The latest Tim Tebow controversy centers around a cardboard cutout of the Broncos quarterback that an individual inserted in a nativity scene in a Florida park. A county staffer, responding to a handful of complaints, last week removed the image of the former University of Florida star that had been placed next to the baby Jesus.

However, on Monday Tebow was returned to his spot alongside the Three Wise Men, with Polk County communications director Mianne Nelson saying its presence apparently did not violate county policy.

The Jets and Giants play Saturday, and despite coach Tom Coughlin's request that his team not get caught up in a verbal back-and-forth with Rex Ryan and friends, the Giants can't help themselves.

Ryan has been trying to claim that the Jets are taking over New York from the Giants.

Said Giants running back Brandon Jacobs: "They're going to need a hell of a lot more than this game to make that happen."

One man’s annual countdown of the biggest miscreants, jerks, psychos, losers, mental defectives, morons, habitual criminal offenders, dirtbags and nitwits of the year:

10. The Miami Heat



Popular Canadian singer Michael Buble, a lifelong Canucks fan, skated with the team Tuesday at practice. The 36-year-old hit the post on a shootout attempt against Roberto Luongo and called the experience "just the greatest day of my life, really."

Buble, a multiple Grammy Award-winner who was the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, said he doesn't understand how the Canucks can be reviled around the league.

Longtime Philadelphia Daily News sports writer Bill Conlin, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, was accused by relatives and former neighbors of sexually molesting children in the 1970s.

Soft-spoken children's singer Raffi Cavoukian is taking on loud-mouthed hockey analyst Don Cherry. Raffi, a Canadian who is best known for songs such as "Baby Beluga" and "Down by the Bay," started a Twitter campaign in which he encourages fans to mute Cherry following the former Bruins coach's rant against people who want to eliminate fighting from the sport.

Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey wasn't happy with his team's loss to the Texans Sunday. Shockey also was upset about what he considered a lack of decorum by Houston players during the national anthem.

"I was pretty upset in the way that they weren't showing respect to America during the national anthem," Shockey said. "There were about 10 players that didn't put their arms across their chest. This is America. You should at least respect America."

I remember telling people over and over again last year that Glen Davis held the key to the Celtics’ hopes in the playoffs against LeBron, D-Wade and the Heat.



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Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary testified Friday morning during a preliminary hearing that he believes he saw former assistant Jerry Sandusky sexually molesting a boy in a locker room shower.

McQueary said he passed on this information to two since-departed Penn State officials, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz, for whom the hearing was held.

On the day the Clippers introduced new guard Chris Paul, Lakers star Kobe Bryant questioned the future of his team. "I'm not sure what the hell the direction is, to be honest with you," he said, referring to the team's failed efforts to acquire Paul and subsequent trade of Lamar Odom to the defending champion Mavericks.

"I've never seen something like this unfold," Bryant added. "It's become somewhat of a mess."