Monday, December 5, 2011

The ESPN Media and Tim Tebow Envy Factor

The blatant hatred for Tebow is overwhelming. To no surprise, the media hates Tim Tebow. Because he is a wholesome, white, Christian boy, the media cannot tolerate it. Tebow does not fit the typical NFL player. The media wants a stereotypical ghetto, gangsta homeboy. Tebow wants to play football. His greatness is to inspire. With 6 wins and 1 lost, Tebow took a bad team from obscurity. Tebow is a team player. One man cannot take a team to greatness alone. Besides a gutsy quarterback, a great team is comprised with an awesome coach, a great offensive line, and a great defensive line. The media built the Tebow hype. If they want to praise other great rookies, do so, but they do not. It is called Tebow envy.

(ESPN) THE DREAM OF AMERICA -- a meritocracy -- is the basic draw of sports: your best against mine, the scoreboard oblivious to pedigree, race, class or gender. The promise of pure competition is perhaps the biggest reason we watch.

Except that it's a lie. Merit remains what it has always been: a myth. Pedigree, race, class, gender, politics or something as simple as good looks might not determine sports outcomes as it might, say, Ivy League admissions, but it has always affected the final score -- especially if you happen to monitor more than just points.

Take Andy Dalton, the surprising quarterback of the surprising Bengals. The rookie has put up a fine season, especially given his charge of replacing Pro Bowler Carson Palmer. So have Matthew Stafford in Detroit and the redeemed Alex Smith in San Francisco. Each QB may take his team to the playoffs. Yet the saga of the season revolves around Tim Tebow, the most polarizing figure in the NFL. Since winning Denver's starting job after Week 5 via fan coup, he's shown a determination to win and an ability to shine in crunch time. He has admirable guts and a leader's spirit. He isn't, however, a particularly good quarterback.