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. Ted Wick

    God does not play football. Nor does He play favorites.
    However, He honors those who honor Him, no matter what their calling in life.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    I think he was the black sheep of the family since the family apparently didn't feel the need to find out if he actually was a victim of Gacy. I know there was no DNA testing back then but he may have been able to be identified in other ways such as any possesion buried with him, dental records, etc. Yes, he left but they didn't try to find him either.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Please disregard the above comment. It was supposed to go with another story.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • TheMovieFan

      Forgiven. Sadly, when I read your comment, I thought it typical of some of the irrational nonsense I see posted.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. glades2

    I'm not a expert on the Bible, but Mark 8:38 says it all about Tebow and his faith – unlike the rest of us, he's not ashamed of thanking God in public, and though as we have seen that does not mean each game will be a victory, in the end his public display of faith will be remembered by God and His Son, per the above scripture verse. People may not like that, they may hate him for it (Matthew 10:22), but in the end his faith will be his saving grace, whether they make it to the Super Bowl or not...

    January 10, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sam

    Keep religion out of football!

    January 10, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • xapns

      Keep football out of religion. no football on Sundays. And also all you non believers, you all should work on Sundays because Sunday is for the Lord and not for work and of course you do not believe so you should work.

      January 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommy

      Hey if you believe it God or don't believe in God - you can express it anyway you want in public – so long as your manner of expression causes no harm to others or their property and it doesn't over rule my own views I want to express. Btw I do believe in God. Just for full disclosure. I think it says A LOT about someone if what gets them talking is the fact a QB prays and that over rides the actual game itself....that means you aren't into the game you are into controversy and inciting it, contributing to it.

      Why can't people just let each other be in this world - just use common sense...don't hurt anyone (except in self defense), don't damage others property, you know don't be a jerk. The world would be so much nicer if it really was just that simple.

      January 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spurs & Cowboys

      Shut your mouth Jesus hater! Like glades2 said, unlike the rest of us who don't give our thanks to God unless it's in private or in a church or at all, Tebow's not ashamed to do it in front of anyone or anywhere. I'm sitting here writing in his defense and I myself are a Cowboys fan! I wish him all the luck just simply so he will shut up all the dweebs (I'm being nice) and highly paid @$$*$ like Bill Maher. It makes me sick to hear all the fools who get so annoyed about a man who is giving his thanks to God at any time he chooses. IT IS HIS RIGHT TO DO SO! If you don't like it, turn the friggin" TV off or go and watch your favorite soap opera episode that you recorded on TiVO. Remember Peter the disciple? Of course you Tebow haters don't, you probably haven't seen the inside of a church, any church, in God knows how long or much less read the bible (right now you're asking "What's that? Is it on the New York Times Best Seller list?"). He denied Jesus THREE times before Jesus was crucified. That's what all you Tebow/Jesus haters are doing with your mindless rants and moronic raves – denying God, Jesus and the Christian faith all at one time, trying to tear down a man who unconditionally loves God. All the posts about why is Tebow bringing religion into footbal...HELLO clowns, WE and the media are the ones doing it. We are the ones making a spectacle of it, gossiping about it, talking about it, picking apart every facial move (Grady Bacon post), every word uttered. Why? Because we ourselves don't have the courage to do what comes so naturally to him day in, day out and give thanks to God for all that Tebow receives. The man loves God unashamedly, fights every Sunday in a den of wolves and serpents, and continues to come out the victor! It's as simple as that – no more, no less!

      January 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      Ah, but Saturday is holy to Judaism and Friday to Islam. Maybe all football should be played on Tuesdays. Dumb@$$.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Louie

      All that I have to say is that if Tebow were to become a Muslim and he started to do a prayer to Allah every time he scored a winning pass, the Jesus lovers would be rabid with hate on these forums.

      "Tell me why you don't believe in other religions and you will understand why I don't believe in yours."

      January 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • J-Ray

      News flash religion has always been a part of football and every other sport just because Tebow is so polorizing and therfore gets more attention than anyone else doesn't mean this is anything new infact this nation was founded under god our money is printed with "in god we trust" and you expect us to change our way of life to please the small minority of athiest? No thanks!!! Louie i'll pray for you.....

      January 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fedupwu

    There are ten other players on the field besides this guy. If I was his players I would let him play by himself and see how many points he scores on his own. You people act as if he is ready for Saint hood, get a life he is only human and not that good of a player alone, with out his team mates to help cover for him and his receivers to catch the ball he wouldn't be where he is.

    January 10, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. mouse

    Hey, it's Tuesday...you guys are still talking about this FOOTBALL player????

    January 10, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Grady Bacon

    Interesting the "blessed are the meek..." added to this post. As in the most recent photo published of Tebow praying, there was nothing 'meek' about it. The photo shows him in the endzone, no one near him and him on bended knee. The actual clip showedTebow, in the midst of whatever he was doing, look up as if to see who was watching, then he continued to bow his head for a few more seconds. I assume he was finishing whatever her was doing. In my opinion, this "Tebowing" is done to draw attention to Tebow. I believe prayer will be heard if you're alone and in a private place or in the middle of a deserted endzone. The former indicates meekness. The later indicates and very obviously so that attention to the person seemingly praying is the goal.

    January 10, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • xapns

      Wow, you know what is in the hearts of others. What is in my heart then.. can you tell me why I do things????

      January 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • J-Ray

      So your insinuating he isn't sincer and its all for attention? I'll pray for you....

      January 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      He is doing what he has always done....it wasnt called "tebowing" until he went to Denver.

      January 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Darwin was right

    Hey JESUS! Will you devote a little bit of your OMNIPOTENT POWERS to eliminating POLIO from the world – instead of concentrating on FOOTBALL, so the doctors and scientists don't get ALL THE CREDIT? You could have eliminated SMALLPOX from the world 2000 years ago but you decided turning WATER INTO WINE was more important. Time to adjust your priorities, man!

    January 10, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Louie

      Don't you know the answer to this? "It's all a test...." There isn't a better, often used excuse than that next to the "you just have to have faith" one liner.

      January 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. paul1121

    I participated in sports (as any kid should) when I was in Junior High and in High School back in the 70's and 80's. I may have not been the best player but it taught me teamwork and fellowship; it certainly kept me away from the kids that smoked weed in the parking lot.

    It didn't matter if I was on the wrestling team, track team or the football team, we always had a moment of silence before a game or match.

    I find it rediculous that people are punishing players for doing something that is more of a teamwork oriented act. Must be the kids who smoked weed in the parking lot; you know...the "D" students.

    January 10, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. klownboy

    Gotta give it up to Tebow, he took out my Steelers. Dude earned it.

    January 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hempseed57

    Never mind Tebow your country is collapsing and you guys are about to start ww3 with Iran why would you evening be thinking about football. How messed are your priorities? Football is not important in the slightest. Do you know half of your country is poor, that is 1 out 2 people. So again why this obsession with football?

    January 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spurs & Cowboys

      Well sir, we know from your post name where your thoughts are (or really aren't anymore), huh?

      January 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • J-Ray

      What is considered poor in America is middle class to upper class in many other nations i'd say YOU people should pack up and move to one of those nations, in America football is away of life.. Deal with it...

      January 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Darwin was right

    TEBOW is DISOBEYING JESUS! Jesus admonished his followers not to pray ostentatiously in public: Matthew 6:5
    “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others."

    January 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • J-Ray

      So should Jesus and his apostles have kept their prayers to themselves? You are obviously either athiest or just simply a hater and I dont think anyone is going to take religious advise from you... I'll pray for you...

      January 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve Bowman

    Tebow will get get crushed in Mass. where Gay Marriage has been legal for a decade,

    January 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spurs & Cowboys

      You know, at least try to make some sort of highly analyzed, well thought out, rational response to the story at hand and not try to lump something so off the wall as your "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" connection between gays, Massachusetts, crushing, and Tim Tebow.

      January 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      Go knock the chip off your shoulder please. Just because he believes in God doesnt mean he hates you. Are you saying that if you are Gay, you must there for be an atheist?

      January 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ness

    The sports press hypes these stories. Anyone who's actually played the game in pads understands that there are no guarantees, week to week. I think Denver believe in themselves, and that's half the battle.But the fact that Tebow managed to hit the receiver on the first play in overtime isn't miraculous. He's a pro quarterback. If a receiver gets open on a designed play, he's supposed to get the ball to him more often than not.

    January 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. wayne317

    Tebow is the 1st offical mascot of Christianity.

    January 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
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