Is Tim Tebow More Hype Than Real?
There is all of this talk about the phenomenon that has taken America and some parts of the world by storm. Tebowmania. What is it? Where does it come from? Who deserves credit or blame for it? Many in the media, some of the greatest minds in sports have attempted to get to the root of it, to explain it, we have no answers. Only more questions linger such as is this another case of the “Great White Hype” ? A Caucasian athlete being built up by a white driven media a la Gerry Cooney to be more than he really was or being catapulted in “over” his head? There are some who subscribe to that theory, do not count me as one of them. No need to pull the race card here, I love watching Tebow play, I really do. I think it’s because I know no matter how boring the game may be, no matter how inept his play is, something unspeakable, something unimaginable is about to happen. Maybe that’s what the rush is? In all of my years watching sports I have never seen an athlete that has created such a stir. An athlete whose numbers simply do not merit such mind boggling attention or coverage. During the regular season Tebow’s statline read 12 touchdown passes , 6 picks, 660 yards on the ground and another 6TD’s. By comparison his former Gator teammate Cam Newton had video game numbers with over 4,000 yards passing, over 700 rushing yards and 35 combined TD’s in his rookie season !! (Why do I suddenly hear Herm Edwards in my ear saying “Hello” !!) So what the fuss? What about the nice guy thing? He is in fact a very nice guy, everyone likes him plus he is a virgin. Yet I just don’t ever remember AC Green getting that type of notoriety. How about he does not get in trouble and does not swear? Well Jerry Rice never had his name tied to scandal anywhere in his illustrious career, neither did Barry Sanders, nor Derek Jeter, or John Stockton, Grant Hill, nothing new here. We have seen nice guys before. Tebow is certainly not the first athlete to wear his religion on his sleeve so I have no idea what the big deal is about Tim Tebow. All I know is when the Denver Broncos took on the New England Patriots and Tom Brady chasing that fourth super bowl ring, I was watching with the rest of America. All of were watching. This isn’t “Who Shot J.R.?” or the final episode of M*A*S *H, Magic vs Bird, The Royal Wedding, nope. This is bigger, this is Tebowmania.