By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
If you’re not a sports person, look away. I’m about to talk sports. My question: Why does it seem like so many people are so worked up, one way or another, about Denver Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow and his piety position?
For you people who don’t follow football, all three of you, Tebow is a former Florida Gator, Heisman Trophy winner and quite a religious young man.
While I don’t recall his doing this after college touchdowns – which were many – in the pros he goes down on one knee and apparently says a brief prayer or something in gratitude for his exceptional athletic feats.
It’s gotten so much attention that the gesture is called “Tebowing” and some people mimick the prayerful posture after all sorts of zany behavior.
Tebow has caught all kinds of flak from the public or other NFL players about this prayer thing.
Some have said rude things about it.
Late-night comedians are running wild with less-than-kind remarks about Tebow or the gesture.
Remember, all the smart people were sure Tebow couldn’t make it in professional football.
Remember, his passing motion was no good, he was really just a fullback who could throw, he was this, he was that.
The Broncos had other quarterbacks, and Tebow wasn’t even the starter until things happened to them.
But, miracle upon miracle, when they put Tim Tebow into the game as the starting quarterback, the Broncos started to win. Fans got excited.
Other people started ridiculing their leader.
In the Broncos’ most recent outing, Tebow had a truly awful day. He threw four interceptions. The Broncos lost. Everybody was unhappy.
Hey, Eli Manning also has been known to throw multiple interceptions per game. His fans and fellow players don’t like that either, but is anybody ridiculing Eli on late-night TV?
Well, maybe, in The Big Apple.
So, I guess what I’m saying here is that while Tim Tebow is getting the big bucks to play in The Big Time, his success will rise and fall on his athletic abilities.
Few NFL quarterbacks show total brilliance in their rookie season.
I was hoping Carolina’s Cam Newton would be a horrible bust. I have my reasons.
But Newton isn’t and I’m sorry about that, but I’m not sending him hate mail or having my ears taped back against my head like his, just to ridicule him.
Do people not like Tebow because he’s publicly religious? He’s been that way ever since he came onto the national athletic scene.
I find it a bit refreshing, albeit ultimately boring, that Tim Tebow is such a nice young man and behaves himself in public.
This New Year, perhaps we should all pause, do the Tebow and pray for peace.
Now, that would be something we all could love.
Patsy R. Brumfield writes a Thursday column. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy New Year, dear readers.