Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tebowing

The news and sportscasters continue feeding their and the public’s fascination with Denver Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow’s unabashed references to his faith.

In fact, googling “Tim Tebow” turns up 29 million results. Tebow’s practice of dropping to one knee in silent prayer or reflection has sparked a new word and a new craze: “tebowing.”

Son Jeremy and Molly Kate tebowing

The whole point of my posting this information is that it provides an excuse to borrow the photo above that our youngest son posted on Facebook of him and our 3-year-old granddaughter “tebowing.” The few other “tebowing” photos I have seen  have been funny and didn’t seem at all mean spirited.

Earlier comments that I saw about Teebow’s mentions of God and faith included opinions of a different tone. There was outrage, scorn and mockery at Tebow mixing faith and football. It puzzles me that the use of the words “God, “Jesus” and “Christ” as expletives are accepted by many Americans without a blink but that the same words used in the context of a personal faith would spark such negative reactions.

We will see if public opinion, whether positive or negative, shifts with the outcome of the Broncos vs. Patriots game later today. Right at this moment, however, I am agonizing over New Orleans Saints' turnovers. Arrrrrggggghhhhhh!

11 comments:

Ginny said...

I see nothing at all wrong with him mixing his religion and his work. We are to let God lead in every single aspect of our lives, his faith is inspiring, in light of the way so many people are scorned for this kind of thing. This is a wonderful picture, too!

Anna said...

You make a very good point about how people accept swearing in public but are making a big deal of this praying. You made me think.

Kathy said...

I love the photo, thanks for sharing :)

I also like and admire Tim Tebow, and wish there were more athletes like him.

Sandra said...

i don't watch football but last night I heard my hubby screaming during the last 3 minutes of the game. I agree with you 100 percent, you said it so well. it is heart breaking to me that the world now uses God's name in vain and hates people who pray. signs of the times. the photo is beautiful and a precious memory to save.

Arkansas Patti said...

I think he is a fine young man and a better role model for kids than the drug abusing, wife beaters that we often have in major sports. I do believe he has won more fans than detractors.
That is an adorable photo.
Sorry about your Saints.

schmidleysscribblins,wordpress.com said...

Tebow rocks. I love your photo too. Meanwhile we are Packers fans and think God is on our side:~))
Dianne

Retired English Teacher said...

This is a great photo! I don't even know where to start with how I feel about the whole Tebow craze. I think people just don't seem comfortable in dealing with someone who is public about his religious views.

Jeremy Skupien said...

Tebow, while not the best of NFL quarterbacks, is a remarkable human being. His commitment to faith and his own personal outreach has touched the lives of so many. When a reporter asked him what he was going to do after the game and he said, "I'm going to be spending time with a special needs child and the child's family." I'm just like my mom and I started crying. He is a breath of fresh air and exactly what the NFL needs.
But his most memorable speech came after a loss to my alma mater OLE MISS. Sorry, I had to throw that in there.
God Bless.

Friko said...

Hi LC,

A person's faith is nobody else's business; I would, however, find it a tad icky to find such a public display at a sports game. Some footballers (soccer players) quickly cross themselves occasionally, but the gesture is done before you notice.

Anybody going into a full performance as this chap seems to do (I've never heard of him before) has an ulterior motive.

Jeremy Skupien said...

Friko, before you make any outlandish comments on someone you've "never heard of" before, it may interest you to do a little bit of research. Google, wikipedia, yahoo, there are plenty places to start. You're welcome.

Rose said...

First, thank you for visiting my blog.

Was kind of trying to scan through your blog to read about your stroke, and came to this post and just had to say I agree with you....I just cannot believe the negative comments I heard concerning Tim Tebow...he may need to improve some as quarterback but there is none more fun to watch. That boy is not afraid to run with the ball! And to know he is such a decent human being just adds to it all.