The name on the lips, hearts and well, the one that ends quite a few curses, these days is Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow. Tebow, that stunning pillar of chastity and virtue, has brought miracles back in vogue on the NFL stage. He has engineered so many of them this season that I hear that President Obama is looking into having him take a crack at our country's deficit.
Tebow, who could look like garbage one week, say, like the final game of the season, a 7-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Then he comes out the next week and just shreds the Pittsburgh Steelers number 1 defense for over 300 yards passing.
That's right, passing.
Watching this man child play is almost like watching the Road Runner. No matter what traps and surprises the NFL, or the media (aka Wile E Coyote) places out for him, he avoids or ignores them with a friendly 'meep meep' and just continues running along.
It's maddeningly frustrating and oddly reassuring at the same side.
I say that because as a Steelers fan, I should be mad at him for beating my team but oddly enough, I can't work up the anger enough to be resentful towards him. The guy exudes likability to the point where you can almost change that word to Tebability. As in, it's his Tebability factor that just keeps winning people over.
Granted, I speak only for myself in regards to my feelings after Sunday's game. There is still plenty of Steelers rage towards the guy out there. Heck, a buddy of mine placed a picture of him in a urinal just so he could have the satisfaction of peeing repeatedly on his face (I'm thinking there could be a deeper psychological problem there myself).
No, for whatever flaws that Tebow has, and I'm not even sure they are flaws but merely calculated misses meant to lull the opposition into a false sense of security that makes them leave no safety help over the middle, thus allowing a one play overtime to take place (yes, I'm not quite over it yet), the guy seems to be clutch. And yes, while I have no anger towards Tebow, I have plenty towards the Steelers game plan and the inability of Ike Taylor to cover anything in this game.
Tebow is easily the most polarizing figure in the NFL right now and win or lose when Denver plays New England on Saturday, he is going to be the talk of the NFL next season. I'm thinking it's going to be lose but hey, I thought that last week too.
Listen, one last parting shot here. It's easy to dismiss Tebow for his inaccuracy, his outspoken faith, or even because of his rabid fans annoying the shoot out of you on twitter, but you can't deny that he has a place under center in this league. He may never win a SuperBowl, or win MVP, but that doesn't mean he can't forge his own place in the annuls of NFL history.
OK, it's been more than 4 hours, I've got to go get this Teboner checked out.
Good luck with yours!
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