First a caveat: I haven’t watched a single NFL game this season, and I don’t know that I’ve ever actually seen Tim Tebow play.
But when is it too much?
I have close friends who love Tim Tebow, and I have close friends who hate Tim Tebow, and I don’t know anyone who is in between.
So what is it about a sports figure that causes people to react in such opposite ways?
I suppose anytime someone invokes the blessings of heaven on themselves it’s bound to rub people the wrong way. It is a bit audacious for anyone (especially a sports figure) to assert that his success comes from the hand of God. I’m not talking about the humility that comes from recognizing that God blesses us with talents and skills that we have an opportunity to expand upon, I’m talking about the arrogance that appears when someone believes that they are more blessed by God than others.
I don’t know whether Tebow actually believes he has a special dispensation, but many people believe that he believes it. And that gets them fired up.
Personally, I could not care less. What caught my attention was this article about the 13-10 overtime win by the Broncos over the Bears. Here is the lede:
The Chicago Bears fell victim to more Tim Tebow magic Sunday, and the result was a crushing 13-10 overtime loss, a third straight defeat that dropped their record to 7-6 and further jeopardized their playoff hopes.
I didn’t watch the game, but when you read how the game played out, I don’t see much Tebow magic. There were turnovers by the Bears (credit the Broncos defense), there was a mental mistake by the Bears running back that stopped the clock (credit – or discredit – to the Bears running back [unless Tebow got in his head?]), the game went into overtime on a 59-yard field goal (credit the kicker with a heck of a leg) and the same kicker hit a 51-yard field goal to win the game.
Tebow magic? Doesn’t sound like it to me.