Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WHY DO WE HATE TIM TEBOW SO MUCH?




Tim Tebow.

Those two words alone seem to ignite a cauldron of hate in a lot of people.
We spit out vitriol like a King Cobra spews venom on its prey when somebody
rolls Tim Tebow off the tongue. Many act as if he is about to rob us of something,
whether it be a coveted opportunity or a thousand likes on Facebook and Twitter.

My question is, why do we hate Tim Tebow so much? Wait. I'll correct myself.
Why do we hate a person we don't even know with such incredible passion?

Our society thinks they know someone because they heard a 15-second sound bite
with an athlete like Tebow on ESPN. They judge based on how he smiles, sounds,
and expresses himself in the smallest of sample sizes. The conclusion is, take your
pick: a fraud, self-righteous, entitled, perfect, too-good-to-be true, or just a nice guy.

It's all in the eyes and ears of the beholder, but for some reason, Tebow has caused
a lot of people to hate him for simply being Tim Tebow.

Oh, sure, I know Tebow has millions of supporters in his home state of Florida
and amongst the legions of Gator fans who worship him like no other athlete in the
history  of the school. A significant part of Colorado adores Tebow, who led the Broncos
to a playoff win before John Elway got into the shotgun formation and blew him out
of town in favor of Peyton Manning.

However, it seems like the rest of the sports-obsessed country just hates Tebow and
when word spread that the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was going to
try to make it as a professional baseball player, the hating on Tebow seemed to reach
an entirely new level.

Many people who didn't bother to get the facts straight, hated on Tebow even more
simply because they thought major league baseball was opening the doors to an
opportunity that just  about  everyone who has ever picked up a bat and ball, covets.
They thought Tebow was getting a contract and going straight to the big leagues
simply because he is Tim Tebow.

Reality is, Tebow invited every major league team to watch his personal talent show.
They can come if they like, stay at home if they wish. People act as if Tebow said,
"I'm Tim Tebow. I can walk on water and heal sick children, now please give me a
professional contract to sign."

And people began to hate Tebow even more.

Why do we waste so much time and energy hating on a guy we don't even know?

Why do we hate a guy for wanting to see if he can do something he dreams of doing?

Are we jealous?

Do we hate our lives that much that we are envious of someone else's?

Do we just wish god had blessed us with a body and the athleticism that Tebow has?

Do we hate him because we wish we had lived our lives like Tebow does, one that
doesn't include drinking, smoking, promiscuous sex, and bad-mouthing others?

Seriously, why all the hate towards Tim Tebow, a guy that 99.9 percent of us have
never met, much less even know?

Jose Reyes returns to the New York Mets after beating the hell out of his wife and
serving a long suspension and the fans give him a standing ovation. Seriously?

Nelson Cruz gets busted for PED's, missing 50-games which may have been a
reason the Texas Rangers ended up in one-game playoff game. The fans give him
a standing ovation upon his return and then he goes on to sign a mega-contract with
another team.

Wonderful.

I could go on and on and on about all the love fans show athletes who have broken
the law, embarrassed their teams, family, and friends, but I won't. If you've been a
sports fan over the last 20 years, you know what I'm talking about.

I just don't understand why all the hate comes out for a guy who doesn't drink, smoke,
get in trouble, or has ever embarrassed a team, teammate, or coach. Tebow has
always acted with class, dignity, and shown everyone respect. He's never said,
"I'm all this, I'm all that, and by the way, you can follow me on Twitter @I'mGod."

Oh, that's right, he wrote a religious note on his eye-black sticker. He got on one
knee and prayed before, during, and after a game that he was in and just played.
And he thanks his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on national television. And people
hated that.

By the way, don't turn the channel when a football game is over. Stay and watch the
cameras focus in on players from both teams at mid-field, holding hands, kneeling
down, while praying to someone. Do you hate on them like you do Tim Tebow?

You live the way you want to live, why don't you let others live the way they want
to live? Instead of wasting so much time and energy worrying about Tebow's life,
why don't you do something constructive like focus on a goal or going to the gym
and work hard to improve your body and fitness level. Try spending time at the food
kitchen or helping others who are less fortunate than you.

Oh wait a minute, then you'd be like Tim Tebow and we wouldn't want that, would we?

2 comments:

  1. I worked in television news for the sports department (including working with you) back in the day. I've shot interviews with a lot of pro players. I worked for a Canadian Football League team, an AA Minor League baseball team, and a CBA basketball franchise. I've met a lot of athletes at different levels. I've met a lot who were devout Christians.
    Tebow as always rubbed me the wrong way. Stuff like his end zone prayer and his faith seemed more for his "brand" than anything else. Matthew 6:5
    There's a lot of QB's that were great in college and a bust in the NFL. Tebow was one of them. He sold a lot of "#15" jerseys for a QB barely good enough to be a third string quarterback.

    #2cents

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  2. Paul another great article.. you hit it out of the Park again. Let Go Let God. I will keep on rooting for Tebow for the kind of man, athlete, son, brother, friend he is. People need to get a life. How can they give these athletes that are abusing women, standing ovations come on people? What are they teaching the youth. I don't see anything wrong at all with having Jesus Christ in your life and having faith. Faith moves Mountains.

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