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. Ricardo

    Matthew 6:5-7 Jesus allegedly said: And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

    Translation: Keep thy religion to thyself. Speak with actions, not with words. Tim, love what you are doing out in the Philippines, but this means you. Take it down several notches... your religion is not the end all be all authority... valid and beautiful like so many others but THE one... no one knows that. If you want to practice true humility, doubt and question every once in a while.

    Your a good kid and all but you one day you may see how your sincerity is exploited by false prophets who skew a beautiful message for their myopic and dangerous viewpoints.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      Tebow is religious and simply THANKING God for the opportunity...he is not showing off his faith......he is an actual believer and always has been. Let him thank God rather than some mortal jerk like a President of the United States!

      January 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      That verse is referring to people who are praying JUST to be seen by others and considered pious by them. It is not referring to those who are sincere in their prayer, nor is it telling people to keep their faith or religion to themselves. So the question is: Is Tebow sincere? I have little reason to think otherwise that so I give him the benefit of the doubt.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • humtake

      The saddest part of all is Tebow is not the one blowing up his religion...it is the fans and the media doing that. He isn't a missionary, he isn't trying to convert his fans to Christianity, he has yet to denounce any other player because of religion.

      All of the religious hype surrounding Tebow comes from other sources than Tebow himself. But because he says things like "Thank God" and "I'm a devout Christian", people blow it all out of proportion. Don't hate Tebow because of his faith, hate his fans and the media for overdoing it on the Tebowmania.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynda

      Ricardo, bless your heart. You have not the proper translation for the scripture you quoted about praying in secret. This information is given for the pharasee's who are fake and who have unpure intentions. You are wrong when you say "keep your religion to yourself"...Jesus clearly tells us "if you deny me before men, I will deny you before my father...He also says, "Go ye, and preach throughout the world, the good news of the Lord..." God clearly wants us to share our faith...He wants us to proclaim the gospel...this is only offensive to some because they want football to be the main goal, and I get that, but if Jesus is in your life, he's in your life, "Period!!!"

      January 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Lynda, I believe in Jesus message and I believe in the same message found in Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism. I very much appreciated the good work from thinkers like Niebuhr, Huston Smith, and Karen Armstrong. However, I do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God and rose from the dead. So in a way he is in my heart but I do not put much stock into that whole scary man in the sky silliness. Am I going to rot in hell as so many Christians have told me over the years? Is my best friend, a Muslim, going to rot in hell because he is Muslim and sees Jesus as a great prophet but not the messiah? Please enlighten me.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynda

      Hi Roger,
      It sounds like you're an avid reader, and that's great. It also sounds like you belive in many things in terms of religion, greatness, humanity, etc., With that being said, I'm just curious as to why you don't belive that Jesus is the son of God? You certainly can choose to believe what you want, so not beliving in Jesus in that way is certainly your choice. But how do you make the choice to believe in one thing, or not to believe in another? Being a believer in Jesus has to require that your faith be activated, and that you spend time in God's word, prayer, fasting, medication, and communion with likeminded believers which is where I think you may be missing the point. I think it's great that you have a Muslim friend. That is awesome. It sounds like you're very open minded and that's a good thing, but I would challenge you to be so when it comes to knowing Jesus, but you will never get it if you are unable or unwilling to activate your faith and develop a personal relationship with God. So if you choose not to believe, then why worry about others telling you you're going to hell. You don't believe it anyways, so why does it matter? But let me encourage you to do this, ask God what he thinks....He loves you and your Muslim friend and he will answer you in his word, and in your heart 🙂

      January 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      So Jesus kept His religious beliefs to Himself?? So the command to go and spread the Gospel to the world meant that you do it silently?? Read the whole Bible and not just the parts to make a point with!

      January 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • SLP

      He isn't making a big deal of it. He is just living his faith. Jesus also commanded that his followers were to go out and spread the message of salvation. Tim Tebow is a christian. He isn't commanding people to take up his beliefs. He is just being true to who he is. It is everyone else who is going crazy. Why that is is a discussion for another day. I will agree with you that there are many who profess to be christians who are obnoxious about it. Tim Tebow isn't like that. He is one of those that shows his faith more by his actions then by what he says.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • xapns

      But before that there was Matthew 5:14-16

      January 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JoeyC

    I appreciate that Mr. Tebow is a committed Christian. So am I as well as others. Please Mr. Tebow keep your faith in your heart, which I know you do, and not on your sleeve. Displays of Public Religiosity are not cool. Just like Public Displays of Affection are not cool. Call me a prude, but hypocrites are usually those who wear their faith on their sleeves, like many members of the Republican Party.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      PDAs are not cool? So it's okay to advertise your belief in a medieval fairy tale with a cross around your neck but not kiss your spouse at a restaurant?

      Man, and here I thought it was 2012 and 1012.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      Obama wears his minority faith on his sleeve daily and he is a Democrat, crumb cake!

      January 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      The media is talking about Tebow's faith, not Tebow. He is as humble as they get. Media and sportswriters are pushing it, not him.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      Joey – you can keep your faith, religion or lack thereof where you choose. So can Tebow. And no one really cares what's cool or not – please. I'm very proud of people like Tebow who are not afraid of being who they are – and he is a Christian and follows the messages from the Bible to honor and not to deny God..."If you deny me, I will deny you before my father." Book of Acts! Others are more worried about what's cool, politically correct, what political party you're with....etc. How shallow. I'd rather be on the outwardly spoke, God side than cool – any day!

      January 10, 2012 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    Yeah.........he is selling tickets....filling the stands in Denver and selling out the concession stands....that is the name of the football game....sell...sell....sell.....and he is the best salesman they have right now. If he succeeds in beating the Patriots in New England.......watch the endorsements flood in like water!

    January 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • NFLrigjob

      Tebow is nothing more than a selling point. Just like the WWE had Stone Cold, The Rock, Undertaker, HHH, etc. They put butts in seats, win or lose, heel or face. They now know they have a ticket seller and will use him to their advantage. Sometime people seem to forget the NFL is nothing more than a for-profit business. Rigging games has never been beyond them.


      January 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Guy

      Way to float in a biblical reference in there, Ed.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • humtake

      If you can't enjoy the Tebow story as being one of the most intriguing storylines of an NFL athlete in a long time then you are the one with the problem. No matter your feelings, Tebow is adding depth to a sport which is all any athlete can truly ask for.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Lord please save us from another President from Texas - George Senior bowing down to the John Birch Society of G. W. our only convicted criminal President letting Osama Bin Laden attach us, Letting Osama escape and starting a phony war --

      Thank God we have our current President who came in to clean up after that Texas nightmare -- Obama caught the terrorist that W. let get away

      January 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • xapns

      they may have strict rules against gambling/bribes etc. for the players but how about the refs. Some games it seams they purposefully make calls to influence outcomes.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Terry Smith

    really this is so stupid. jesus is not real nor god and this guy is living in a fairytale lifestyle....to me he is a loser .
    a waste of space to have a story like this , really really dumb

    January 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      You are a frustrated athlete who never made it past Little League....it shows!

      January 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      How sad for you that your life is so empty and shallow. Trust me, Tebow is more "rich" and not in the financial way than you can imagine. He is the real deal Terry and sadly, unless you wake up and find something greater than yourself to believe in – your life will always be a shallow as it sounds on these posts. Lots of people pray for people like you. God bless.

      January 10, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lee Fong Lumberyard (R-Ohio) "Gold plated toilet seats from $499'"

    Can u hurl 12' 2×6, like u throw football? U worthless!!! 😉

    January 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      Gee.............maybe he can shoot baskets or play golf like the President! Your name is Lee Fong and probably about 5"2" or less and a frustrated midget!

      January 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Guy

      No way, a racist guy from TX?!

      January 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve-OB

    I don't have a problem with Tebow. I think it's great that he tries to do positive things in his life and has a passion for football but I do a problem whith people or a group of people that think there is an imaginary god in the sky who plays favorites. This is arroagance beyond reality to think there is a deity who favors one over the other. In other words "they" are the chosen ones to go to "heaven" and the rest of us are just crumbs and not worthy. Besides that if God was really on his side, he would never miss a pass, never be sacked, and never loose a game.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      You need to stop and listen to what Tebow is saying...he is Thanking God for his opportunities. At no time has he ever suggested God selects sides in sports. Tebow is a man of faith strong in his convictions. And the real amazing thing to me is that he is strong enough to stand firm and not get involved in defending himself. God honors those who honor Him.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Amen Don. people are not reading the articles, they are assuming what is being said.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      Steve – you have no idea do you? Tebow doesn't ask to win games, throw perfect passes, etc. He asked for strength, health, for both teams to play well without injury. You go believe what you want to believe and leave those of us, including Tebow who are happy, fulfilled and blessed alone. Your post is so elementary. If you don't believe – that's your choice. If you don't like watching Tebow – turn your TV to whatever it is you enjoy. Bottom line, it obviously upsets you that someone who is at peace with their life, filled with lots of blessings, bothers you.... perhaps you should turn your life around, seek God and realize the blessings too of a life full!

      January 10, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. Charlie

    Tebow is the second coming of B.S.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      And Charlie is the first coming because he is a Steelers fan!

      January 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Guy

      The best part is that if Tebow really is a good christian, he'd be appalled that someone would say "the second coming" like all these ESPN jack holes are jesting about. It's a text book case of blasphemy.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Guy

    Dear Commish Goodell, please check the replay and officially state that the last pass was either 79 or 81 yards – I can't stand the religious BS that's stacking up in the media...

    January 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. karen conner

    I don't understand why we think it surprising that God would care about football games and the outcome thereof. I am a Christian CPA and I have no doubt that God cares about my work. I have no doubt that God cares about the work our soldiers are doing oversees. I have no doubt that God cares for what even the Wall Street Bankers are doing (tax collectors in the Bible). So why are we so surprised that He would not take an interest in our entertainment/sports venues. And why wouldn't he choose to use one of His servants, ie Tim Tebow, to proclaim the message of truth on such a large scale? Tim's God given abilities and his praise of his Savior have given him access to proclaim Jesus to even hardened criminals on death row, who because of their love for Football, have listened to the message as proclaimed by Tim, and often accepted Jesus as their Savior. Not much different than the platform afforded Billy Graham or Billy Carter or many other of His servants that He has placed in positions of national attention. GO TIM; GO BRONCOS - I am a COLTS fan but as long as my team is out of the running, I will be rooting for Tebow and the Broncos.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesuswasarippoffartist

      Really? Jesus cares about your bookeeping? Thank god you don't have my finances in your hands. A delusional brainwashed bookkeeper. What a combination.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Guy

      Yet 500 years ago, the church had "no doubt" that god looked down upon christians in charge of other people's finances. Interesting how god just changes his mind....

      January 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynda

      well spoken Karen, God bless you.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Karen, you are seriously out of touch with realtiy.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      karen is being sarcastic. read in between the lines. she is mocking christianity by appearing so delusional. she is like edward current. well done karen!

      January 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Karen - two ears one mouth - you need to listen a little more

      January 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lydia

      Karen, you need medication...quick.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      Amen Karen. I'm a Tebow suppporter – not a Bronco supporter...as I just believe his courage to stand up for what he believes in instead of hiding and running and being ashamed of whatever it is you believe in – is such a beautiful thing.

      January 10, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jesuswasarippoffartist

    Trust me, Jesus will not remain a Denver fan through the playoffs. The magic is over very soon.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      The "miracle" has already happened! You are too late you Atheist AH!

      January 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Yes, the miracle will be over very soon. Just like it was going to be over after the Miami game, after the Detroit game, after New England game... Tebow's detractors only need a little more film of him, a little more study, then it will be all over. Meanwhile we are all waiting.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Yeah, because when *I* think of football, I automatically think of Obama.
    Could you GET any more irrelevant, Ed?

    January 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      Yeah.....When I think of Obama I think of him as a football I kick for a 50 yard field goal! That is REALLY relevant ,buster!

      January 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tj

    He's only giving praise to the One who got him there and giving Him thanks! It takes away the praise from himself! Atheists always want to make their point which is not relevant here. Tebow is a great athlete who has tons of humility! Get over it! Condemn the athletes who bring praise to themselves with lucrative contracts and self deserving honor!

    January 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jerryg

    If I were a religious person, I'd find people who suggest the Lord takes an interest in sporting events to be seriously off their nut, priorities askew, and borderline blasphemous.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lynda

    God does care about pain and suffering. That's why he sent all of us to do our part. Are you doing your part? Do you help your neighbor? Do you feed the poor? Do you sponsor the lost and hungry children in Africa, China, around the world, and in the United States? Do you pray for your neighbor? Do you pray for your politicians? Do you pray for your family, coworkers, friends, etc., Mr Tebow, in his own quest, has chosen God as his Lord and savior. I appauld him. His actions, even if you don't agree with them, make us think. I thank God for him. It's not easy being a Christian. You can either be a closet Christian, or a Witnessing Christian. It's obvious which one Mr Tebow has chosen. And look at the mockery and persecution in the media that follows? But in the light of this, he still seems to have the peace of God surrounding him, that's what prayer does 🙂

    January 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      If Christianity were about those things... help to the poor and needy, help your fellow neighbor and man, thoughtful observance of community tradition and homage to our elders and ancestors, I would be on board. However, it has become a forum to deny the scientific method, suppress gay rights, demonize other cultures and religions, promote blind faith to justify sick acts, condemn non-believers to hell, and several other positions or policies that damage our beloved country. Its also not mutually exclusive... being either closet or witnessing... how about thoughtful and doubting? I doubt God exists bust I still go to mass and support good acts... i still support the good part of the message.. the whole love thy neighbor that is a thread throughout most great religions. and please stop this silliness about persecution. Christians in the 1st and 2nd century were persecuted. Today, there is a church in just about every street corner, and the majority of the population still believe in God. Please don,t confuse our resistance to being mindless converts to persecution.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Amen Lynda and Luke you don't know what you are talking about.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. n

    Can we please stop with the religious thing. We all know it and hear about it everyday. So what. Play football!

    January 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Tell that to the media.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
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