Tim Tebow finally spoke up and defended himself against accusations he asked out of the team's wildcat package for Sunday's loss to the Chargers, although his explanation is open to interpretation.

"You work your whole life to build a reputation," Tebow said Wednesday. "Then people try to bring you down when they don’t understand even what happened. It’s disappointing. You just want to express your side of the story."

Rockets coach (and Celtics legend) Kevin McHale is set to make an emotional return to Minneapolis on Wednesday night. McHale, a Minnesota native who spent 16 years working for the Timberwolves as a TV analyst, executive and coach, raised his children in the area. This is his first visit to Target Center since the Nov. 24 death of his 23-year-old daughter, Sasha, from lupus. McHale's wife and four remaining children will attend the game as well.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano, recovering from a battle with leukemia, returned to the team Monday for the first time since taking an indefinite leave on Oct. 1. Pagano will prepare his 10-5 team for Sunday's regular-season finale against the conference-leading Texans.

"I feel great," he said. "My weight is back. My energy is back and again, it's just a blessing to be back here."

Tim Tebow did not play in the Jets' 27-17 loss to the visiting Chargers on Sunday, and there are reports that the backup quarterback told his coaches he did not want to be used in the wildcat package because he was frustrated with having been passed over for the starting job.

While former third-stringer Greg McElroy started in place of the benched Mark Sanchez, wide receiver Jeremy Kerley ran the wildcat plays.

Jets coach Rex Ryan would only say (through a spokesman) that it was a "coach's decision," and Tebow stated, "It just kind of happens."

The world has not ended, but there are a few individuals in the sports world who probably wish the Internet was destroyed. In the news Friday we have a former Olympian admitting a double life, an ESPN talker learning the duration of his suspension, and another NFL player receiving a death threat on Twitter.

The Jets appear ready to start over at quarterback. According to the New York Daily News, the team will look to trade Mark Sanchez after the season -- although it likely will be difficult to find a team willing to pay Sanchez the $8.25 million he's owed. Sanchez, in his fourth season in New York after being selected fifth overall in the 2009 draft, has been benched in favor of Greg McElroy for Sunday's game against the Chargers following his disastrous five-turnover performance in this past Sunday's 14-10 loss to the Titans that ended the Jets' playoff hopes.

Greg McElroy was named Jets starter following Mark Sanchez' five-turnover performance Monday night, and apparently that's not sitting well with Tim Tebow. According to a report from the New York Daily News, Tebow will ask to be traded or released after the season if he does not get more of an opportunity in the last two games.

Jets coach Rex Ryan said Sanchez respected the coach's decision to bench him, but Ryan has not publicly addressed the Tebow situation.

The Jets' hopes of making the playoffs were ended Monday night with a brutal 14-10 road loss to the Titans. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez threw four interceptions but was in position to win the game after a 19-yard punt gave New York the ball at the Tennessee 25 with 47 seconds remaining. However, Sanchez couldn't handle a low shotgun snap on first down and the Titans recovered the fumble.

ESPN play-by-play caller Mike Tirico summed it up best, saying: "That's the way this game should end, that's the way the Jets' season should end: Ugly, and a loss."

The NFL paid tribute to the victims of the Connecticut elementary school shooting during Sunday's games. The Patriots had a pregame tribute featuring 26 flares in honor of the 20 children and six school employees who died Friday. The team's End Zone Militia silenced the guns that they normally fire after the Patriots score.

"Out of respect for those that were killed, we were asked yesterday not to fire the muskets, which we all agreed with," End Zone Militia sergeant Bob Elliott said. "It was just such a horrific thing. It's hard to put it into words."

ESPN host Rob Parker is the talk of the Internet following his analysis of Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III as it pertains to the black community.

RGIII responded to a reporter's question on Wednesday by saying: