In great Machiavellian fashion, The Shield has raised its sword to defend itself against all enemies Foreign and Domestic. Even if that means possibly infuriating a Force bigger than itself. Now the NFL is The Black Knight in a Monty Python Film. A Body-less head shouting “Come back here and fight me like a Man.”
From the earliest days, The Tebow Phenomenon has been misunderstood and underestimated. Now we enter Chapter Two: The Football Story. Or, as the A11FL early Detractors might say, ‘The Faux Football Story’. Enter “The Great Pretenders!”.
Well, let’s hope not.
A11FL Commissioner Scott McKibben says Tim Tebow is what the new League wants to be. For the sake of Football Fans everywhere; here’s hoping he understands what that really means.
The Vatican asked Tim Tebow to help them change the nature of Professional Sports Worldwide. We signed up. I “Volunteered” the A11 Football League to join in that endeavor. Scott McKibben, a devout Catholic, was thrilled.
Trying to change the hellish nature of Professional Sports that’s building around the Globe is one hell of a task. Certainly not one the NFL would ever sign up for. That hellishness is becoming its bread & butter.
Here’s the deal in a nutshell. Where Tim Tebow and the NFL are concerned right now, it’s a Don McLean song. This League was never meant for one as beautiful as he.
OK, the end of Over-the-Top. Here’s what has been so completely misunderstood about The Tebow Phenomenon. Detractors and Casual Observers have tried to characterize it as a small but vocal group of “Fundamentalists”…and Gator Nation. With a bit of SEC Snobs thrown in for good measure. Well Statizenry, once again you show your ignorance of real numbers.
You don’t reach the stratosphere of Most Popular Man and Athlete on the Planet if that’s the extent of your Support Group. You don’t even make the next thousand Also-Rans.
The Tebow Phenomenon is about one thing. Disenchantment. Disenchantment with the direction the World is headed. Disenchantment with the way Professional Sports has now become the worst Charlie Sheen SitCom of itself. Disenchantment that there’s nothing and nobody to look at and say that’s “Genuine”.
The Steve Martin Movie “Leap of Faith”. Let me tell you kid, there’s one thing you can’t contend with and that’s “the genuine article”. Tim Tebow is the genuine article.
And people around the World, people of many countries, many languages, different religions, faiths, cultures see it. And gravitate to it. Because they don’t see those very often.
I’m not talking about some “Saint” in sackcloth. Tim Tebow is a young man who enjoys himself. He loves the company of pretty girls. He also loves the company of sick kids. He can hang with his beer drinking drunken sailor talkin buddies. Or the self proclaimed holier-than-everyone old church ladies.
He is what he is. And he has proclaimed and committed to sticking to it…that he knows he’s a Role Model to young kids. I hear every day “I don’t want my kids looking up to Athletes as ‘Role Models’”. I’m calling “Bullshit!”.
Athletes have been Role Models for thousands of years. Ain’t NOBODY gonna change that. Even the millions of self-indulgent athletes who have sullied Sports.
THAT is the problem. The Basic Nature. Kids are going to look up to Star Athletes. Adults can try to bullshit themselves and everyone else all they want that they should look somewhere else for guidance in life. Keep wishing. Keep saying that. It is what it is and deep down everybody knows it.
And THERE Sports Fans is The Tebow Phenomenon. He’s what Sports at its highest aspiration of Strength, Character and Pure Honest Value is all about. And a whole lotta people know it.
And that has scared the bejeezus out of the blowhard functionaries of the NFL. They’ve got to put those Tebow “Crazies” in their place. And they keep telling themselves that. That it’s some smallish fanatical group of zealots.
But it’s not. It’s billions of people around the World who are disenchanted with the World they see wrecking their guts as they know it just ain’t right. But they don’t know what to do about it.
If the Tebow “Crazies” ever rally ’round a cause, there isn’t a force on earth that could stop them. Because they’re not crazy. And fortunately for everyone, there’s a whole lot of them.
Same Sports Bimbo I’ve always been.