Tebowing


Photograph by Jeffrey Beall

I admit it — I’m a fan. I’ve been a Denver Bronco fan since my college days. At the time my parents lived in Denver, and I spent summers with them — the time of Spring Training. Honestly, you couldn’t watch a news show without a blow-by-blow report on Broncos happenings, and before I knew it, I was hooked. Never mind that they weren’t much more than a break-even team. But then, along came a player named John Elway, and things changed. But what does all this have to do with Tebowing? For that matter, what is Tebowing?

Tim Tibow was the Denver Broncos’ 2010 first round draft pick, taken number 25 over all. In spite of the fact that Tim won the 2007 Heisman Trophy — the only sophomore at the time to do so — and led his college team, the Florida Gators to two National Championships, his selection was controversial. In fact, Tim is controversial.

His introduction to controversy came when he was in high school. As a homeschooler, he was allowed by Florida law, to play for a school in his district. When the school he first played for would not put him at quarterback, he and his mom moved, so he could be near a school of his choice. He went on to be named Florida Player of the Year in both his junior and senior year. Nevertheless critics complained that homeschoolers had an unfair advantage over others who weren’t free to choose their school.

In college, Tim stirred another controversy because this son of missionaries incorporated Bible references in the eye black he wore.

In the 2009 BCS Championship Game, he wore John 3:16 on his eye paint, and as a result, 92 million people searched “John 3:16” on Google during or shortly after the game. (“Tim Tebow”)

The following year the NCAA passed the “Tim Tebow Rule,” banning messages on eye paint.

Controversy continued to follow Tim, in part because sports analysts doubted his ability to play quarterback at the professional level. After he was drafted, the controversy spread to his faith.

Tim, you see, was born in the Philippines, the youngest of five children and one who almost didn’t make it into the world. “While pregnant, his mother suffered a life-threatening infection with a pathogenic amoeba” (“Tim Tebow”), and doctors recommended she abort her baby (Tim) who they feared would be still-born. She refused, and he lived.

When Tim and his mother shared their story as part of a Focus on the Family commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLIV, he was at the heart of controversy between pro-choice proponents and pro-life advocates.

All this, and I still haven’t explained Tebowing. This adulteration of Tim’s last name came about because of another controversial Tim Tebow activity — he prays, openly, on the field. Mind you, he’s also started interviews with, “First, I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” and he answered a reporter’s question about his sex life that he was in fact a virgin, so apparently what people find offensive about Tim Tebow praying, versus all the other athletes that have been caught on camera praying, is that he means it.

Tebowing, however, stems directly from one particular prayer. In Tim’s first start this year with the Denver Broncos, his team won in overtime. As Tim left the field, he dropped to one knee, bowed his head, and in all appearances, offered a prayer of thanks.

A fan and his group of friends imitated the pose that night, taking a picture and posting it on Facebook. Later he started a blog inviting others to share their pictures of Tebowing, defined as “(vb) to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.”

The next week, however, the Detroit Lions demolished the Broncos. Players and fans alike mocked Tim by taking the posture of prayer he had taken after the Miami game, and Tebowing became as much a joke as a point of honor.

But what a thing to be known for — praying in public. If I hadn’t been a Broncos fan, I still think I would have become a Tim Tebow fan. Here’s a line from the latest Associated Press article about the Broncos’ overtime victory over San Diego last Sunday:

Tim Tebow wasn’t watching as San Diego’s Nick Novak lined up to attempt a 53-yard field goal that would have given the Chargers an overtime victory over the Denver Broncos.

He was praying, of course.

Whatever else people may think of Tim Tebow, they can’t take away the fact that he’s a man who lives out his convictions, even in the face of controversy. Good for Tim. Good for Tebowing. 😀

Published in: on December 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm  Comments (2)  
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Thought-less


No, this is not a rant against anyone for some inconsiderate, insensitive, uncharitable act. It means I have no particular thoughts I think readers here at A Christian Worldview of Fiction might be interested in.

I thought about writing up the dog incident that happened this morning, though for the life of me, I can’t come with a solid connection to writing or the Christian worldview.

I thought about gathering bits and pieces of news, reviews, and other people’s views, but that seems too time consuming.

My big emphasis of late has been an editing job I’m working on, my crit group (which I neglected for about six months, so I owe them big time!), and my work on The Lore of Efrathah. And blogging! I’m not forgetting my loyal readers here.

But what I’m experiencing is the difficulty of balancing that many priorities, all requiring a good chunk of time. Still, that hasn’t affected my blogging before. Rather, what I’m finding is, my mind is on either my projects or some other topic I don’t cover here at ACWOF. (I know it is a shocking revelation, but I do think of other things besides writing and Christianity. 😮 )

So for today, I’ll dribble out a few of these and you’ll see how thought-less I am today:

Soooooo excited that the Denver Broncos trounced the Oakland Raiders last night. Wish I had cable and could have seen the game.

If the plumber shows up tomorrow, my bathroom will be torn up for how long?

I’m hoping the magazine article I’m working on turns out good, but I haven’t heard from my primary source yet! (Did he get my questions?)

I’m enjoying the presidential campaign at last. The coverage is the best part of the nightly news, but I usually think of a couple letters to the editor I want to write after I’ve watched it.

Speaking of letters to the editor, one opinion columnist (once upon a time these pieces were called editorials, written by the editor of the paper. Now anyone with strong views and a good turn of words can have a column) came out with a defense against “right wing” accusations of bias. It was ironic because I just watched a rerun of Saturday Night Live this weekend in which the actors did a spoof of a media-run debate between Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton. Nothing right wing about the position, certainly, but clearly the spot poked fun at the media for the love affair they had (have?) with Obama. Perhaps this “journalist” needs to take a crash course on propaganda!

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