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Tebow Time

This weekend the legend of Tim Tebow will explode.

Depending on the final score of this weekend’s marquee matchup with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, it will either continue to swallow up small planets, or shatter into a million pieces.

If it feels like Tebow-Mania can’t possibly get any bigger, imagine what will happen if his Broncos defeat Bill Belichick’s evil empire?

Now imagine what it would be like if he threw for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in the process.

And that’s only what might happen ON the field.

On the field this season Tebow, a remarkably good athlete and competitor, has taken over as the Broncos starting Quarterback and led his team to more unbelievable come-from-behind successes than MacGyver- despite being the worst football player on the field for the overwhelming majority of the game.

Because the victories haven’t come as the result of remarkable overall play or even a demonstration of mastery over the most basic skills (like taking the ball from the center) the speculation of what makes him successful has become almost ridiculous.

His success has been labelled “magical”, “miraculous”, “unprecedented”, and “mystical”.

As his legend grows the experts, as well as the casual fans, have been left consistently wondering the same thing; “How does he do it?”, “How does he win all those games.” The answer is surprisingly easy.

 

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A Life By The Sword

Cell phone video has already brought us so much bizarre material that I was surprised to find myself deeply unsettled by the footage that came out of Libya last week.

The images of former Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi meeting his grim end were so disturbing that I couldn’t watch.  As I thought about his demise it struck me that most of us don’t get to pick how we will die… only how we will live.

Gadhafi lived out many peculiar eccentricities,  not the least of which was a predilection for things embellished with gold.  Much like Saddam Hussein, Moammar surrounded himself with golden statues, televisions, even bathroom fixtures.

He took great pride in a gold-plated 9mm Browning Hi-Power pistol, keeping it tucked into his pants at all times.

For the better part of three decades Gadhafi has been incapacitated by, at best, a severe narcissism.  The grizzly and public way in which he met his fate made me glad that I live in the United States.

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When Push Comes To Shove

 

This weekend was a bad one for NFL coaches.  I didn’t think that it could get much worse than coaches breaking legs AND tearing patellar tendons, but then the Detroit/San Francisco game ended in something that looked even more uncomfortable than Kirk Cameron’s most recent birthday party.

During the post game handshake Jim Harbaugh, the 49er’s rookie head coach, was so excited about his upstart team’s last second win over the previously undefeated Lions, that he pulled a real no-brainer.

In a jubilant sprint, he gave losing head coach Jim Schwartz of Detroit a “hand slap-chest bump” handshake- like the two of them were frat bro’s celebrating at a kegger.

Jim Schwartz didn’t like it.

While Harbaugh’s over expressive and self-congratulatory choice of post-game greeting was clearly over the top, how he ended the “handshake” may have been even worse.  At the speed both men were moving, there was going to be an inevitable collision.

Harbaugh did the old “side step and push around” maneuver that you do when cutting your way through a theme park crowd.

Jim Schwartz really didn’t like that.

As Harbaugh rushed to resume his “all-over-the-field” celebration, Schwartz looked back and “F-bombed” him to little effect.  When he realized how little impact his “fudging” of Harbaugh accomplished, he ran after him, applying the amount of body and language he felt was adequate to express his frustration.

Jim Harbaugh didn’t like that.

But this is where the paths of the two Jims diverge.  Whereas Schwartz heaped confrontation on top of Harbaugh’s cluelessness, Harbaugh didn’t want any part of Schwartz’ escalation.  It took a field full of players, coaches, and security personnel to keep Coach Schwartz away from Coach Harbaugh.

Schwartz didn’t much like that either.

At the press conference he pointed out that he didn’t like getting cussed at or shoved… even though he responded with an incredibly disproportionate amount of cussing and shoving.  Harbaugh on the other hand admitted that the offense was “on me” and that his “handshake needed some work”.

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