Thursday, July 12, 2012

Making Peace With Tebow.

I know most people will be shocked to read this. She's making peace with Tebow? I for one have never been much of a Tebow supporter. I don't think he's God's gift to football. I don't think he's amazingly talented. I do however think in my heart of hearts that he IS a good kid. There, I said it. I didn't die either. Wow!

My distaste for Tebow started when I became a Crimson Tide fan. Most Crimson Tide fans are notorious for not liking the Florida Gators. SEC be damned, I won't root for that team, even if you paid me. I know it's smart to root for your division and for the most part I do, but when it comes to the Gators I just... I can't.

The year that the Gators beat the Tide in the 2008 SEC Championship, and went on to win the BCS National Championship is of course a sore subject with Tide fans. It but all was dealt with when the Tide beat the Gators during the SEC Championship "rematch" and made Tebow cry in 2009. I won't lie, I replayed that YouTube clip and chuckled,  a lot. Rude, yes, but it felt good. I get that he was upset it was his last game as a Senior and he wanted to go out on top but seriously dude, pull yourself together. It's a game. Yes, I just said that. Yes I'm the same girl who will be the most grumpy person you ever met when her team loses. And yes, I'm being a total hypocrite right now.

This whole post is a bit hypocritical and I hate that, but, I wanted to say it. Tebow isn't a bad kid. He's actually a really great guy. If I had a son, or a daughter for that matter that idolized him, I might grumble under my breathe but I'd much rather have him or her look up to Tebow over say Ocho Cinco (man I hate that guy!). I'd rather them look at a decent hearted human being and idolize him or her over one that is facing drug, or worse yet, criminal charges.

When Tebow made it as a first round draft pick to an NFL team I complained. I for one felt there were plenty of Crimson Tide boys with way more talent that should have gone before him. Yes, I know, bias all the way. That being said, I know money talks and BS walks. Tebow was a money ticket. He was the golden ticket that the Broncos needed to fill seats. Jerseys would be sold, children would cheer for him, families would enjoy watching him play AND women want to fall at his feet (still don't get that one, but I digress).

When Tebow was moved from the Broncos to the Jets I was, to put it lightly, pissed. Not because he was leaving the Broncos, I wish him luck wherever he goes, but did they really have to move him over to where my beloved Greg McElroy of the Crimson Tide had been drafted the year before? McElroy was following in another Crimson Tide man's footsteps. A man by the name of Joe Namath and I really felt like it was destiny that Greg be there carrying on the Crimson Tide quarterback legacy. Then Tebow has to show up and ruin that. Truth be told, it's not ruined, but now Greg has to compete more for 2nd seed QB and that bothers me. That being said maybe this will be a good, friendly competition for the guys. Two SEC QB's together. Not just for competition but for support. Most people claimed that NYC would eat Tebow alive, but honestly I feel like the same could be said for Greg. He's also a small town, Southern Boy. Both are friendly guys, and I'm sure they are happy to have another SEC alumni to hang with in the big, bad city.

Today I want to write my truce to Tebow. Not that he had any idea we were in a battle, but to be fair he's not much of a fighter. I'm over being totally hateful to him. I just choose to ignore his press conferences, I don't watch his commercials and I just would rather not pay attention to him. But I will say this, from my heart - You're a good guy Tebow, and I hope you don't lose that. I know I've joked at your expense, and I probably still will, but I don't want to see the NFL change who you are. A lot of kids, men and women look up to you and I think that's great. Keep being you. Just know that you will have a lot of men vying to knock you out on the field. Keep alert because I can't change that and frankly I don't want to. Football is tough, so buckle up dude.

So there you have it... My peace offering for Tebow.  I guess it's the lesser of two evils if I had to pick between him and Cam Newton. Let's just say I would totally root for the Gator over that former Auburn Tiger any day.


P.S. Less than one month until NFL pre-season starts. I'm so excited!!!!

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