There’s a curious passion play underway in the National Football League in which a devoutly Christian player – who is white, speaks well, and is very good looking – is being ruthlessly ridiculed by opponents for his lousy play.
The curiosity is that so many NFL beat writers seem incapable of understanding the dynamic at work here, which is that the average football player has to bust his ass just for a chance against very long odds and views the special treatment given to Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow as inherently unfair. It’s clear that Tebow is not ready to play at the NFL level and was given an opportunity he had not earned on the basis of other qualities.
Since football has absolutely nothing to do with religion, unless you have so little respect for God that you trivialize him by pointing skyward after every on-field triumph, some players view Tebow as having pimped out his religious beliefs for personal gain on the field. But you won’t read that in a story like this one in Yahoo Sports.
Religion is a hot potato and most sports reporters didn’t take a job in journalism’s toy department to be burdened with the task of exposing painful truths, whereas we live for them at The Cynical Times.
The painful truth is that the Tebow debacle is a natural extension of the player-as-entertainer concept that has led to Reality TV shows for several professional athletes, including wide receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ocho Cinco. Other coaches and players have parlayed their on-the-field accomplishments into political careers, such as former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Steve Largent and former University of Nebraska head coach Tom Osbourne.
And you wonder why our government is a joke?
It was just a matter of time before a budding televangelist like Tebow saw the opportunity to build a following during his NFL career. The young fella prays after every score, which apparently isn’t often enough to please the Almighty.
Tebow’s ineptitude, while fairly typical of young quarterbacks, creates a real dilemma for the faithful. Here’s the problem: if God is really out there and Tebow is really one of his favorites, why does the kid keep screwing up?
I see three possibilities:
First, there is no God.
Second, a God who lacks both the time and inclination to intervene in Holocausts, does not give a hoot about professional sports.
Three, God has abandoned Tim Tebow.
I don’t know about you, but I’m leaning toward No. 2.