Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tebow or not Tebow....that's...a dumb question.

A dumb question yes, but I bet it's the first blog of mine you've bothered to click on......the dude is that big.  He's a polarizing, compelling stud....love to hate him, or hate that you love him, either way you probably have an opinion.  That fact alone is interesting since no one really knows the guy...we don't have 15 years worth of NFL seasons to see, and there's not that much out there from college unless you're a sports nut or from Florida.  We know he wore eye black with bible verses on it in college...and they told him not to do that....which is silly and sad.  We know he's an outspoken Christian and extremely competitive.....which is a combination that I'm sure scares a lot of people in this country under the age of 50...which is also sad, and silly. 
Here is a guy who won the Hiesmann, National Championships, and was then a top draft pick into a backup situation....third in line in fact.  He's been told his whole career he wasn't NFL material, but his frame and prowess served him well at the college level.  And yet....
He's been generating headlines all year and of late things have gotten pretty interesting.  He's had articles lately promoting him for MVP, his stats have been broken down to show his "yards per touch" as being in the top 4 or 5 in the NFL.  And there's that whole "Broncos Win Streak" thing....from 1-5 and the cellar to 7-5 and first place.  Today "The Onion" had a headline story that joked that his story has inspired more teams to start bad quarterbacks...to paraphrase.  
The thing I wonder about while I look at Tebow's story develop is, why do people take such an issue with him?  The only people that have a legitimate concern or a say in his ability as a quarterback are the folks paying his salary, and they seem like they've had the least to say--other than they're going to ride this train until it stops.  I don't understand someone who, like me, works in a completely unrelated profession and has the kinds of things to say about Tebow's skill set or personal life.  The silly thing when you read the stories or overhear the water cooler conversations, is opinions are just being recylcled everywhere without any new revelations....he's just plain offensive to some and the best thing since sliced bread to others.....it's clearly political.  It's political, it's emotional, and it rubs up against peoples core because he's the biggest name in a long time that's forcing people to accept that good guys still exist...that somebody out there really is better than most of us....and that you can have it all and not be a jerk to get it. 
Some of my friends will appreciate this question based on conversations we've had....but try to answer it honestly--what is so offensive about a white, male, outspoken Christian?  Now tell me he's not popping up in the news because of personal or political views....
There are probably 5 people that care about his footwork in the pocket, legitimately.  There are probably as many that stay up late analyzing his arm motion during the pressure of a two-minute drill.  But there are lot more that care about him unashamedly bowing for a quick prayer....Tebowing--a national phenomanon.  Picking on someone for praying in public--wow America, way to represent.   An irony in this country, especially with younger generations, is that everyone wants to be an "individual" but systematically accepted, wants everyone to accept everyone else, but are completely offended when other's actually express something they've accepted for themselves....especially if it isn't the same thing that they themselves believe...which in the end kills true individualism....sad and silly.
There are those, however, that just don't care about any of this....don't care about football, don't care about Tim Tebow.  That's just fine, a nice little spark of individuality there, keep it up.   Not me though, I'm a fan.  Football is a great game, another great American gift to the world.  Frankly, so is Tim Tebow.  No pressure Tim, but it's more important that you "hold the line" off the field than on.  You've stepped into an arena few have walked into and succeeded and for all that is good, I hope you never falter.  Winning games is great, but winning in life is better, and we need some success stories.  So keep it up Tim, the kids are watching, the media is leering and waiting, and everyone else is talking. 
Hmm, I guess I answered my dumb question for myself at least......I say Tebow.


  1. I say Tebow for shizzle! I have all the love in the world for athletes than play for something bigger than themselves. I also love a coach that wants this in his players. Coach Frazier of the Vikings wants true leadership and less attitude. Although the Vikings stink big time this year, Frazier deserves another go at it. He kind of reminds me of a Tony Dungy, which is a good thing. I sort of got off track...but not really. Point is, I totally support athletes and coaches that have the type of character that Tim Tebow possess. Thanks for the good read Jason.

  2. Tebow definitely. What a great role model for our kids. Great blog post Poppen! I completely agree... who cares about his arm motion, his Tebowing, or anything else, he's a winner with a winning attitude and I am a Broncos fan that is rooting for him to succeed. (I can't help myself from pointing out one error though, the Broncos were never 1-5. 1-4, 2-4, 2-5, then 5 wins in a row to get to 7-5) Cheers!

  3. Good catch Chris...keep me grounded ;) thanks for posting!