On Ryan: "Gosh, I'm trying to remember the first place we met."
On Sanchez: "Gosh, when was the first time we met?"
The aw-shucks routine wasn't quite so persuasive on a couple of other points, either.
Tebow acted genuinely surprised that so many reporters, an estimated 200, showed up for his meet-the-New York-press event.
"Blame the guys upstairs," he quipped. "They wanted me to do it."
Asked whether he had instructed some of his endorsement partners to back off, notably Jockey, after it plastered a giant billboard above the Lincoln Tunnel displaying for millions of motorists Tebow's determined mug and the message: "We Support Tebow &" — oh, yeah — "New York."
Again, he pleaded no-contest.
"I have not had a chance to talk to them," he said, "but I guess they are pretty excited."
Ah, there's that word again.
Everyone, it seems, is excited.
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