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Fabrizio: Tebowphobia

By Lisa Fabrizio

So what’s the deal with Tim Tebow? Is the Denver quarterback a miracle worker, inspirational role-model or the most over-hyped NFL player since Brian Bosworth? Well, it depends on who you talk to. Most fans, even those east of the Rockies, love the guy and can’t wait to watch him work his magic each week. But if you read the sports pages, he is a lucky, muscle-bound dunce who is the tool of evil forces. Either way, the man is news.

Sunday’s 4th quarter comeback and improbable overtime win against the Bears is just the latest in the growing legacy of his winning ways. Yes, a combination of two critical mistakes by Chicago running back Marion Barber, a soft prevent defense and Mile High Stadium’s kicker-friendly clime had much to do with the victory, yet it almost defies logic that these and similar conditions seem to align themselves when Tebow takes the field late in games.

So what’s not to like? Plenty, it seems, according to American media, typified by this snarky piece at Esquire; a profanity-laced screed by Gary Andrew Poole titled, “How Can You Hate Tim Tebow?” The word most generally associated with him is “polarizing;” go ahead and Google it. Normally, a professional athlete is called polarizing because you either love or hate him and his team. But Tebow is fast becoming a fan favorite throughout the country, with his jersey leading the nation in sales and a best-selling autobiography on the market; so why the fuss?

One media criticism is that he is simply not a good quarterback, that he is a product of hype and good fortune and certainly not worthy of the adulation bestowed on him by the public. Yet there have been many supposedly subpar QBs that have graced NFL fields through the years—as a lifelong Bears fan, I can particularly attest to this—who have not been very popular with the fans but were lauded by the sporting press for their own reasons. The ‘controversy’ over Rush Limbaugh’s candid comments on Donavan McNabb is a great example of this.

So what’s Tebow’s crime? It is a symptom of our growing national distaste for those who believe that their faith shouldn’t stop at the church doorstep. It is one thing when football players gather for a prayer circle after a game, or baseball players to point to the sky; but to actually speak the name of Jesus and give him glory in interviews with the media—who take offense at any worship not directed by them—is far too much to take. After all, sports journalists are not too different from their brethren in the political realm, who have already met and worshipped their own messiah, Barack Obama.

Of course it all started with the “controversial” pro-life Super Bowl ad he made with his mother in 2010. Imagine: a Heisman Trophy winner and two-time NCAA champ having the nerve to use his celebrity to promote a higher cause than himself; worse yet, he even admitted in public that he is a ‘virgin’ who is saving himself for marriage. This is not the way an idol of millions of young men is supposed to comport himself in 21st Century America.

Make no mistake about it: the media are afraid of Tim Tebow and those like him. They are in fear that, when given a chance to promote his Christian message, people might actually sit up and take notice; as happened in the 2009 BCS Championship game when 94 million people Googled the Bible verse John 3:16 after viewing it on Tebow’s eye black. They cringe at each crazy win he engineers, fearful that, should his improbable journey lead to the Super Bowl, it won’t be merely a 60 second ad they’ll have to contend with.

Near the end of the classic movie, Chariots of Fire, after Scottish missionary Eric Liddell refuses to run a heat on a Sunday at the 1924 Olympics and instead is entered in a different race, he is handed a note by a member of the American team: "It says in the Good Book, 'He that honors me, I will honor.' Good luck."

Much to the chagrin of Tebow’s media detractors, maybe luck has nothing to do with it.

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Lisa Fabrizio is a columnist who hails from Connecticut. You may write her at mailbox@lisafab.com.

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  1. onewildmanComment by onewildman
    December 15, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

     I think this Rabi needs some mental help. He is definitely delusional in his statement and most likely is an anti-christian Jew. Who in his words is demonizing being Christian. I see him as a Christian hater. Why else would make up these wild accusations. Christians for the majority and I mean 99% don’t act like that. Muslims act that way and liberals act that way.
     As for why anyone printed this Rabbi’s just look at the mainstream media and you get the answer. They are anti Christian although they try to hid it. In truth they are pure liberals. There are very few exceptions to that.
     IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! ! !

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    • godsgirlComment by godsgirl
      December 15, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

      Those who are “well educated” yet can only offer a profanity-laced tirade are not worth reading – they are only offering middle school drama.

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    • BadgerComment by Badger
      December 15, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

      It’s sad really.  I am 56 and can vividly remember my first grade teacher in 1962 teaching us about communism … now 50 years later I look around and I’m seeing first hand everything she described right here in my home land.  They eliminate religion because you can’t control someone who’s given his life over to God.  You can’t speak your mind for fear of retaliation and on and on.  I look at Washington and see my generation, those in my age group who should have also learned these things putting in place the very system that our parents fought so hard to stop in other countries.

      I guess the only consolidation I can find in all this is that the Rebellious Boomers ruling Washington today along with their counterparts in the eastern bloc, much like the useful idiots in the democratic party are being used by them, they themselves are being used as useful idiots by the Muslims who the Russians teamed up with years ago. I just hope I live long enough to see what happens to the host of perverts, feminist and Atheist that are leading our children down this disgusting path we are on from Washington and Hollywood.  Once Islam gets what it wants and the useful idiots are no longer useful I’m sure they will be the first first in line for the showers or much worse. 

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  2. wolfComment by wolf
    December 15, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    It’s pretty interesting (that’s a polite way of saying disgusting) that the media get themselves all hyped up over athletes that flash big jewlery, flashy cars, disgusting tatoos, and lead immoral lives.  But now we have a man that simply speaks his mind regarding his faith, and he is tromped on by the same media.

    Tebow goes out of his way to be gracious to people and give of his time and money to help people because it’s what he’s been taught in his church.  And he gets slandered by the media.

    I have not heard one instance where he has forced his religion on anybody, nor bad-mouthed anyone or their religion or lack of religion.  Why all the hate?  I hear “hate speech” from our sitting President every single day!  Where’s the media on that?  Oh….I forgot.  Obama IS their Messiah.   

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      December 15, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

       
      Tebow’s other “come from behind” miracle wins may be the just fruits of hard work and a sane ideology, but having lived with the experience of Chicago Pro sports teams and their innate ability to grasp defeat from the Jaws of Victory, I guarantee you the Chicago Bears like our Chicago based White house mouse who also grasps defeat from the American Jaws of victory, took more than their share of responsibility and blame for their own fumbling defeat,,,, who seldom come from behind when you lead from behind  with a disoriented game plan of  team attack, flush with personnel and personal injury, in contrast to Tebow who leads with a clear ideological life game plan from the inspired front.
       

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      December 16, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

      wofl says: “Tebow goes out of his way to be gracious to people and give of his time and money to help people because it’s what he’s been taught in his church.  And he gets slandered by the media.”

      It is because Tebow stands for what is good, and decent and moral, and the media moguls can’t stand it because he stands for everything they hate.

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  3. godsgirlComment by godsgirl
    December 15, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    Tim Tebow, no matter what his achievements may or may not become on the football field, has won the game of life. It is thrilling to be to see a young man so convicted in his faith, and how quietly he stands for Jesus. God bless you, Tim, for recognising and publilcly acknowledging  the source of all good things. And, Merry Christmas to all.

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  4. prlizComment by prliz
    December 15, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    Perhaps if Tim Tebow were electrocuting and savagely fighting dogs in his spare time, the media would adore him. I think he’s a great role model and I hope his mission here on earth results in many turning back to God.

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    • jules91Comment by jules91
      December 15, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

      Exactly.  I remember on NFL network when Michael Vick was going to jail for his dog fighting crimes, Marshall Faulk actually tried to defend the “sport”, saying it was a cultural thing.  Well, this is Tebow’s “cultural thing”.  God bless Tim Tebow – not just in his career, but throughout his life – for his shining example.  Maybe on Sunday he could beat my LEAST favorite team in the league (Patriots)  . . .!

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      December 16, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

      Bingo. I totally agree. Besides how many times have we seen other players after making a game winning play or a long touchdown run, go down on one knee and cross themselves. So frankly, I don’t know what the big deal is.

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  5. bigdtootallComment by bigdtootall
    December 15, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    Tebow would be a perfect sports god if he wasn’t so damned left-handed.

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  6. unclejjComment by unclejj
    December 15, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

    It is ok to mock Tebow by “Tebowing” because as a Christian, he is fair game.  Imagine the fallout if players ridiculed a Muslim display…

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  7. MorganComment by Morgan
    December 16, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

    Unclejj. Great point.

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