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Tebow Blacklist Isnít the Beginning, Itís the End
Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2014 | John Ransom

Posted on 02/02/2014 11:34:17 PM PST by Kaslin

While everyone was paying attention to the demise of the U.S. economy, the U.S. workforce, the checks and balances written into the U.S. Constitution, a terrible tragedy has ensued almost unnoticed.

Yes, while the rest of were working to “save” the country from galloping Big Government, the most perfect game in the history of the universe has brought itself to the brink of extinction.

The downfall of the National Football League is imminent

There are many signs and symptoms of the NFL’s impending doom there for the thinking person to see.

The NFL used to have the problem that there was more demand than there was supply of NFL games. But after a half-a-dozen years of expanding distribution, including game replays, games without commercials, games over the Internet and NFL on demand, there’s too much product out there.

And then there’s the almost forgotten fact that the average fan won’t spend the $500 it costs to go to a game.

But that’s not the worst of it.

Their leadership is clueless, too.

Take NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for example.

Here’s a man who wouldn’t be a bad commissioner if he didn’t want to be a commissioner so badly. But he does want to be commissioner so badly that he thinks that HE’s the game.

Goodell is the NFL’s answer to Barack Obama, a guy who thinks that just showing up and being a rock star is his job description.

Roger Goodell is certainly the worst commissioner the NFL has had in my lifetime. He might be the worst commissioner in all ofsports in my lifetime.

Under his lack of leadership, the play on the field is incompressible, with rules so complex and indefinable that the referees are having a tough time calling a clean game.

Rule changes, like those affecting the part of football that has to do with the foot—kickoffs and extra points—have been deemed practically superfluous, without a lot debate, thanks to Goodell.

You gotta get the product right on the field first and foremost, guys.

That’s what the game is about.

But these aren’t the worst things about the trend of the game.

The NFL has allowed politics to be interjected into the game repeatedly, running anti-2nd Amendment commercials on the one hand during the Super Bowl, and rejecting a commercial from a gun manufacturer—who by the way sells a perfectly legal product, guaranteed by the constitution.

But the sellout doesn’t stop there.

It gets worse.

As my friend Bill Rogan, sportscaster for KNUS AM710 Denver has noted: “Quarterbacks Kyle Orton, Curtis Painter, Michael Vick, Rex Grossman, Drew Stanton, Ryan Lindley, Colt McCoy, Tavares Jackson, Jordan Palmer, Shaun Hill, Scott Tolzien, Seneca Wallace, Josh Freeman, Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, Sean Renfree, Dominique Davis, Derek Anderson, Jimmy Clausen, Luke McCown, Dan Orlovsky, Thad Lewis, Matt Moore, Pat Devlin, David Garrard, Matt Simms, Geno Smith, Mark Sanchez (injured reserve), Tyler Bray, Chase Daniel, Matt McGloin, Terrelle Pryor, Brad Sorensen, Charlie Whitehurst, Tyrod Taylor, Josh Johnson, Zac Robinson, Jason Campbell, Brian Hoyer, Alex Tanney, Brandon Weedon, Bruce Gradkowski, T.J. Yates, Matt Hasselbeck, Ricky Stanzi, Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne and Rusty Smith were all on NFL rosters this past season. But Tim Tebow wasn't.”

TIM TEBOW HIGHLIGHTS

“Well they say Tebow isn't an NFL quarterback. He can't throw. He can't read defenses. He can't play,” Rogan continued. “I'm glad I watched the video to confirm that this guy can't play. He can't complete a pass. He doesn't do anything to help his team win. What a loser. No wonder he wasn't on an NFL roster. All those guys listed above have proven themselves to be NFL greats with highlight reels hours long. Yep, watch the video. This guy can't play.”

He can play. But really he CAN’T play… because he’s Christian.

"And just as I feel compelled to call out the league when it comes to injustices like the dearth of minorities in offensive play-calling roles,” wrote Yahoo NFL writer Michael Silver last year, “the apparent blacklisting of a quarterback who went 7-4 as a starter in 2011 and won a memorable playoff game over the Pittsburgh Steelers doesn't seem kosher to me.”

That’s because it’s not kosher.

Imagine the NFL blacklisting someone who is outspoken about global warming, or anti-poverty programs or women’s and minority issues.

They wouldn’t dream of doing it.

You can rape and abuse a woman, be an accessory to murder, get nailed for doping and as long your play on the field is acceptable, the NFL has a place for you.

But being a Christian?

That’s where they draw the line.

Of course they’re in trouble.

When the game that helped America kill the color barrier has no more room at the stadium for Touchdown Jesus, the end is near.

(P.s. While I was editing this column a commercial for Scientology appeared during the Super Bowl. It’s a good thing the NFL has standards. I rest my case.)


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: christianity; christianpersecution; nfl; sports; tebow; timtebow
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1 posted on 02/02/2014 11:34:17 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
"But really he CAN"T play... because he's Christian.

Agree with you. The NFL blacklisted him because he's Christian. They won't let him play. They almost seem afraid to let him play.

I'm just not really interested in the NFL anymore, because of what they did to Tebow. I had no idea they were so+ against Christianity.

Would love to see him have the chance to play again, but, I guess there's no chance that's going to happen.

The NFL is done.

2 posted on 02/03/2014 12:02:05 AM PST by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: Kaslin

If they don’t like the extra point the way it is, they should make it a drop kick with the ball snapped from the twenty. It would be a cool, retro sort of thing that demands real skill from the kicker. Getting rid of the PAT otherwise would screw up the statistics forever.


3 posted on 02/03/2014 12:06:54 AM PST by Carry_Okie (0-Care IS Medicaid; they'll pull a sheet over your head and take everything you own to pay for it.)
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To: Kaslin

If Tebow had kept winning football games they would care if he was a closet cannibal.


4 posted on 02/03/2014 12:08:33 AM PST by Carry_Okie (0-Care IS Medicaid; they'll pull a sheet over your head and take everything you own to pay for it.)
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To: Kaslin
I have loved NFL football all my life.

But I think the head injury issue might completely kill youth and college football because of parental concerns and the risk of huge lawsuits.

Once the pipeline of young talent dries up, I don't know how you can staff 32 professional teams for 20 or more games per year.

As to Tebow, I think the guy has enough talent to be an excellent second string QB.

But, three NFL coaching staffs have taken a long look at him, and all of them released him.

Bottom line - the coaches get paid to win, and it's hard to believe they would harm their own careers by succumbing to some kind of alleged religious bias.

5 posted on 02/03/2014 12:11:42 AM PST by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

Tebow is far better than half of the 2nd string quarterbacks in the NFL right now.


6 posted on 02/03/2014 12:14:16 AM PST by LukeL
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To: Kaslin

Tebow was bringing people back to football, he was huge, and they just flat cut him out, removed him.


7 posted on 02/03/2014 12:22:35 AM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: LukeL

IF the Broncos had kept Tim Tebow, I am sure that the Broncos would today be Super Bowl Champions.


8 posted on 02/03/2014 12:44:59 AM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: Carry_Okie

There are two ways to win a football game. One with talent. One with inspiration and determination. It’s safe to say that Tebow did not have an awful lot of talent. You wouldn’t put him in the top twelve quarterbacks of the season....when he was playing. So, what he brought to the table was inspiration...pure and simple. He could drive the entire team to do what had to be done. Most teams, we’d all agree on this....win with talent. Rarely does a team make it to the Super Bowl....with mostly inspiration (very rare). From a team-building mentality....I’d hire for talent, not inspiration.


9 posted on 02/03/2014 12:48:02 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: Kaslin

Tim Tebow took a loosing team from last place to the AFC Champion ship in less than one year. He was costing the team less than $2 million. Went to the AFC Championship and lost

Payton Manning was given a spring training plus pre-season and a whole year and he too went to the AFC Championship. He cost the team MULTIPLE millions.

Payton went to the super bowl the next year (2014) and lost.

I’m still of the opinion that Denver should have stuck with Tebow, upgraded their defense, and added some receivers (which they did for Manning).


10 posted on 02/03/2014 12:52:14 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Kaslin

You got it. Or at least that’s what it looks like. Absolutely no way I’d have wanted to make the move Elway did and that decision sure as hell did not look good last night.


11 posted on 02/03/2014 1:01:45 AM PST by varmintman
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To: pepsionice
It’s safe to say that Tebow did not have an awful lot of talent.

Tebow had all the raw capabilities and there may have been one or two things he still needed to learn for the NFL, but he basically had all the makings of a superior NFL quarterback and the learning curve would have been over by the beginning of his second season. He singlehandedly led Fla. to a national championship victory over an Oklahoma team led by Sam Bradford who all commentators viewed as a superior QB.

Kaslin is right. This is anti-Christian bigotry and I basically don't have much use for the NFL any more.

12 posted on 02/03/2014 1:08:39 AM PST by varmintman
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To: varmintman

It’s not logical but I’m glad Denver lost for this reason.


13 posted on 02/03/2014 1:24:22 AM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: zeestephen; ansel12
"...and it's hard to believe they would harm their own careers by succumbing to some kind of alleged religious bias.

But the fact is, that's exactly what they did.

These are the same coaches and managers who bent over backward to give Michael Vick a "second chance" (while he smirks and sneers at those who buy into his pseudo-rehabilitation.) The same coaches and managers who have - virtually all of them - felons and felons in training on their teams.

These are the same coaches who tolerate overt thuggery on and off the field. Who say nothing as their cash cows flash gang signs and pander to the coarsest elements in hip-hop "culture."

And then there is their tacit approval of Islam and the adoption of NOI with its anti-Semitism and overt hostility to everything American by their players.

As ansel12 said in his post "...they just flat cut him out, removed him."

It's pretty hard to win games when your team mates turn into stone-handed oafs - but only when *you* are on the field.

Let's face the truth:

If Tebow had broken out a prayer rug and bowed to Mecca every time he scored, the league and its sycophantic press corps would have done every thing possible to see that he had only the best receivers, the best coverage and every other break they could possibly give him.

But to them, Christianity is a tumor and as ansel12 pointed out, they simply had to remove it.

14 posted on 02/03/2014 1:53:46 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Kaslin

Tebow was pretty much one-dimensional as a QB. In a pass first league, which is what the NFL is, Tebow was a runner. His passing game was just not NFL caliber. I wanted him to make it in New England, but he was just terrible in the pre-season. Belichek gave him an opportunity to be Brady’s back-up, but Tebow did not perform....


15 posted on 02/03/2014 2:04:17 AM PST by freebilly
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To: Kaslin

He was too Big for the govt. He’s christian and white that is why they got rid of him. He was too popular. He doesnt fit the nwo mixed race ect that they are promoting. Im convinced the SB was fixed and has been a long time. How does the stadium get filled with fans for one team ? This goes higher than the NFL.


16 posted on 02/03/2014 2:16:12 AM PST by Carry me back
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To: Kaslin

The way Tebow was treated by Denver is the reason I cheered everytime the Broncos looked like fools. I wish the scored would have been 100 to 0 and Elway would be thrown out of the city in shame.


17 posted on 02/03/2014 2:39:59 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: Kaslin

Good article...

Denver Broncos paid 40-50 million dollars the past two seasons for a QB who won 1 more playoff game than Tebow. And judging the way Peyton Manning played last nite...Tebow would have fared better than Manning

In fact, the winning QB, Russell Wilson, plays just like Tebow...

Author makes good points

At least Liberals over at ESPN realize Tebow is an asset...Tebow will be working the new SEC Network this fall


18 posted on 02/03/2014 2:50:51 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (A Theory is not a Fact....It is not called the "Fact of Evolution")
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To: ansel12

Tebow was an Important issue to the gays that run the vast majority of today’s mainstream media.

Media the NFL needs to survive.


19 posted on 02/03/2014 3:09:31 AM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Kaslin

>>Roger Goodell is certainly the worst commissioner the NFL has had in my lifetime. He might be the worst commissioner in all ofsports in my lifetime.<<

Sorry, but that dishonor goes to the only commissioner ever to have the league stop playing - THREE times, including once for a whole season. I refer, of course to Gary Bettman.


20 posted on 02/03/2014 3:19:32 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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