Tim Tebow Trademarks Tebowing, Does Not Make It Any More Acceptable

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterOctober 19, 2012

Photo Credit: Orlando Sentinel
Photo Credit: Orlando Sentinel

Tim Tebow finally trademarked Tebowing, bringing to rest one of the great legal battles of our time. 

For those who don't remember, Tebowing is the act of getting down on one knee just like Tim Tebow and instantly alerting those around you that time should not be wasted hanging in your presence.

Friends don't let friends Tebow.  

The act took off as comedic geniuses began genuflecting all across the nation.

People Tebowed in restaurants, hospitals and bars. It's a small miracle any work was ever done and I speculate there is a stronger Tebowing tie to the recession than we once thought. 

Because humans are basically dumb animals that mimic anything they see, Tebowing begat Griffining, which will beget something else. It's enough begetting to really drive a wedge through all the fun we should be having watching actual football. 

But I digress. 

Tebowing finally saw fit to trademark the act he started with his own personal time for reflection and prayer. 

Barry Petchesky of Deadspin reports Tebow's hand was forced when Tebowing.com and TebowingGear.com filed paperwork to the US Patent and Trademark office. 

The fact that the Jets quarterback fought for the trademark is more a case of him having control on how the term is used and preventing others from overtly profiting from it. 

ESPN's Jane McManus furthers that sentiment with this tweet.

Tebow said he doesn't plan to make any money on "Tebowing" trademark, but doesn't want other people to cash in. It is still a prayer to him.

— Jane McManus (@janesports) October 19, 2012

If you are wondering what Tebow could do and how he might sell items using the term, "Tebowing," consider this list from the USPTO

Deadspin has a full breakdown, but the list includes, "Men's, women's, and children's clothing, footwear and headwear, namely, t-shirts, shirts, sweat shirts, jerseys, shorts, sweat pants..."

Really, this just means Tebow gets to say how Tebowing merchandise is sold. But the main point we need to get across is that Tebowing merch should never be purchased. 

Let the meme die, America. Let it die. 

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