Pat Robertson, good Christian sports analyst

America’s favorite sports commentator, preacher Pat Robertson, has weighed in on Denver’s recent trade of Tim Tebow to the New York Jets.

You heard about that little trade, didn’t you? The Denver Broncos had the temerity to trade away wunderkind quarterback Tim Tebow. The Tebow of “tebowing.” The Tebow who all but walked on water last season after the team made him their starting QB. The kid who pulled off an amazing string of six come-from-behind victories to take a ho-hum team to the first round of the playoffs. The kid who made even yours truly start watching Denver football. Yeah, that Tim Tebow. Traded. The insanity!

And yet, there was a consolation prize. A recently recruited guy named Peyton Manning was waiting to fill little Timmy’s slot. You’ve heard of Manning, right? He hails from the Family Manning, a strange little group gifted with more football talent than any ten families have a right to. Future Hall of Famer who sat out last season with a neck injury. Living legend. Yeah, that Peyton Manning.

Even I, jaded as I am, think Peyton Manning being right here in River City — er, Denver — is a big deal. A very big deal. Huge. I might even have to follow the Broncos next fall, religiously. Even Tebow couldn’t get me to do that.

But despite all the catty things I’ve said about Tebow in the past, I can’t help thinking what a really lousy deal all this was for him. The lousiest. When was the last time you recall a quarterback doing what Tebow did for the Broncos and then getting canned a couple of months later. I mean, what’s a guy gotta do to keep a job in this league?

So I agree with Robertson on one point. Tim Tebow was indeed treated “shabbily.” It wasn’t deliberate, it wasn’t planned, it was just business. But still, getting dumped so suddenly from such a lofty perch is probably the biggest shock of that young man’s life. About the only thing good about it is that he doesn’t also have a wife and family to uproot. No wonder pro players get paid so much. There really isn’t enough money in the world to compensate a guy for essentially being kicked out of town overnight on someone else’s whim. Helluva way to live.

As for Pat Robertson, he’s still working on that ‘Meanest Man Alive‘ title. He says it would serve the Broncos right if Manning’s injury keeps him from playing. He’s right, of course; payback’s a bitch. And those who wish it on someone else should keep that in mind.

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Related posts on Pied Type:

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‘Tebowing’? Really?
Wherein I apologize to Tim Tebow
Focus on the Family ad: Part II
Holding out before you’ve played a game
Super Bowl wrong place for abortion ad
Kerik, Robertson not helping Giuliani
The meanest men in America
Robertson says take him out



Categories: Sports

9 replies

  1. The fact that so many “celebrities” wave their insanity around like a banner they think everyone should follow is the primary reason I avoid all forms of “entertainment” news. Tim Tebow may well end up being a hall of fame class player, but Peyton Manning already is and, I far as I know, he’s classy enough to keep his personal crap to himself. As for Pat Robertson, about the only thing I’ve heard from him that didn’t make my head hurt was when he came out for marijuana legalization. But since I didn’t actually listen to his statement myself, his reasoning could have been just as twisted as it’s always been. Taking one stand I agree with after years spouting dangerous nonsense isn’t nearly enough to change a devil into a saint.

    I hope Tebow and Manning both have great futures a football players, but exposing the dark side of big money sports and playing into a sick media melodrama isn’t exactly painting them, or the NFL, in glory!

  2. Pat Robertson is Mr. Placebo Effect for aspiring bible-thumpers everywhere, and he might actually be learning on the job. Having found that he is ineffective at steering hurricanes he just might have found a much more successful forte as a sports commentator. If Manning so much as stubs his toe from now on Robertson’s masses will be seeing truthiness in his prophesy. Poor Denver. Might as well change their name to the Denver Devils.

    Say, that’s got a ring to it! 😆

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