Two and a Half Men has been one of the most watched comedies on television ever since it hit the air in 2003. It's been a ratings juggernaut that continues to go strong even after Charlie Sheen left the show.
It is also terrible.
So why does it keep killing in the ratings year after year? Why has it flourished during a period of time where incredible sitcoms like Arrested Development and Community fail?
That has to be the same kind of frustrating question that football experts are asking themselves as Tebowmania sweeps the nation. And the answer is equally frustrating for them: we're all idiots.
Now, I don't mean that we're actually idiots, but compared to the experts and analysts that watch football for their job and ingest hours upon hours of game tape, we kind of are. And everything that they have learned over the years and seen over the years keeps telling them one thing: Tim Tebow is horrible football.
According to our own Matt Miller, Tebow has subpar accuracy, arm strength, decision making, field vision, mechanics and touch. The only thing he grades well in is athleticism and pocket awareness. For those of you keeping score at home, that makes a mediocre quarterback at best...in the UFL.
But for those of us, the "idiots," who watch football for enjoyment and just want to be entertained above all else, Tim Tebow is assignment viewing. He is must-see TV.
We don't really care that his throwing motion takes forever and his passes oftentimes look like a wounded duck falling out of the sky. All we care about is that for some reason that man keeps winning football games in dramatic fashion, to the point where a comeback from a 10-point deficit with 4:34 to go doesn't just seem like a possibility, it's expected.
Meanwhile, the experts keep trying to explain why this is happening. Denver's defense is amazing. Opposing defenses keep going into prevent mode with the lead, which any mediocre quarterback could pick apart. Marion Barber is an idiot. The Broncos' kicker nailed two field goals totaling 110 yards.
And all of those things are valid points, but eventually they start to pile up so much that it goes beyond coincidence and starts seeming like they're just "hating" on Tebow. And that's what's driving them nuts.
So we keep watching Tebow/Two and a Half Men, not caring that the mechanics/jokes are poorly constructed. We're just happy to be watching something that makes us amazed/laugh.
Does that make us idiots? Maybe, but I'm so busy enjoying The Tebow Show that I couldn't care less.
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