Monday, September 12, 2016

Cue up the #2MinutesHate for Tim Tebow

With Tim Tebow back in pro sports, it’s time to cue up the predictable media hatred. At age 29, he has signed a minor-league contract with the New York Mets and will play in the fall instructional league. This after a workout in front of scouts from 28 of the 30 teams and a gaggle of baseball writers.

The Mets think Tebow, who’ll play a corner outfield position, will be a good influence on their young players and could advance quickly in a sport he has not played full time since 2005, when he was a junior in high school. The question is if he can hit a breaking ball. Said General Manager Sandy Alderson: 

If you’re reading this, you know about Tebow’s career as a quarterback at the University of Florida and in the NFL. You also know he is an outspoken Evangelical Christian. You may not know that he was homeschooled, was born in the Philippines and spent three pre-college summers there helping with his father’s orphanage and missionary work.

Tebow may not be the prototype NFL quarterback, but nobody even wants to audition him as a backup. A reasonable orange cat would conclude that he is blackballed because of his religious beliefs. So did Larry Taunton, executive director of the Fixed Point Foundation, which defends the Christian faith. In 2011, he wrote this in USA Today:

It is important to note that Tebow will not have to give up his day job, analyzing football for the SEC Network. His duties in the instructional league will take up a couple of days a week; if he plays in the minors next season, the season will be over on Labor Day.

Might as well close with a comment about another public symbol of the QB persuasion, Colin Kaepernick. Boo if you must, but the man is suffering enough. He’s sitting the 49ers bench while Blaine Gabbert starts.

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