Friday, March 26, 2010

The Greatest (Tim Tebow) Story Ever Told

As a partisan of Oklahoma football, I have to hate Tim Tebow. Tebow's self-righteous evangelism is also offensive. But it is the embarrassing man-love showered upon Tebow for his supposed manliness, rugged good looks, sterling character and heroic tumescence (or so I infer from the gushing quality of the various encomiums) that make this story I found linked on Pharyngula particularly entertaining. Here's the most entertaining paragraph.

At the Scouting Combine, the Wonderlic exam is administered to players in groups. The 12-minute test is preceded by some brief instructions and comments from the person administering the test.

Per a league source, after the person administering the test to Tebow's group had finished, Tebow made a request that the players bow their heads in prayer before taking the 50-question exam.

Said one of the other players in response: "Shut the f--k up." Others players in the room then laughed.

I assume I do not have to explain why this is the greatest Tim Tebow story ever told, but I will anyway. Tebow's self-righteousness has been enabled by the sports establishment at his various schools (or academic institutions with which his football-playing was loosely affiliated) that coddles all good players. And the media clearly encouraged these outward displays of piety. So, I am happy to see someone puncture his self-satisfaction.

P.Z. Myers includes the information in the story that Tebow scored a 22/50 on a relatively simple junior high level mathematics exam. Presumably many adults and professional football players perform worse than Tebow on this test, so I won't make fun of him for that (although his poor score indicates a less-than-divine intellect which might cool some of the ardor or deflate some of the engor--er, I mean, turgid, , um..., no, I mean, overblown adulation of his worshipers in the press). I would recommend that Tebow-enthusiasts get a grip on themselves and . . . wait. . . stop their breathless. . . um . . . panting. . . no, never mind.

At the least the derision of Tebow's peers should indicate to the media and journalists that his public expressions of piety are more appropriate for small children and trained animals than they are for a self-determining, responsible adult.

Update: Actually, I was overthinking this. What's really annoying is that he expects other people to pray with him instead of just praying on his own.

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