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Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna have died in a plane crash along with two others, just 10 months after the school commemorated the 10th anniversary of a crash that killed 10 men associated with the men’s program.
Jen Floyd Engel, in a Fox Sports Exclusive, asks “Why the heck we hate Tim Tebow?” In part she says:
His religious fervor is an easy target for the vitriol spewed from those who dislike him, but the reasons are much deeper than that. From his advocacy of abstinence to his infamous “You will never see another team play this hard” speech at Florida, it is like he is too good to be true. He is too nice, and thereby we want him to trip up so we can feel better. We want him to be revealed as a hypocrite, and when that fails to happen, we settle for gleefully celebrating his failures on the football field. And why? Because he dares to say thanks?
Oh no! Another Tebow post by a Florida fan! Well, not quite. I explained in an earlier post on the Tebow hype why I pray for him to flourish – football is not the reason. What I find fascinating is all the Tebow hate.
I understand comedian John Oliver’s hate – Oliver is an atheist. The following quotes are from an NFL.com news article by Jeff Darlington on the Tebow haters:
“How dare you — how dare you — thank God before thanking your offensive line,” Oliver cracked at Florida State’s homecoming in 2010. “Do you have any idea what an offensive line goes through during a game? If I was an offensive lineman for Tim Tebow, and I heard him thank God instead of thanking me at the end of the game, I’d find myself lining up for the following game and say, ‘Oh Tim, I heard your press conference at the end of the game last week, great to hear Jesus get a shout-out.’
“‘Wasn’t he fantastic for us? Wasn’t God great, especially in that fourth quarter? … Let’s see how Jesus blocks for you this time. Oh, it seems Jesus didn’t read that blitz.'”
What I don’t understand is the general hatred for someone just because of his faith:
During a Twitter-based survey on Thursday, a contingent of users following @jeffdarlington were asked to respond to this tweet: A question for anyone who dislikes Tebow for reasons other than his ability as a QB: What is it about him that bothers you?
“What bothers me about Tebow?” tweeted Bob Dziadik under the Twitter handle @bobbyd121. “The God thing for one. He just seems like a phony.”
Other responses ranged from Tebow’s “holier than thou crap” to the fact that he “brings his Bible thumping nonsense anywhere he goes. It doesn’t belong in sports and politics.” One user said he “can’t stand (Tebow)” because he “wears his religion on his sleeve too much.”
So, why all the hate? It seems to originate from several streams of thought, ranging from the anti-religious to the “he’s too good to be true” skeptics. Talk about pressure on a young man who is a Christian. The football thing must be a piece of cake!
On October 23 (this Sunday) Tim Tebow will get his shot to be the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos. I have to admit that as someone who went to the University of Florida, I have followed Tebow’s career with great joy – but not for the reasons you might first think.
I’ve been hoping Tebow would get his chance to start, and it’s finally here. However, my prayer has been for different reasons. I’ve been praying for God’s glory in Christ, not Tim’s. I’ve been praying that God would display His wisdom in the life of a young man whom NFL analysts believe is foolish for a coach to play. We’ll see how Tebow answers to the pressure this Sunday. I have a feeling that no matter what happens on Sunday, it will simply fuel both camps to solidify their position and conclude – “I told you so.”
Regardless, it seems the world is beginning to understand. Last night my daughters and I watched an ESPN hour long show which followed Tim’s life from his last Sugar Bowl as a Gator all the way to draft day, including his visits to hospitals to pray with several children. We were greatly encouraged.
Today, there is an article that will appear in ESPN Magazine which gives a helpful look at why all the hype:
This story appears in the Oct. 31 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
WHAT SHALL WE say about the kingdom of Timothy Richard Tebow? And what parable should we choose to describe it?
Consider the day this past summer when Tebow attended the Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders brunch. It began with an adult requesting a photograph with the Broncos quarterback. Security stepped in and forbade it, for photographs with Tebow were deemed an opportunity for children only, so the adults were waved off.
But Tebow calmly said to the men in the yellow windbreakers, “It’s okay. As long as everyone stays cool, I will take photographs.” And so Tebow posed for photos with all who wanted them. And the picture-taking lasted for quite some time.
This Sunday I will be cheering on the Denver Broncos. Not because I am from there or have an affinity for the Broncos since childhood, but because I am praying that God would exalt His name through a young man who has made himself available.
“Urban Meyer is stepping down as football coach at Florida, the school’s athletic director announced Wednesday.”
As a Florida Gator, I wish him well. It’s obviously been a difficult season for him and the team. Perhaps he regrets not sticking to his initial decision about this time last year.
Please pray for former NFL star quarterback and now pastor Randall Cunningham. It appears that their two year old son drowned in the hot tub at their home on Wednesday.
Cunningham, 47, is an ordained minister and pastor of a church six blocks off Las Vegas Boulevard that he runs with his wife, Felicity. Christian Cunningham was the youngest of their four children.
Still battling the odds, Tim Tebow proved the critics wrong once again by going in the first round of the NFL Draft!
Congratulations to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. I think Tebow will continue to defy the odds and the critics. May the Lord sustain his faith and testimony!
Brad Stevens, coach of the Butler Bulldog basketball team, is different! I hadn’t paid much attention until Butler and Michigan State played in the Final Four. I was amazed by this young man’s calm demeanor. Then, after finishing off Michigan State, Stevens did not pump his fists in the air; he did not jump up and down; he didn’t even join his players on the court.
The first thing Brad Stevens did as soon as they beat Michigan State was make his way to the Michigan State bench in order to congratulate their players and coaches on a game well-played. This guy is different!
I don’t know much about Stevens or the source of his philosophy 0f calmness, but his story is both interesting and encouraging. Most encouraging is how he manages to keep things in perspective:
“If everything else had remained the same, I would have been happy as heck. I have a wonderful wife, great kids (son Brady, daughter Kinsley), tons of friends in Indianapolis I’ve grown up with. Friends, family and faith. That’s going to take the cake over all this stuff.”
Brad Stevens on what life would be like if he had remained at Eli Lilly and had never gotten into coaching
Well, it looks like Steven has bought into “The Butler Way” for another 12 years. Congratulations, coach! Let’ s hope he can maintain the Butler Way in the face of rising success.
George Diaz in the Orlando Sentinel explains why Tebow is the real deal.
Here’s one on Tebow and McCoy from ESPN just for fun.
On Saturday, Tim Tebow and the senior class of the Florida Gator football team are scheduled to play their last home game in the Swamp. This has been a very special class for coach Urban Meyer, and Tim Tebow has been a very special player for both Florida and Meyer.
An AP story describes Meyer’s reaction on Tebow’s impact at Florida:
Meyer paused one more time, composing himself after he was asked about the impact Tebow has had on him. Tebow inspired Meyer to take his family on a mission trip to Central America.
“The one thing about Tim is his unselfishness, and his mission outside of college football is unparalleled as far as I’m concerned,” said Meyer, holding back tears. “The impact that he’s made, it’s almost like selflessness is now a cool thing. Kids realizing to give back and if you can brighten someone’s day, you do it. The impact that he’s made on this team is phenomenal and as coaches. It’s very noticeable behind closed doors, more than probably what you guys see. It’s a significant impact.”
What if all Christians had such an impact where we do life?
Update: Video of Meyer Press Conference