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Tebow, a ‘horrible' quarterback ;He keeps paying for that pro-life ad
The Gazette ^ | January 09, 2012 5:35 PM | WAYNE LAUGESEN

Posted on 01/10/2012 12:23:08 PM PST by Red Steel

Tim Tebow, keep thanking Jesus for life and football. Leave it to The Gazette to thank all those embarrassing ne’er-do-wells who invested their reputations on a stupid bet that you would fail. They don’t like your faith, your lifestyle, your anti-abortion Super Bowl ad and they’d like to forget that you donate millions to help children.

Tebowed! A look at the QB's college and pro career

You have made them fools, throwing for a stunning 316 yards to beat the NFL’s top-ranked defense in a playoff game. Some are downright angry. Others should hide in their parents’ basements, in shame. Here is some of what they said:

• DJ Gallo, ESPN columnist, after Sunday’s playoff win over Pittsburgh: “Yet again, we were somehow all caught off guard by Tim Tebow... The image of your average Internet message-board troll is that of a weak, pasty basement dweller whose life is focused on getting people riled up in comments sections. Now imagine if such a troll was a muscled 6-foot-3, 236-pounder who decided to troll the entire country on national television every week? You’d have Tim Tebow. He started the season as the third-stringer, and everyone freaked out. Then he got a start and won, and everyone freaked out. Then in his second start, he played horribly and got crushed, and everyone freaked out. Then he went on a winning streak, and everyone freaked out. Then he went on a losing streak, and everyone freaked out. Then he won a playoff game, and everyone freaked out.”

• David Jacoby, on ESPN affiliate “Grantland,” Jan. 3, 2012: “Timothy Richard Tebow is an atrocious, dreadful, embarrassment of a quarterback, and Denver’s defense won games despite his performance. Either that or he has God on speed dial and is just messing with us.”

• Jordan Calfee, featured columnist, “Bleacher Report,” Dec. 21: “The Denver Broncos cannot compete with the likes of the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers come January...” “You can call him a winner and talk about his college resume and comebacks this season all you want. The fact of the matter is, Tim Tebow is a very poor passer. The folks at ESPN don’t criticize him because they are bullies, or because they are somehow anti-Christian...”

• Ryan Phillips, featured columnist, Bleacher Report, Jan. 5, 2012, on John Elway’s suggestion that Tebow “pull the trigger,” by throwing the ball more: “While I appreciate Elway’s confidence in his young signal-caller, that is terrible advice... If he is forced to be a pocket passer, there is no way he can beat a team on his own.”

• Rob Kelley, “The Pigskin Report,” Jan. 2, 2012, headline: “Tim Tebow is the worst quarterback ever to win division and reach NFL playoffs.” Samples from ensuing article: “Watching him (Tebow) play is akin to watching a peewee league game from a bunch of kids. The only difference is that peewee quarterbacks can actually throw a spiral from time to time...” “Tebow seems like a great kid who lives a clean life... But that does not mean that he is a viable starting NFL quarterback. He isn’t even close... trust me when I tell you that the Broncos are not going anywhere with Tebow under center... As much as I dislike Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers, I truly hope that they walk into Denver and absolutely annihilate the Broncos next Sunday afternoon. Tebow cannot throw the ball. Not downfield, or even across the middle for short gains.”

• Greg Couch,, Nov. 3, 2011: “Tebow isn’t good enough now to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. The Broncos aren’t good enough to be a team in the NFL, either.”

• Ryan Alfieri, Bleacher Report, Jan. 8, 2012, a day before the Steelers game: “On Sunday night, the Denver Broncos’ magical season will come to an end, and they will have Tim Tebow to ‘thank’ for it... It was cute to watch the young guy squeak out wins and get his team in the playoffs, but the honeymoon is now over... Weaknesses tend to be exposed around playoff time, and few players are more flawed and vulnerable than Tebow. I don’t just expect Tebow to have a bad outing; I expect him to play himself out of the Broncos’ starting job.”

Mark Kiszla, Denver Post, Oct. 30, 2011: “So maybe we need a new definition for Tebowing. It’s a prayer for mercy. Please, in the name of heaven, bring us somebody who can actually play quarterback.”

ESPN analyst Merril Hoge, tweeting in August 2011: “It’s embarrassing to think the Broncos could win with Tebow!!” He later tweeted: “You must possess a skill set to play!”

Tebow’s tweeted response: “ ’ppreciate that.”

Tebow-bashing is a sports-media obsession and examples are endless. No amount of success will end this. If Tebow someday wins consecutive Super Bowls and leads his profession, these hater-pundits will call it a fluke. We are embarrassed for them.

Wayne Laugesen, editorial page editor, for the editorial board. Friend Wayne on Facebook; follow him on Twitter.

TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: prolife; tebow; tebowhaters; timtebow
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To: Roy Baty

Some of the Tebow-bashing is because he is a Christian, but certainly not all. I don’t know if you’re a football fan... but on occasions he can be horrifically bad. Almost painful to watch. That’s the genesis for the bulk of criticism from sportswriters IMHO. They expect every NFL quarterback to fall in a specific mold, and will tear down anyone who plays the game differently.

But.... sometimes... he’s fantastic. Especially in the clutch. If the Broncos somehow manage to upend the Patriots, prepare for heads exploding like you’ve never seen.

21 posted on 01/10/2012 12:45:06 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: zeestephen

Yet there are a bunch of QB’s with NFL level skills who won’t be taking the field this weekend.

22 posted on 01/10/2012 12:45:54 PM PST by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: Jukeman

Joe Kapp is a fighter:

23 posted on 01/10/2012 12:46:49 PM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: Red Steel

Never was much of a football fan. Guess I need to change and start supporting this guy.

People of faith need to stick together.

24 posted on 01/10/2012 12:47:26 PM PST by ZULU (LIBERATE HAGIA SOPHIA!!!!!)
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To: GSWarrior
Interesting that you mention Trent Dilfer. I remember how, in the Super Bowl won by Baltimore, he lofted a beautiful pass, nicely leading his receiver, producing a touchdown. It looked a lot like the winning OT pass by Tebow. Yet Dilfer was considered "not good enough," and dumped by the Ravens after that achievement. I think Dilfer was a Christian too.

Some QBs come out of college and immediately master the pro game, like Dan Marino. Others, like John Elway, did not look that great in his early years.

25 posted on 01/10/2012 12:47:46 PM PST by hellbender
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To: Roy Baty

Christ and His people vs everything and everyone else.

Those are the only two sides in the grand scheme of things.

Now, I do think the pro-life ad was what engendered the most hatred, because it reminds people of their murderous tendencies. Those that are “pro-choice” know, deep down inside, that it’s killing a baby human, and they know it’s wrong, and they HATE any reminders of that.

26 posted on 01/10/2012 12:48:09 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Red Steel
"ESPN analyst Merril Hoge, tweeting in August 2011: “It’s embarrassing to think the Broncos could win with Tebow!!” He later tweeted: “You must possess a skill set to play!”

LOL. Tebow already plays better than Hoge ever did. Hey Merrill, in 8 years how many playoff games did you win as starting QB?

27 posted on 01/10/2012 12:48:10 PM PST by circlecity
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To: zeestephen
NFL level quarterback skills? I still can’t see them.

Like a guy that consistently hits the 1,000 yd bull, but just isn't a very good shot, right?

TT might keep up this lucky streak for 10 years or so, but eventually he's certain to show everyone that he just doesn't have what it takes. They really ought to cut him right now, before more wins just confuse the issue. Because once he wins a few Super Bowls its going to be really tough to make a new transition to a 'real' NFL QB.

28 posted on 01/10/2012 12:49:24 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: GourmetDan; Red Steel
316 yards and John 3:16

Those pesky coincidences...

Plus he was 10 of 21 passing, so he had 31.6 yards per completion, and the TV rating was 31.6.

29 posted on 01/10/2012 12:49:55 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Red Steel

Leaving his religion aside, Tebow is clearly not a horrible QB. He is also not a pro-bowl caliber QB.


30 posted on 01/10/2012 12:50:19 PM PST by Grunthor (At least he is better than Obama! Is NOT a rallying cry!)
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To: Red Steel

This is what happens to reporters when they accept the conventional wisdom instead of thinking for themselves. Tebow doesn’t suck, he’s just different. Tebow might not be the prototypical QB, but neither was Kenny Stabler, Doug Flutie, or Michael Vick. They all won, though.

31 posted on 01/10/2012 12:50:28 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: SoldierDad

Thank your son for me for his service. May God keep him free from harm. I have a nephew serving in the Navy based in Afganistan with Navy Seal support.
Regarding pro athletes committing criminal acts: I remember Michael Irvin as a Dallas Cowboy being involved with cocaine and associated bad behavior. Some Cowboy fans cared not what he did off the field as long as he performed well on the field. There is a different standard for Tebow. Some people will not applaud his ability to help his team win because he is a Christian on and off the field.

32 posted on 01/10/2012 12:51:16 PM PST by Jukeman (God help us for we are deep in trouble.)
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To: montag813
"that was NOTHING next to Praeter's opening kick hitting the crossbar and landing EXACTLY on the 20 yard line..."

What is the biblical signifcance of a ball landing on the 20?

33 posted on 01/10/2012 12:53:28 PM PST by mlo
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To: Grunthor

Tebow, at this stage in his career, reminds me of Steve Young, who developed into a top-notch quarterback. Barring a serious injury, and finding the right system, Tebow has that potential.

34 posted on 01/10/2012 12:55:38 PM PST by magritte
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To: Red Steel
This past New Years eve my wife and I boarded the Amtrak train in Grand Junction, CO for Denver, CO. We've driven this route, back & forth, many times over the years on I-70 ... taking the train is a whole different experience. Anyway, we are seated with another couple in the dining car for lunch. Turns out this guy is a professor at a very well known mid-west university, a university that has turned out many NFL greats. This guy was everything you would expect of a college professor, he was a dweebie liberal in every sense. The conversation turned to football, as the reason for our train trip to Denver was to attend the Bronco/KC Chiefs game ... this guy went off on Tebow big time. Thought it was all hype ... told him he should check with players he claimed to know (from his school) currently playing with the Broncos. They would, without doubt, confirm Tebow's sincerity.
In fairness to this individual he said he would keep an open mind ... he just wasn't buying the hype.
35 posted on 01/10/2012 12:56:09 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: SampleMan
And He is our best--and ONLY--Defense!

But--sure gotta love Tebow "leading the offense" (and often NOT intentionally!) down here on this "playing field".

36 posted on 01/10/2012 12:56:41 PM PST by milagro
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To: magritte

Interesting article by a sports writer who finally caves in and declares, “It’s Tebow Time”,0,2685821.column?page=1&utm_medium=twitter&track=rss&

37 posted on 01/10/2012 12:57:33 PM PST by RummyChick (It's a Satan Sandwich with Satan Fries on the side - perfect for Obama 666)
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To: Red Steel

I have not heard so much talk about a white Bronco since the OJ trial....

38 posted on 01/10/2012 12:57:56 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: brownsfan

LOL. You’re right. I thought Joe spelled his last name Capp. Yeah, he may be better with a cane than he was with a football.

39 posted on 01/10/2012 12:58:15 PM PST by Jukeman (God help us for we are deep in trouble.)
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To: magritte

Very interesting observation.

40 posted on 01/10/2012 1:00:24 PM PST by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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