[image-1]It seems every Gator fan I have ever encountered has decided to make it his or her personal mission to make me say uncle and declare Tim Tebow the greatest football player ever and the 2008 gators the greatest football program to ever dominate the BCS. It is with quiet resolve that I have endured these jabs, much the same way I used to ignore my little brother on road trips when he would hover his finger just inches from my face and declare, "I'm not touching you...I'm not touching you!"
Tim Tebow just might be the world's first perfect human being.
No more. It's time I do a little smack talking of my own.
Last night, the web and wires erupted after Timmy Tebow was denied his second consecutive Heisman Trophy in favor of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, who had nearly doubled Tebow's total passing yards on the season and who gave an equally spiritually referential acceptance speech at the podium when his name was called. My husband's phone went nuts with messages beginning with, "Tell your lovely wife..." and "Your wife needs to enjoy this now..."
Whatever. Ya'll are all just haters. Had Tebow won again - and by the way, he came in third behind Colt McCoy - I would have probably been happier because OU plays at our very best when we are threatened by adversity and motivated, in some respects, by revenge. We are a super underdog. But, after the way sports writers blew their gaskets last night in response to Bradford's win, I think the best of both worlds has happened. Sam Bradford has his much-deserved Heisman, and Oklahoma will still walk on to the field in Miami to upturned noses outside the Sooner nation. That's what will happen, and that's how we want it, so you sports writers (by the way, how many of you actually PLAYED the game at the collegiate level?) just keep on talking. The more you hate, the more good karma comes our way, and the more the Oklahoma offense will grow, like the Hulk, in power and efficiency fueled by your snubbery.
And, for those who say Timmy's "magical' tearful moment should have brought him more votes, I say, perhaps stoicism and a "team" mentality should count for something - maybe even more than a man's singular approach to fixing his team's season: "I will not let this happen again." Nearly half of Bradford's acceptance speech was in reference to his team - he said he wished they were with him in New York because they had earned the award - not just him. He may not be as showy off the field as Tim Tebow, but he has clearly shown what it means to be an unflappable leader and team uniter ON the field, and this whole thing IS about football, right? If not, maybe we should have just given the trophy to President-Elect Obama.
Personally...I'm all the more ready now for January 8th. I can see it now - Bob and Sam with the Heisman in one hand...BCS trophy in the other. It will make for a fabulous photo op, won't it? Maybe someone else, besides Tim Tebow, will finally get a little media attention...and in a GOOD way!
Gator Matty: It is in the darkest of times, that America looks for a hero. Today, the great people of this nation are sifting through the muck known as the current economy, looking for something or someone that can give them hope. Someone who can reassure them that there is some humility left in this world. Someone who can bring people together for a greater good. Someone who can also single handedly fight off tacklers, bowl through linebackers for a first down, and fire lasers for touchdown passes. Yes, America, hope comes every Saturday in the form of the University of Florida's quarterback, Tim Tebow.
I don't think that was too overdramatic. Tim Tebow just might be the world's first perfect human being. He's truly the closest thing we have ever seen to Superman. Not only does he play America's favorite sport, college football, but he essentially plays both of America's favorite positions, quarterback and running back. Make no mistake about it, Tim Tebow is a glorified fullback playing quarterback. He runs the ball with brute force, taking on tacklers like Mike Alstott or Earl Campbell. And just when you think a defense has him figured out, he fires a precise, yet sometimes wobbly, 65-yard touchdown pass to one of his speedy receivers.
ESPN's college football guru (and former St. Petersburg Times writer) Beano Cook has probably watched more college football than anyone else in America. Even Beano, still going strong at 77, said this past week that Tebow was not only his Heisman pick for 2008, but the greatest player in the last 30 years. In fact Beano argued that Tebow would go down as one of top 5 college football players of ALL-TIME!
America, if you're like my wife, and sick of all the Tebow talk and Tebow hype and Tebow praise...get over it. Try to be objective and just sit back and enjoy. Feel the passion every time Tebow knocks over a linebacker for a first down, and then screams at his teammates to get them fired up. Embrace the humility of a guy who spends his offseason doing missionary work in the Philippines, which includes circumcisions! Admire a man who actually practices what he preaches, promising after the Ole Miss loss that he wouldn't let his team lose another game.
[image-2]So Tebow didn't win the Heisman for a second time - I'm not disappointed. The Heisman is in the hands of voters. Tebow did his best, but that decision is out of his hands. Now as for the BCS National Championship, that outcome is completely in Tebow's hands. If I were a Sooner fan, (yes, that includes the love of my life) I would be very afraid. If I were a Sooner fan, I would also be wondering if kryptonite really exists. Maybe I could find General Zod. Why? Because on January 8th, Superman is flying to Miami to live up to his promise.