Monday, March 1, 2010

Hear No Evil, Part 2

If we follow his logic, Mike Florio thinks Tebow might be "hypocritical" for saying "blessed" too much in interviews, particularly in the one pictured above, based on Matthew 6:5-8:

We get it, Tim. You're blessed. More so than the rest of us. If we get to Heaven, we can watch you play quarterback against the All-Hell defense.

Earlier today, I dropped a link to Matthew 6:5-8 when discussing Tebow. Here's the text of it, for those of you who are interested: "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him."

I don't think that verse ever appeared on Tebow's eye strips.


By pointing these things out, I don't "hate" Tebow. He was a great college football player, arguably one of the best ever. But I'm skeptical because his behavior falls into the category of Matthew 6:5-8 that I've been taught to avoid, and because I wonder whether his purpose isn't to spread the Good News but to cultivate and maintain an image that will serve separate interests.

The easy thing to do in this case would be to parrot the universal praise for Tebow. The harder task is to look past the facade, and to question whether this guy is as good as advertised -- or whether he's too good to be true.

UPDATE: Here's the video. And here's the key quote. "Well, I have been truly blessed. And the past four years have been a blessing to me. My whole career has been a blessing. I've truly been blessed. . . . So I just look at all the criticism . . . as another blessing.

Just out of curiosity Mike, do you feel the same way about Apolo Ohno? Because he dropped more than a few "I feel blessed" bombs last night with Bob Costas? Not to mention a "I left it all on the ice" in a very Tebow-esque fashion.

And since you brought up a verse first, how about this one:

James 5:9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.

There were alot of guys at the Combine that you could have written a story about but instead you criticize a guy for being embarrassed by someone reading off his stellar college records and then says "blessed" too much while nervous.

Here's a tip for you, go do a feel good story on Myron Rolle. If you think Tebow has gotten too much attention then go give Myron Rolle some love. We all probably agree that he is deserving. But be forewarned, he might drop a "I've been so blessed" bomb too, because we get the sense that he's a decent and appreciative guy.

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