10:22 AM CST, December 14, 2011
The day after the Bears lost to the Broncos in a game of fake quarterbacks, I got an email with the subject line: "You would not know an NFL quarterback if you saw one.''
The message was: "Sorry but Chicago goes down like Obama will go down, down, down''
The email came from "Larrydhall1,'' whom I don't know. I also don't know if this is just one yahoo enjoying a Broncos win in a rather idiotic manner, but it seems like Tim Tebow has been co-opted into a political movement. I don't know which movement exactly, nor do I know whether Tebow endorses his being a hood ornament for such things, either.
I emailed Larryhall1 to ask if he was connecting Tebow's beating the Bears with Republicans unseating President Obama. I also wondered if he thought a sports result validated what feels like a faith-based politics.
I never heard back, but this reeks of weapons-grade stupid.
Whatever you think of Tebow and the way he ascribes all his success to his faith, he's still only running for yards and wins, not national office.
Tebow's miraculous six-pack of wins means he is a resourceful leader of a football team. His streak does not mean he has great political insight, nor does he appear to act like it. His streak also does not mean he has solutions for fixing the myriad troubles in the United States, beyond, of course, the answer for everything being Jesus. Tebow's streak does not qualify him to hold national office --- heck, any office --- nor have I heard him share that as a goal.
I didn't think there could be anything more surprising than Tebow's winning streak, but we might have a new leader in the clubhouse when people are characterizing the quarterback's win over the Bears as an omen regarding the future of the man running the most powerful nation in the world.
That's pitiful and pitiable, and perhaps makes you think the country's future is in worse shape than the Bears' playoff chances.
I didn't think there was any question that Tebow is pretty much the opposite of politics. I guess I gave people too much credit. I'm trying to bring clarity here. I mean, if your political movement is so lame that you have to use a former second-string quarterback as a shield, then you might want to rethink your mission statement.
And the shield, by the way, might not know he's being used in the filth of politics?
The reading public always jumps on sports guys for writing about politics and religion. "What do you know?'' "Stay out of politics, you left-winger.'' "Stay out of politics, you right winger.'' I've never been assaulted for being a centrist, for what that's worth.
But you know what? It's my turn. I'm telling you political-slash-religious nuts to stay out of my toy store. Go somewhere else for your Cabbage Patch Quarterback.
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