for the Chargers and Cowboys from 1998 until 2001.

A native of Great Falls, Mont., Leaf has returned to live in the great outdoors of Big Sky Country and says he

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spends his time traveling, speaking and writing. He's got a three-book deal about his football and personal life. The retired quarterback is hoping to give back but is "not trying to change anybody's opinion."

Some have said Hollywood could eventually decide to make Leaf's failures into a major motion picture. The man who was picked second to Peyton Manning knows just who would play him in a movie about his life.

"Will Ferrell," Leaf said.

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Three sumo wrestlers in Tokyo were beaten for not wearing a kimono in public. A sumo stablemaster became enraged and hit his young wrestlers with a golf club for not wearing the Japanese traditional garment.

Kasugano, 49, admitted he beat the men for not following his fashion orders and breaking curfews.

"I hit (them) with an iron," he told Kyodo News. "I honestly think I went too far and I regret it."

The Japan Sumo Association has strongly punished Kasugano for his outrageous acts.

It's believed the wrestlers were struck with the golf club in the abdomen and back at the end of last week.

The most shocking part of the story? Tochiyashiki, 22, one of the beaten athletes, told police it was the wrestlers who were responsible and they didn't want to file criminal charges.

Law enforcement officials were able to recover a golf club with a broken grip from Kasugano's home. The sumo coach told investigators the wrestlers were beaten because they constantly gave a cold shoulder to his

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directions to wear the kimono when going out.

This is just the latest in a long line of troubling episodes to hit Sumo wrestling of late.

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