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Tim Tebow vs. Tom Brady interesting enough without religious overtones (LAUGH ALERT)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Jan 13, 2012 | Rick Telander rtelander@suntimes.com

Posted on 01/13/2012 10:55:55 AM PST by Chi-townChief

There, I just Tebowed at my desk. Thirty seconds worth.

I didn’t ask the Lord or Allah or Buddha or even Joel Osteen for help.

I simply took a half-minute to clear my mind, relax, fire up and be thankful that I get to write a sports column in a city I love, on topics that inspire me, with opinions that are worked from six decades of trying to figure out this thing called life.

I even enjoy the negative stuff, like, say, this unsigned note that just came in the mail from a reader, hand-scrawled on yellow legal paper: “Keep the God-damned Money out of it! — That’s what ruined professional sports — YOU JACK ASS!’’

Passion!

And so we have Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, the muscle-armed, ever-smiling, passing-challenged, “miracle’’-producing “Muscular Christian’’ of 19th century romantic construction, the embodiment of the philosophical ideal of the pious Christian soldier, sincere, gentle, kind yet masculine and ready to kick butt.

Tebow — whose pose while praying before games and sometimes during and after them has become the hottest debate topic in all of America — is taking on the two-touchdown-favorite, 13-3 New England Patriots on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. Apparently by himself.

Images of St. George or David (after heavy lifting and extensive creatine and whey-powder ingestion) or maybe St. Patrick casting out Irish snakes come to mind.

That the rest of the competent Broncos will play alongside Tebow seems to have escaped everyone.

Indeed, that fact might be irrelevant to a lot of, shall we call them, “Muscular Couch Potatoes.’’

Unbelievably — well, maybe not — 43.3 percent of people in this country believe that Tebow’s accomplishments on the field ‘‘can be attributed to divine intervention.’’

That means those folks believe God put that astounding 80-yard, touchdown-producing Tebow ball in the hands of wide receiver Demaryius Thomas last week for the 11-second, fastest-in-NFL-overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Like a baton handoff from Tebow to an apostle — with Jesus moving the fingers.

This poll was conducted by the website Poll Position, a place that claims to be “a nonpartisan news, polling and social media company whose goals are to engage, enlighten and entertain you.’’

Well, I’m entertained.

Because the kicker is: Only 42.3 percent of those who know who Tebow is think divine intervention does not have anything to do with his success.

That means more people believe the NFL is something like an ancient Roman passion play with hands popping out of the sky to move chess pieces around and turn people into stones or frogs or livers to be pecked over and over than do not.

Should we expect the Broncos to give Tebow two lockers next season: one for him, one for his Special Pal?

And yet, as a passionate Tebow defender said to me the other day, Why does this guy polarize people so much? Forget the God stuff, isn’t he a better role model than the endless stream of arrogant, me-first, whoring-about, drug-abusing stars we normally put on pedestals?

Yes. Sure.

But the God stuff is not just a trapping with Tebow.

It is Tebow.

You know who really thinks Tebow and God walk hand in hand on the gridiron? According to the poll, women, young people between the ages of 18 and 29 and Republicans.

The thoughts come to one: If Tebow ran tent-show revivals, he could rake in millions. (Grinning, big-toothed Osteen, you are practice squad compared to Tebow.) If he ran for president, he could win. If he were to disappear, we would build a shrine wherever he was last seen.

The trouble with the divine- intervention theory is, of course, there are always as many fervid Christians on the other side of the line of scrimmage as there are on Tebow’s. A God that flicks devout cornerbacks in the head so praying tight ends can get past them is unimaginable.

To me, anyway.

The never-closemouthed Charles Barkley said on radio the other day that with the Broncos’ crazy, underdog win over the Steelers and Tebow Mania everywhere, “the national nightmare continues.’’

In short, Barkley said he and many others are sick of the fantastic faith-based goody-ness that surrounds this young man who has made sport and religion inseparable.

Me, I can’t wait to see Tom Brady and mates take on the Broncos.

Not to see Tebow be demolished.

But to see if a running, bare-armed, cheerful, fundamentals-be-damned, totally retro, winning quarterback can beat cunning coach Bill Belichick and suave, classically formed quarterback Brady in a game that is — remember — as vicious as it is pretty.

I don’t think God has anything to do with it. Come on!

But I think secular, nondenominational, nonsectarian, reflective Tebowing, done at the right moments, might be the coolest thing since snow angels.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bigots; nfl; tebow
It sounds like the "religious overtones" come from these bigoted cowards like Rick Telander rather than from Tim Tebow.
1 posted on 01/13/2012 10:56:07 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

People from around here (indiana) would be already praying for New England’s defeat, even if Tebow wasn’t at QB.


2 posted on 01/13/2012 11:02:37 AM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Chi-townChief

The ‘controversy’ surrounding Tim Tebow is really just a bunch of non-religious folks feeling uncomfortable with an outstanding pro football player that is a sincere, unapologetic Christian. Tebow doesn’t claim ‘divine intervention’ in his football games, win or lose, he simply gives his creator the credit for the body and skills he possesses. Why is that so scary for the non-religious? Probably because it gets them to thinking that if there is a God, they may be answerable to Him for their actions in life and that would be unacceptable to many. Sports writers repetitive attempts to mock and marginalize Tebow for his public displays of reverence to God are getting ridiculous. The guy has his attributes and his flaws. Big deal. Let’s cut the ‘controversy’ nonsense and just enjoy the games.


3 posted on 01/13/2012 11:06:34 AM PST by Jim Scott
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To: Chi-townChief

The problem for the Tebow haters is not that he is visible in his proclamation of his faith. It’s the discomforting impression that he actually means it.


4 posted on 01/13/2012 11:12:39 AM PST by organicchemist
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To: organicchemist

Bingo !!


5 posted on 01/13/2012 11:13:42 AM PST by fantom (,)
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To: Jim Scott

And, like I’ve posted in other threads, Tebow thanked his mom for not aborting him at the banquet when he got the Heisman trophy. Now, THAT is heresy to a liberal!


6 posted on 01/13/2012 11:14:38 AM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Chi-townChief
Forget the God stuff, isn’t he a better role model than the endless stream of arrogant, me-first, whoring-about, drug-abusing stars we normally put on pedestals?

Yes. Sure. But...

There, that sums up his entire article. The "but" is all about his intolerance of Christians. And he started his column with a "I don't pray to God, but we are co-equals.." statement.

7 posted on 01/13/2012 11:16:37 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Chi-townChief
"That the rest of the competent Broncos will play alongside Tebow seems to have escaped everyone."

It seems to have only escaped you, Telander. Most everyone else understands that football is a team sport

8 posted on 01/13/2012 11:16:49 AM PST by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: Jim Scott
I think the vitriol against Tim Tebow is more than a bunch of secular sports writers and such.
For over 80 years the so called Liberal Social Progressives have moved Heaven and Earth to push this society to a Secular one trying to drive out all references to God.
While a certain amount of Non Secular things are tolerated, even some athletes showing their respect for God. Tebow is a high profile athlete that somehow threatens the Secular status quo and therefore must be denigrated at all costs. A juicy scandal involving this kid would be made to order.
I can only hope this young man can keep on the straight and narrow to avoid any pitfalls along the way.
People, I think, are responding to Tebow in a positive manner and he represents something that we need in this country.
9 posted on 01/13/2012 11:17:12 AM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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To: Chi-townChief

10 posted on 01/13/2012 11:21:32 AM PST by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Why is there a need to deliberately mock the Lord by including Allah and Bhudda, obviously meant as unusual inclusions when writing to an American audience?


11 posted on 01/13/2012 11:27:46 AM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Chi-townChief
No matter how well Tim Tebow plays this weekend (and I hope he plays well, because I want to see a good game), if the Denver defense does not 'step up' and play considerably better than they did in the second half of the Pittsburgh game, the New England Patriots will pick the Broncos apart.
12 posted on 01/13/2012 11:30:23 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Chi-townChief
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13 posted on 01/13/2012 11:31:18 AM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: Chi-townChief

Never heard of the author. Is he a sports writer/colummist? He doesn’t appear to grasp the knowledge of football.


14 posted on 01/13/2012 11:34:45 AM PST by GSWarrior (Businessmen are more trustworthy than politicians, professors and preachers.)
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To: Chi-townChief

You said it well; “...coward...”

Notice how he got his obligatory blasphemy in - using someone else?

I know “we don’t need no steenking standards” but...since when is it ok to print gd in the newspaper?

It’s nauseating.
He KNOWS believing folks would read bc of the headline...then he throws that in there to purposefully insult.
ughhhhhhhhh!


15 posted on 01/13/2012 11:39:00 AM PST by spankalib (The Marx-in-the-Parks crowd is a basement skunkworks operation of the AFL-CIO)
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To: Chi-townChief
As soon as I got to his profanity I decided he wasn't a professional writer and quit.
16 posted on 01/13/2012 11:43:17 AM PST by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: Chi-townChief

My friend just sent me this:

Tom Brady, after living a full life, died. When he got to heaven, God was showing him around. They came to a modest little house with a faded Patriots flag in the window. “This house is yours for eternity Tom, said God. “This is very special; not everyone gets a house up here.” Tom felt special, indeed, and walked up to his house. On his way up the porch, he noticed another house just around the ...corner. It was a huge 3-story mansion with Orange and Blue sidewalks and drive ways, a 50 foot tall flagpole with an enormous Broncos logo flag waving, a swimming pool in shape of a horse, a Broncos logo in every window, and a Tim Tebow jersey on the front door. Tom looked at God and said “God, I’m not trying to be ungrateful, but I have a question. I was an all-pro QB, I won 3 Super Bowls, and I even went to the Hall of Fame.” God said “So what’s your point Tom?” “Well, why does Tim Tebow get a better house than me?” God chuckled, and said “Tom, that’s not Tim’s house, it’s mine.”


17 posted on 01/13/2012 11:45:50 AM PST by b9 (NEWT all the way)
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To: Chi-townChief

This clown apparently does not believe in paragraphs either.


18 posted on 01/13/2012 11:46:58 AM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Now, BEFORE the game, please state WHAT sort of play, or game outcome, would be necessary for us to look at it and say “Yes, that really WAS a miracle!” and thus to recognize divine intervention as a fact in this case? Or would ANYTHING suffice?


19 posted on 01/13/2012 11:48:05 AM PST by 2harddrive
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To: Chi-townChief

I really don’t have a horse in the race for who will be nominated as the GOP candidate, so for now, until that is all sorted out, I will continue to sport my Tim Tebow for President bumper sticker, and enjoy all the thumps up I see in my rear view mirror. Thumbs up from people in Seahawk territory, so that in itself says something.


20 posted on 01/13/2012 11:56:22 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: 2harddrive

It’s really just a case of, win or lose, Tebow having faith in God, his teammates, and himself and the chips fall where they may.


21 posted on 01/13/2012 12:01:24 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: 2harddrive

I say a prayer every morning as I go to work. Does that mean I’m going to have a better day than everyone else in my office, or have less of a chance that some idiot at 4:30 in the morning is going to run a red light and T-bone me? Nope. Having a one-on-one speaking relationship with God is not like carrying some sort of Divine Rabbits Foot. But yet we Christians still pray and trust in Him, and maintain that open communication with our Heavenly Father. This is something the secular world will never understand.


22 posted on 01/13/2012 12:01:24 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: NavyCanDo

Witches from Salem, MA did a goony goo-hoo to conjure up good mojo for Tom Brady. Now, whose side a you on?


23 posted on 01/13/2012 12:16:38 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: organicchemist
Yep, like Sarah Palin, Tebow doesn't just talk the talk he walks the walk. And that's why the haters hate him. And Sarah. Nowhere is talk cheaper than in liberal America.
24 posted on 01/13/2012 5:38:28 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: NavyCanDo
Off topic....nice tribute to your Dad on your homepage.

I missed my Dad's passing by maybe 20 minutes (Home hospice,and I'd just delivered the weekly groceries -- but DID get to peek into the bedroom and exchange "Love you's")....got the call just after I got home.

25 posted on 01/13/2012 5:55:52 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: tcrlaf

dang straight i am. plan on being downtown a lot that weekend and praying there in NO red/white and blue. PUKE


26 posted on 01/13/2012 6:20:18 PM PST by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: tcrlaf

dang straight i am. plan on spending a lot of time downtown that weekend and i don’t want to see ANY red white and blue clothing!


27 posted on 01/13/2012 6:26:23 PM PST by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: tcrlaf

dang straight i am. i plan on spending a lot of time downtown that weekend and i don’t want to see ANY red, white and blue clothing!


28 posted on 01/13/2012 6:27:40 PM PST by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: ErnBatavia

Thanks for taking the time to read it. I do firmly believe we will see them again.


29 posted on 01/13/2012 11:22:01 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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