First off let me start by saying this isn't an anti Tim Tebow rant.
I respect the guy for everything he represents as a student-athlete in a time when that phrase is more a concept than a reality.
In watching his swan song Saturday afternoon, I couldn't help but get annoyed by the constant and never ending doting laid on Tebow from the opening kick to the end of the game by CBS announcers Vern Lundquist and his partner Gary Daniels.
I understand there is more pomp and circumstance that surrounds the final game of one of the nation's biggest players, but come on. These guys needed a drool cup because every word showered the viewers with constant praise for Tebow.
It was ridiculous.
"Look how skillfully Tebow ties his shoes! He is really amazing!"
Okay, that part was a joke, but it was almost that bad.
Lundquist even went so far as to read the passage from the Bible that Tebow had written on his eye black. After 10 minutes and being told by someone he had read the wrong passage he read the correct one saying he owed Tebow that much.
I'm sorry—I know he is a great person and all, but I don't think you owe him anything.
Toward the end of the game Coach Urban Meyer left Tebow in to lead the Gators on one last drive. While I think it showed a lack of class on his part, I can't say I don't understand that desire to have your star player go out with one last hurrah.
But when Lundquist and Danielson are rooting for it as much as the most diehard Florida fan, that goes too far.
It was painfully obvious to someone who is neither a Florida or Florida State fan that the two in the booth obviously had a bias in this game. The announcers for a nationally televised game should not show their biases as blatantly as these two did.
On that last drive both were hoping for one last jump pass because that was Tebow's signature. When the attempt came, forget that Florida was already up big, the two were more horrified when pass interference was not called.
Forget that it wasn't pass interference because as it appeared to me the Florida player pushed the Florida State defender down and thus forced the intended to receiver down like a stack of dominoes.
Lundquist and Danielson were almost livid. So much for impartiality guys.
The bottom line is this. We all know Tebow has been a great college player and has been an even better human being for his missionary work, but let’s not force feed it on the masses.
Most of us are smart enough to make our own decisions if we want to pull for the guy or not and to determine his level of greatness.
But at least on Saturday the CBS announcers felt it was their duty to ram it down our throats the entire game.
So I say enough already. Next time I'll turn the volume down.
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