This is in response to an article about Tim Tebow's current status as College Football's Golden Boy, the part of this article that really caught my attention was that he was referred to as "Superman."
I guess that's my problem with him, more than the media baiting, more than me being a Michigan fan—I just don't like Superman. I've always had a problem with Superman, who has extraordinary powers powered by our sun because he was born on a planet that had a different sun, yes I am that big of a geek, sue me.
I've always been a fan of Batman over Superman, more or less because he is human because he clearly has flaws and because to me heroes must be relatable people.
The Batman of the '80s and '90s of Frank Miller and the Fox Kids cartoon that showcased urban decay and a gritty Gotham City much like the Detroit that I grew up in and still live in today, and portrayed Batman as a dark angel who was a criminal's worst nightmare.
I always liked that as opposed to Superman who was in a modern upscale city of Metropolis where it seems like the sun is always shining, much like Florida.
If Tim Tebow is Superman in the modern sports world, I would contend that Curtis Granderson would be its Batman.
He's clearly not perfect as an athlete, striking out a lot, and hitting a measly .255 despite the fact that he's well on pace for at least a 20 home run and 20 stolen base season.
He also shares many of the personality traits of Bruce Wayne, a charitable millionaire who's also seen as a little bit of a playboy with good looks and charm that the ladies simply can't resist.
He also has, coincidentally, been playing in Detroit as a number of corrupt local politicians have recently been caught red handed doing various dirty deeds.
While Curtis Granderson might be human, Grady Sizemore, like the Joker, would argue there's nothing mere about that mortal.
There's not a thing on the baseball diamond that he cannot do well, and he happens to be the bright shining face that an everybody looks up to in Detroit. Sure we criticize him when he strikes out or when he overplays a deep fly ball or gets caught stealing a base.
But we love him for doing whatever it takes to win, much like Tebow does down in Florida. The difference is we don't necessarily put him on the pedestal that the Floridians seem to put Tebow on, becasuse we know our hero is a mortal and quite frankly we Gothamites would not have it any other way.
Looking to our heroes for perfection means that we will always be let down. I'm sure that many of the people who idolize (take note of this term) Tebow put him up to things that I really don't think he's either capable of, or he shouldn't be comfortable with.
My biggest issue is that a lot of people have referred to Tim Tebow as the second coming of Jesus, most of whom are speaking in hyperbole. The problem with that is, sometimes I get the feeling that there are people who actually want to believe that, and sometimes I get the idea that Tebow himself wants to believe that himself.
Nobody, sports hero, or not should put that kind of messianic responsibility on their shoulders.
Yes, I understand why you guys look up to him, but for god's sake, he's not the second coming. He's a college football quarterback who takes out time to help kids. Does that make him a nice guy, sure, but I don't think his athletic skills or his big heart warrant asking him if he's a virgin or not.
I think that it's unfair that the media has focused so much on Tebow and so little on Granderson even though he reaches out to the media and is seen congenially by them.
It seems like you'll never see Curtis Granderson as a true hero on ESPN for his human nature, because he doesn't try to do things that he's not capable of doing and also because baseball doesn't get the same type of media hype that College Football gets.
Honestly, I'd like to see more of him in that kind of light, and less of Tim Tebow. For goodness sake, it's baseball season right now, and college football doesn't get started for another month and some change.
Why don't we focus on Tebow when it's his time and look at Granderson now. I understand that we all need heroes, why not look somewhere else?
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