Sunday, January 31, 2010

Tebow in SNL Weekend Update

Watch it now, before they pull it.

Joke: "Heisman Trophy winning QB Tim Tebow will be featured in a Super Bowl ad that speaks out against abortion. Note to NFL defenses next year, when Tebow runs the option he's always going to keep it."

Eye Black Challenger - BethAnne Beers

I was called to be a Missionary at the age of eleven. I remember walking up the aisle at my church, not remembering even getting up, and found myself staring at the cross telling God I would go wherever he would send me. Then life happened. I grew up, went to High school, then college, and worked two jobs and almost made one of those jobs my career. I struggled with this plan God had for me, and wanted to make my own plans. While I was making my own choices and decisions, God was working on me, preparing me for this adventure he had in store. I was never settled, and started giving everything to the Lord. It fascinates me how when you give everything to God, you feel like your giving it all away, and that things are just going to all the sudden spin out of control, and fall apart, when in reality, its the complete opposite. Things start to come together. God reveals his plan, and in this, you feel a peace, and have more of an understanding as to why things happen the way they do.

In the spring of 2009, my Father (a Pastor) had received an email from an organization called Extreme Nazarene Missions. They were looking for Missionaries that were willing to give up two years of normalcy, move to South America, and serve the Lord. I prayed and prayed asking God if this is the direction he wanted me to take. I told him, “If this is what you want me to do Lord, please open all the doors.” It was the next day that the first door opened. I got an email right away regarding my application and had an interview set up with the committee. After a couple hours of interviews and the giving of my testimony, the committee voted, unanimous. I was on my way to Peru! It was before I started the actual fundraising that I had to put all my faith in the Lord. I needed $18,000 in 7 months. My Father being a realist struggled with the idea of raising such a large amount of money in that amount of time. I told him, “If God wants me to go to Peru, he will provide the funds.” I gave this too, to the Lord. And once again, he opened a door. With the faithfulness of my church, all funds and then some were raised in one day. I had other obstacles, the biggest one selling my car. Two months before I was to leave for Peru, I got into a major car accident. God not only saved my life that day, but also provided a way for my car to no longer be a burden. It amazes me the way God works. I have always known that God answers prayer, but these past six months, I have seen this actually happen to me, and it has renewed my Faith in the Lord.

In three days I will be boarding a plane, and heading to Peru to start planting churches, show the Jesus Film to thousands, and to help spread the word of God to a people that are so in need. God has blessed me with so much, and I feel as a Christian, it is not only my job to share these blessings, but to also spread the good news to the lost. It’s all of our responsibility as Christians to live a life as Christ did, and to put others before ourselves. I have no idea why the creator of the universe has such compassion and forgiveness for me. I have grown up a lot this past year. I realize what’s most important in life, and why we are on this earth. It is in my Savior that I am whole, and complete. Through Jesus, I have life. And without him, I am nothing. You don't have to hop on a plane and go to another country to be an influence, and help preach God's everlasting word. I have had so many people tell me after they find out where I am going with Extreme, "Man, I wish I could do something like that. I'm just so busy..I'm too old...I have no money." It’s never too late to be used by God. And he WILL provide a way. He is faithful in his promises. If anything, I am proof of this.

You can follow BethAnne's blog here.

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Sunday Challenge - Don't Believe the Lies

The Arrows

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Senior Bowl

Well, that was un-interesting. The North had a strong defensive line and we didn't get to see anything interesting from any of the South's QBs, even Tebow. Any commentator that assesses Tebow without mentioning that is disingenuous.

Instead of answering any real questions, the Senior Bowl will now only stoke the fire of controversy surrounding Tebow.

Brace for impact Tebow fans, the next week is going to be a whole lotta fun. Or as Pat Dooley put it, "Welcome to the real world where the sharks await."

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Tebow's Eye Black for the Senior Bowl: James 1:2-4

James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Photo Courtesy Katie Carlson

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Tebow's Eye Black for Senior Bowl?

Tebow's eye black verses for the Senior Bowl? This may be the game where they, and we, are made obsolete.

(UPDATE: James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.)

If that is the case, then let's all consider this a passing of the torch from Tebow to us all. If he can't wear eye black verses in the NFL, then we can "wear" it for him.

Tim Tebow is a great guy, but one man can only do so much. If you truly agree with what he stands for, and that is helping out those around him, then do the same. Instead of thinking its great that he's a "breath of fresh air" or a "light in the darkness" how about joining in and making Tim's decency commonplace? If not, then this is the world we will leave the next generation (via Gawker):

You see, Timmy, Americans don't want football heroes who walk around with actual, visible halos. Marketers don't want that, either. For all the lip service paid to clean living, America really doesn't give a **** if its celebrity product endorsers cheat on their wives or gamble or smoke weed. Tiger Woods will be back soon enough, and Michael Jordan and Michael Phelps already are. This makes them relatable. Very few consumers can relate to a guy who is a virgin by choice despite having the entire UF student body at his disposal (we anxiously await your inevitable sex scandal, btw). Before you know it you'll be stuck endorsing megachurches and Christian t-shirt companies while your straying teammates sell Gatorade and Taco Bell and Ford Trucks to their fellow sinners.

In football, furthermore, Americans like a little taste of the criminal. Look at the guys who've made the cover of Madeen Football recently: Michael Vick was imprisoned for dog fighting, Ray Lewis beat a murder rap. Does anyone really care? No, they do not. Deep down, people enjoy the knowledge that their supermasculine heroes behave in supermasculine ways, by ***ing and fighting and getting ***ed up. Consumers need to enjoy that cozy feeling of aspirational identification in order to smooth the way towards product purchases.

We do care, but caring is not enough. You've got to do something about it. As this chapter in Tim Tebow's story fades to black, we ask you to carry it on for him and be an eye black challenger.

The Eye Black Challenge: Whether you are an army of one, a large group, or something in between, our challenge is for you to don your own eye black and make a difference in someone else's life.

Help a neighbor,
baby sit for a single parent or young couple,
take a kid to a sporting event,
coach a team,
volunteer at your local soup kitchen,
donate to your favorite charity,
send a package to our armed services serving overseas,
lead a support group,
foster or adopt a child in need,
give someone a hug or needed word of encouragement,
or simply put your cart away at the grocery store.

Whatever it is, do something you enjoy!
Be creative.

Small things become large things when added one by one. And whether you realize it or not, someone is watching, and that makes us all leaders. Great and small.

Again, our challenge to you is to don your eye black (with your favorite verse, loved one's name, area code, or whatever is most important to you), and get out there and do something to make a positive difference in the lives of those around you.

Send us your stories and photos, and we'll post them as inspiration for others.

Or post them to the Tebow's Eyeblack Facebook wall.

Wherever you may be in life, join us now, and make a difference for good.

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Tebow to lead South in NFL style offense

Finally, some football:

Tim Tebow's position is set: He will play quarterback, and not the Wildcat version. Not tight end or H-back, either.

The guessing game for the former Florida quarterback's NFL future is hardly over, but in today's Senior Bowl, his role is clear. He will help lead the South team against Tony Pike and the North and operate an NFL-style offense that doesn't call for him to plow over defenders on designed running plays when he's not flinging passes.

This week's practices and game are just the start of Tebow's bid to prove he's an NFL quarterback. But regardless of whether he convinced the pro teams, the week hardly diminished his faith in his own abilities.

"I believe in myself," said Tebow, who battled strep throat early in the week. "I believe in my ability and my ability to be coachable and my ability to work hard. So I feel with those things I can be an NFL quarterback."

Full story here.

Photo: Doug Finger/Gainesville Sun

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Jake Fuller Moments

Hat tip: JC

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Girl Fight over Timmy T.

Let's take a trip down memory lane, all the way back to the SEC Championship game. The Gators played flat, to be polite, and Bama fans lost their minds and mocked our boy for "crying." And we all felt horrible, but in retrospect it was more like having an argument with your cousin before Thanksgiving dinner, because you know you'll get to take it out on him after dinner when you play some football in the yard later.

Then there was the Sugar Bowl. What a fun time, even with the roller coaster of Coach Meyer's resignation/leave of absence and the tearful farewell to Timmy T and the seniors.

Who knew that less than one month later you'd have N.O.W taking on Tim Tebow, and his mom, and Sarah Palin and Susan B. Anthony (well her list) hitting back? And such venerable pundits like The New Yorker and Chuck Colson would be on the sidelines chanting. Here's what Colson had to say:

Heisman-winning quarterback Tim Tebow knows how to play offense. He also knows to expect opposition. Unfortunately, off the field, there’s no one to throw a flag when the other side plays rough.

But that’s exactly what’s been happening. Earlier this week, Focus on the Family announced that University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, and his mother Pam, would appear in a 30-second commercial on Super Bowl Sunday. The theme of the ad sponsored by Focus, and now raising such ire, is simply, “Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life.”

We live in strange and wondrous days. So strange and wondrous that the SAINTS are in the SUPER BOWL! WHO DAT!

This may be hokey, but dare to dream. Really, whatever your dream, go after it this year. If this past year hasn't made you believe that anything is possible, despite the set backs, we don't really know what will.

Phil 4:13 I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.

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Mr. Tebow Goes to Washington

Tebow's current QB Coach Zeke Bratkowski mentioned in his interview on Sportscene that Tim will be attending the National Day of Prayer in Washington D.C.

The only other reference we've been able to find is from columnist Cal Thomas:


Mr. Tebow Goes to Washington.

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Tebow and Coop

It's video Friday. Below, after practice interviews with Tebow and Cooper

The Tebow Documentary

Below is a brief interview with Chase Heavener who is shooting the latest documentary on Tim Tebow. It is chronicling the time span from the moment the clock hit 00:00 in the Sugar Bowl until Tim's first NFL game.

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Riley Cooper does the DaDoRunRun

Does anyone else hear the faint strains of the DaDoRonRon when you watch Riley Cooper play? Or especially when he's on the bench, tossing his hair back? Maybe it's just us.

If you have no idea what we're talking about, check out the youtube below. If you do, blame it on an older sister. A way older sister. That's our story, and we're sticking to it. Well, and we could all use a little lightening up this week.

Or do you think of Kelso? We tend to think that Coop is smarter than Kelso (thanks CZ)

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Fan Video from Senior Bowl Practice

Notice how many fans are wearing non-Gator shirts.

The best quote, "he's not bad..."

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Ben Volin gives perspective on Senior Bowl practice

Ben Volin gives a good interview on Tebow's Senior Bowl practices, the Super Bowl ad, and even the documentary film crew following Tebow around.. Click on the photo to listen. Definitely worth it.

Photo: Doug Finger/Gainesville Sun

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Susan B. Anthony list "Blocks Hard" for Tim Tebow

This beats all. The Susan B. Anthony list has created a website to defend Tim Tebow, and they gave it the name "Block Hard for Tim Tebow" and even went orange and blue in his honor. Click on the banner above to go to the site. Then you can post a message of encouragement.

And who wouldn't want the Gran-dame of Women's Suffrage and Civil Rights blocking for you?

You think Mt. Cody is frightening. You didn't tangle with Susan B!

Rock on!

Hat tip: Katia!

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Tebow's Choice

Wow. Tebow's ad has now been discussed in The New Yorker. If there's a skit on SNL, it's a trifecta. Sadly, no obtuse cartoon with the following, but there is a Malcolm Gladwell reference:

Is Tim Tebow becoming the Trig Palin of the sports world? For those who haven’t been following the Tebow story, or have only caught sidelong glances of a charging quarterback with bible-verse citations written on his eye-black, here’s the situation: Tebow is considered one of the best college players of all time. He is also, according to Sports Illustrateds Austin Murphy, “the most effective ambassador-warrior for his faith I’ve come across in 25 years at SI”—which, as anyone who’s seen, say, Josh Hamilton thanking Jesus for rescuing him from crack and helping him dominate in the Home Run Derby knows, is saying quite a lot.

That faith will be on display at the Super Bowl, when Tebow and his mother are scheduled to appear in anti-abortion ad. And it won’t be a generic one, either. As Bob Tebow, Tim’s father, asked Murphy for the Sports Illustrated piece, “Have you heard the story of Timmy’s birth?” Cut to a mission in the Philippines:

“When I was out in the mountains in Mindanao, back in ’86, I was showing a film and preaching that night. I was weeping over the millions of babies being [aborted] in America, and I prayed, ‘God, if you give me a son, if you give me Timmy, I’ll raise him to be a preacher.’ ” Not long after, Bob and Pam Tebow conceived their fifth child. It was a very difficult pregnancy. “The placenta was never properly attached, and there was bleeding from the get-go,” Bob recalls. “We thought we’d lost him several times.” Early in the pregnancy Pam contracted amebic dysentery, which briefly put her in a coma. Her doctors, fearful that medications they had given her had damaged the fetus, advised her to abort it. She refused, and on Aug. 14, 1987, Pam delivered a healthy if somewhat scrawny Timothy Richard Tebow.

“All his life, from the moment he could understand, I told him, ‘You’re a miracle baby,’” Bob recalls. “‘God’s got a purpose for you, and at some point I think He’s going to call you to preach.’

“I asked God for a preacher, and he gave me a quarterback.”

Now, the point of choice is that Pam Tebow had a choice, and one should respect her right to make it. It’s great—one is very grateful—that she and her baby lived through that. Tebow also seems like a community-minded guy, visiting prisons and hospitals. That’s nice of him. (It would have been nicer still if we’d all been spared the press conference in which he confirmed that he was saving himself for marriage.) It’s also nice to watch him play—in Brett Favre’s place, at the end of the NFC championship game, he would have scrambled for those yards, and won it. Part of the problem, though, is that he almost surpasses Favre in his ability to provoke commentators to excess—causing them to regularly compare him, as Joe Scarborough quite rightly pointed out, to a “Christ-like figure.” (That is not to say he will ever play like Favre; for several reasons related to the difference in the college and pro game—see Malcolm Gladwell for more on that—he might not work out as a QB at the next level, though there is a theory that he’d make a fantastic running back or tight end.) The problem is the proselytizing use to which the story of his birth is being put—this is the Trig factor. There’s something gaudy about it. There will be a Super Bowl ad about the happy outcome that attends not listening to medical advice. Ignore your doctors, trust in God, and your child, too, can win a Heisman trophy. Will there be empathy in there for women who aren’t ready to risk their lives in order to be given a quarterback?

Questions of will and agency are inseparable from this debate. Some women’s groups are asking CBS not to run the ad (the network says it has, in recent years, loosened its strictures on Super Bowl advocacy ads) but that doesn’t really seem to be the answer. Having an answer is the answer. Similarly, do the French really think that they are championing women’s rights with their ban on women wearing some forms of hijab on public transportation and in state hospitals? That is, for want of a better word, silly. One looks forward (if not happily) to the disputes about just what—just how many inches of cloth—constitutes a forbidden garment, and bus boycotts and more. A law about what a woman must and must not wear does not get you to a society built on mutual respect, or on commonly recognized rights. Really, it’s a matter of choice.

Tim Tebow, Ladies' Man

There's been a lot of speculation on whether Tim Tebow is marketable to the American public at large. And there has been further speculation of whether Tim Tebow will be harmed or aided by the forthcoming Super Bowl ad, despite the fact that no one has seen it, because the Tebow family are pro-life. And there has been some merit to the arguments, both pro and con. The most interesting twist to surface is from Gawker's Hamilton Nolan, and Dan Shanoff does a good job rebutting Nolan's idea that Tebow is "too good" to be marketable.

Whether you agree or not, Gawker's Hamilton Nolan offers up a provocative perspective on Tim Tebow's marketability, precisely because he's too good.
The point is, Timmy, that just because people say they admire your missionary work and your Bible-verse quotes and your constant invocation of Jesus' name doesn't mean they actually do. Your appeal outside the South is already woefully limited. Add in the fact that you're happily wading into the public debate on the more acceptably debatable portions of Christian doctrine, and you're just giving everyone a good excuse to write you off. I admire your guileless good will, Tim Tebow. But nobody likes a goody-goody. This, after all, is America.

I would go back to my usual "exceptionalism" argument: We simply haven't seen an athlete like this before, so I understand why it's hard to see an analogue in sports marketing history.

Do fans want their heroes to be epically flawed (or not so "goody-goody?") It's possible, although isn't that more from circumstance of their available options than by choice?

I continue to think that Tebow will rack up endorsement deals: Sports drinks, shoes, video games -- and, yes, products geared for evangelical consumers.

What both seem to miss is the inherent purchase power of women and what actually interests women versus men.

Most sports writers, and media writers like Nolan, seem to assume that the great majority of sports enthusiasts are men, and sports marketing is targeted primarily toward men. Men don't want to hear about the circumstances of Tim Tebow's birth during the Super Bowl because sports is often a refuge from politics and the cares of this world. Ads are aggressive, flash alot of skin, and appeal to men's sense of humor, all of which do not appeal to the greater female audience. Conversely, a great majority of ads targeted towards women don't actually appeal to women either (for example, why are women always "dancing" in household cleaning product ads?), despite the fact that women exercise greater control of discretionary spending today, and not just in the US, but globally.

So here are a few facts on the purchase power of women today:

  • In the top 20 markets, women control $10 trillion of $15.3 trillion in consumer discretionary spending (65 percent).
  • By 2028, women will control nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of consumer discretionary spending worldwide.

But more importantly, "according to a BCG survey of 12,000 females in 22 countries, women are dissatisfied with the services and products available to them. "

Then there is the purchase power of the Christian market (as of 2006):

  • Nearly 12% of Americans spend more than $50 a month on religious products
  • 11% spend $25 to $29, according to a national survey of 1,721 adults by Baylor University

That adds up to over $6 Billion a year now, and women comprise 85%+ of the Christian buying demographic.

In truth , we are a savvy society that has been over-marketed. There is a vacuum on the pop culture scene, and Tim Tebow appeals to that broad market: women who would like to see a genuine, decent, honest, masculine man. A fair amount of men, especially fathers, are looking for a guy like that too. Some might call that "too good" or "goody goody" but someone like Tim is rare these days and as a result a lot of onlookers think of Tim as "a breath of fresh air."

And that vacuum grew even larger with the recent fall of Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods was a marketing force, much like Michael Jordan, because both men and women looked up to him. And we've written before that was because both men were neutral in terms of any moral or political stance. But people of all backgrounds are looking for a decent, yet strong masculine figure to fill that void in the pop culture sphere. People are tired of hollow heroes, and want more from their public figures. People may not agree with Tebow, but in the current climate, most of us do respect someone who isn't afraid to stand for something because so few are.

The only demographic that has any real reticence, or aversion, towards Tebow are men in their 20s and 30s. Can you guess why? Because Tim Tebow is redefining what it means to be a "ladies' man" and a lot of single men today can't compete with such a high standard, or just don't want to. But in the end it doesn't matter, because the ladies hold the purse strings.

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Todd McShay vs. Robby Tebow

Well, we should all just go home. Todd McShay doesn't think Timmy Tebow can play QB. No use trying anymore. It was fun Gators, while it lasted.

“He can’t play quarterback in the NFL, I’m convinced of it,’’ ESPN director of college scouting Todd McShay said. “From his delivery to his footwork to his accuracy, you have to absolutely strip him down and build him back up. And it’s too late.’’

Or we could take a dose of reality from Tebow, Robby Tebow.

“The public hears the stuff that the Todd McShays and the Mel Kipers say, but that has no bearing on what these NFL general managers and owners and scouts and coaches really believe or think,” Robby Tebow said. “Coming from the actual coaches that are going to be the ones drafting, it’s been nothing but good stuff so far.”

Quote of the Day: You want to give me a hug

When asked about his strep throat, Tebow told reporter: "You want to give me a hug." Lots of women would have said "absolutely"

Photo: Doug Finger/Gainesville Sun

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Want to see Tebow speak? Again?

This time to Beckley, West Virginia. Sunday, Jan 31.

Superman is coming to Beckley this weekend. Tim Tebow will be the Big Atlantic Classic Tip-off Banquet Speaker on Sunday afternoon at the Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center.

The legendary Florida quarterback has won a Heisman Trophy and two National Championships. He will play along side Jarrett Brown in the Senior Bowl Saturday and then fly to Beckley Sunday morning.

The event is set for 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31. Ticket prices for the banquet are $30 for the dinner. Balcony prices for adults are $7.50 and for students $2.50.

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Psalm 68:19

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. Selah.

Psalm 68:19 ¡Bendito sea el Señor! Día tras Día lleva nuestras cargas el Dios de nuestra Salvación. (Selah)

Psalm 68:19 Bendito seja o Senhor, que diariamente leva a nossa carga, o Deus que é a nossa salvação.

Psalm 68:19 主,拯救我们的 神,是应当称颂的,他天天背负我们的重担。(细拉)

Psalm 68:19 神様はすばらしいお方です。 日ごとに私たちの重荷を肩代わりして、救いの手を差し伸べてくださるのです

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Quote of the Day: Do NFL coaches overthink this stuff?

Tim Tebow was the best player in the best conference in quasi-amateur football. In four years, his teams won 45 games and two national championships. He didn’t assault anyone or steal anything. He didn’t drink too much and drive, he didn’t fail any classes, he didn’t take free stuff he wasn’t allowed to take.

He has that release-point issue, though. It’s tragic, really.

“Do NFL coaches overthink this stuff?’’ I asked the assistant coach.

“Yes,’’ he said, “we do.’’

Full story here, and it's soooo worth a read.

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Tebow, Party like a Rockstar

He may not actually "party" like a rock star, but dude has a posse:

Even though we’re a six-hour drive from Gainesville, yesterday’s post-practice Senior Bowl scene resembled the madness of The Swamp after Tebow scores five touchdowns.

Fans constantly screaming “C’mon, Tebow” or “Tebow, over here” or “Please, we love you Tim.” Tebow was available for, oh, about 26 seconds of interviews yesterday after being rushed from an NFL Network spot to an on-field photo shoot. Then two cops whisked him away while us media hacks tried to squeeze in a couple of questions. Dedication signs were everywhere.

Agent Jimmy Sexton represents high-profile football figures such as Philip Rivers and Nick Saban, but Tebow’s fanfare is unique.

“I don’t know if I’ve seen it quite like this,” Sexton said.

If you think Vinny Chase rolls with an entourage, Tebow’s posse trumps the famous HBO show. You’ve got father Bob, brother Robby, agent Sexton and at least one member from his Athletic Resource Management team, Will Bartholomew from D1 Sports Training out of Nashville, an autograph consultant from the Palm Beach area looking to seal a deal with Tebow, UF booster Bill Heavener and son Chase, who’s shooting a documentary on Tebow. Bill owns Full Sail University, an arts and entertainment school in Winter Park.

“We’re here to support Tim,” Bill Heavener said.

Full story here.

Photo Courtesy A. Hill

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The Soul of New Orleans: Triumphant Underdogs

These are indeed "strange and beautiful days" because when was the last time you saw something for the first time?

Click on a pic for the video

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