Monday, December 14, 2009

Dream on Bama fans, Dream on for a better tomorrow

We acknowledge that there is a sort of poetic justice for Bama fans seeing the Tide beat Tim Tebow in his senior year. We get it. Tebow was soooo close to going to Bama, and they lived three looong years of being the "jilted girlfriend," so to speak.

And then Bama fans forgot themselves, and partied like "they'd never been there" which was a bit of a gift to Gators, because it actually distracted us from the loss to kind of gape and stare and think "what are they doing? Have they lost their minds?"

Which brings us to what spurned this whole tale, this headline Sunday:

In your dreams. Sir, look up Google Trends.

On Dec 5, 2009, yes, the Tide won the game, but Tebow dominated the story, and has since.

Tim Tebow stories took 1, 2, and 4 in the internet race.
Mark Ingram Sr. took 9 and McElroy took 19.
Emmit Smith was 24 and Danny Wuerffel 28.

The Gators took the spotlight. The Tide may have become SEC Champs, but they received the same kind of love as Ivan Lendl did beating McEnroe (We dug deep for this one. We're trying to relate to his curmudgeonly love of Joe Namath).

Mark Ingram didn't even top google trends out winning the Heisman. He came in at number 8. And if you look closely, Heisman curse came in number 30. Even Tim Tebow didn't escape the Heisman curse. So be careful Bama fans, be very careful. Because we know how you act when you win, and we suspect losing may be even worse.

Mr. Windham tries to finish his piece by saying that he likes, or dislikes Tebow less now that he's not "Superman" anymore.

Some of the Tebow fanatics say he’s the best college quarterback ever. Maybe they’ve forgotten about a guy named Joe Namath, who, before his knees were injured, was like an avenging lightning bolt for Alabama. Or maybe Namath doesn’t get the best man nod because he ran wild both on and off the field. You wouldn’t find Broadway Joe on Christian mission groups to the Philippines. ...

No, I cheered at the image [of Tebow crying] because I was relieved. I felt perhaps that the beatdown would end all the hype about Tebow.

In a way it did. He’s no longer a Superman.

Instead, he seems more likeable. More human. And perhaps because of that, people certainly have continued to talk about him.

We get it, we do. You're sick of Tim Tebow. And sick of hearing about Tim Tebow. And sick of seeing Tim Tebow beat your team. And sick of Tim Tebow being a decent guy. You'd much rather relive the glory days of Joe Namath. But that says alot more about you than about us, or Tebow, or the journalists who fill up space with do-gooder stories about him, instead of the latest athlete trying to emulate Joe Namath's hedonism.

Joe Namath was a great football player, but was he and is he a great man? The kind of man you want your children and grandchildren to emulate? The kind of man you'd trust your daughter walking down a red carpet with? No. He was a guy with exceptional talent who, in our view, squandered his moment in the sun on himself. He has left no outstanding legacy that we can see. He may have been Broadway Joe, but that stage and marquee have thankfully gone dark.

We've enjoyed seeing Tim Tebow win. And we've now had the unexpected pleasure of seeing him behave like a gentleman in defeat.

Tim Tebow has been the same man throughout his college career. It is you sir, and the people like you, who have hopefully been changed because of his influence. And we hope that influence continues, because if it does Tebow will no longer be an exception to the rule, but the norm. And that will be a brighter future for us all.