I mean, $1 million for two games in Russia is pretty good. If anything, it was thethoughtof playing in Russia that made Tebow uneasy. Tebow’s refusal of the offer really came as no surprise. He has stated since his release from the New England Patriots that he will “remainin relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback,” per CindyBoren of theWashington Post. While the best opportunity for him to play in the NFL immediately could be in Jacksonville (or even Cleveland if the Brian Hoyer experiment doesn’t pan out), no NFL franchise appears to have reached out to the quarterback. Earlier in the week, there was even a rally in Jacksonville to bring Tebow to the Jaguars. The fanbase is clearly fed up with Blaine Gabbert and is looking for a change. Tebow would be the face of the franchise that the Jaguars so desperately need. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images Regardless, it isn’t Tebow’s fault that he isn’t in Jacksonville. Owner Shahid Khan and general manager David Caldwell have seemingly done nothing to bring him onto a team destined to finish near the bottom of the NFL this season. Given the semi-surprising lack of interest in him, Tebow should not have refused the offer to play in Russia. American football in Russia is a few steps down from the NFL (OK, more than a few), but having success at any level would be enough to open the eyes of teams thinking about giving him a call.
A Free Syrian Army fighter inspects an exit in the al-Khalidiya neighbourhood of Aleppo, September 21, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Aref Hretani By Alissa de Carbonnel MOSCOW | Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:17am EDT MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused the West on Sunday of trying to exploit a chemical weapons deal with Syria to push through a U.N. resolution threatening force against President Bashar al-Assad. Assad’s government has handed over information about its chemical arsenal to a U.N.-backed weapons watchdog, meeting the first deadline of the ambitious U.S.-Russia accord which the U.N. Security Council is due to endorse in the coming days. But major powers on the council, who have disagreed throughout a conflict which has killed 100,000 people, remain divided over how to ensure compliance with the accord. The United States, France and Britain want a council resolution issued under Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter, which could authorize sanctions or military intervention if Damascus reneges on its commitments. Russia, which along with China has blocked three draft resolutions on Syria since the 2011 uprising against Assad erupted, opposes Western threats of force against an ally which Moscow has continued to arm and support during the civil war. “They see in the U.S.-Russian deal not a chance to save the planet from significant quantities of chemical weapons in Syria, but as a chance to do what Russia and China will not allow, namely to push through a resolution involving (the threat of) force against the regime and shielding the opposition,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Lavrov also said Russia was ready to send troops to Syria to ensure the safety of U.N. chemical weapons inspectors. “An international presence is needed on the perimeters of the areas where the experts will work,” he said. “We are willing to send our troops and military police to participate. “I do not think that there is a need for a major contingent.