Re: For those who hate Tim Tebow...
posted at 1/10/2012 4:48 PM EST
In Response to Re: For those who hate Tim Tebow...
[QUOTE]Considering he's a virgin, I don't get the point in having a girlfriend with cans that lovely. For the record, I don;t hate the guy. I actually think his religion and his life choices are his business and pretty much irrelevant to anything to do with his craft.
As long as he's a good person, gives his team 100%, the dramatic focus on his upbringing, religion, life choices, etc, is dumb.
Posted by RidingWithTheKingII[/QUOTE]
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.