I’m really glad Tim Tebow signed with the New York Jets; if he gets to play — and I bet he will — it’s the premier stage. If you can make it there, and all that. If he plays well — and I bet he will — then he shuts up all his critics.
Of course, this being New York, if he plays poorly, he’ll hear about it from everyone; the fans at the stadium; the guy in the toll booth; the meter maids, the cab drivers and possibly the children. New York, as Derek Jeter reminded President Bush in 2001, is a whole ‘nother venue. New York expects the A-game, all the time, or you’re just a bum.
But I do think the pundits suggestions that a “red state” athlete will be out of place in a “blue state” is remarkably absurd, cliched and insulting to New York, too; we may be a “blue” state, but we’re a true melting pot. And when Anthony Weiner stepped down, his very blue district wasn’t averse to a bit of red. To me, these pundits reveal a small-minded provincialism (yes, I mean that) when they can’t think beyond stereotypes and caricatures and end up saying things like this:
The Borowitz Report posted: “BREAKING: Tebow Looking Forward to Meeting First Jew.” For comic relief, nothing topped the tweet: “Tebow traded for our sins.”
More serious was Robert Schlesinger on USNews.com: “To put it in crude, political terms, Tim Tebow is a ‘red state’ phenomenon who will suddenly be in a ‘blue state’ spotlight . . . If you thought that Tebow was a nationally polarizing figure already, wait until he becomes the symbol of small town versus big city, real America versus Gomorrah, and so forth.”
So I’m really glad that Deacon Greg, when asked about that “conflict” in the New York Post, had this to say:
“New York gets a bum rap,” says Greg Kandra, a deacon in the Diocese of Brooklyn. “This city’s churches are packed with very observant people of all denominations. . . There’s a deep vein of spirituality and morality that goes through New York. There are a lot of people crowded into a small space and we have to look out for one another. It’s a city with a conscience.”
I concur! Well said, Deacon. Of course, anyone who has ever heard you preach knows you’d have the right words at the ready!
Related: The Onion imagines Tebow’s first shocking phone call with Rex Ryan