By Phil Anderson
The phenomenon Tim Tebow, quarterback of the Denver Broncos, his acceptance by coaches and players in the National Football League (NFL) and the handling of the story by ESPN along with others in mainstream sport media has been akin the play of Mr. Tebow in any given game…all over the field, messy and… winning.And the attention it has commanded?
From the political left: As reported in Big Journalism…Bill Press, a liberal talk show host(15 December 2011): Oh yeah, all right all right yeah first of all I just have to thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ and you know what I want to say, S.T.F.U. [shut the f*** up]!
From the political right: Rick Perry, Governor Texas comparing his style to Tebow in last night’s Iowa GOP Presidential debate presented by FOX News.
Talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, took note of the animosity by members in the media towards Tebow. Limbaugh was discussing a news column in USA Today by Larry Taunton titled “The anti-Tebow bias isn’t about football.”
“There is a psychology behind that, and the psychology is rooted in inferiority,” Taunton said. “Our cue, however, that Tebow’s numerous critics aren’t motivated by a desire to protect the integrity of the sport from unworthies is revealed in the manner of their critique. To say that they have reserved a special kind of venom for Tim Tebow is an understatement. Indeed, to hear them speak, one imagines the Denver Broncos are quarterbacked by Betty White. Only here’s another thing: Tim Tebow’s football credentials are impeccable.”
Commenting on Taunton’s piece, Limbaugh said, “He’s outperforming every quarterback he faces. He’s playing better than every quarterback he faces in the games that they’ve won. He’s 5-1 with the Broncos. It’s inescapable. Tebow is playing; the idea he can’t play is ludicrous.”
Limbaugh went on to say, “It’s also about the fact he’s highly visible on his love of Jesus Christ. That just makes ’em nervous, ’cause the people who don’t believe in Jesus Christ are the ones who are bothered.
National Sports networks: Skip Bayless (ESPN) has jumped on the Tim Tebow Bandwagon while his partner on First Take Steven A. Smith is trying to flatten the wagons tires
Jen Engel, a writer for Fox Sports, points out the hypocrisy in the NFL for allowing Tebow’s faith to be mocked on the field by other players.
Engel asks the question, “What if Tim Tebow were a Muslim?”
Engel says, “Imagine for a second, the Denver Broncos’ quarterback is a devout follower of Islam, sincere and principled in his beliefs and thus bowed toward Mecca to celebrate touchdowns. Now, imagine if Detroit Lions’ players Stephen Tulloch and Tony Scheffler mockingly bowed toward Mecca, too, after tackling him for a loss or scoring a touchdown, just like what happened Sunday.”
_Engel continued, “I know what would happen. All hell would break loose.”
The players:“It always amazes me. You never know what you’re going to get with Tim. He always has the faith.” Demaryius Thomas, Broncos wide receiver.
“He’s a good running back” Brian Urlacher, Chicago Bears line backer. (Hey Brian he plays quarterback)
The local Las Vegas, Nevada sports press: I have yet to hear any of the talent on KBAD Fox sports radio 920 or KWWN ESPN Sports radio 1100 say anything good about Tebow without first twisting themselves into a knot.
But I was wondering about the true TEBOW HATERS in the media. Why do they find a kid that every, and I mean every, football, mom, soccer mom, baseball mom, Basketb…nah, I will pass on that one… thinks there future star is or wants them to be. I am wondering if the real “haters” in the media and if they are actually protecting their media “rice bowl”.
What would happen if ALL football, baseball, soccer, basketb (Again, I’ll pass on B-Ball because that sport may be beyond hope they’ve have college kids playing proud to be known a “gangstas”) players were like Tim Tebow? Someone who holds himself out, without apology, as a role model. What would happen if every professional player acted like Tim Tebow? What would the media cover? Gone would be the likes of Michael Vick (dogs), Plaxico Burress (guns), “Pacman” Jones (strippers), the steroids, point shaving, boosters and all the rest…you know…the good stuff these media guys thrive on. And let’s not forget the “players” in Hollywood, politics, business, Wall Street and the media either.
What would happen if “players” like Tebow were celebrated? They, the “haters”, would have to cover people that have respect for their God given talent and their roll in influencing lives…for the good…for a change.
But back to Tim Tebow. Lets face it, Mr Tebow,s football skills are “in need of improvement” and they are improving, but his talent is leadership. If by the grace of God he leads the Denver Broncos wins through playoffs and then Superbowl XLVI it will truly be by divine intervention. Then watch the collective medias heads explode.