I have absolutely nothing against Tim Tebow. I’m not a fan, in the sense that he has never played for my favorite team so I’ve had no reason to root for him on the field, but I have nothing against the guy. In fact, because of the crap he takes, I sometimes find myself rooting for him.
Tebow is one of the more polarizing figures in our current society. People loved his story when he led the Broncos to a playoff win back in January of last year, but there were also people who quickly tired of his commitment to his faith. There was also the issue of his quarterbacking ability; namely, he didn’t appear to have very much. He’s a dangerous weapon when he’s running with the ball, however, and if you are as big as he is and can carry the football, you will have your chances to play in the NFL.
Unfortunately, Tebow is intent on being a quarterback. He was traded to the Jets, and the 2012 season was an unmitigated disaster. This week, he signed with the New England Patriots, and the hate-love-hate cycle began anew.
The en vogue thing is now to criticize ESPN for its obsession with Tim Tebow. While I agree that it’s annoying to see Tebow news in April, May, and June – I think any football news before August is annoying – by talking about the coverage, all we’re doing is providing justification for more of it.
Whether you like it or not – or whether you like him or not – there is a demand out there for the Tim Tebow story. The media backlash, and the media backlash to the media backlash, just proves the point. It’s the sports version of the Kardashians: by talking about them, you justify talking about them. It’s a ouroboros of stupid.
If you don’t like Tim Tebow because you feel like he rubs his Christianity in your face, that’s your prerogative. If you don’t like Tim Tebow because he has funky throwing mechanics and isn’t a very good quarterback, that’s fine too. If you don’t like Tim Tebow because “he hasn’t won anything,” well, let me point you to the Heisman Trophy and the national championships he won back in college.
But if you don’t like Tim Tebow because the media is obsessed with him, I’m not okay with that. That’s not his fault. And don’t hate on ESPN for covering him, either. The very fact that you have an opinion on him warrants it. That’s just how it is now.