Monday, November 30, 2009

A word for the Tebow haters

Andy Staples has a word or two for the Tebow haters, and we couldn't agree more.

We get it. We do. You hate it when we write so glowingly about Tebow. You hate it when we mention that he might be one of the greatest college football players ever.
All the anti-Tebow sentiment is reminiscent of a 2004 profile of U2 singer Bono that Chuck Klosterman wrote for Spin. Klosterman couldn't wrap his brain around whether Bono's saintly aura was just a fa├žade created for and by the media or the inner glow of a genuinely excellent human being. That led to Klosterman asking an interesting question, the gist of which was this: Whether it's genuine or a performance, does it matter as long as the saintly act was committed?
Tebow's on- and off-field exploits have landed under a similar microscope. Sure, he scores a ton of rushing touchdowns, but they're mostly one-yard runs. That's a fine argument, except that plenty of other players have been handed the ball on the 1 only to run into a wall. Sure, he raises money for his dad's orphanage in the Philippines, but he does it only to make himself look better. Even if that were true, how many orphanages have you raised money for this year?
Whether you consider him genuine or fake, Tebow, at the end of the day, is a Heisman Trophy-, SEC- and BCS-title winning quarterback who goes to class, goes to church and circumcises people less fortunate than him. More people should be so intolerable.