Over on the NintendoAge forums, they have an ongoing discussion about Tim Tebow right now. Some of the same things that have been said on the first page are exactly how I feel. The guy gets knocked around by people because of one major thing: his faith.
Firstly, let me state that I have no real vested interest in Tebow. I’m a Bears fan and I have never really cared for the Denver Broncos. Tebow isn’t really my style of quarterback either. I’m much more partial to the kind that passes a bit more, and runs the ball hisself less. There has been an explosion of QBs that run the ball this year it seems, and I feel as though that is going to start making each team be looked at as if that single player, the quarterback, is the team.
When you combine the religion that is football with the religion that is religion, the mix can be dangerously flammable. The NFL ratings rise has been fueled in part by Tebow’s legions of faithful followers, as well as by those simply curious to see how this implausible morality tale plays out.
Uh, what? Mixing religion with football? What ever do you mean, sir? There are many, many players that thank God, point to the sky, huddling in prayer, etc. Why is it just now “dangerously flammable?” Oh wait, because NFL ratings go up? I mean, what the hell kind of statement is that?
Next Sunday, the Broncos host the New England Patriots in a game coveted so much by the networks that NBC and CBS sparred in unprecedented fashion over who would get to broadcast it. And why not? While the Patriots are adored by their fans (myself included), to many nationwide they are regarded as the Sons of Darkness, with their perfectly coiffed Hollywood quarterback and their brilliant – one might say diabolical – hoodie-clad coach. And, oh yes, the most identifiably Jewish owner in sports.
Oh! A Jewish owner. Oooooookay. Is this what you mean by mixing religion and sports? But guess what? Check the quotes at Ace’s site, and then check the article. They have redacted things out of it, most notably this (it’s a doozy!):
If Tebow wins the Super Bowl, against all odds, it will buoy his faithful, and emboldened faithful can do insane things, like burning mosques, bashing gays and indiscriminately banishing immigrants. While America has become more inclusive since Jerry Falwell’s first political forays, a Tebow triumph could set those efforts back considerably.
Ah, how very leftist of you, rabbi. Those darned Christians, if the Broncos were to win a Super Bowl with Tebow as QB, will get VERY uppity and run around rioting! Holy cow, this is amazing to me. I don’t even see how this is any sort of logic whatever. Seeing that the guy is a bonafide liberal from other things he said in the article, I’d have to say he’s doing some “wishful thinking.”
There are attacks against Tebow all over the web, and yes, his skills as a quarterback are always up for debate. The problem is, people are attacking him for being a good person! Not that being a Christian automatically makes you a good person, but he seems like a genuinely nice guy. People don’t like nice guys anymore, apparently. It’s all very telling of the times.
I wanted to write more, but screw it. Just know that the Tebow hate started because of liberals being angry about a pro-life ad during the Super Bowl (take notice how they equate gay rights with the slaughter of babies in that article). I think I’ll just leave off with these words:
Marion Barber, you looked incredibly stupid the other day. However, screw the NFL. You shouldn’t HAVE to talk to the damned media.