Tebow Mania Grows and Patheos helps!

Honestly, he’s everywhere I look. Is anyone in America being written about as much as Tebow is, today?

Okay, confession time: I’m even writing about him, tomorrow in First Things!

Kind of an irresistible subject, really.

One piece about Tebow that has particularly strong legs was written by Patheos’ own Patton Dodd, and featured in the Wall Street Journal:

This combination of candid piety and improbable success on the field has made Mr. Tebow the most-discussed phenomenon of the National Football League season. Most expert analysts still consider him poor material for a pro quarterback. An inexperienced passer with awkward throwing mechanics and the build of a fullback, he likes to run over defensive players, which is a no-no in the NFL, whose starting quarterbacks are expensive and hard to come by.

But onward he and the Broncos have marched, winning six of their last seven games and now tied for the lead in their division as they face the Chicago Bears this Sunday. Mr. Tebow continues to defy his critics—and to embody the anxieties over religion that are dividing today’s sports world and embroiling players and fans alike.

The article is actually drawn from Dodd’s ebook,The Tebow Mystique: The Faith and Fans of Football’s Most Polarizing Player. Since showing up in the WSJ, it’s been featured on Drudge and a few conservative radio programs, and and . . . well, it’s all over the place, really.

Tonight Patton will be talking with Sean Hannity, too!

Well done, Patton!

Related: Get Religion: Do you believe in Tebow?

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  • Sarah

    As a Colorado native and cradle Bronco fan, I had gotten my hopes up and been let down too many times over the past decade to be ready to put all my eggs in Tebow’s basket, especially after seeing him throw. But at a 6 and 0 streak? I don’t know if I can withhold optimism much longer. All I know, is that there is a God, and he must watch football.

    Next week the Broncos play the Patriots, then the Bills, then the Chiefs. Considering the streaks they’ve had lately and–besides the Patriots– the teams they’ll be up against, it’s not entirely implausible that they could beat all three. But I hope they don’t, because I don’t think my heart could take that much.

  • http://www.savkobabe.blogspot.com Gayle Miller

    I find it interesting that the anti-religion people are showing their hands so openly in their criticisms of Tebow, both for his anti-abortion ad that aired during the last Super Bowl AND in their continuing marveling about his piety in general, which is coupled quite beautifully with his outstanding success. All his life people have used the word “can’t” to Tim Tebow and all his life, he has ignored and refuted that negative message no doubt bolstered by his faith and his solid moral center. He is being demonized by some because he stands as an example that people of faith don’t need to be piously boring but can rather be successful at their chosen professions.

    It all reminds me of a figure skater named Javier Fernandez – the first prominent male figure skater from Spain. All last season he was being criticized for being inconsistent. Here’s his response. In the Grand Prix series, he has now attempted and successfully landed a total of 8 or 9 perfect quad jumps. How’s that for inconsistent? And there’s a pleasing humility about this young man as well. Doesn’t walk around preening and puffing out his chest – just goes about his business in a quiet fashion.

    Those who succeed are often the people who ignore “can’t” and instead, with their faith firmly placed where it belongs, go on to prove that they CAN!

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    God bless him. The anti Tebow critics are a joke. What is so wrong for someone to show their faith openly? When I was young it was common for baseball players to make the sign of the cross as they stepped up to bat. What ever happened to that?

  • http://stagesofprayer.wordpress.com Antonius

    (I hope you do not mind me repeating my post from the Deacon’s Bench…)

    “So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)

    In a world where so many have lost faith and many more have become cowards about their belief in Jesus, it is fantastic to see a young man with such courage, that he acknowledges his faith in Jesus in front of the entire country. God bless Tim Tebow.