Re: For those who hate Tim Tebow...
posted at 1/11/2012 2:38 PM EST
In response to "Re: For those who hate Tim Tebow...":
In Response to Re: For those who hate Tim Tebow... : Well said, Rusty. I don't know anyone who hates Tebow; I know plenty of people who hate the media obsession with Tebow. Cam Newton threw for more than 4,000 yards and 20 touchdowns, as a rookie , but doesn't get 1/10th the ink of Tebow; if the Panthers didn't have such a crappy D, he'd probably be in the playoffs, too. The one thing I have always loved about team sport is it cuts through many of society's ills and taboos; race, ethnicity, creed, political beliefs...none of that matters when you are trying to be the best . Now, unfortunately, religion is publicly injected into the equation. Honestly, I don't want to watch football where blacks cheer for blacks and whites for whites; or pro-lifers for pro-lifers and pro-choicers for pro-choicers; or Democrats for Democrats and Republicans for Republicans; or southerners for southerners and northerners for northerners... ...or Christians for Christians and others for others. I want football to be what it has always been; a meritocracy . A place where background does not matter; where we can respect a Tom Brady or a Troy Brown, not because of their group affiliations, but because of their performance on the field . Which is why, even on a 13-3 team, we can be discouraged with the performance of a Devin McCourty or a Logan Mankins, whom we might have praised in the past. And we can celebrate a Julian Edelman, whom we might have criticized in the past. But if your actual skill and performance does not matter; if all that matters is that you are the celebrity poster boy of a popular affinity group...football suffers, though the marketing of football may benefit. If and when Tim Tebow becomes Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers or Drew Bress or Peyton Manning, then he will rightly deserve the attention earned by such men, as a result of their consistent, outstanding performance. But to have all this attention heaped on a guy who has accomplished squat is nauseating to those who love the game for the game.
Posted by NY-PATS-FAN4
The Panthers defense is 27th, Denver is 24th, the difference is about 2 PPG. Cam Newton had an impressive season but much of the talk was about yards overlooking the fact that he threw 17 interceptions.
Tebow's hype, which certainly outweighs what he deserves for his skill comes mostly from the fact that all the experts predicted he would never make it. An absurd prediction for a very famous, two time national championship winning, Heisman trophy holder. Maybe he will not be a great starter but for anyone to scoff at the idea that a man with his accomplishments and physical skills could not make it over the laundry list of mediocre and poor QB's in the NFL (who accomplished even less in college) is crazy. And everyone loves watching the experts be completely wrong over and over again.