I’m a number of years past my fanatical football fan days. But through attrition, distance, and a general shortening of my attention span, my interest has waned considerably over the last ten or fifteen years.
For that reason, I didn’t know or care who Tim Tebow was when he was drafted a couple of years ago by the Denver Broncos. In fact, I only noticed because of the big flap over his “family values” Super Bowl commercial with his mom. Little did I know that the drafting of Tebow was only the beginning.
People here are crazy about him, for reasons I simply can’t fathom. If the media aren’t talking about his playing, they’re talking about his not playing. And it seemed all of Denver was determined to see him as the starting quarterback, no matter who they had to criticize, or boo, or fire to get it done. No matter that Tebow was a rookie last year and in my mind, still is. Of course now that he’s the starting QB, everyone talks about him even more. And the media don’t confine it to the sports page, either. Tebow is everywhere. What he eats, who he talks to, where he goes, etc., etc., ad nauseam. In the general news, the community news, the national news, and on the front page.
I got so fed up last week I fired off a letter to a local TV station. Stop with the Tebow talk! At least limit it to the sports news. We’re not all Broncos fans, or even football fans, let alone Tebow fans.
I suppose it’s the price one pays for living in city endowed with pro sports, but they had gotten on my last nerve. I should have known better. Suddenly I’m hearing that the new fad sweeping the country is “Tebowing.” Said to be the successor to “planking,” Tebowing, according to its official website (oh yes, there’s already a website), is “to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.” It’s an imitation of Tim Tebow’s habit of doing the same thing on the football field.
Terrific. Obviously the world doesn’t care that (a) I’m sick of hearing about Tim Tebow and (b) it really annoys me when overly or ultra religious people make a big public deal of their religious rituals and beliefs (I can’t help it; it just does). But I also think one shouldn’t disrespect or mock someone else’s beliefs.
If I were paranoid, I might almost think all this is a huge conspiracy intended specifically to drive me to a nervous breakdown. As it is, now would be a very good time not to mention Tim Tebow in my presence.