What Is It About Tim Tebow That Creates TDS?

by William Teach | December 6, 2011 9:26 am

I seriously would like to know. Here is a good kid (you know you’re getting older when you call a a twenty something NFL quarterback a kid) who hasn’t had run ins with the law, doesn’t beat women, hasn’t been caught up in a nightclub shooting, doesn’t wander around with a posse, hasn’t failed a drug test, and hasn’t stomped on a player’s arm, among others. He doesn’t taunt the other team, doesn’t show up the other team with a celebration of himself after every good play, and hasn’t gotten into a scuffle with the other team’s fans. He’s a great person.

So, what problem do people have with Tebow? Consider this from Hot Air’s Howard Portnoy[1]

Tebow is free to give “mad respect” to his lord, but I’d rather he do it on his own time. A number of players cross themselves on every play, but they do it discreetly – and expeditiously. Tebow’s prayer timeouts, by contrast, are as gratuitously in-your-face as the most flagrant end zone dance. And they last as long. Yet, according to his supporters, all of footballdom is supposed to give him a pass because his purpose is holy. Isn’t that what churches are for?

Many people, both left and right politically, seem to freak out because Tim is highly religious, and is unafraid to show his Christianity. Apparently, someone showing their deep religious beliefs apologetically freaks some people out. Tim isn’t preaching to them, he’s not attempting to get them to convert, he is just showing his deep beliefs. Now, if he was trying to convert people, that would annoy me. I do not mind people talking about religion, but, I do mind if anyone is attempting to convert me. Unless they are a priest, pastor, Imam, Rabbi, etc.

What also drives them nuts is that Tim was born when his mom was supposed to get an abortion, and that he is staunchly pro-life. And, that he was home-schooled, and supports home-schooling. These are two big no-no issues to hold and discuss with the oh so tolerant political left, and either one is enough to get them to hate a person they do not know. All three together? It creates Tebow Derangement Syndrome.

I want to make it clear that TDS is not simply for those on the Left, but for some on the Right as well. I know a few people, Conservatives and Libertarians (one emails me some pretty awful jokes and cartoons of Obama which I do not even read anymore), who get bent out of shape over Tebow and his religious displays.

Perhaps Tebow is just too wholesome. Consider this short interview with SI’s Peter King[2]

Before I let Tebow go, I asked him if anyone after the game — coaches, players, execs — had said anything memorable to him. “Everybody was happy,” he said, “but I’ll tell you one thing that happened during the week that I remember … ”

Good, I thought. John Fox, maybe, sidling up to him and saying something sportingly profound like, “Son, we’re going to ride that left arm and those legs to the Super Bowl.”

” … I had an opportunity to talk with a kid named Blake Appleton, from Florida, on Thursday. He’s a leukemia patient who’s just been moved to hospice. And after the game, when I was being interviewed on TV, I got to say his name. That’s what I’m proud of today. I let him know people cared about him. I let him know God has a plan for him.”

And that was the end of the Tebow interview. He had to rush to get on the bus to the airport. Except …

“Have a good day, Mr. King. And God bless you.”

Perhaps it’s that Tim makes people feel unworthy. King was expecting something juicy about the Broncos, and instead, he heard about Blake Appleton, and about how deeply Tebow cares, and cares because he wants to help, not because it makes Tebow look good, but because he genuinely cares.

All the guy does is win. He won in college, and is now winning in the NFL. Is he the best passer? Not even close. That will hopefully come with time, or his NFL career won’t be more than a few years. He is one heck of a leader, which is what you want out of a highly paid QB. He inspires. And he makes things happen. He brings excitement. He’s also brought a 6-1 starting record for a team that some thought might be in the Andrew Luck hunt.

You tell me: why do people get so nuts over Tebow?

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove[3]. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach[4].

  1. Hot Air’s Howard Portnoy: http://hotair.com/archives/2011/12/04/is-tebowing-an-attack-on-christianity/
  2. SI’s Peter King: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/12/05/Week13/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_wr_a3
  3. Pirate’s Cove: http://www.thepiratescove.us/
  4. @WilliamTeach: http://twitter.com/WilliamTeach

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