Tim Tebow: NFL Quarterback, Internet Meme, Bestselling Author
I'll admit up front that I did my fair share of smack-talking on Tebow. The kid had shitty throwing mechanics and I didn't really care for the whole Christian athletes of America vibe. He wasn't pretentiously annoying like Chad Ochocinco, but there was something about all the fanfare that got under my skin. In fact, a lot of people gnashed their teeth at the idea of this guy being Denver's proverbial Neo. I didn't see it. Like a lot of people, I didn't believe. Then Tebow Time happened.
Miracle #1: Pretty much every NFL commentator and analyst labeled this kid as a joke. Imagine that for a second: all of these experts and players (both former and current) predicting your failure. Then the kid starts pulling wins out of his ass like magic. Okay, fine, he's getting a ton of help from his kicker, but still, six out of eight ain't bad at all. Now everyone is changing their tune.
Miracle #2: What started out as a cheesy sideline ritual of Tebow kneeling down and going into Zen mode is now one of America's favorite pastimes. Yep, you guessed it: Tebowing. Aren't you glad for Tebowing? There's a certain dignity to it, unlike planking. Ol' Timmy Tebow has even become an Internet meme in the process, which you can check out here.
Miracle #3: Bestselling author. Yeah, I'll say that again: Tim Tebow is a bestselling author. Seriously, check it out over on Amazon. Does it upset you that he's beating 1Q84 and The Art of Fielding? Is Tina Fey scratching her head and wondering why her book is getting trumped by a quarterback? Are you fuming over the idea that the kid is on a five-year $11.25 million dollar contract, so whatever book money he's making is basically chump change? Scream rage amongst yourselves.
Now you're probably wondering why the LitReactor staff even bothered to cover this. Well, if you've been paying attention to our columns then you already know we'll dish on anything (no matter how unorthodox) if it can help you sell books. Just in case you missed it: Tebow is just another example of having an author platform. You may be a bit miffed by it, but you have to appreciate the odd turns the world of publishing can take. I've become convinced that anyone can compete, whether you're an MFA graduate, a comedian, and yes--even a quarterback. In fact, Tebow's book Through My Eyes now has 475,000 physical copies in circulation.
Also, make sure to check out this SNL skit if you haven't already. No word as of yet if Tebow is amused or offended by this.
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