Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Hatred of Tim Tebow


Yesterday I read a great article by Jen Floyd Engle of Fox Sports about Tim Tebow. I cannot ever remember a person that has created such a buzz in the NFL as Tebow, can you? The article is several weeks old, written after the Broncos played the Lions and Tebow was mocked for his prayer after celebration tradition (some have called it Tebowing). She asks the questions, "Why the heck do we hate Tim Tebow?" It might be worth a read for you, but here are a few quotes to wet your appetite.
"What if Tim Tebow were a Muslim? Imagine for a second, the Denver Broncos quarterback is a devout follower of Islam, sincere and principled in his beliefs and thus bowed toward Mecca to celebrate touchdowns. Now imagine if Detroit Lions players Stephen Tulloch and Tony Scheffler mockingly bowed toward Mecca, too, after tackling him for a loss or scoring a touchdown, just like what happened Sunday. I know what would happen. All hell would break loose."
Interesting thought, isn't it? What do you think would happen if the mockery was of a Muslim instead of a Christian? She continues
"I could not figure out what was causing this onslaught of venom for a guy almost everybody claims to like, and I finally decided it is more about us. He makes us uncomfortable. He is a reminder that the blue-red, liberal-conservative fight over taking God out of everyday life is intellectually dishonest. He is too good. Tebow is proof that God goes comfortably into whatever arena of your life you wish to take Him."
Why do you think Tebow is such a polarizing figure?

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