Odds are Tebow will have us talking for another week
Fans congratulate Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow as he heads to the locker room after Sunday's playoff win over Pittsburgh.
January 9th, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Odds are Tebow will have us talking for another week

Some say Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow pulled off another miracle Sunday night, leading his team to a 29-23 overtime victory over the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers. They say "another miracle" because it was the fourth time this season Tebow led Denver to an overtime victory. And they say Tebow, a devout Christian, may need an even bigger miracle come Saturday in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where the New England Patriots will be an even bigger favorite to end the Broncos season than the Steelers were.

The Boston Herald on Monday morning is calling Saturday's game "a heaven-sent matchup," and the paper says that because it knows quarterback Tom Brady has made a career of taking the Pats to the promised land while Tebow has just gone through his first communion.

"The Patriots get a second helping of the Tom Brady-versus-Tebow quarterback matchup," writes the Herald's Karen Guregian.

"While this has tremendous star power, it’s just so lopsided in the Patriots' favor. That’s what we saw during the first meeting on Dec. 18, when Brady and the Pats whipped the Broncos, 41-23, in Denver. There’s no reason to believe Brady won’t outduel him once again."

Leave it to a "Saturday Night Live" skit to put Brady's advantage into perspective. "If I'm the son of God, Brady's the guy's nephew," a Jesus Christ character tells the Broncos during a visit to their locker room before that December 18 game.

But others say Tebow has already put himself on the Olympus of sports greatness.

"He isn't in the same class as an athlete, but as a spectacle Tebow is Tiger Woods leading the Masters on Sunday afternoon. He's Michael Jordan in the NBA Finals. He's the Yankees in the World Series," writes Gregg Doyel on CBSSports.com. "What's the NFL comparison to Tebow? There isn't one."

And Doyel points out that Tebow's fame, like those others, now knows no borders on this Earth.

"Tebow was a trending Twitter topic on Sunday evening, and not just in the United States. He was trending all over the world - in Canada, in Colombia, in France," Doyel writes.

While others may put Tebow on that lofty post, he seems to be the last one to put himself there.

Part of the reason Denver was such an underdog against the Steelers was that the Broncos lost their last three regular season games, with Tebow posting numbers well short of the biblical 316 yards he put up against the Steelers.

FOXSports.com's Mark Kriegel, writing under the headline "Tebow's most amazing trait? Humility,"  says that Tebow was entitled to a little trash talk directed toward his doubters.

"If anyone was entitled to a self-righteous 'I told you so,' it was Tebow. Instead, he said: 'I’m just blessed to have an opportunity to be the quarterback for the Denver Broncos and play in a game in front of such great fans and with great teammates,' ” Kriegel wrote.

Watch Tebow speak about humility on CBN.com.

And Kriegel's not shy about speaking up for Tebow.

"Being neither as good nor as modest as America’s saintly quarterback, I don’t mind telling you a bit: I told you so," Kriegel wrote.

While Kriegel may have never lost the faith in Tebow, the late-season losing streak certainly turned hordes of others into doubters.

San Franciso Chronicle writer Vittorio Tafur says it's time to come back to the temple.

"It's time to believe again. In Tebow. (And) in the Big Fella in the Sky being a Broncos fan," Tafur writes.

Here's how God, or Tebow, or both, or a Pittsburgh Steelers defensive mistake (you choose), have us talking Tebow this Monday morning.

On the first play from scrimmage in overtime, Tebow heaved a pass 18 yards to receiver Demaryius Thomas, who stiff-armed Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor and sprinted down the right sideline for an 80-yard touchdown.

The Broncos led 20-6 at halftime, but the Steelers - led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's 289 yards passing - clawed their way back to tie the game at 23 with time running down in regulation. Neither team could get close enough for a winning field goal, and the contest moved into overtime.

The league instituted complicated new overtime rules for the playoffs, but the rule differences never came into play as Tebow and Thomas wrapped it up in 11 seconds - the shortest overtime in NFL history. The referee's explanation of the rules before the coin toss took up more time than the extra period.

The Broncos faithful in Denver were rewarded.

Is Tebow a miracle worker?

Of course, in Vegas the oddsmakers put their faith in numbers. And on the Strip, they like the Patriots this coming Saturday, by 14 points.

To which the Chronicle's Tafur responds with some numbers of his own.

"Apparently the Big Guy in the Sky likes all underdogs. For that, you could turn to Matthew 5:5: 'Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.'"

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  1. Chase Collins

    Gregg Doyel is the pinnacle of asshatery. Of course, CNN's going to litter a story about Tebow with one of the most arrogant SOBs in the business.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Double-Oh Seven

    Tim Tebow will be just a faint memory after next weekend when Tom Brady and company destroy him. It brings me no joy to say this. I hate Tom Brady and the Patriots with a passion. Why. Because my team is J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!

    January 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kurt

    Say what you will about Tebow and religion in football. It's been around longer then he has and will continue long after he goes. Don't like it stop watching then.... simple enough...

    January 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sue

    Amazing the number of men who are angry and jealous toward this beautiful man. He is not only BEAUTIFUL to look at but is rich, talented and a man of integrity! Every woman in Americal would love to be his wife. Why dont some of you study him, some of you men might learn something! Quite amusing to read all the jealous comments!

    January 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaime

      lol keep your pants on Sue. You don't know him and neither do we. You like him and some of us don't. It's that simple. Jealousy and thinking he's kind of a tool (as I believe you are too) are completely different things. Not that serious.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • cimmarron

      Good response Sue...you nailed it. I don't know if he has a girlfriend, but I bet one things for sure, she won't have to worry about him philandering as a lot of women in America do!

      January 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Antony

      @cimmarron

      How soon you bible-thumpers forget about Jimmy Swaggart, Ted Haggard, Jim Bakker, and all those monks.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. No_More_Week45

    Uhh, that's what makes him so different. It doesn't matter what the rest think, long as he does right by the man upstairs, he content with his life! Fun is subjective to the person having it and if helping other people is fun to him then we should all have fun.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Keven

    If he was as religious as he is saying he wouldnt be making himself an idol he would be living a life of modesty and poverty. im just saying

    January 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Argle Bargle

      There's nothing wrong with having money. How you get it and what you do with it is another matter.

      Money is not the problem...it's the LOVE of money that's the root of all evil.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zach

      How is making himself an idol? When he makes a point to direct the praise away from himself and to his Savior? And as for living in poverty...how could he afford to establish a hospital in the Philippines to support those who have nothing already if he just decided to live in poverty himself? There would be no charity and giving if we all attempted to be poor.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJC

      Working on the lords day is a stoning offense, and yet you give him praise for making millions on the lords day.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg Powell

      JJC said, "Working on the lords day is a stoning offense, and yet you give him praise for making millions on the lords day." Actually, the Lord's Day is the day of Jesus' resurrection and is found in the New Testament. And there is not one word in the entire New Testament about any penalty for working on Sunday. You seem to have confused the Lord's Day with the Old Testament Sabbath day (Saturday). Also, it is Jesus Christ that Christians praise when we see faithfulness and courage and integrity in our brothers and sisters. We love our brother Tim, but we are not praising him... and neither is he.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. a Denver non-fan of Tebow or the Broncos

    Ha, ha! I wonder how enthusiastic the fans will be be if this guy ever either comes out of the closet or goes to another team?

    January 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jim

    Praying in the marketplace like the other hypocrites!

    January 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dr Sports

    "I love your Christ but I hate your Christians". Saying you are religious and preaching your religion is one thing, practicing being a good person regardless of faith is another. I don't like how Tebow keeps preaching, but he is a good person, and that in itself is enough to make me a fan. Although I am not Christian, a good person from any faith is a good person. and a bad person is a piece of ### regardless of what religion they are. Go Tebow only because I am an underdog and you are a nice guy, not because you preach your beliefs ad nauseam

    January 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. serdich

    is that the famous Teblowing...

    January 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Argle Bargle

      No...he only does that in the locker room.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Argle Bargle

    I heard on Twitter that Tebowing is a good way to secretly pass gas.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. S-Hug

    "Faith" becomes nothing but a publicity stunt when he makes it a public gesture, continually shoving it down everyone's throat.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. UsayWha?

    "He isn't in the same class as an athlete, but as a spectacle Tebow is Tiger Woods leading the Masters on Sunday afternoon. He's Michael Jordan in the NBA Finals. He's the Yankees in the World Series," writes Gregg Doyel on CBSSports.com. "What's the NFL comparison to Tebow? There isn't one."

    He must have either lost his mind, doing drugs or just love embellishing for dramatic effect to write such an outlandish statement. I'm thinking hes has lost his mind.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michelle

    look at the way his tongue hangs out in that pic...he ain' t no virgin...lol...=)

    January 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Paul

    Tebow seems like a good guy, there is nothing bad really to be said about him. But the idea that the almighty is interested in football games, and don't get me wrong I love football and was riveted listening to the game on a long car ride yesterday, is just lunacy.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • MKE414

      I agree. Just because he often quotes John 3:16 doesn't mean getting 316 yards was an act of God (although with his mechanics that is a feat in itself). I think it's awesome that regardless of the naysayers in the media he remains strong with his faith. I think that is courageous whether you not believe in God, to stick to your principles and for them to never waiver.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zane

      Think of it this way, if you're Tebow's Dad, wouldn't you want him to do well because you love him? If you believe in a perfect loving God who loves Tim more than his own family, than why wouldn't God care about Tebow's performance in football?

      Does he care about who wins/loses, not necessarily. But he cares that those who represent Him, represent Him well. Another thing is that the God of the Bible has commanded his followers to make disciples and spread the Gospel. Whether you like it or not, Tebow's performance and character have people all over the world talking about God, 316, and whatever else.

      Some people just see a Christian who plays football. Other see a Christian who plays with a grateful heart, and is giving back through charity or helping with a hospital in the Philippines.

      If God cares about football, it's definitely deeper than wins and losses.

      "Whatever you do (including football), work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men," Colossians 3:23

      January 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Here goes Inzane preaching the fairy tales. Idiot.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zane

      i'm inzane, and you're inshane. nice to meet you.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
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