Last night Tim Tebow made his NFL pre-season debut with the Denver Broncos. He completed eight out of 13 passes for 105 yards, rushed for another 10 and scored a touchdown.
While Tim Tebow is giving Bronco fans something to cheer about, Tebowtees is giving them something to laugh about.
A month after Tebow was drafted by the Broncos, Seth Finley and Jesse Stiles came up with the idea for Tebowtees, T-shirts that lightly make fun of Tim Tebow and the squeaky clean image he's famous for.
The two formed the company Brand Enamel, started selling the shirts in early July and have become such a big hit they've even been featured on ESPN online.
I recently caught up with Finley to find out more about Teebowtees, how it all started, and WWTTRD (What Would Tim Tebow Really Do) if he saw the shirts.
Denver Pop Culture Examiner: First, tell me a little about yourself.
Seth Finley: I'm originally from the East Coast but I've lived in Colorado for about 14 years. I watched very little sports growing up, and the first football game I ever saw was a CU game my senior year of high school when I visited Boulder. I fell in love with all things Colorado, including the Buffs, Broncos, and Avalanche. I'm easygoing and I love to make people laugh. I think I'm hilarious.
DPCE: How did you first get the idea for Tebowtees?
Seth Finley: A few of us were sitting on a rooftop in downtown Denver, shortly after Tebow was drafted by the Broncos. I turned to my friend and asked, "What would Tim Tebow do?" Almost immediately everyone at the table agreed that WWTTD? shirts needed to be printed. The rest of the ideas came quickly.
DPCE: How has business been and what has been the response?
Seth Finley: At first, we weren't prepared for how quickly Tebowtees took off. It all started with a tweet from a CNBC sports business reporter, and then the response was overwhelming; we started selling shirts immediately that day. People love the designs and quality of the shirts.
DPCE: Which is your most popular design so far?
Seth Finley: It's a close call, but in my opinion our most popular design has been the Golden Boy. People like different Tebowtees for different reasons. The Martyr has had a great response from Tebow and non-Tebow fans alike.
DPCE: The shirt are hilarious. Even though it's all in good fun, has anyone mentioned being offended?
Seth Finley: I've only had two people tell me that they were offended, one by email and one in person. Their argument was that Tebow is a great guy, and I totally agree that he is.
DPCE: Have you had the opportunity to walk down the street in Denver and run into somebody with one of your shirts on?
Seth Finley: I just saw a Tebowtee for the first time on a stranger at a concert this past weekend. It was pretty funny. I've heard from a couple other friends who have seen them around, too.
DPCE: Have you decided whether you're going to attend training camp and sell the shirts or make them available outside of the games at Invesco?
Seth Finley: We've had many people ask us to sell our shirts at training camp and outside of games, but we're still not sure whether or not we'll do so.
DPCE: How can people in Denver purchase the shirts now -- is there anyplace where they can see them in person other than just online?
Seth Finley: No, the only way we've sold Tebowtees up until now is online. Since we thought up the designs, designed the shirts, and built a website, we've had no business plan. We just ended up making parody shirts that everyone loves.
DPCE: Has Tim Tebow contacted you yet?
Seth Finley: Tim Tebow hasn't contacted me personally yet. He's busy with training camp and probably focusing on growing his hair back after the team gave him a haircut.
DPCE: What will you say to Tim if you ever get the chance to talk to him about the shirts?
Seth Finley: I'd probably ask him what size shirts he wears, and then wish him the best of luck as a Bronco.