Saturday Night Live's Tim Tebow Satire Raises Ire Of Pro-Christianity Voices
Pat Robertson claimed the SNL skit was “anti-Christrian bigotry that’s just disgusting.” Robertson, 81, told viewers on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s 700 Club that had the skit been about another religion, things would have been much different. “If this had been a Muslim country and they had done that, and had Muhammad doing that stuff, you would have found bombs being thrown off, and bodies on the street,” Robertson said.
Okay, okay, I'll take the bait, Pat. It's a slow news night. First, while I won't deny that anti-Christian bigotry does exist in America, and I understand the religious right can be a little sensitive to this sort of thing, I think Roberston is completely wrong in the case of SNL. SNL, by its very nature, satirizes that which is mainstream in American society. They've been doing it for decades. Do they lean to the left? Probably so. But bigotry? Come on. His second point about the Muslim country, while potentially correct, misses the point entirely. America is neither a theocracy, nor is Islam the dominant/mainstream religion. Oh, and Tebow isn't a Muslim.
If Roberton's point is to suggest that satirizing a Muslim version of Tim Tebow in Saudi Arabia would result in bombing, then okay, so what? If, on the other hand, his point is to suggest that the same would happen if Tebow were a Muslim athlete in America is really stretching it. To consider this is to engage in a lot of hypothetical gymnastics, all of which require another dimension of space and time. It assumes some mythical reality in which Tebow is a Muslim quarterback who praises Allah to a mainstream audience of Muslims while inspiring other guys like Wesley Woodyard and Brian Dawkins to also praise Allah. In short, it's just a context that doesn't exist in American society. And as a thought experiment, it requires us to bend the context to an alternate reality. It's like when people ask me what would happen if Tim Tebow were a Muslim in America, and I say to them that the phenomenon that is Tim Tebow wouldn't exist if he were (there aren't enough Muslims in the United States to support the staggering jersey sales, for starters). I suspect Robertson can find lower-hanging fruit than the SNL skit.
Gifts For People Who Have An Opinion About Tim Tebow
Nobody puts the “Christ” in “Christmas” like America’s greatest football phenomenon. Don’t stop with Denver Broncos gear—Tim Tebow is much more than just an athlete, as the bio of “Timmy” on the Tebow family ministry’s website makes clear. Here are a few ideas to help your favorite Tebower get closer to Him this holiday season.
John Elway endorses Tim Tebow
“Tim Tebow’s not going anywhere. I mean, he’s going to be a Bronco and we’re going to do everything we can and hopefully he’s that guy…The best way for Tim to develop was to be good on the defensive side and take our time with him on the offensive side. And that wouldn’t dump all the pressure on him and say, ‘Here you go, in your second year you need to go out and score 35 points a game.’...I think the big picture with Tim is we’ve got to see the whole body of work. And so really what you want to see with him is the improvement that’s going to happen over time.”
“We want it to happen because of the competitor he is and what type of person he is and how he represents not only himself but represents the Broncos and the city. People have been watching him, so he’s a draw. But that’s where some time in the offseason (helps) and it comes down to timing and throwing…Do I think he’ll get there? Yeah, I do.”
Elway hedges his words with the typical hopefully but this is undoubtedly John's most emphatic statement in support of Tim Tebow's future as the Denver QB. And in the end it will all come down to his actions rather than his words, but this is still a far cry from saying he hadn't seen improvement out of Tim only weeks earlier.
Tracking Tebow, Week 15: Learning experiences
Unlike the Lions game in Week 8 (the last time the Broncos lost, by the way), where Tebow looked thoroughly confused (and, incidentally, a week before the Broncos went all in on read-option football), the second-year quarterback continues to get better.
But there are also signs that opposing defenses are beginning to get a bead on the offense that made Tebow a Heisman trophy winner in college. The question now, with two games left in the regular season and the Broncos trying to old onto the AFC West lead: Can Tebow’s mastery of option football be enough to overcome its potential flaws? It’s one thing for an opponent to know how to stop Tebow, it’s something else entirely to actually pull it off.
Re-Focused: Patriots @ Broncos, Week 15
Coverage was certainly an issue, but the tackling was even worse. The secondary missed seven tackles as a unit, led by CB Champ Bailey (-1.8) who missed three. For the game, the Patriots picked up 203 of their 320 passing yards after the catch, all due to the poor tackling or defenders being out of position…Like Vick, Tebow tends to hold the ball for quite a while as he waits for plays to develop downfield and on a few plays, Tebow scrambled wildly with nowhere to go as the Patriots did a decent job of keeping him bottled up. There were still a number of plays where Clady got beaten right off the snap by Anderson and Moore so it was not a good day, as Tebow was pressured on 19 of his 32 dropbacks…Like most analysts, I haven’t been impressed with Tebow’s throwing of the football, but he appears to be improving every week and as long as teams have to respect him as a runner, he will have some open windows in which to throw.
Fan Gets Bill Belichick Tattoo After Losing Bet (Video)
Broncos fan Brady Wagner was so sure his team would beat the Patriots Sunday, he wagered a tattoo with a childhood friend. If Denver won, Wagner’s friend would have to get a Tim Tebow tattoo. If the Patriots won, Wagner agreed to get a Bill Belichick tattoo.
Why anyone would ever bet on something they have zero control over, with the stakes being a tattoo, is beyond my comprehension. But hey, whatever floats your boat.
Bill Belichick accurately predicted John Fox would chicken out
Belichick plays to his opponent like no other coach in the league. If he was facing a gambler like a Mike Smith or a Sean Payton, there’s no way Belichick leaves a potential fourth-and-1 conversion, and potential 20-7 lead, for the taking. Instead, he seemed to anticipate that Fox would cave, kick the field goal and get away with a nine-point lead. No guts, no glory. Following the field goal, New England scored the next 27 points, en route to an easy 41-23 victory.
I think all of us here at IAOFM have written about this before, most recently in the Gut Reaction from Sunday.
John Fox, we repeat: grow a pair.
Pats’ Brady takes some air out of Tebow mania
Not long after New England’s 41-23 victory over the Broncos, a triumph which clinched the AFC East title for the Pats (11-3) and put them on track for a first-round playoff bye, I entered the visitors’ locker room and encountered Brady as he headed for the showers. Securing a white towel around his waist with his right hand and holding a shaving kit with his left, the future Hall of Famer stopped cold when I asked if he’d sensed, after Tebow’s late touchdown, that the game might be slipping away.
“I’ve been in a lot of big games, Mikey,” he said, looking me directly in the eye. “Games a lot bigger than this.”
In addition to reminding everyone that he gets texted by pro athletes, Mike Silver really wants you to know he's tight with Tom Brady.
We get it, Mikey. You're kind of a big deal.
All four AFC West teams in contention for division title
“We’ve got better odds than we had in 2008,” Rivers told The San Diego Union-Tribune after Sunday night’s 34-14 smashing of the Baltimore Ravens. “We’ve got a chance.” But that hinges on winning at Detroit—where the Lions will be looking to claim their first playoff berth since 1999—and getting help from elsewhere.
Sorry, Phil, you can only roll the dice so many seasons in a row. This time, you're going down--and your little dog, Norv Turner, too!
Patriots-Broncos helps CBS earn second-best preliminary NFL rating since 1998
The highly anticipated matchup between Tom Brady and Tim Tebow helped draw the second-best preliminary television rating for a regular-season NFL game on CBS since the network acquired the AFC package in 1998.
The New England Patriots’ 41-23 win over the Denver Broncos led to a 19.5 overnight rating and 36 share for CBS’s NFL coverage Sunday. Only the Nov. 4, 2007, games highlighted by a meeting of two undefeated teams, the Patriots and Colts, had a higher rating in the last 14 seasons on the network with a 22.5/39.