Skip to comments.Why Tim Tebow Is the Sarah Palin of Football (Barf Alert)
Posted on 01/14/2012 12:48:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
The harder the Broncos quarterback and the Alaskan governor fall, the more convinced their supporters become that they are modern messiahs.
To many, Tim Tebow is the quarterback that God built. The mile-high messiah is an end-zone Cinderella, coming off the Denver Broncos bench to win games and pursue Super Bowl glory in only his second season in the pros. He is Americas favorite professional athlete according to an ESPN poll that in 18 years has honored only 11, among them legends Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.
But many feel that his incredible celebrity has overshadowed his actual talent and viability. Tim Tebow is the Sarah Palin of football. Inspiring, galvanizing, great on paper. Just dont look too closely or youll see all the ways that the two of them flat-out fail. Palin and Tebow stumble relative to the size of their stage: the larger it is, the harder they fall. As Alaskas youngest governor, Sarah Palin was tough, with a reputation for rooting out corruption and preserving her states natural resources. Shes exactly who this country needs, said John McCain when he added her to his presidential ticket. But as a national political figure, Palin began to trip left and right.
When America dug deeper, it found she lacked basic map skills and knew frighteningly little about American foreign policy for a person one heart attack away from running the country. She also wondered aloud exactly what one did in the vice-president job that she was applying for and bumbled the mechanics of policy, health care, and tax code.
Likewise, Tebow was untouchable in college: he was the first sophomore in history to win the Heisman Trophy, and he led the Florida Gators to a national championship. College football is much slower and sloppier than its professional twin; in that forum, Tebows valiant efforts concealed his lack of polish. In the NFL, he has nowhere to hide. Since being promoted to starting quarterback, he regularly completes less than half the passes he throws in a game. He has been accused of slow and ugly throwing mechanics (one sports writer said you could time his release with a sundial). Critics say he cant read the field after the snap and that at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds he is the wrong size for his position, and shouldnt play it at all.
If Tebow were black, its unlikely that he would ever get a chance to play quarterback in the NFL, Bleacher Reports Mike Frandsen wrote recently, citing his awkward and inaccurate throwing motion. He noted that historically, black quarterbacks who are unconventional players get converted to other positions, then rattled off many examples. Tebow is white, popular, and still throwing the ball.
The national nightmare continues, Charles Barkley said in a radio interview of Tebows recent win. He had a great game. Hes supposed to have a great game. Barkley was referring to idea that professional athletes are paid to do a job.
But Tebow has set records, his followers will argueand its true. He now owns the postseason title for most yards per completion. At times, he has lead both his team and the entire NFL in jersey sales. But hell never break records that are real and meaningful, the go-down-in-history kind. Hell never hold the most passing yards in a season like Saints star Drew Brees. Instead, he is predicted to continue to struggle, just as Palin has. She broke records, toolike first woman and first Alaskan on a Republican vice-presidential ticket, but shell never be the first woman president, and thats the one that counts.
The more Palin and Tebow falter, the more rabid their supporters become. Despite her many missteps, Palins grizzly moms flocked to her, while their husbands thought she was hot. Sarah Palin bleeds American, gushed a poster on Redstate.com. Supporters launched the down-to-earth and homespun Palin into a fame reserved for sitting presidents and royaltywhen she had done little more than stand and wave. Today, her Facebook page is overrun with pleas for her to enter the presidential race: Ms. Palin, we love you! it says, and Run, Sarah, Run! These appeals just may foreshadow a political second act.
Tebow fans speak of him with staggering hyperboleeven for the exaggerated, aggrandized world of professional sports. Saturdays dazzling overtime win against the Steelers birthed this Bleacher Report headline: Tim Tebows 2011 Denver Broncos: The Most Incredible Team Season in NFL History. Tebow faced more pressure than any NFL quarterback has ever faced and responded with his best game yet, said ESPNs Tebow superfan, Skip Bayless. Im not sure any quarterback in football can do what Tim Tebow keeps doing in the 4th quarter, he said. His colleague Stephen A. Smith disagreed, and nearly tore apart their desk.
Tebow and Palin do have detractors who use the Internet as a boxing ring. Palin-Tebow blooper and parody videos are as inextricable from YouTube as salmon is from Alaskan streams. Palin and Tebow make intellectuals, nonbelievers, and the liberal left squeamish with social conservatism, evangelism, and deeply held faith. Tebow wore Bible passages in his eyeblack on the field during college, and thanks Jesus at every press conference following NFL games. Pam Tebow disobeyed a doctors order to terminate her pregnancy for safety reasons, and Tebows worldview has been unquestionably shaped by his surviving his own birth. Mother and son recounted this story in a pro-life Super Bowl ad for Christian ministry Focus on the Family in 2010.
Palin, for her part, is known to be vehemently anti-abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. Her youngest son, Trig, was diagnosed with Down syndrome before he was born, and Palin has said that ending her pregnancy was never an option. They chart their inspiring and difficult paths to glory in bestselling memoirs, the titles of whichPalins Going Rogue and Tebows Through My Eyesposition them as outsiders, and challengers of established norms.
Perhaps they are so loved because they emerged from the populist fray in the vein of reality-TV stars. Tebows parents homeschooled him in northern Florida, then got an apartment near a high school so that he could play football there. Palin homeschooled her kids, too. Tebow is the most desirable celebrity neighbor, ahead of Brangelina, real-estate site Zillow found, while Sarah Palin has had a long run as the girl next door. Their chosenness seems self-evident, but rooted in their start as underdogs. Now they draw celebrity endorsements with relative ease. Oprah and Adele said they can relate to Palin, and rocker Ted Nugent labeled the former governor moralitys Robin Hood. Lady Gaga has tweeted her fierce love for Tebow, and Rick Perry invoked him as a fellow dark horse who doesnt quit until he wins.
Palin captured a high-school-basketball state championship and the nickname Sarah Barracuda, though her coach told the Associated Press that young Sarah Heath was far from a natural athlete. Sports and politics have a lot of crossover. Perhaps Tebow is fancying a run for office. The verdict is still out on these two, but its clear that they are hardly the visions of perfection and transcendence foisted upon them by their dearest fans.
One thing is certain: if they team up for a presidential run, Barack Obama is in trouble.
Allison Yarrow is assignment editor and a staff writer at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Her essays and journalism have appeared in Huffington Post, Slate, CNN.com, Poets & Writers magazine and The Forward. She created and hosted the Yid Lit podcast, which interviews authors of literary fiction and nonfiction. Previously, as an associate producer at NBC News Productions, Allison produced health segments for a nationally syndicated program hosted by Hoda Kotb, and long-form documentary hours for MSNBC.
Palin/Tebow Derangement Syndrome.
It is all over the place, but you know how liberals start to froth at the mouth when they talk about Palin (and now Tebow)!
Tim Tebow would not even be on the radar of most people (myself included) if liberal-idiots like this would have kept their criticism to themselves. But because you blowhards continue to whine and cry about him, I am now on the Te-boat. I am hopeful that Tebow is the the sock that God built; the sock for liberal mouths.
This article is documentary evidence that liberalism is, in fact, a mental disorder.
This article is documentary evidence that liberalism is, in fact, a mental disorder.
Is there nothing written that contains the name “Palin” that is beneath your posting standards?
I think what the headline means is Tebow is polarizing just as Palin was. If you love Tebow, its because he is a remarkable athlete, who is also a strong Christian, has been home schooled, is pro-life, a conservative, and has family values.
If you hate Tebow its because he is a strong Christian, has been home schooled, is pro-life, a conservative, and has families values.
That sums up why people hate or love Palin as well.
“Flat out fail”. The writer says Tebow and Sarah are failures. That doesn’t jibe with reality very well does it?
And no one talks about T.J. Yates an 8th round draft pick and third string rookie QB who as also led his team to playoff victory.
LOL! I was just thinking the same. You could not get us in Seahawk territory to think one kind thought about any Denver player, and this goes back years to the dirty playoff games with them in Mile High back in the Chuck Knox days. Today I sport a Tebow for President bumper sticker on the car and love seeing all the thumbs up from Seahawk fans in my rear view mirror.
Of course I am not going to write in Tebow, but until the primary gets settled, I'll keep it.
If Tebow were black, its unlikely that he would ever get a chance to play quarterback in the NFL,
“Tebows worldview has been unquestionably shaped by his surviving his own birth.”
The thing that gets me is, Muhammad Ali....Cassius Clay was his “slave name”, was fond of giving praises to Allah before and after fights. He also was a serial adulterer, and abuser of wives. Do you think Tebow would be given a break by the media, if they found out he had sex, after his public stand on pre-marital relations? They would tear him to pieces metaphorically. If he were a muzz, it would not be an issue.
Post on 2ndDivsion.
Allison sounds as though she might have “issues”. She needs to go see a shrink. Working for NBC and PMSNBC can really do a lot of damage to a person’s brain. Until then, she needs to stick to writing about HER “modern messiah”, Barry the Magnificent.
Translation: they are failures because they have values that are inconsistent with libtard and secular humanist values.
When did their falls occur?
That has to be the absolute dumbest line I've ever read...
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