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Two of NASCAR's finest do their best Tebowing impression
By now I'm sure you've heard of Tim Tebow. He's that guy who's recently had prayer named after him.
You may recall: He led the Broncos to a last-minute victory over the then-woeful Miami Dolphins—which is becoming his forte, ugly though it may be—and then dropped to his knee in a prayer/Thinker pose. Said pose, which to my knowledge has been around since the concept of a divine being, went viral and inspired everyone from those guys above to women in thongs to engage in "Tebowing" or, as I said, to kneel in prayer.
Yes, his name has literally replaced the word "prayer" in relation to the pose of kneeling to pray. But it has to be done in a very intensely thoughtful way, or no dice. Then it's simply good ol' prayer.
This kid is so popular, so transcendent, and so intensely thoughtful that Chuck Norris calls him for marketing advice.
The baffling thing? He's a horrible, horrible NFL quarterback by any conventional measuring stick you can use—except for one, and it's a big one: wins and losses.
When Tebow took over from Kyle Orton as starter, the Broncos were 1-4—as expected, honestly—and dead in the water. Tebow came in and all hell has broken loose, no disrespect intended.
First, the aforementioned fourth-quarter heroics against the Dolphins, which led to the hilarious birth of "Tebowing"—and by extension the merciful and thankful death of "planking"—that started the ball rolling.
Then, a debacle against Detroit. One of the worst performances by a QB in NFL history. Simply appalling. Running a conventional NFL offense, Tebow offends the football senses.
But since coach John Fox admitted as much and tailored the game plan to Tebow's strengths.
The Broncos rushed for more than 250 yards against the Oakland Raiders, with Tebow using the read-option effectively and throwing sparsely but hitting a couple big passes. Tebow kept the Raiders confused all day and it opened up lanes for Willis McGahee. Broncos defense stepped up large in the second half, beginning a trend that still continues. Broncos won.
The Broncos rushed for more than 200 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs with Tebow completing an astoundingly horrid two of eight passes—but one of those passes was a beautiful, pinpoint 60-yard strike to Eric Decker for a touchdown. Tebow played terribly most of the game but made no mistakes, and Denver's defense played well and kept it close. Tebow clinched it late, again. Broncos won.
The Broncos rushed for almost 200 yards against the Jets, their defense stifled the Jets offense and scored six much-needed points for a—sense a theme here?—struggling Tebow and the Broncos offense. Tebow made no mistakes; Denver's defense carried the day and kept it close. Tebow ran in game-winning TD with one minute left. Broncos won.
It's baffling. It's ugly. It's setting offensive football back decades. But it works. And that's why Denver is in second place in its division and climbing the ranks of the NFL.