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George Will: Tebow backlash the ‘democratic nation’s itch to level people’
TheDC ^ | Jeff Poor

Posted on 01/15/2012 3:28:17 PM PST by Rufus2007

Saturday night, the Tim Tebow-led Denver Broncos suffered a crushing 45-10 defeat to the New England Patriots, ending their season. But it hasn’t ended the discussion about Tebow and the his meteoric rise in popularity since being named the Broncos’ starting quarterback.

On ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos asked Washington Post columnist George Will why, despite Tebow’s positive attitude and charm, the openly christian quarterback is such a polarizing figure in American culture?

“That’s a good question,” Will replied, “because when Hank Greenberg of the Tigers, Sandy Koufax and Sean Greene of the Dodgers — all three Jewish — missed extremely important late-season games because of observance of Yom Kippur, no one said this was exhibitionism and no one complained about it,” Will said. “They thought it was exemplary. As far as I could tell in every particular, Tim Tebow is an exemplary gentleman and maybe this is just the democratic, small ‘d,’ democratic nation’s itch to level people. It’s unattractive — the attacks on Tim Tebow — from whatever source.”

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I wonder if we'll get a reprieve from the Tebow hate now? It's really obnoxious.
1 posted on 01/15/2012 3:28:22 PM PST by Rufus2007
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To: Rufus2007

I’ll ask nicely, again. Please place your blog material in our bloggers forum.


2 posted on 01/15/2012 3:31:32 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Rufus2007

I can’t wait until George Will becomes the late great George Will.


3 posted on 01/15/2012 3:49:51 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Rufus2007

the real question is... did NE get ‘live scouting’ data to help defend against denver?

the left would do anything to keep Tebow from succeeding.

anything


4 posted on 01/15/2012 3:53:56 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Rufus2007
When will the lamestream sports media stop putting religious references into every article they write about Tebow? It was cute the first thousand times they did it, but after a while, it's tiresome.

It reminds me of the decades in which every quarterback with pigment in his skin had to be referred to as a black quarterback.

He couldn't be recognized as just a good, or bad, quarterback. They had to point out the obvious...he was a black quarterback.

I hope they don't obsess with Tebow's religious beliefs for as long as they obsessed with black quarterbacks.

If their mediot egos weren't so large, they'd understand how stupid they sound.

5 posted on 01/15/2012 4:00:26 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: Rufus2007
I must have missed the moment when Tebow became a “Polarizing Figure’ in American Society.

I thought Sarah Palin had the honor of that title. I guess Steffy didn't get the memo.

Meanwhile, Pharoah Obama pisses on the Constitution while some Marines are in trouble for pissing on people that had just tried to kill them.

We are living in the Bizarro World.

6 posted on 01/15/2012 4:08:29 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: bigbob

What the hell does that mean? You want Will dead? Can you explain, please?


7 posted on 01/15/2012 4:09:57 PM PST by jobim (.)
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To: Rufus2007

George Stuff an olive up his ass just can’t ask a question without giving away his own bias.

Tim Tebow isn’t a polarizing figure. It’s the likes of Stuffanoliveuphisass and other intellectual perverts of his low ilk who do the polarizing, while using Tebow as their excuse. It’s the Billy Budd Syndrome for those familiar with the Melville novel.

Pure evil, like Stuffanoliveuphisass, can’t abide pure good, and must destroy it by provoking it to an evil act.


8 posted on 01/15/2012 4:18:27 PM PST by DPMD
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To: Rufus2007

As far as I have been able to determine, Tim Tebow took the defeat like a sport and a gentleman....even though the offensive line never actually showed up for the game....nor did most of the defense. If this was a test of Tebow’s character, I’m sure he came through it admirably. He took it like a man!

On the other hand....I’d LOVE to be a fly on the wall and know everything about how Tom Brady is handling his impressive victory. I’d like to know how much strutting, preening and bloviating took place, if any.

That game, and its outcome, was a test of BOTH QBs, both during the game and SINCE; and having nothing to do with the actual game of football. I would be very pleased to learn that Brady was just as much a sport and a gentleman in his victory, as Tim was in his defeat.


9 posted on 01/15/2012 4:24:03 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: Rufus2007

I keep hearing that Tebow is a polarizing figure. I don’t think he is at all. He can’t help it that maybe a significant portion of our country is made up of hateful leftists with mental issues. I like Tebow not because he is hated by some on the left, but because he sets a good example and seems to be genuine. I say this as a non-religious, non-sports person.


10 posted on 01/15/2012 4:54:58 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: DPMD

I agree about the “polarizing” figure business. I don’t see it.


11 posted on 01/15/2012 4:56:30 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Rufus2007

>>...I wonder if we’ll get a reprieve from the Tebow hate now? It’s really obnoxious...<<

It’s media-driven pettiness. Why they let Tebow live rent-free in their heads is beyond me. Saw this on the web:

“...I haven’t heard this much talk about a white bronco since the O.J. trial...”


12 posted on 01/15/2012 5:02:09 PM PST by jaydee770
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To: beaversmom

“Polarizing” is just MSM code for “We hate him/her but we’re not allowed to say that; but everyone who’s smart agrees with us that this is a figure to be loathed.”

That’s why only conservatives are “polarizing.” Tebow. Sarah Palin. Et al.

If the MSM were using the word correctly — one side feels strongly one way, the other side feels just as adamantly the other way — they would have to characterize Obama as “polarizing” in every reference. But they don’t! In fact, he’s NEVER described as polarizing.

Wonder why?


13 posted on 01/15/2012 5:14:26 PM PST by Blue Ink
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To: All

It is not just Tebo, Palin, George Bush they hate.
It is you they hate.


14 posted on 01/15/2012 5:25:28 PM PST by Jonah Johansen ("Coming soon to a neighborhood near you")
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To: bigbob
I can’t wait until George Will becomes the late great George Will.

I can't imagine Tebow ever saying something like this, and that's one of the reasons I like him.
15 posted on 01/15/2012 5:25:32 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Rufus2007

It’s Shawn Green of the Dodgers. Shameful to use a man to make a point while misspelling both of his names.

Great ballplayer.


16 posted on 01/15/2012 5:26:05 PM PST by sbMKE
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To: Rufus2007

because that was a time when real journalists (i know the ny slimes even then was vile) reported the news instead of creating the news. tebow praying isn;t because he is “in your face” it’s because everyone with a camera takes a picture hoping it will make them thousands of dollars.


17 posted on 01/15/2012 5:31:13 PM PST by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: Tucker39
.I’d LOVE to be a fly on the wall and know everything about how Tom Brady is handling his impressive victory. I’d like to know how much strutting, preening and bloviating took place, if any.

I hope nobody swats you. Brady was complimentary of Tebow who is well liked by .... Bill Belichik!

18 posted on 01/15/2012 5:31:49 PM PST by Boston Blackie
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To: bigbob
I can’t wait until George Will becomes the late great George Will.

Idiot

19 posted on 01/15/2012 5:34:01 PM PST by Mr_Peter
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To: Boston Blackie

I Iike Brady, nobody thought he was that good when he came out of Michigan, he got his one chance when Bledsoe got hurt, and he made the most of it.


20 posted on 01/15/2012 5:35:24 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Tucker39

Very well said.

Imho, Tim Tebow is a great example of what a pro sports athlete should be - humble, hard working, talented, giving, caring and generous.

Sometimes people like to tear down people who are good - it is the insecurity and self-loathing in themselves that makes them lash out at people that they perceive deep down inside who are better than themselves. Just look at what people did to Jesus - it’s encapsulated all right there.


21 posted on 01/15/2012 5:42:15 PM PST by khnyny (Our government has become Hal in "2001 A Space Odyssey")
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To: bigbob
I can’t wait until George Will becomes the late great George Will

If your post was ever to pass under his eye, George would respond

- "Hey bigblob, I can't wait until you make your BIG exit."

22 posted on 01/15/2012 5:56:49 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: dfwgator
You are correct and as you know Tebow led Florida to 2 national championships, won the Heisman and was a 1st round draft pick in 2010.

Brady rode the bench as Brian Griese led Michigan to a share of the national championship in 1997 and was a 6th round draft pick in 2000.

23 posted on 01/15/2012 5:57:29 PM PST by Boston Blackie
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To: Boston Blackie

All of the scouting reports said that Brady wouldn’t make it in the NFL....well he sure showed them.

That’s why Brady emphasizes with Tebow.


24 posted on 01/15/2012 5:59:42 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: khnyny

He is polarizing.

Decent people are on his side and creeps hate him.

The country is polarized.


25 posted on 01/15/2012 6:00:27 PM PST by cajungirl
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To: dfwgator

That should be “empathizes.”


26 posted on 01/15/2012 6:00:27 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: khnyny

He is polarizing.

Decent people are on his side and creeps hate him.

The country is polarized.


27 posted on 01/15/2012 6:00:33 PM PST by cajungirl
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To: khnyny

Good always irritates evil.


28 posted on 01/15/2012 6:04:08 PM PST by abclily
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To: cajungirl

“Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is.” Milton, Paradise Lost


29 posted on 01/15/2012 6:06:58 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: Mr_Peter; Boston Blackie

Look at the post just before yours. This is an example of how to respond to people in a respectable manner. He addressed the same issue as you but didn’t insult his intended recipient.

You are a long timer here and I know it gets frustrating to deal with the same stuff over and over, but I submit to you “composure first substance next” is a good rule to follow until your grave.


30 posted on 01/15/2012 6:19:31 PM PST by ResponseAbility (Islam...Imperialism in a turban.)
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To: Mr_Peter; bigbob

Sorry, I didn’t address all the right people in my last post.


31 posted on 01/15/2012 6:23:23 PM PST by ResponseAbility (Islam...Imperialism in a turban.)
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To: cajungirl

Decent people are fewer and fewer because laws don’t recompense victims. Evil men are therefore not in any way discouraged from the evil that they do.


32 posted on 01/15/2012 6:39:28 PM PST by ResponseAbility (Islam...Imperialism in a turban.)
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To: Rufus2007

A leftist rolling in the mud always tries to drag someone down to join them.


33 posted on 01/15/2012 7:45:33 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: FlyVet
They had to point out the obvious...he was a black quarterback.

Don't watch much football or other sports, but I think it's because of the search for The Great Black (QB) Hope.
34 posted on 01/15/2012 8:38:22 PM PST by caveat emptor (Zippity Do Dah)
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To: Boston Blackie

Glad to hear it.
And now for NEXT Sunday.....if the Pats play next week like they did Saturday evening, and if the Ravens don’t play any better than they did today, the Pats are going to put a SERIOUS hurtin’ on the birds!


35 posted on 01/15/2012 8:53:16 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: Boston Blackie

Do a little reading about Brady. There was an article last week about how the Pats prep for playoffs. They are fanatical. They are focused. And they want to win.

It wasn’t about Tebow. They would have been viscious with any team.

The media made up all of this crap. Tebow is a kid. He will be a very exciting qb when he is a little older and they have a better team around him.

The Pats don’t preen. At least not until February.


36 posted on 01/15/2012 9:35:40 PM PST by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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