A lot of DHF stories ideas never leave my head, often as the result of one of two things: 1) DHF isn’t run by a team of writers – just me – and when you add the “real” job to my plate, I simply don’t have enough time, or 2) I made the editorial call to “not go there.”
What I’m about to tackle falls under the latter.
Tim Tebow hatred.
I’m now going there. It’s a subject I considered addressing weeks ago, but never did. I had my reasons; besides, the blogosphere is oversaturated with opinion pieces on the Tim Tebow “love him or hate him” debate. I preferred to instead focus on football as much as possible.
That changed Saturday night, and not just because that’s when the football season ended for the Denver Broncos.
I certainly wouldn’t use the word ‘naïve’ to describe myself, but I was honestly taken aback by the online onslaught of personal insults and malicious taunting directed toward Tebow. Okay, I know collectively we all love watching stars get publicly dinged. We love to hate the media darlings, and Tebow certainly qualifies as such, but I inexplicably found myself outraged, incensed, and most of all, disappointed.
Silly how something as trivial as a Twitter timeline can make you realize just how much you care about a team and a player.
Tim Tebow's newest role: polarizing public figure. (personal photo)
I know the basic arguments (for lack of a better word) to dislike Tebow: questionable quarterbacking skills, relentless media coverage, and religious convictions.
Tebow has a lot to work on if he wants to develop into an elite quarterback in the NFL. Heck, he has quite a bit to work on if he wants to develop into an okay quarterback in the NFL. Tebow is dedicated to improving his passing, particularly his short- and middle-distance throws, along with reading defenses, and the inordinate number of “little things” it takes to lead a team.
As a quarterback, public criticism is par for the course. “He shouldn’t have thrown that ball” or “He missed the wide open receiver” are the Sunday norm. The verdict on Tebow’s NFL career remains to be seen, but if you dislike how he plays as a quarterback, that’s fine. He does a lot of things that irritate me to no end.
If you’re irked Tebow has singlehandedly overshadowed a banner year for NFL passers, point the finger at the national media. Tebowmania was largely a media creation. Note to Denver readers: I omit Denver-based media because it’s their job to report on local news, and the Broncos are just that.
Three NFL quarterbacks (Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and Matthew Stafford) threw for more than 5,000 yards this season, yet the Tebow media machine dwarfed the historic passing season. The Green Bay Packers only lost one regular season game – a feat that only garnered second-headline status.
I get it; there’s too much Tebow out there. I also get that he’s not soliciting NFL Network, ESPN, or even the morning national talk shows for coverage. Media love to overkill a news story. Remember “The Royal Wedding?”
Look who gets a cover mention in The National Enquirer? (personal photo)
Remember the ESPN fascination with all things Brett Favre that thankfully met its demise (for the most part…or at least I’m hoping) in 2011? Remember the “Pursuit of Perfection” surrounding the 2007 New England Patriots?
I sure do, and I hated it.
Do I hate Brett Favre? No, but I really dislike his indecisiveness and penchant for raunchy drama. Do I dislike the Patriots? You betcha, but I’m from Colts country, so it’s expected as long as certain folks remain in Foxborough.
The point is that hearing too much about anything gets incredibly annoying, especially when the buzz seems to negate every other story. However, that’s something out of Tebow’s control. Attacking him for it is misguided, and ultimately won’t change a thing.
Regarding the lightning rod that is Tebow’s religious convictions, I’ll just add this: Tim Tebow is openly religious. That’s not going to change. While the political and personal ramifications of his faith may rub some the wrong way…that’s who he is, and it’s not going to change.
Writing about this now probably lends no credence to the Tebow debate, nor should it really. Perhaps this nothing more just my venting, or a therapeutic exercise, or whatever you want to call it. I understand the notion of wishing ill on the popular kid, but when by all accounts the popular kid is a genuinely good person, attacking him is petty.
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