There Will Be Teblood – The Unbearable-ing (updated)
Saint Timothy of The 48% Completion Rate takes on the Cutler-less, Forte-less Chicago Bears today who managed to roll up a whopping 181 net yards against Kansas City last week en route to three, count’em, three (3) points. If the Bears could be beaten by KC’s Tyler Palko (who has the distinction of having once been cut by the United Football League’s California Redwoods in the pre-season) one can only imagine what the Anointed One will do to the Bears.
Meanwhile an outgrowth of the this age of wonder-how-he-does-it has been the blossoming of the Tebow exegesis cottage industry, consisting of pundits Who Feel The Need To Comment Because Something Is Going On And They Want To Use It To Make A Larger Point That Will Be Considered Deep And Get Them An Invite To The Aspen Idea Festival On One Of The Good Panels And Not The One Right After Lunch When Everyone Is All Drowsy And Half In The Bag.
Which brings us, unfortunately, to Frank Bruni:
Besides which, to get lost in the nature of his Christianity is to miss the ecumenical, secular epiphanies in his — and the Broncos’ — extraordinary season. Their sudden turnaround isn’t just thrilling. It illustrates the limits of logic and the shortcomings of the most quickly made measurements and widely cited metrics.
In sports as in politics, business and so much else, we like to think that we’ve broken down the components of achievement and that, looking at those components, we can predict who (and what) will prevail. But if any football analyst at the start of this season had said that a quarterback averaging under 140 yards of passing a game — that’s Tebow’s sorry statistic — would have a 6-1 record as a starter and be considered the linchpin of his team, few people would have bought it.
True, and yet not. For if we were to consult the Book of NFL Apocrypha, we would be reminded of Dilfer of Fresno, who also once took over his team late in the season and led them to the Promised Land XXXV (where he went a very Tebow-esque 12/25 for 153 yards) while completing 134 of 226 passes for 1502 yards for the season, blessed be his 76.6 quarterback rating. Amen.
The Bronco’s success, of course, has something to do with the defense, as pointed out by The Oracle of Theismann:
“That defense is as good as any in football right now,” Theismann said. “The offense doesn’t turn the ball over. There’s been one interception in seven games. I say this tongue-in-cheek: The way Tim throws the ball sometimes, nobody has a shot at getting it, his guy, the defenders. It’s either bounce it in the ground or throw it in the third row.”
Which brings us back to Bruni:
He reminds us that strength comes in many forms and some people have what can be described only as a gift for winning, which isn’t synonymous with any spreadsheet inventory of what it supposedly takes to win.
This gift usually involves hope, confidence and a special composure, all of which keep a person in the game long enough, with enough energy and stability, so that a fickle entity known as luck might break his or her way. For Tebow that state of mind comes from his particular relationship with his chosen God and is a matter of religion. For someone else it might be understood and experienced as the power of positive thinking, and is a matter of psychology. Either way it boils down to stubborn optimism and bequeaths a spark. A swagger. An edge.
From Bruni’s lips to Tebow’s butt…
(Added) From sbruin, a Tebowmas gift to us all