Since When Did Emotions Become A Bad Thing In Sports?

Ron Johnson@TLCCaptainSenior Writer IDecember 7, 2009

As I was breezing through my Twitter pages, Bleacher Report sent me this article about "The Ten Biggest Crybabies." On this list, I saw Tim Tebow's name. The writer brought up the fact that Tim Tebow was crying during the Gators' loss to Alabama last weekend in the SEC Championship.

I'm sorry. But when did showing emotion before, during, and after a game become such a bad thing?

Why was it that Terrell Owens was omitted from this list? Better yet, why was Michael Jordan?

If anyone remembers, Jordan hugged the NBA Championship like it was his firstborn and bawled his eyes out in the process. And all this was before his father's murder. Yet, Tim Tebow was called a crybaby because he was emotional about coming up short of his goal of leaving Florida with a perfect season and a BCS National Championship.

Yes, I'm defending Tim Tebow. Get over it. It's clear that there are those out there who would rather chastise and insult the man who revolutionized a sport. I know that this is wrong of me to do, seeing as how I haven't written anything on Bleacher Report for several months, but when someone decides that an athlete showing emotion is a bad thing, I have to chime in.

Yes, that's right, everybody. It takes the bashing of a college football legend to bring me out of B/R Retirement. That being said, I am happy to know that there are still athletes that show that they love this game. Not the money. Not the glamour and fame. The Game itself. This is what makes Tim Tebow what he is, and that's what makes him one of the best in the business.

Like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, Tim Tebow left an incredible legacy on the sport that he loved and cherished. Like Jordan and Woods, young enthusiasts found themselves more in love with their respective sports. Writers have loved Tim Tebow because he has that fire and passion that most professional (as well as college) athletes tend to lack. Still, he is dubbed as a crybaby because he couldn't believe that his SEC career would end with an embarrassing loss to Alabama.

After everything that Tebow has done to raise the game of several major stars in college football like Colt McCoy and Mark Ingram, the last thing anyone should be calling Tebow is a crybaby. Unless they were saying this in the nicest way possible, but they weren't.

They called him that because he lost, not because he won. So apparently, it's okay to cry when you win, but when you lose, you better keep your chin up and keep the waterworks to a minimum. Now that's insulting. Would they have preferred that Tebow pulled an Isaiah and walked off the field without even congratulating Jordan after the Eastern Conference Finals?

I think the writer should apologize to Tebow for being a sportsman instead of a bad ass like some of the ones that he spent a lot of time applauding. But in any event, I'm sure that there will be plenty that will say that I am overstepping my boundaries. But then again, you all know me. I'm a fan of overstepping and pushing the envelope. That's how round tables get started.