There's nothing hotter in sports right now than Tim Tebow. He stole the weekend thunder with his huge game in the playoffs to help the Denver Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, including an 80-yard touchdown on the first play of overtime.
Everybody these days likes to do their best Tebow impression, and I don't mean throwing a football like only Tebow can -- which is to say awkwardly. Instead, I of course mean Tebowing, going down on one knee in prayer after a moment of excellence.
He finished off an odd-man rush for a goal on Tomas Vokoun and the Capitals on Monday night then celebrated his his own style of Tebowing. Here's a still-photo to further capture the full essence of Johnson's Tebow.
Why would Johnson, a University of Michigan product, Tebow after a goal? Consider it more or less a dare from friends who were in town (quotes from the Washington Times).
“After the game, they said, ‘If you score, would you Tebow for us?’” Johnson said. “I said, ‘Sure, deal.' I ended up scoring and I thought, ‘I’ve got to pay up,’
“It’s fun to score. You should have fun,” Johnson said, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times. “Have some personality out there and have fun.”
The Capitals on the other end of the celebration weren't entirely amused.
“I understand he’s just trying to be funny, but still it’s kind of a stupid celebration,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “It’s like those teams in the world junior riding their stick giving high-fives across the bench.”
Thanks to Johnson for bringing Tebow to hockey. Maybe now the NHL can get a highlight on the four-letter network.