Today, Yahoo! put this headline on its front page.
Really? One young man is dead. Another’s life is ruined. A major sports franchise is suddenly gutted as a result of this and a series of other events, and this is all about is whether the Patriot’s third string quarterback should try a position he’s never played? This is why we anti-Tebowists hate Tebowistas, because it’s all about Tim. Every day. Every way.
A good friend of mine lived in Utah for awhile. He left and moved to Bangkok because he found Utah to be too parochial. He often said, “If World War III broke out, the headline on the local paper would read ‘Saturday’s Youth Soccer League Cancelled due to Unforeseen Circumstances.” This Yahoo! headline is exactly that sort of thing – a recentering of the important around the trivial.
OK, let’s get this straight. It doesn’t matter if Tebow remains a quarterback or not. He simply does not have the elite athleticism, skills or intelligence to play the position at this level. He’s not going to become the Patriot’s QB. If God wanted that to happen, he could have had Hernandez kill Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett instead of his friend, and Tebow still probably wouldn’t have gotten the call. He’s only on this team because Belichik is as fiercely loyal to his friends (Urban Meyer, Josh McDaniels) as he is disloyal to his employees (Richard Seymour, Wes Welker). Tim is on this team as a favor to a buddy, and a safe one, because according to the New York Times, some teams don’t even bother to carry a third string QB. And of those that do, none allow the third string QB any practice reps, even with the scout team. “They are third-string for a reason,” former QB Rich Gannon says. Third string QB is like Vice President of Marketing in a family owned company. It doesn’t really mean much.
Still, believe me, there’s absolutely nothing we haters wish for more than for Tim to get another chance as a starting QB.
Here’s another reality. Tim’s not going to end up as a successful starting NFL tight end either because, you guessed it, he doesn’t have the elite athleticism, skills or intelligence.
Look, we all know what’s happening here. Tim has become the champion of the ultra-religious conservative right wing. Somehow, right wing Christians have decided that if Tim is a winner, that makes them winners, too. It’s silly. That having-our-champion-fight-your-champion went out with the Romans, but all of us still do it. That’s what the Olympic medal count is all about. We do it because somewhere back in our primitive minds we believe that if our champion wins, that says something about us. As a Chicagoan, I jumped on the Blackhawks bandwagon just like everybody else. It’s human to do that.
In this particular case, the Christians should have chosen a little better. The NFL is littered with overly religious Christian QBs, e.g., RG III. Why choose Tebow when they could have grabbed Kurt Warner, who nutcase or no, was a heckuva QB.
But whatever happens, if Tim Tebow becomes a starting QB, breaks all of Johnny U’s records, wins 20 Super Bowls and during a freak flood during a game actually runs for a touchdown on top of the water, it still doesn’t matter today. Because a kid is dead.