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montrose
05-06-2010, 02:51 PM
Interesting question that was being discussed on The Fan this afternoon until Russell's release was announced. Among current Colorado athletes, who is the most recognizable - on the national stage?

Ubaldo Jimenez - Not out of the question to say he's the best Colorado athlete right now with his undefeated record and no-hitter to his name. But outside of the baseball world, is he well known?

Tim Tebow - He hasn't taken a snap yet but he's already the highest selling jersey in the NFL and with his Heisman Trophy, National Championships and Disney-like character - ESPN and the media have been all over his arrival in Colorado.

Lindsey Vonn - The darling of the Olympic games was not only a Gold Medalist but crazy hot as well. But while the Olympics pulls big numbers from the main stream audience, it only lasts a few weeks and some may have already forgotten her.

Carmelo Anthony - A major force in the hip-hop world of marketing and endorsements, Melo has been a world-wide figure since arriving in Denver. No league focuses on stars more than the NBA, and Melo is certainly one of the sport's premier names

Other notables - Champ Bailey, Chauncey Billups, Brady Quinn

TheChamp24
05-06-2010, 02:52 PM
Tebow I'd say, although maybe Melo.

colonelbeef
05-06-2010, 02:58 PM
Carmelo is the only other candidate.

GoHAM
05-06-2010, 02:59 PM
It's Tebow, Melo just doesn't have the same level of recognition among non sports watchers.

Carmelo15
05-06-2010, 03:00 PM
I think you all know who I voted for

BroncoBuff
05-06-2010, 03:01 PM
Undoubtedly Melo ... NBA is global.

ColoradoDarin
05-06-2010, 03:03 PM
Undoubtedly Melo ... NBA is global.

Too bad the thread is titled "Who is the most recognizable current Colorado athlete, nationally?"

BroncoBuff
05-06-2010, 03:05 PM
Too bad the thread is titled "Who is the most recognizable current Colorado athlete, nationally?"

Same answer ... kids barely know football anymore, especially not college football.

It's so not even close ... basketball is king. Times 10.

ColoradoDarin
05-06-2010, 03:07 PM
Same answer ... kids barely know football anymore, especially not college football.

It's so not even close ... basketball is king. Times 10.

The entire population of the state of Florida bought Tebow jerseys in the last 2 weeks. I would venture to say that the Tebow Jersey has already outsold Melo's.

FADERPROOF
05-06-2010, 03:08 PM
It's gotta be Carmelo and by a landslide.

Colorado and Florida are the only two states that Tim Tebow is recognizable, Melo is all 50.

BroncoBuff
05-06-2010, 03:08 PM
Carmelo Anthony has at least DOUBLE the national name recognition of Tebow.

In fact, Melo is probably Top 25 best known athletes period.

I don't have time now, but go ahead and Google it.

SonOfLe-loLang
05-06-2010, 03:09 PM
Same answer ... kids barely know football anymore, especially not college football.

It's so not even close ... basketball is king. Times 10.

Kids barely know football? Have you looked at NFL TV ratings lately? Football is king in this country and its not even remotely close. The answer is Tebow. Go look at the jersey sales.

ColoradoDarin
05-06-2010, 03:10 PM
Someone let me know when any of those other guys make it into a Superbowl commercial...

Kaylore
05-06-2010, 03:10 PM
Carmelo Anthony has at least DOUBLE the national name recognition of Tebow.
Spoken like someone who's never been to the south. College sports are more popular than pro sports. And Tebow is the biggest college player in the last ten years.

BroncoBuff
05-06-2010, 03:13 PM
Stop arguing and Google it .... I gotta go now, I'll be back later ;D

montrose
05-06-2010, 03:15 PM
I went with Melo by a hair over Tebow, but if Tim becomes our starting QB and plays well - it will be him by a landslide. Keep in mind Tebow's attention is so great because the draft just happened recently, if this poll were conducted in February, I may have voted for Vonn.

BroncoBuff
05-06-2010, 03:15 PM
Popularity:


NBA > College Football

Archer81
05-06-2010, 03:18 PM
I voted for Anthony, but I think its a split between Tebow and Anthony. If you ask a group of kids who Anthony or Tebow are, you would get nba all star and college quarterback back as answers.

:Broncos:

ColoradoDarin
05-06-2010, 03:18 PM
Pathetic trolling attempt by Buff :)

SonOfLe-loLang
05-06-2010, 03:24 PM
Popularity:


NBA > College Football

ok, well in that case i guess Omri Casspi is also more popular than Tebow? If Melo were LeBron James and Kobe, I'd agree...but he's not. The answer is Tebow.

SonOfLe-loLang
05-06-2010, 03:25 PM
Put it this way. my mother has no clue who carmelo anthony is. She knows Tebow "Oh, he's the guy with the super bowl commercial, right?"

ColoradoDarin
05-06-2010, 03:25 PM
Carmelo Anthony - About 1,710,000 results (0.26 seconds)

Tim Tebow - About 2,730,000 results (0.15 seconds)

bombay
05-06-2010, 03:26 PM
Melo.

HEAV
05-06-2010, 03:29 PM
Tebow is first and Melo a close second.

Kaylore
05-06-2010, 03:32 PM
Popularity:


NBA > College Football

Are you joking?

College Basketball > NBA X 2

The NBA has been lagging in popularity for some time.

And football is like the cool older brother that basketball wishes it was. Football, College and pro, popularity is way ahead of any pro sports.

s0phr0syne
05-06-2010, 03:37 PM
Tebow, sadly.

Should be harder for people in Colorado to judge. But for those of us out of it, Tebow is easily more recognizable. Carmelo has pretty high name recognition, but probably lags behind in blending in with other black NBA players in most of mainstream America's eyes. Not my opinion, but just saying. The whole "they all look the same to me" effect probably diminishes his recognizability. Luckily for him, our little Filipino Tebow is white.

Pseudofool
05-06-2010, 03:40 PM
Same answer ... kids barely know football anymore, especially not college football.

It's so not even close ... basketball is king. Times 10.
You're out of touch, buddy.

Tebow for variety of reasons beyond his play in college football is far more well known.

Carmelo does have a championship but that was a long time ago. Tebow's been on far more magazine covers etc., than Carmelo over the last several years.

HEAV
05-06-2010, 03:59 PM
Are you joking?

College Basketball > NBA X 2

The NBA has been lagging in popularity for some time.

And football is like the cool older brother that basketball wishes it was. Football, College and pro, popularity is way ahead of any pro sports.

The Florida vs LSU game last year got like a 3 share with 10 Thousand viewers!
http://tvbythenumbers.com/2008/10/12/tv-ratings-saturday-florida-gators-cbs-college-football-win/6079

Only the NBA playoffs get near that and that's only if it's the Celtics,Cavs or Lakers playing.

http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/05/04/cable-rankings-18-4918-34-nba-playoffs-top-18-49-viewing-south-park-the-hills-tops-with-18-34/50482

Sorry Melo fans, but Tebow (right now) is more known across the country.

Bronco_Beerslug
05-06-2010, 04:29 PM
Tebow and he hasn't even suited up yet. That tells you how popular the NBA is.

GoHAM
05-06-2010, 04:30 PM
I Googled, and came up with these:

Tebow Q score: 21

"Tebow's Q score of 21, the percentage who identified him as one of their favorite athletes, ranked with that of NFL mastermind Bill Parcells (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/People/Sports+Coaches,+Team+Owners,+Execs,+Officials/NFL/Bill+Parcells) and NBA stars Kevin Garnett (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/People/Athletes/NBA/Kevin+Garnett), Chris Paul (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/People/Athletes/NBA/Chris+Paul) and Steve Nash (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/People/Athletes/NBA/Steve+Nash). And it was well above the average score of 14 for sports personalities."

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/sec/2009-12-03-tim-tebow-florida_N.htm

Melo Q score: 18

"The highest-scoring action sports personality was Tony Hawk with a 28. And likely top NBA draft pick Greg Oden has a Q Score of 18 — the same as NBA veterans Carmelo Anthony and Jason Kidd."

http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/article/55447 (http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/article/55447)

Q score: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_Score

Although not an apples to apples comparison since the Melo one is not from this year, it shows that Tebow right now at age 22 is bigger than Melo was at age 23.

BroncoBuff
05-06-2010, 04:36 PM
I'm telling you guys, it's Carmelo by a mile.

And Khan, while you may be right NBA has regressed some - I really don't know - it is still far more popular than college football. Think of it this way: Could college football take up six hours of prime time on three major cable and an on-air network, 7 nights a week for two months in a row? No. No it couldn't.

Bronco_Beerslug
05-06-2010, 04:43 PM
I'm telling you guys, it's Carmelo by a mile.

And Khan, while you may be right NBA has regressed some - I really don't know - it is still far more popular than college football. Think of it this way: Could college football take up six hours of prime time on three major cable and an on-air network, 7 nights a week for two months in a row? No. No it couldn't.Nah, the NBA sucks compared to NFL and College football...

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NFL Draft Beat NBA Playoffs in TV ratings (http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/archives/nfl_draft_beat_nba_playoffs_in_tv_ratings_/)

BroncoBuff
05-06-2010, 04:56 PM
I suppose "recognizable" is a term that should be defined.

I hope we can all agree that if shown pictures of each player "in action" that Carmelo would win by 3 to 1 or more. So, in what measurement of "recognizable" would Tebow catch Melo?

BroncoBuff
05-06-2010, 05:17 PM
I Googled, and came up with these:

Tebow Q score: 21

"Tebow's Q score of 21, the percentage who identified him as one of their favorite athletes, ranked with that of NFL mastermind Bill Parcells (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/People/Sports+Coaches,+Team+Owners,+Execs,+Officials/NFL/Bill+Parcells) and NBA stars Kevin Garnett (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/People/Athletes/NBA/Kevin+Garnett), Chris Paul (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/People/Athletes/NBA/Chris+Paul) and Steve Nash (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/People/Athletes/NBA/Steve+Nash). And it was well above the average score of 14 for sports personalities."

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/sec/2009-12-03-tim-tebow-florida_N.htm

Melo Q score: 18

"The highest-scoring action sports personality was Tony Hawk with a 28. And likely top NBA draft pick Greg Oden has a Q Score of 18 the same as NBA veterans Carmelo Anthony and Jason Kidd."

http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/article/55447 (http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/article/55447)

Q score: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_Score

Although not an apples to apples comparison since the Melo one is not from this year, it shows that Tebow right now at age 22 is bigger than Melo was at age 23.

That's good research. And it says a lot for Tebow, because Carmelo had won the NCAA Championship just one or two years before.

TonyR
05-06-2010, 05:49 PM
I suppose "recognizable" is a term that should be defined.

I hope we can all agree that if shown pictures of each player "in action" that Carmelo would win by 3 to 1 or more. So, in what measurement of "recognizable" would Tebow catch Melo?

That's the way I was thinking and is why I voted for Melo. Football players wear helmets and pads and therefore are generally less recognizable than basketball players. Tebow is the hotter name right now but I agree that Melo is probably more "recognizable" in a physical/visual sense.

Play2win
05-06-2010, 06:03 PM
There's a ton of people who just haven't bothered themselves to watch a NBA game in the last 10 years.