Tag:Denver Broncos
Posted on: October 29, 2011 6:30 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2011 6:34 pm

Dwight Howard joins 'Tebowing' craze

Posted by Ben Golliverdwight-howard-tebowing

The latest pose-and-take-a-picture craze to hit the internet is known as "Tebowing."

Named after former University of Florida and current Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, it follows in the well-travelled footsteps of planking, a practice by which the planker lays down flat on his or her stomach somewhere funny and takes a picture.

Contrary to some reports, Tebowing does not refer to holding onto the football too long and unnecessarily taking a sack. Instead, the Tebower simply poses for a picture by getting down on one knee while clutching a fist to the head, so as to bow down in prayer at a random moment. Tebow, a deeply religious Christian, is known to strike the pose pretty much whenever he gets the chance during football games.

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, who engaged in a fairly epic planking war with teammate Gilbert Arenas this summer, has wasted no time in getting in on the newest craze, snapping a picture of himself kneeling and praying in a restaurant and uploading it to Twitter. Howard, like Tebow, is a devout Christian.
Ironically, Howard has Magic fans down on their knees praying that he won't force his way out of Orlando via trade during the 2011-2012 season or bolt to a bigger market during the summer 2012 free agency period.

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Posted on: August 4, 2011 5:51 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2011 6:04 pm

LeBron James defends Tim Tebow from 'hating'

Posted by Ben Golliverlebron-james

The criticism has finally become too much for Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James. The criticism of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, that is.

James took to Twitter on Wednesday night to lash out at a television analyst critical of Tebow's skills and defend the second year quarterback out of the University of Florida.

"Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL," James declared. "He's a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he'll be nice ... The man hasn't even play a full season and its only his 2nd year in. Guys get on that TV and act like they was all WORLD when they played. How [about] encouraging him and wishing him the best instead of hating!!"

The CBSSports.com Eye On Football guys have more here.

Those tweets are just a goldmine for armchair psychoanalysts. Think James is taking out all of his frustration with being the most criticized player in the NBA by defending Tebow? Run wild. Think James is fed up with the NBA's broadcasting core that is filled with second-tier players taking shots at him? That will play. Think James feels that he is above criticism because no one else can play the way he does? A bit of a stretch, but definitely possible.

Before we celebrate and praise James standing up for a maligned, well-intentioned athlete like Tebow, let's not forget the complete hypocrisy in his statements.

Let's take a quick trip back to June when the Dallas Mavericks were stomping James' Heat in the NBA Finals. Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki could be described exactly how James describes Tebow: hard worker, student of the game, natural born leader and winner. When Nowitzki was mopping the floor with the Heat did James offer Nowitzki nothing but encouragement, wishing him the best on his way to his first title?

Absolutely not. Instead, James pursued the definition of "hating", teaming up with guard Dwyane Wade to mock Nowitzki for being sick in a lame attempt to besmirch his toughness and diminish his team's accomplishments. Unable to process the fact that he was losing on the NBA's biggest stage, he copped out by trying to tear down Nowitzki, an action that spoke a lot louder than whatever critique Tebow had to endure about his game.

James certainly has received more than his fair share of criticism over the last year or so. But the media exists, in part, to provide sober -- often harsh -- judgements of athletes. Blind cheerleading is a job best left for groupies, entourages, handlers, diehard fans (should they choose) and team public relations staffs. Nobody wants to watch or listen to that.
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