Tim Tebow & Eric Liddell

I am not a church going person. I haven’t attended Mass in over a quarter of a century so this is coming from somebody with firm credentials for not having a bone to fight on the whole thing.

Apparently some folks are less than happy about Tim Tebow’s kneeling. It rubs them the wrong way that he expresses his fervor on the field. You know what guys? Suck it up and deal with it. He feels he owes you nothing but to The Lord and I say let him be.

I am struck at the total lack of class I see when people attack Tim Tebow. It is petty and downright abusive but the joke is on them since I doubt the kid is faking it.

All this Tebow Hating reminds me of the movie Chariots of Fire. One of the many sub-plots was the case of Eric Liddell, The Flying Scotsman. Liddell was a Christian Missionary and felt very strong about his Christianity to the point of refusing to run a qualifying heat for the 100 meters in the Paris Olympics of 1924 because it fell on a Sunday, the day of the Lord.

The 100 meters race was the best event for him. Nobody doubted he was going to get the Gold Medal for it. And this were the times where the Olympic Games were not only highly respected but a true measure of national pride for the countries that participated and that is to say there were taken with a high dose of seriousness. When Liddell announced he was not competing, the pressure that came to bear on him was enormous: From fellow team Olympians to the Olympic Committee to even the King of England, everybody pushed on Liddell to put his beliefs aside and run the heat. He refused earning him an avalanche of condemnations and criticism and being eliminated from the 100 Meter race.

Lidell went on to participate on the 400 meter race, not his best but he’d been preparing for it. Right before the race, a member of the U.S. Olympic team slipped him a note which simply quoted Samuel 1, 2:30 “Those who Honor Me I will Honor.” Liddell not only went on to win the 400 meters, but creamed everybody in it, including the favorites of the American team.

Here is a clip from the movie.

I guess me and many others are just plain tired of NFL players behaving like caricatures of themselves:Stupid, highly egotistical & faithless morons. Tebow represents something different and even fresh in our times. And I guess many others resent what he is and represents and have no problem bashing him for what he is (but surprisingly cannot complain much about his game) and do it in a less than classy manner.

Oh well.

 

 

 

8 Replies to “Tim Tebow & Eric Liddell”

  1. It’s the strangest thing. The guy has done nothing. Sure, he doesn’t appear to be all that good of a quarterback(although he is improving), but has never once said or done a mean thing to anyone. Your right it is classless.




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  2. I never understood the hate. Or the parodies they love to do. Tebow is still working to be a better player, can’t fault him on that. He is humble, and a rather nice guy. He understands that, as a baby that could’ve been aborted, his life is precious and owes it to the man upstairs.

    Every touchdown he made meant it’s an affirmation of the beliefs that he was destined to live so he could do something in the world. Sure he didn’t make the cure for cancer, but he’s out in the field, with his talent that was afforded to him by the Lord above.

    People who decide to hate on him because he kneels and says a thank you to God have either put it out of their lives completely, are too arrogant, or just plain raised in something else. I never understood the craziness of it.

    I respect the man, and frankly, my sister does as well. As long as her Patriots win against his Broncos that is.




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  3. He’s like flypaper. Or moths to a flame. He does his thing and the people who are filled with hate just attack. They don’t harm him, they merely identify themselves as the hate filled people that they are.




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  4. “And I guess many others resent what he is and represents and have no problem bashing him for what he is (but surprisingly cannot complain much about his game…”

    Clearly you’re not following closely if you’ve not encountered criticism of his game, which is practically universal among sportswriters, former athletes, and even his own coaching staff and ownership which has endorsed his future as a QB conditionally at most.

    I have yet to come across anybody who has ever actually met the young man personally and had anything bad to say about his character, including those who are less than pleased at his QB skills. Most want him to succeed, even if he’s converted to RB.

    But these are irrelevant consideration, aren’t they? The only thing that matters is the kind of gun he carries.




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  5. “Clearly you’re not following closely if you’ve not encountered criticism of his game, which is practically universal among sportswriters, former athletes, and even his own coaching staff and ownership”

    For a newbie QB? I would be surprised if he didn’t have problems….. then again members of 26 NFL teams are right now at home watching the rest of the season in their couches eating Cheetos.
    I am guessing he is doing something right.

    “But these are irrelevant consideration, aren’t they? The only thing that matters is the kind of gun he carries.”

    You were having such a good, clear and concise point made….and then your inherent stupidity took over and fucked it up.

    [facepalm]




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  6. I think the most most important point the haters are missing is the this young man of faith uses it to strive to be a better man, both on and off the field.

    That in itself leads to another quality in that his example inspires his teammates and coaches try to be better themselves. That is something we call leadership. If you want to see it in action just look at his post game interviews. When asked about the Bronco’s coaching staff or fellow teammates, he does nothing but praise their efforts and decisions in winning the game. When the questions turn to his efforts, he praises God.

    It’s telling that most of the venomous criticism of him comes from the far left types such as Bill Maher who probably quake at night at the thought that there just might be a higher power who will call on them to justify all the choices they’ve made over their lives.




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  7. Unless Tim decides to give up the game and his fortune during his peak and become a missionary in a poor country, he is nothing like Eric Liddell. Pat Tillman is more like Eric Liddell than Tim Tebow could ever be.




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