Let's face it: Tim Tebow is a boss. You know it. I know it. You're girlfriend definitely knows (though she won't tell you because it's the holiday season). If you're a hater, you need to get over yourself.
There are three things you need to know about me:
1) I'm a diehard fan of hometown teams. I do not follow bandwagons, period. Except for the Indiana Hoosiers, where both my mom and sister attended college, my favorite sports teams are the ones that are closest to me. People that like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Yankees grind my gears. Congratulations, your sports life is tough.
2) I'm particularly loyal to my alma mater, the University of Tennessee. You can see my loyalty to the Volunteers in the number of orange shirts I continue to wear despite the joke of an athletics programs the Big Orange have right now. That's okay. It's what makes the wins even sweeter.
3) Most importantly and most confusingly, I'm a huge fan of Tim Tebow. I'm a Tebro. I'm Vinny and he's Pauly D. While at Florida, I couldn't stand the guy. He beat my Vols every time. But as soon as he graduated, I couldn't help but support him in the face of all the naysayers.
In the words of Skip Bayless, "All he does is win, all he, all he does is win!"
The anti-Tebowites either dislike him for his faith, his unorthodox style of play or both. I plan on slam dunking the legitimacy of each of those opinions.
For His Faith
There's nothing new about Tebow's strong faith. His background as a Christian is well-documented, as is his tendency to kneel and say a quick prayer before or after a big moment in a game (we have yet to seem him do it during a play but stay tuned).
What's the problem here, folks? Players have been crossing themselves, pointing toward the sky and kneeling on the field of play for decades and very little was ever said about it until Tebow. His practice of thanking God before he answers questions about the game is something that we sports fans have seen numerous times over the years.
When Kurt Warner prefaced his post-NFC Championship with an extended appreciation to "his lord up above," he didn't get eye rolls or objections of frustrations like Tebow gets. On the contrary, a joyous applause erupted from the crowd. What's the difference?
Furthermore, Tebow has been this faithful his entire life. He was homeschooled by his mother with his siblings, allowing him to emphasize his beliefs into his studies. He put Bible verses under his eyes while at college and frankly spoke about his faith when probed.
The thing that has changed is the media. The media is shoving microphones in his face, aiming their cameras at him all the time and virtually begging him to show his faith in some way so we have something to talk about.
And just as he does at crunch time, Tebow has delivered.
For His Style of Play
This reason for disliking Tebow is curious to me. The poster child for this is Stephen A. Smith on ESPN, where he plays the Colmes to Bayless' Hannity (not a Fox News watcher? Apologies).
There is nothing you can say to Smith to get him to think differently. He routinely mocks Tebow with ridiculous voice inflections, downgrading his play and slouching like a baby during Bayless' flawless rebuttals.
Can you tell I'm not the biggest fan of Stephen A.?
Anti-Tebowites say that he's terrible in the first three quarters. I can't really argue with that. But what do anti-LeBronites say about his flaws? They say all he does is show up for the first three quarters. So we call them both bad for opposite reasons. Only one argument per person, please.
The fact is any coach, player or fan would rather have a quarterback who takes control in the fourth quarter over one that racks up stats in the first three.
The dude can throw, I promise you. He isn't allowed to get into any rhythm with his wide receivers until the game is on the line (16 passes in the first three quarters combined...are you kidding?). And even if he couldn't, how can any self-respecting journalist criticize a player who is 7-1 as a starter in aseason? #ComeOnMan
Be a Tebro...or Tebro-ette
It's time. Join me in my full and unconditional support of the man who is changing the fortunes of an entire league.
I'm skeptical as to how long he can keep this going with his low completion percentage, but I haven't a doubt that he'll bust his ass to perfect his throwing motion and study defenses. His work ethic and team-first attitude is unparalleled in the NFL. You have to give him that much.
And in a league that has shown that physical skills alone aren't even close to what you need as a quarterback (Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, Joey Harrington, Vince Young, Matt Leinart and on and on and on), isn't it nice to know that at the very least, you have a great locker room guy?
But the fact is, Tebow is so much more. He possesses the best intangible qualities of any player in the NFL. He lacks only improved throwing technique and book study. I'll take my chances, thank you very much.
P.S. If Tebow topples the unconquerable Tom Brady this Sunday, I'll be adding a jersey to my Christmas list.