Tebowing ™

Via Bob Cargill, it appears that Tim Tebow has trademarked the name of his signature prayer position:

Well, this is a new one — the first time we’re aware that a player in any sport has looked to slap a trademark on an on-field celebration. New York Jets quarterback/running back/marquee punt protector Tim Tebow might insist that his bow-down gesture, commonly known as “Tebowing,” is more meaningful (and profitable) than a spike or sack dance, and he’s set some legal effect behind that notion.

Tebow has trademarked Tebowing.

“I knew that this stuff that had been talked about, but I didn’t know everything had gone through,” he said on Friday. “I knew it was something that was cool for me in the past; but it’s not something I do as Tebowing. It’s something I do that’s prayer for me and it got hyped as Tebowing. I think one, more to control how it’s used as well. Make sure it’s used in the right way.”

Just to be clear, my understanding is that Tebow has trademarked the word “Tebowing,” not the one-knee kneeling pose. Even in conjunction with the setting of a football field, I suspect that would be a stretch.

According to the New York Post, the trademark was filed by California attorney Anthony Keats, on behalf of XV Enterprises Limited, which is Tebow’s marketing arm.

Yes, you may now insert jokes about how Tebow’s marketing arm is far more effective than his throwing arm.

Still patiently waiting for the clock to run out on Tebow’s 15 minutes of fame.

  • Benjamin

    “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:5

  • Custador

    Once again, a collosal douche where Tillman would have been a cool guy.

  • Kodie

    Parody is still ok, right? So he went to all the trouble for nothing.

    • Reginald Selkirk

      Right you are, parody is protected free speech.

    • Michael

      I’m sure this was a marketing decision basically independent of Tebow. That is, the marketing arm did its job and marketed the concept to Tebow so he would agree to trademark the term.

      There may indeed be some profit in the trademark, and considering the small fee involved, it was surely a smart move to snatch up the TM preemptively.

  • http://theotherweirdo.wordpress.com The Other Weirdo

    I’m pretty sure, given my reading of the NT, that Jesus would have been against this sort of self-aggrandizing. He would have demanded that Tebow give up all his money or there would have been no way for him to entire the Kingdom of God. Eye of the needle, and all that.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    At this point, the only thing that keeps people thinking that Tebow’s mediocrity is worth keeping on an NFL payroll is Mark Sanchez’s mediocrity.

  • JK

    How is it even legally possible to trademark something like that at all? Besides that he was not the inventor of the word itself? Tebowing must have been used by specators first. So he doesn’t have the copyright and should not be able to trademark it. Another reason is that it is already commonly used to describe what he is doing. And for both of the aforementioned reasons it’s prior art…

    • vasaroti

      An excellent point. Somewhere out there is a sportscaster or blogger or reported who actually was the first person to use the term. I hope they complain.

      • Yoav

        They can probably cite Apple winning the case against Samsung after patenting round cornered rectangles, as a precedent.

        • vasaroti

          Or Starbucks suing a group of monks for serving coffee called Christmas blend, or Sony suing a Filipino restaurant called Sony’s Restaurant (Sony was the owner’s name.) Obviously, the US Patent office cares squat about small businesses.

  • http://boldquestions.wordpress.com Ubi Dubium

    I can see why he’d want the trademark, or at least why his agent and his attorneys would want him to have it. As long as he owns the rights to the term “tebowing” for the classes of use that he filed for, if someone else puts out a product with “tebowing” on it, he can make them stop using it, or make them pay him for the use of it. A quick search at the PTO turned up that’s he’s claimed it for t-shirts, hats, posters, jewelry, sporting goods, and that sort of thing.

  • Kodie

    Still patiently waiting for the clock to run out on Tebow’s 15 minutes of fame.

    The bad news: 15 minutes of football time is almost an hour.

    • trj

      He, good point. It seems to be a hallmark of America’s favorite sports (football, basketball, baseball) that they must constantly have timeouts that interrupt the game. How about just playing the damn game?

      OTOH it leaves more time for commercial breaks. And everybody loves those.

    • Jireh

      @Kodie
      Don’t hold your breath ! Tim Tebow is a Christian playing Pro football and you will never understand the breath of his Christianity because his primary mission does not take place on the football field.He is a proclaimer of the Good News of Jesus Christ and I’m sure he has been a tremendous influence on his teammates as well.Tim has been blessed with tremendous football talent and is being used by God for such a time as this.I’m sure his reputation as a role model and heralder of the Good News will far outweigh his accomplishments on the football field.

      • Kodie

        Tim Tebow is a showboating asshole and you have no sense of humor.

      • Sunny Day

        Its very sad that your god is so impotent that it has to demonstrate its power through a commonplace use of athletic ability.

        • Ralph

          I agree wholehardedly.My basic instinct questioned why the loving god would allow or somehow
          through his all knowing plan
          want credit for the massive suffering and untold killings of his children.When Tbeow Tebows
          I see a sham.Weather he is brainwashed or not
          The very idea that god would even care about the results of a sporting event would almost be funny(Actually it IS) even though the sheep must bleat their bullshit. Peace and Love.

      • http://themikewrites.blogspot.com JohnMWhite

        The breath of his Christianity smells suspiciously like communion wine…

        By the way, did you completely miss the quote from that Jesus fellow in the picture above? And are you remotely capable of self-reflection? I’d love to know what the good news is, because so far all I’m hearing about are raped children, religious wars, women burnt at the stake, homosexuals and people of different ethnicities treated as sub-human and multiple attempts to eradicate the Jews from Europe. What’s the good news, that if you bow down and worship this abominable monster who really hates gays and shellfish he won’t send you to a fiery pit for all eternity? That this schizophrenic entity sacrificed himself to himself in order to appease himself so that he wouldn’t have to torture us all in a place he created for breaking rules he created?

        Maybe somebody should tell god the good news: humans have discovered lithium.

        • Jireh

          @ JohnMWhite
          Oh , JMW , such a rant against the one who gave you life and breadth. I would love to give you what many call : “the gospel in a nutshell “., and thats John 3 : 16-18. You may be familiar with this verse and notice I’ve added verses 17& 18 for your reading pleasure.
          Your obviously in the darkness right now because it’s true as to what Scripture says that ;
          ” the god of this world(Satan) has blinded you from the truth”.
          JMW,you remind me of Paul ( Saul ) who blasphemed and killed followers of The WAY and
          then was struck from his high horse by the great LIGHT and Paul was totally transformed
          from a ‘persecutor’ of Jesus’ followers to a “Preacher” of the good news in the New Testament.
          JMW , come out of the darkness into His marvelous light ! Your eternal destiny is at stake as to what decision and direction you take in this life.

          • Kodie

            You’re delusional.

          • Yoav

            Maybe you should come over to the dark side instead, we do have cookies (and red lightsabers, which are way cooler).

          • trj

            Oh, you poor persecuted thing, to have JohnMWhite say such things. It’s almost like he MURDERED you. Good thing we have humble people like you to throw him off his high horse and TRANSFORM him by showing him the LIGHT.

            You’re a pretentious ass. Please observe the posting rules and take your proselytizing elsewhere.

          • http://themikewrites.blogspot.com JohnMWhite

            When your god grants you the miracle of a competent command of the English language, I’ll listen.

          • Ralph

            Pass the wine bottle to me.You’re shut off.

      • Johan

        You’d think that if God blessed someone with football talent he would be a little better than the backup quarterback on a shitty team. Maybe you’re wrong about that blessing. Maybe he is cursed by Satan.

      • Custador

        If he’s such a role model, how come he didn’t make the kind of sacrifice Pat Tilman made?

    • JW

      Well actually 15 minutes is the whole game. Doing a quick google search came up with a low of 11 minutes and a high of 16 minutes for the time the ball is in play. Just about the same for baseball too.

  • http://www.theupsidedownworld.com Rebecca Trotter

    This is so out of line with Christian teaching, I’m just disgusted. Just awful. Jesus tells us to give up our rights – not to protect them! This is a form of Christianity which promotes itself rather than serving. It is so contrary to the teachings of Jesus and shows us exactly the farce that much of American Christianity has become. There’s no trust that Jesus knew what he was talking about when he said hide in a closet to pray, give away all you have, do not fight those who would oppress you. It’s an open declaration that we humans know what’s really going to work, so we’re going to do it our way and just call that faithfulness. And when challenged, we’ll come up with our own reason – it’s witnessing. As if we haven’t been told that our witness is our love for each other! The church in America is a faithless whore who wants to trade the great gifts entrusted to us through Jesus’ teachings with our own ways. I want to go vomit and wretch now. No really – every time I see this story I feel sick to my stomach.

    • Sunny Day

      Only the Scotsman knows the true Christianity.

    • JK

      You are aware of the many denominations of Christianity there are in the US alone? And that they all have their own views of Christianity and its teachings? And even in a single congregation there are different views?
      So your opinion on the teachings of Jesus are just exactly that – an opinion, and not the real truth (TM).

  • Norm

    Lighten up Bec,he is showboating but so what,its a show.Hes found something that is good for his career and gets him talked about and is now marketable.

    • trj

      And God presumably loves tacky, commercialized worship.

      Oh, wait, he does. I forgot about that whole Catholic Church thing.

      • Sunny Day

        Norm knows all about being an attention whore.

        • Norm

          HOOOOWARD ya mums calling.

          • Sunny Day

            Thanks for another demonstration.

  • Paul

    I am waiting for the sponsors to pay to add their tradename to tebowing. “tonight’s tebowing brought to us by Jiffy Johnny, the only company more full of shit than Tebow” – if the dollars are high enough, who’s to say which sponsors would make it through. The Church of Satan would be another interesting sponsor.

  • Hitchslapper

    Tebow should bend over a little more, and offer his ass to the Lord…..

  • kalim

    SPAM

    • JK

      If you really believed that you already would have killed yourself. Against what that book promises you, life here on earth is rather shitty, don’t you think?
      (Just to make one thing crystal clear: I’m NOT asking you to hurt yourself).

    • Len

      OK, I’ll say it. False dichotomy.
      Death is either the end of everything or it’s not. That’s a true dichotomy :-)
      If death is not the end of everything, then we have no idea what it is. There’s no reason to believe it’s a blissful realm, a palace of bliss, an eternal light-filled garden, or a place of feasting. Wishful thinking does not make a paradise.

      • http://themikewrites.blogspot.com JohnMWhite

        Bingo. Even as a believer I had trouble with this false dichotomy. I knew the people telling me how great being dead would be were hedging their bets, that’s why they wear seatbelts, and I could not help but realise that there are essentially infinite possibilities with regard to the hereafter. Assuming our brains shutting down is not the end of our conscious existence, why would it be that we go to an eternal world? Why not another temporary place. Will there be forms to fill out? Whose bright idea was it to have a temporary, painful existence right before a limitless, joyless one? Do we need souls to be in a holding pen for a while or something? Is god running a giant celestial farm? On the face of it, the “suffer on Earth then live happily in heaven but don’t ever kill yourself or someone else to send them there” set-up makes literally zero sense. It is simply force of habit that causes people to think of it as remotely rational.

        • http://themikewrites.blogspot.com JohnMWhite

          “Whose bright idea was it to have a temporary, painful existence right before a limitless, joyless one?”

          I meant *joyful*, not joyless. Freudian slip perhaps, given the traditional view of heaven as an eternal ego-stroke for a malevolent bully who hates all things fun.

          • Brian M

            I keep shilling for this novel (trilogy, actually), but the “entities” at the core of Brian Stableford’s Werewolves of London trilogy offer the protagonists a sample of the avrious conceptions of heaven invented over the eons. They all rejected them as horrible beyond measure.

    • Yoav

      The grave is either a bottomless pit and dark place of solitary confinement, or it is a door opening from the prison of this world onto an eternal, light-filled garden and place of feasting.

      Or it’s a hole in the ground where your carcass get dumped once you’re dead, wasting useful land and potentially useful spare parts that could have saved other people but are allowed to rot because of the misguided idea that you will have some use of them in some fictional post-death existence.

      • Ralph

        couldn’t have said it better.Creamation for me save space.All we have is here and now. Enjoy

  • smrnda

    I’m not a Christian, but I’m being charitable to Christians here in that I’m not slamming their beliefs, but am actually asking if Tebow is really representing proper Christian values.

    I’d like to know what Tebow does with all the $$$ he gets from playing football. I mean, he’d better be doing more than just making a huge public display of his faith. He’d better be feeding the hungry or helping heal the sick, or else he’s the type of Pharisee that Jesus didn’t like.

    Even his displays of faith are kind of pointless. I seriously doubt anybody has converted because of Tebow. Maybe some Christians feel better watching football now but has anything productive come of this? How does he really stack up against anyone else in football in terms of an ethical life?

    • Kodie

      He’s proud to be a virgin. Also, he appears philanthropic. I didn’t click on any of the links to figure out where the money goes or how it’s used. http://www.timtebowfoundation.org/

      • Bill

        “Also, he appears philanthropic.”

        Giving money and lending your celebrity to outfits that seek to detroy reproductive rights doesn’t really count as Philanthropy in my book.

        Tebow is an asshole. Plain and simple.

    • trj

      Maybe his pious display helps Christians feel less guilty about choosing to watch Superbowl Sunday rather than go to church.

      • Jer

        Maybe it makes them feel better about lying about whether they go to church.

  • Jireh

    @ trj
    Me thinks that every Sunday to you is ” Superbowl Sunday ! “.

    • Kodie

      You’re incoherent.

    • trj

      I’m not American and I don’t care about that sport, so no. Though if I were to choose, I’d rather suffer through a boring, irrevelant football game than a boring, irrevelant church service.

      I presume you’re talking metaphorically, though, but I have no idea what your metaphor is supposed to say.

  • Dawn

    I can’t get excited over this. It’s a term that’s attached to him and to his name. He’s using legal means to control that term and ensure it’s used in ways he approves of. Seems pretty reasonable to me.

    • Dawn

      Ugh. I can’t believe I apostrophied the “its”. My deepest apologies to any lurking grammar police. I know better.

      • Len

        I don’t know much about the poser in the original post, but I hope you’re joking about the apostrophe. It should be there in both cases because the term is “it is”.

  • ORAXX

    Personally, I have a bit of a problem with a god who helps Tim Tebow win football games but sits out the Holocaust.

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