The truth is, Caption This could probably subsist entirely on photos of people hugging. Take a hypermasculinized environment, mix in a dash of emotional embrace, add cameramen... and bingo: Caption Magic. This photo is no exception. Now, I liked this photo enough to use it in this segment despite the facts that 1) it has Tim Tebow, and 2) it only comes in the small size, and it really serves all of our best interests if I tell you why.
Okay, here's why.
The original caption for this photo--the default, pre-assigned caption--was this (emphasis mine):
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, right, hugs Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, left, while on the NFL Network set at the Super Bowl XLVI media center Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in Indianapolis. The New England Patriots will face the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI Feb. 5. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Now, looking at the photo, let me just get one thing straight here: I am--we are--supposed to believe, based on the evidence, that Cam Newton is the one doing the hugging in this photo? Sometimes you have your suspension of disbelief tested, and sometimes you just plain realize that the reinforced cable suspending your disbelief snapped with that satisfying twang of having a great tension released before you even finished the sentence.
A more appropriate caption might read:
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, left, lovingly embraces Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, right, while on the NFL Network set at the Super Bowl XLVI media center Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in Indianapolis. The New England Patriots will face the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI Feb. 5. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Had this been a scene in a movie, perhaps:
INT: Super Bowl XLVI Media Center.
TIM TEBOW and CAM NEWTON meet at the NFL Network set, after corresponding by e-mail for the last several weeks, swapping football stories and strategies. This correspondence began when the two realized that, as football players, they had things in common. Like how they play football.
CAM NEWTON: Hey man, at the Pro Bowl I decided to try out some of the things you suggested. I completed less than 50% of my passes, just like you said. I made sure that despite my completion percentage, I still had almost 200 yards by the end. And we LOST! What the hell, man? You said it was a sure thing.
TIM TEBOW: BEST FRIEND! HUUUUUUUUUUUUUG!
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