In the bookselling industry, there is a term for little religious trinkets that sell like magic among Christians — Jesus junk. One might now use a similar phrase for a subset of that profitable market and call it Tebow trash. The Worldnutdaily is actually selling bumper stickers that say “Tebow for president.” And they’re using numerology to sell them:
Everyone knows Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is a Christian who sports Bible verse “John 3:16″ painted into the black swaths under his eyes during games.
Actually, everyone should know that this isn’t true. In college he used different Bible verses painted into his eye black every week, not just that verse. But the NFL doesn’t allow messages of that kind, so he hasn’t done that in two years. But why let facts get in the way of a good marketing campaign?
But his miracle game Sunday that has the whole nation talking at water coolers today has 3:16 painted all over it.
It’s been widely reported that Tebow passed for exactly 316 yards.
But there’s more to the story.
He also averaged exactly 31.6 yards for each completed pass.
The viewing audience for the CBS game in the last quarter hour was 31.6 percent.
Some are calling that supernatural.
Yes, “some” are. Like you. Others — we call them rational people — think it’s nonsense. I especially like the stat on yards per completed pass. Yes, it was “exactly 31.6 yards” per catch. That’s because he had 316 yards and only completed 10 passes. It’s pretty basic math. And of course, at the bottom of the article is a link to buy the Tebow for president sticker. Which was the whole point in the first place. You gotta hand it to the Worldnutdaily; they know who their flock is and exactly how to fleece ’em.