Archive for ‘Tim Tebow’

November 25, 2013

When Did We Become A Culture That Has To Vehemently Trash Celebrities We Don’t Like

We’ve all seen it.  Those facebook statuses and tweets of people trashing celebrities they can’t stand.  The completely unprovoked personal attacks on celebrities we see on tv all the time.  And I have a question:  when did we become this unkind, malicious, hateful people who have to, so passionately, trash celebrities we can’t stand?

I just went to facebook after game 3 of The NBA Finals and saw this update:

“LOUSY role model, overrated as a player and yet anointed by David Stern to be the face of the NBA. I do not have the words to say how good it feels to see the Spurs send LeBron down in flames – BY 36 POINTS!!!!!!!!!!!”

And I had two instinctive responses; first I wanted to comment and second I wanted to unfriend this person.

Yet this status updates is a perfect example of this disturbing trend I’ve been noticing the past few months all across social media. And to state it frankly, it saddens me.  I’m saddened that we’ve become a culture that has to trash celebrities we don’t like with the most hateful and almost violent rhetoric.  And it seems like Twitter has just poured fuel on this fire.

There are definitely a select few celebrities who seemed to have invoked and incurred the wrath of many a twitter user and I don’t understand why. Tim Tebow, Dane Cook, Lebron James, Barack Obama are some of the names that come to mind of celebrities who no matter what can’t win with a large percentage of the masses.  But this new trend is more than people stating their dislike, its a venomous, malicious type of trashing that I’ve not seen before.  Its personal attacks with the most foul things you could say to another person, and it seems to be fashionable.

I mean I get it, I get that there are certain celebrities who rub us the wrong way for whatever reason, but when has that general and benign dislike morphed into the kind of personal attacks that seem to be the norm now?  I remember the days when if you didn’t like a performer or entertainer or whatever you’d change the channel.  Now it seems people intentionally watch performances of celebrities they hate so they can trash them on social media.  So you don’t like Tim Tebow? then why watch him play football? So you don’t find Dane Cook funny, then why watch his special on TV and attack him personally on Twitter? And why feel the need to tell the world that you don’t find him funny, and that you never will, and how you think those who like him are the worst of the worst?  I don’t get it.  So you don’t agree with the policies and values of Barack Obama, do you have to wish him the worst tragedy and unspeakable pain and call him despicable names? Why?

Can’t you say, “sure, I don’t agree with his views and decisions and stances but he’s still a decent human being.”

There are so many celebrities and entertainers I don’t particularly care for, and that’s why I just change the channel. There are some tv programs I don’t care to watch, some interviews I don’t care to hear, but I don’t feel the urge to take to social media and trash that celebrity.  I don’t hate them personally, so for me this vehement hatred is really a mystery, I don’t understand it.  Why don’t you just change the channel and find something else to watch?

And the worst thing about this trend, is that I see so many Christians part-taking in this as much as the next person.  In fact ,in the Christian sub-culture this trend has taken on a life of its own.  If its not conservatives trashing Rob Bell or Steven Furtick, its moderates and liberals trashing Mark Driscoll and John Piper.  And Rick Warren seems to be getting it from both sides.  Aren’t we supposed to live by a higher standard?  Aren’t we supposed to be the very exemplars of generosity and grace?  That’s what especially bothered me about the status update above?  Honestly, I think we can do better.

January 8, 2013

New York Jets Player Mike DeVito Says Tim Tebow Should’ve Been Given A Chance ‘If Tim Tebow Played We Would’ve Win Games!’

 

 

One courageous New York Jets player has stepped forward in defense of Tim Tebow, admitting that if Rex Ryan had played Tim Tebow they would have won more games.  In an interview with New York Radio Station WFAN, Jets defensive end, Mike DeVito spoke out about the whole Tebow Debacle:

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel bad for Tim and how it went down,” DeVito said Friday on WFAN.

During the final two weeks of the season, Tebow — the purported No. 2 backup quarterback — was twice passed over for the starting job, first by third-stringer Greg McElroy and then former starterMark Sanchez.

The Jets (6-10) were eliminated from playoff contention after Sanchez committed five turnovers in Week 15 at Tennessee. After McElroy was sacked 11 times in Week 17 and ruled out for the next game because of a concussion, Sanchez was given the reins again in the Week 17 season finale — and he promptly picked up where he left off, throwing a pick six and fumbling the ball in a 28-9 road loss to the Bills.

But DeVito believes, if given a chance, Tebow could have delivered some Ws.

“Guys just want to rally behind him,” said the defensive lineman, who will test the free-agent market this offseason. “I think if you put Tim in there, we win games. I really believe that.”

April 8, 2012

TIM TEBOW Preaches Easter Service At Celebration Church In Texas

 

 

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow took to the pulpit this morning in Georgetown, Texas, on the holiest day of the Christian calendar to share his personal story of faith. In an interview during the service that lasted for about 20 minutes, he explained how he believes God deserves all the glory.

Pastor Joe Champion at Celebration Church says he received an “out of the blue” phone call from Tebow, asking if he could come to Texas and speak on Easter Sunday.

Champion said yes.

The church rented more than 100 buses to drive people to the service, and people arrived hours early to save a seat near the front.

About 15,000 people attended the outdoor service.

“Obviously, it’s our Super Bowl. Easter is the resurrection of Christ in which we celebrate in our faith,”  Champion said.

Champion said that despite his famous guest today, the message is still that God is great.

“There will be a sacredness of Easter. It’s not a Tim Tebow show; it’s not about a celebrity,” Champion said.

The man nicknamed “God’s quarterback” is known for “Tebowing,” where he drops to one knee in prayer during games, has certainly brought Christianity to the gridiron in a way never seen before.

“They’re calling it Tebowing. I really don’t think I was the first athlete to get on my knees and pray. But I think it’s pretty cool, because prayer is being talked about. And it’s okay to be outspoken about your faith, and get on your knee and pray about it,” Tebow at the service today.

“When it comes to Christianity right now it’s the Pope and Tebow,” Champion said.

Tebow has spoken publicly about his religious beliefs before, saying, “I think the greatest way to share the gospel is by acting it.”

In the NFL in particular, players have a history of finding their true selves in ministry, but usually after their playing days are over. Reggie White of the Green Bay Packers was a pastor. The Dallas Cowboys’ Ken Hutcherson and the San Diego Chargers’ Miles McPherson became pastors after they left the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 19, 2012

With Peyton Manning Reportedly Choosing The Denver Broncos Tim Tebow’s Future Uncertain

 

 

Tim Tebow’s future took an unexpected turn today when news broke that Peyton Manning had reportedly chose the Denver Broncos to be his next time.  These recent developments have caused some to pronounce that the clock has likely struck midnight on Tebow Time.

With Peyton Manning in discussions to sign a blockbuster deal with the Denver Broncos, the NFL future of incumbent quarterback Tim Tebow is in serious doubt. The crossover football star will almost certainly be traded by the team, ridding coach John Fox and John Elway of a player whose popularity and penchant for comebacks made him an albatross on their plans to mold the franchise in their own image.

Multiple outlets report that the Broncos will try to trade Tebow once the deal with Manning is finalized. He should have no shortage of suitors. He’ll never be a Manning or a Tom Brady, but in the right system, Tebow could flourish as a change-of-pace quarterback or hybrid player.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to show interest. Bringing in Tebow would create buzz and sell tickets to a stadium that’s often littered with empty seats. He grew up in the state and starred in nearby Gainesville with the Florida Gators.

Another possible destination could be the New England Patriots. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels drafted Tebow to the Broncos in 2010, the team has a surplus of draft picks and Bill Belichick has that “crazy as a fox” reputation that would enjoy the hoopla of trying to make Tebow fit into an offense with Tom Brady. The coach was complimentary of Tebow before New England’s blowout playoff win over the Broncos. Of course, that praise could have been a Belichickian power play — praise the guy who stinks and nobody will accuse you of underestimating the opponent.

And it wouldn’t be a quarterback derby if the Miami Dolphins didn’t get involved, then fail to land their target.

Denver could also choose to keep Tebow, though that seems to be an untenable stance. The Manning circus will be big, but not big enough to keep Tebow under its tent.

November 29, 2011

Former Arizona Cardinals Quarterback KURT WARNER To TIM TEBOW: ‘Calm Down With All The God And Jesus Stuff’

 

 

Former Superbowl MVP and devout Christian Kurt Warner, remarked in a recent interview that Tim Tebow take it easy with all the God stuff every time.  Speaking to the Arizona Republic, Warner said,

“You can’t help but cheer for a guy like that, but I’d tell him, ‘Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you’re living. Let your teammates do the talking for you. Let them cheer on your testimony.’

“I know what he’s going through, and I know what he wants to accomplish, but I don’t want anybody to become calloused toward Tim because they don’t understand him, or are not fully aware of who he is. And you’re starting to see that a little bit.”

 

Since officially becoming a starter in the NFL Tebow has gotten known for his praying on the sidelines, his frequent references to Jesus in interviews, and praying with players from opposing teams after games.  While many Christians laud Tim for his bold stance, many are questioning the wisdom of this approach.

But Warner’s advice to Tebow is to limit that outward expression of religion on the field to avoid alienating coaches, players and fans and instead the right time to share his message.

“There’s almost a faith cliche, where (athletes) come out and say, ‘I want to thank my Lord and savior,’ Warner told the Republic. “As soon as you say that, the guard goes up, the walls go up, and I came to realize you have to be more strategic.

“The greatest impact you can have on people is never what you say, but how you live…. You set the standard with your actions. The words can come after.”

 

What do you think of Warner’s comments?  Is he correct or mistaken on what Tebow’s doing?

 

Tim Tebow prays with members of both teams after their overtime win against the San Diego Chargers.

 

November 16, 2011

Tim Tebow Building Children’s Hospital in Philippines

 

The Tim Tebow Foundation and CURE International are building a children’s hospital in the Philippines’s Davao City.

Dubbed the Tebow CURE Hospital, the surgical facility will offer 30 beds and focus primarily on orthopedics. Ground will break in January and the hospital is expected to open its doors in mid-2013. The project marks the first effort in a partnership announced in October.

Choosing the Philippines for the first Tebow-CURE hospital is no coincidence. Tebow, the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos and a Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Florida, was born there.

“I was born in the Philippines and my parents have been missionaries to that area since 1985. The Philippines have always had a special place in my heart,” Tebow says. “I’m excited to be a part of this hospital that will bring healing to thousands of children who would not otherwise have access to care.”

The hospital, which is CURE’s first in the Philippines and 12th worldwide, will be on the island of Mindanao, a particularly poor area of the Philippines.

“Throughout the world, 80 million children suffer every day with crippling conditions like clubfoot and spine deformities, conditions that are correctable with surgery,” says Dr. Scott Harrison, the founder and president of CURE International. “We feel blessed that the Tim Tebow Foundation has chosen to partner with us to bring first-world quality care and spiritual healing to the children of the Philippines.”

The hospital will house a Timmy’s Playroom, which will provide faith, hope and love to children before and after their surgeries. It will be the Tim Tebow Foundation’s first international playroom.

The construction project is expected to cost $3 million, with donors from CURE and the Tebow Foundation sharing the costs. About one-third of the children treated at the hospital are expected to be charity cases.

October 12, 2011

It’s TEBOW TIME !!!! TIM TEBOW Officially Named Starting Quarterback Of The DENVER BRONCOS

It’s official, there is a God in heaven!!! Tim Tebow was named the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos.

I can’t tell you how much joy it brings me to share the good news of Tim Tebow’s promotion to number 1 QB in Denver.  It’s no secret that all of us here at Awaken Generation are huge Tebow fans and are rooting for him to do great things in the NFL.  We love his unashamed stand for Christ in culture, his humility, class and winning spirit.  And we love those Bible verses he tweets every game day for all the world to see.

Coach John Fox informed Broncos players at a team meeting on Tuesday that Tebow would get the call in Week 7, following Denver’s bye week, at Miami.

Tebow replaced Orton in the second half Sunday with the Broncos down 13 points at halftime, and completed four of 10 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown off a screen pass in his two quarters of action. He had his troubles with a few snaps. But Tebow’s practice reps were limited and he’d hardly played since preseason, so some rust can be expected.

The former first-round pick has legions of followers and supporters but also many detractors who doubt his ability to win consistently in the NFL because of an unorthodox throwing motion and poor downfield accuracy. He entered the season expecting to start, but when the Broncos failed to complete a trade of Orton, Tebow was outplayed in training camp and fell behind Orton.

Ironically, the Dolphins will be honoring the University of Florida’s 2008 National Championship team on Oct. 23 when Tebow and the Broncos visit. Dolphins rookie center Mike Pouncey played on that team, as did Tebow.

I do want to say that we appreciate and respect Kyle Orton tremendously as a quarterback and by no means do we intend to demean or slight Orton as Tebow fans.  And I really feel for him considering he had to go out there each week knowing that the entire city was calling for Tebow to play.  It really is not personal Kyle, you’re one heck of a football player.

One of the things I have found particularly ridiculous are the constant cheap shots Tebow detractors have been taken throughout this whole Orton-Tebow debacle, both at Tebow himself and his many fans, saying “Tebow’s a joke and will never make it in the NFL and everyone calling for his instatement are ignorant so and so’s who know nothing about football.”  I want to say to them, as Tebow fans we are not delusional, we know he’s got a long way to go and a lot of improvement to undergo.  We know right now he’s not the best QB in the league, we know that.  The reason we’re rooting for him and want him to play is because he is a proven winner and we know that given the time to develop he will find great success in the NFL.  I just find it so surprising that his detractors are writing him off, and he’s not even had one full season of playing in the NFL.  He just got out of college, and has spent all of his two years in the league on the sidelines, so why so quick to pan him?  Seems very unjustified to me.

Many people forget that Kobe Bryant used to be on the bench for the Lakers for many years before he became the Kobe we know today.  So was Derek Fisher.  Aaron Rogers was very poor QB when he first started in the NFL as a back-up to Brett Favre but he got better over time—more than five years.  There are many great sports stars who weren’t always that good when they first started in the big leagues, but they grew and got better over time.  As Tebow fans, we know that is needed for him too—we’re not delusional.  But he’s proven himself before so we have no reason to doubt him.  We know he’ll do great things.  And we can’t wait to watch him sling it every Sunday for a long time to come.

September 15, 2011

DENVER BRONCOS Fans Boo QB Kyle Orton Live On Monday Night Football And Chant “We Want Tebow, We Want Tebow!”

 

First of all, let me open this post by saying that I’m a huge Tim Tebow fan.  I want him to succeed in the NFL like no one else (besides Colt McCoy).  So like many other Tebow fans I’m disappointed that we don’t get see him play every week.  In other words, I want Tebow to be the starter.  I think he’ll surprise everyone with just how impressive he is if given the chance.  Sure he’ll have to go through a learning slump but that’s just part of the process.  It’s not that I have anything against Kyle Orton or that I want him to fail, it’s just that I really really want Tim Tebow to succeed.

And it’s because of this that I had a big laugh while watching The Broncos vs The Raiders on Monday Night Football when I heard the Broncos fans Boo Orton and chant “We Want Tebow, We Want Tebow!!!”

The booing of Orton started early in the fourth quarter, shortly after a 1-yard run by Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell gave the Raiders a touchdown that put them in firm control against the Broncos.  The chants for Tebow were first heard with 6 minutes remaining in the game, even as Orton was marching the Broncos toward the end zone in an effort to rally his teammates from a 10-point deficit.  And when Broncos coach John Knox, was asked about the QB situation after the game he ignored the question.

If I could offer my two cents about the whole Tebow debacle:  Here’s the thing—I think given the chance and the right amount of time Tim Tebow would blow everyone away with just how good he is.  But so far he hasn’t been given the chance, so as a result I don’t think any criticism of him is justified.  Even his game time in the preseason games wasn’t fair in terms of seeing what he can do.  Because first of all, the Broncos kept running the ball – 2 out of every 3 downs they ran the ball leaving Tebow one chance per drive to throw the ball, meaning that if he didn’t make that pass they’d have to punt.  So he’d essentially get 2 or 3 chances to throw the ball the whole half of the quarter.  There’s no way that’s enough time to see what Tebow can do.

Of course Tebow’s success will mean nothing to those who don’t like him, even if they don’t know why.  Either way, in the end coach John Knox can’t ignore or drown out the call of the masses of Broncos faithfuls.  That’s a call he’ll have to answer one time or another.

July 29, 2011

TIM TEBOW One Of First DENVER BRONCOS To Return To Practice

 

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow reports to the team's practice facility Tuesday, one day after the NFL lockout was lifted.

 

Eager to get back to work, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow beat just about everyone to the team’s practice facility.

The veteran he’s trying to replace wasn’t as ambitious.

His future with the team uncertain, Kyle Orton didn’t show up at Dove Valley on Tuesday, the first day players were allowed to voluntarily report following the 4½-month lockout.

Training camp opens today with the first full workout slated for Thursday.

Tebow was one of the first players to roll in for voluntary strength and conditioning, driving through the gates at 7:40 a.m., just behind offensive lineman Jeff Byers.

This soon could be Tebow’s team, especially with speculation swirling that Orton’s days in Denver are numbered.

Orton has started the last two seasons for Denver, posting career-best passing numbers to go with 41 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. But with the Broncos looking for a fresh start following a franchise-worst 4-12 season, Orton might be more valuable on the trade market, paving the way for Tebow to be the starter for new coach John Fox.

Teams are allowed to orchestrate trades Tuesday and Orton’s name keeps surfacing. He is due more than $8 million this season, a hefty price tag with Tebow and Brady Quinn waiting in the wings.

There were more than two dozen players who arrived at the facility over the course of the day, including Brian Dawkins and Robert Ayers.

“This lockout has been a long time,” defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson said. “Football is back.”

The Broncos spent the day negotiating with their draft picks, including No. 2 overall selection Von Miller, who said he planned to be ready to practice when training camp starts.

“I want to come in and just learn. I don’t want to put myself anymore behind than I already am,” Miller said.

Miller stands to make much less money in the new labor accord, with a four-year deal likely worth about $25 million or so, some $45 million less than he could have gotten under the old setup.

“I’ve been playing football all my life for free. So, whatever it is, whatever my contract may be, I’m good with whatever,” Miller said. “You really can’t be possessive over something you didn’t have.”