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You can have Rudy; give me Tebow

Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:56 pm
I don't ask for much, but I'm asking for Tim Tebow to be left alone. By gold-digging groupies and drug-pushing lackeys. By friends with big mouths, and by strangers with cell-phone cameras. By TMZ.

Most of all, by TMZ.

We don't have many fairy tales in sports, feel-good stories like that movie about the 5-foot-6 walk-on at Notre Dame who spent four years getting his ass kicked in practice before finally being allowed to play in his final home game, against Georgia Tech. He recorded a sack on the last play and was carried off the field by teammates. That's how the movie Rudy ends.

The real story? Rudy Ruettiger was unmasked this week as a financial fraud, a liar and a swindler who used his fame -- and a series of lies -- to pump up the profile of his company to unwitting investors, then dump the stock at an enormous profit.

There are no fairy tales anymore, not in sports. Turns out, the biggest home-run hitter in baseball was just sentenced to house arrest and probation for lying about the steroids that made his power possible. Turns out, the cleanest big-time football coach in America was shielding a predator, allowing former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky to roam State College, Pa., for nearly a decade after being told by an eyewitness that Sandusky was a child molester.

Turns out, Rudy was a white-collar scumbag.

Where have you gone, Tim Tebow? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. So I'm asking everyone else to leave the man alone. Do not tempt him. Do not rat him out. Give us the myth of Tebow. He's the last one we've got.

And just so you know, at the moment I'm perfectly willing to believe the myth of Tebow is no myth at all. I believe he's actually what he seems to be, a clean-living, God-fearing, credit-deflecting, groupie-ignoring, baby-kissing Puritan.

Seriously. I believe all of that, and I'm as cynical as it gets. Show me a half-full glass, and I'll point out that it's really half-empty, and since I'm not sure where the glass came from in the first place, I'm going to assume the waiter spit in it. Drink it if you want, but not me. I have no idea where that glass has been.

But I know where Tebow has been. I've read his book, listened to his testimony, followed his career. I can hear his voice in my head, and it's an unusual voice for a superstar. He sounds like a little kid, earnest and excited and innocent. He has the voice of a Boy Scout, not an NFL quarterback. He's so square, I'm assuming his helmet was specially made with right angles.

That's who he is now. I'm sure of it. But will Tebow stay that way? Lord I hope so, so please don't get me wrong here: I'm not rooting for Tebow to fall, as everyone eventually falls. I'm not calling him perfect or anything ridiculous like that. But it's not a stretch to say he's as perfect, off the field, as any superstar today.

Please let him stay that way, but for that, he'll need some help from all of you. He'll need the groupies to leave him alone, to not bring him down as they brought down Tiger Woods. He has managed to avoid a sex scandal of any sort -- even the sort of stuff that, in some circles, has made living legends of Derek Jeter and Tom Brady -- but for how long? Don't ask. And if you find out, don't tell.

He'll need the pushers of PED's to skip his locker, to not whisper into his ear that everyone else is doing it, that if he wants to stay ahead of the monsters who are trying to hurt him on any given Sunday, that he'd better use the same supplements they're using. And they're using the finest HGH and steroids available -- primo stuff, man, and completely undetectable.

Most of all, he'll need us to stop searching for signs of fallibility. Because he is fallible. Let's not be ridiculous here. Tim Tebow is a man, and while he's about as noble a man as I've ever seen, he's still a man. He's human. And humans screw up. Assuming he hasn't already, Tebow will screw up someday, screw up to the point that his cover will be blown and his critics will rejoice.

See! Told you he was a fraud!

The search is ongoing. Deadspin suggested on Dec. 12 that Tebow had broken up U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn's marriage.

Vonn has denied it -- and as far as I can tell, nobody in Denver had the heart to even ask Tebow about it -- but the world wants to know. Do a Google search for "Tim Tebow" and "Lindsey Vonn," and limit it to Dec. 12 and beyond, and you'll find nearly 400,000 results. The rumor has been mentioned by the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times and People magazine.

Because people are curious: Is Tebow mortal? Is he imperfect?

Of course he is. Most of us know he is.

But let us pretend a bit longer, huh? I don't think anyone's weeping for the downfall of Rudy. But we'd weep for Tebow. And I'd need some Kleenex myself.


Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:42 pm

You can have Rudy; give me Tebow

thou shalt not take the Lord's name in vain.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:49 pm

You can have Rudy; give me Tebow

I'm not a Tebow fan. I never have been and probably never would be one of his admires.

I have doubt about Tebow being a legit NFL quarterback. He has stats listed under quarterback because that is the position he is listed as playing.

I say that with tongue in cheek, because all Tim Tebow does is win football games both at the college level and now at the pro level.

He might not have the best stats of a quarterback, but which quarterback would you want on your team? Cam Newton has the best stats, but the worse won/loss record. Tim Tebow has low stats but a great won/loss record.

I am going with the one that is able to push the ball across the goal line and produce victories no matter his stats. So in answer to  my question I would want Tim Tebow on my team.

Next season is a different season, we will cross that bridge when we get there.

He conducts himself in a manner that projects good up bringing and respect for others. I could care less about is religion and the way he projects his believe openly.

Again I have to ask myself this question. Would I want a player that is out and up all night at a nigh club, drinking, wearing an illegal gun strapped to his leg, using or selling drugs, taking liberties with  his body?

Would I want a player, that wear his religion on his sleeve, don’t drink, smoke or is out all night,  have no drug use or does not sell drugs?

Again this is elementary, I would prefer the later.

I  hope his off-season work with his general manager would make him a better quarterback acquiring the passing skills necessary to become a top quarterback in the NFL and would be one of the new guns in the NFL.       


Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:14 pm

You can have Rudy; give me Tebow

Yes Tebow is the talk of the hour right now.  The second the Denver Broncos get spanked, we might just have heard the end of Tebow Mania.  The story of Tim Tebow is not over yet but I guess that is all there is to talk about.  Unless Peyton Manning comes back, his brother takes down the cowboys, Vick somehow gets in the playoffs, the Ravens actually finish what they started, we have to listen to the Tebow conversation...or do we?  I am sure there is someone writing about something else, at least I hope.

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 7:58 pm

You can have Rudy; give me Tebow

One thing the haters have right, Tebow is ranked 32nd.  32nd in rushing in the NFL, just behind Jonathan Stewart and ahead of Ahmed Bradshaw.  He's ranked 14th with a qb passer rating of 83.9, ahead of Mark Sanchez and just behind Jay Cutler. 

Time to admit Tebow is legit and quit all the hating.  As Doyel says, what a great story he is.

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 7:53 pm

You can have Rudy; give me Tebow

I'm not going to make fun of Tebow.  He did my open heart surgery and I will be forever greatful.  I pray to him every night.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2011 7:40 pm
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Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:28 pm

You can have Rudy; give me Tebow

One word for Doyle here- AMEN! There are enough headcases, steroid freaks and overall trashy personas in the limelight, it's about time we have a positive story to cheer for (although it seems more and more people these days gravitate towards the trash - read The Mirror Effect, it illustrates this facet of societal degeneration quite well).

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:27 pm

re: MrJama

I've noticed an awful lot of self professed Catholics claim to be Catholic, just not "practicing" Cathlics, whatever that means.  I'm sure they are all planning to repent on their deathbeds, or go to purgatory, or whatever they wish to delude themselves with. 

Tim Tebow is of course going to be hated by these frauds.  They are why the Protestant movement began when Martin Luther nailed that note to the door. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:53 pm

You can have Rudy; give me Tebow

MrJama, you are no Catholic. Just because your parents might have been doesn't make you one. You proved it with your statement.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:43 pm

You can have Rudy; give me Tebow

"Doyle you are a complet toolbox!!"

Anyone who has paid attention knows I'm far from a Doyel fan, but I'll be even HE can completely spell the world "complete". ROFL If you're going to insult someone, its better to not look like an illiterate moron as you do so.  

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