This is part of a series of shorter posts recapping some of the more whimsical aspects of 2011, and not necessarily having to do with any of the main topics covered by this blog.
The group watches of the NBA Playoffs with Crusader have carried on to Sunday and Monday night NFL games with Sou. To be honest, there have been many, many terrible games in which the conversation always takes a different turn from the game being played. Since this is NFL season, the topic of the most polarizing man in America in 2011 has come up numerous times. That would be Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
For those unfamiliar with the Tebow story, he is a physically gifted athlete and one of the best collegiate quarterbacks of his generation, but with a skill set that would not work for a quarterback at the NFL level. He also happens to be a devout Christian who used his fame to attach himself to a pro-life Super Bowl ad 2 years ago.
Before the season started, he was in the midst of a battle over the starting role in Denver with Kyle Orton. Then he dropped down the pecking order further where it was leaked to the media that the coaching staff thought he was the 4th best QB on the roster. When the season finally started, Denver came out of the blocks 1-4 when coach John Fox decided to put Tebow in as the starters since the fans and local media demanded it. Whether it was an honest attempt to change their fortune or to let him fail so they could move on next season.
After being destroyed by Detroit, the Broncos started winning and winning some more while running a college-style spread offense. While a great chunk of America wanted to see him fail, he kept guiding them to clutch victory after clutch victory.
As for the rest of those watching over Skype. Crusader no doubt sees him as the equivalent of Taichi from Chihayafuru for having loads of apologists disguising the fact that he isn’t very good. Sou loves him for the fact that it could pave the way for college-style offenses to succeed over decades of conventional wisdom which said it would never work. I personally take a more neutral position. He racked up wins against some of the weaker teams in the league, however, when it comes to late in the game he probably elevates his game proportionally greater than any athlete I’ve ever seen in clutch time. What else to expect from someone who doesn’t put talent in the 2 qualities needed to be an NFL QB?