Caution: This Rant may get a little long but hopefully not “too” convoluted!

Let me state at the outset that The Nite Ranter is not attacking any specific religious belief in this attempt at relating to this latest pop culture event. The “Tim Tebow” saga seems, for some reason, to have captivated the Nation whereas the Republican Presidential hopefuls have not. The homeless people asking for help have not. The suffering people in Haiti have not. Congress cannot get it and do something and the absolute nothings that are considered reality stars don’t have a clue what I’m talking about… Next!

Tim Tebowing

Tim Tebow is a highly paid quarterback for the NFL Denver Broncos, right? He is not an evangelist, right?

So, why is Tim Tebow allowed by his team & the NFL brass to flaunt his faith in the professional football arena? There are literally hundreds of NFL players who have a faith-based belief. Most are card carrying members of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which was formed specifically for athletes.

You see them as a team or separate group kneeling before a game and even sometimes off the field after the game. None of these professional athletes are “showboating” their faith on the field. Over-the- top religious overtures such as displayed on a regular basis by Tim Tebow is what I do not accept as part of the professional game of football.

Tim Tebow literally flaunts his faith like a picket sign at a political protest.

I personally don’t care what faith Tebow is. Great for him that his faith is so meaningful in his life. But, sticking it in everyone’s face each time he does something positive for his team, i.e., a completed pass, a touchdown… um, doing his “job”…

Each time he does his “job” he adopts a prayerful stance; a stance complementing a play that he is paid handsomely to do is just mind-boggling to me. I don’t care if he thinks that when he gets to the pearly gates he’ll be able to rub shoulders with Bear Bryant, “Crazylegs” Hirsch or Vince Lombardi… I’m watching a professional football game… not sitting in “Amen Corner.”

Tebow’s wearing of the eyeliner patch with John 3:16, the Bible passage emblazoned on each, was the end of the line for me. Granted, he has pulled off some (very lucky plays in my estimation that were certainly not interventions from on high) last minute miracles and Tebow has also lost a bunch too.

Don’t forget that Tebow & The Broncos only made it into the NFL playoffs thru a loss from another team. That’s how they got there. That’s what I call fate, not faith! His desperation pass (in overtime) against the Pittsburgh Steelers, was caught by Demaryius Thomas, an outstanding & fast wide receiver. That catch by Thomas was a great athletic play by a very talented wide receiver but we only hear about and see Tim Tebow in the game highlight shows.

Actually, in my opinion, it was a lucky throw on Tebow’s part. But, as with most things Tebow, that too is lost in the accolades. Tim Tebow’s contract with Denver paid him a bonus of
$ 250,000 for that single play.

Look, I really don’t hate the guy… I hate that the guy (and the media) is shoving his faith in my face when I just want to relax and enjoy a professional football game. Charles Barkley says it best: ” Look, the guy is supposed to win. He’s a paid professional. He’s expected to be a high quality NFL quarterback… it has nothing to do with anything else… he should drop it!” I’m paraphrasing Charles Barkley here, but I agree 100%.

If Tim Tebow & Denver beat Tom Brady & New England – Saturday (01/14/12), I’m going to become a born-again, saved by the blood, washed in the holy spirit, speaking in tongues, Bible thumping, spirit-filled, door knockin’, pamphlet pushing, choir singing, hand-shaking… you know what.

Lastly, there are many musical Tebow parodies… the one by Jimmy Fallon as “T-Bowie a spoof depicting David Bowie” is very cool and very funny. Enjoy… or not!

NOW RANT TO ME!

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  1. The Santafean

    Ranter, you finally said something that stuck in my craw. Let me begin by saying that Tim Tebow is a devout Christian. He has shown his faith since he was a star quarterback at the University of Florida. He has walked the walk since he was an adolescent, that is, he accompanied his parents with their missionary work in the Philippines. Although he is an NFL player, he continues to be a missionary in the Philippines in his off-season.

    I do not see him as evangelizing–trying to convert people to Christianity, but witnessing on a personal level his perception of God. I don’t believe his demonstration of his faith has anything to do with his performance on the field. This is unlike the Roman Catholic football players and wannabe Catholics who believe that by making the sign of the cross they will win the encounter. For these sign-crossing athletes it is a more about asking the Lord to intervene and help them win than helping them to play an honest sportsman-like game.

    I honestly believe that this country is so into Tebow because they identify with the faith he demonstrates in a higher power (mostly Christ because this is a Christian nation) at a very low time in our country’s state of well-being. We are in the midst of a recession–a significant percentage of people are unemployed, the value of our homes have declined, children are starving, the rich are stomping on the poor, and the possibility of a revolution is eminent. Other than economics our country’s social fabric is ripped. We can’t trust the clergy to not rape our children, politicians to not abscond with tax payer money, or big business from screwing us for every dime we have.

    Our country is mired in quicksand and people are figuratively stretching their hands out for help. It seems that faith in a higher power is all that is left.

    Jan 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm
    • The Nite Ranter

      Santefean:
      What sticks in my craw about Tim Tebow
      is not his faith…(and yes I know of his missionary background, his display of his faith at The University of Florida all of which is most admirable)…what sticks in my craw is that Tim Tebow has decided to be a highly visible & highly compensated NFL Quarterback in lieu of choosing foreign Missionary work as his career. This Denver Bronco’s Quarterback position is his current job. While football is a game, when you cross over from the College ranks into the NFL it becomes a paid profession firstly and secondly a game to be played with one outcome…to win. The more you win…the more the monetary reward(s) including endorsements and spokesperson contracts.

      As such, my feeling is he should not be flaunting Religion of any sort as a paid professional with a job in the sport of NFL Football & the sports entertainment business. Tim Tebow can kneel, pray and conduct a prayer group in the team locker room before, at halftime and after the game if he so desires. But, I think that he showboats “His Faith”…on the field of professional football play. This is a field of paid professional athletes and not a pulpit.

      Why doesn’t Tim Tebow blend into the Fellowship of Christian Athletes who quietly profess their faith at every game without “flaunting” it while playing the game. That’s why I feel that Tebow is “showboating his faith” with no respect for those of us who want & respect that privilege as a very personal and reverent experience between a man and his God. Not, “Jumbo Tron” look at me…I’m praying.

      I will surely admit that his “T-Bowing” is a great PR posture that has caused a mix-ed reaction and I for one do not appreciate it. It’s over the top!

      TNR :>)

      Jan 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm
  2. Hazel

    I have no qualms with religion but it doesn’t have a place in front of a live audience on a football field. If he does that when he wins but not when he loses, isn’t that tantamount to hypocrisy? Shouldn’t he “te-bow” because he was able to finish a game in good health, albeit a game resulting in such a TREMENDOUS loss? 😉

    Jan 15, 2012 at 11:39 am
    • The Nite Ranter

      Hazel you noticed that “Timmy” did no Te-bowing last night, also!

      I think you’re 100% correct in your hypocrisy theory.

      From my experience, true believers pray in both good and bad situations…even more in bad & they give thankful prayers for good things. But then let’s be honest…it’s a great PR Ploy when you can pull it off just during the good stuff (when the Stadium Jumbo-Tron is sticking your mug up for the whole world to see in gigantic bigger than life fashion) and you get away with stuffing the bad under the bench thinking no one notices.

      Great observation “Hazie” and thanks for the comments.

      TNR :>)

      Jan 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm
  3. The Nite Ranter

    Well, well, well…Brady & the Pats set an NFL playoff record first half…scoring 246 Passing Yrds, 5 TD’s and 35 points. It is now 45pts. Tom – 10pts. Timmy.

    It all back fired on Tebow & Denver with all the hype on Timmy the QB with a mission guided from on high.

    Honestly, Li’l Timmy T. looked like a high school QB running for his life and being sacked every two plays.

    So,did God/Jesus sleep-in tonight due to the cold weather or shun Timmy and forget to encase him in the shroud of good godliness. The longest play of the night for Timmy was 41 yrds. Tebow could NOT score from 3 yrds. out in the fourth quarter.

    Let’s cut the crap on this guy…and the final score is :
    Patriots 45
    Broncos 10

    Will some Denver trainer please tell Timmy Tebow (who oddly tonight did no T-Bowing) to please take his stinky jock strap back to His Graceland or what ever he calls his heavenly home abode and tell him 1. shut up, 2. stick a locker room sock in yo’ mouth and, we will wait and see if we see you next year in Denver?
    Prediction: I can’t believe that an NFL team the likes of Denver will waste time developing a special “Timmy” offense built around this guy who had his fifteen minutes of fame and looks like a College QB at best. I can’t think of any other NFL team who would want him if he is dropped by Denver other than “The Church of What’s Happen’ Now – Holy Rollen’ Gansters!”

    TNR :>0 Yea baby, what I said!

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:34 pm
  4. The Nite Ranter

    OK,RANTER fans…We are less than one minute away from the show down AFC playoff game between Denver (Tebow) and New England (Brady).

    After the game I’ll post the Final Score
    and lick my wounds if Denver wins and tell it like it is if New England wins. A game between Tim & Tom.

    I can hardly stomach hearing what a wonder person T.T. is…if I can make it through all the hype…I’ll be good to go.

    TNR (:>O)=

    Jan 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm
  5. Man Cave Master

    I believe that in college and high school it’s a penalty for celebrating on the field during a game????????????????
    But then again they are not getting paid anything (sometimes) ! Oh yes that’s a penalty too. sigh………

    Jan 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm
    • The Nite Ranter

      Man Cave Master…as you well know, today, society is filled with many more penalties than bennies.

      TNR :>)

      Jan 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm
      • Man Cave Master

        And well do I know…………………..

        Jan 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm
  6. The Nite Ranter

    Look, let’s be honest with each other, OK?

    If you read this RANT and you have no comment or opinion about it…three(3) things:
    1. Check your pulse, you may be dead!
    2. You can’t spell?
    3. You like the picture & the video but, you can’t read!

    “Can I get a witness?”

    TNR :>)

    Jan 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm