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Monday, May 6, 2013

Out of Work Jesus Freak Tops Forbes List of Most Influential Athletes

Posted by on Mon, May 6, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Forbes.com has released the results of a survey ranking the ten most influential athletes among US sports fans, and number one on the list is quarterback Tim Tebow. Tim Fucking Tebow. The same Tim Tebow who was recently released by the New York Jets for, you know, not being a very good quarterback.

But Tebow loves him some Jesus, so I guess that's what matters.

 

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Knat 1
"...When Americans are asked which pro athletes they believe carry the most influence with the public, Tebow’s name tops the list."

When the question is inherently stupid and meaningless, who cares what the answer is?
Posted by Knat on May 6, 2013 at 1:27 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 2
If nothing else, Tebow has provided a bounty of material for The Onion:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/the-leg…
Posted by Urgutha Forka on May 6, 2013 at 1:33 PM · Report this
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Sports Illustrated brought to Paul Kuharsky's espn.com article about a whitehouse.gov petition (since taken down) to have Obama "Call NFL Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell and tell him to stop ignoring the Jaguars fans and sign Tim Tebow!"

So there's that.
Posted by I Wonder To Which Political Party Those Fans Belong on May 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM · Report this
raindrop 4
I'm quite sure that Goldy would not have written "Out of Work Mohammed Freak Tops Forbes Most Influential Athlets" if Tim Tebow was a Muslim.
Posted by raindrop on May 6, 2013 at 2:01 PM · Report this
Catherwood 5
Oh, @4, you know damn well if Tebow was a Muslim he'd never have made it to the NFL, let alone achieved any sort of celebrity there.
Posted by Catherwood on May 6, 2013 at 2:13 PM · Report this
schmacky 6
What exactly is he going to influence? He won't even be in the league this year. Even the CFL is a stretch. He did have a brief moment with the Broncos, but that was 18 months ago...an eternity.

Calling him "most influential" now makes Forbes look culturally retarded (in the chronological sense, if not the developmentally disabled sense), no matter what their survey said.
Posted by schmacky on May 6, 2013 at 2:16 PM · Report this
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The most hilarious thing about Tebow is that he's not even SPECIAL. Tons of athletes are very religious, even fervently and openly. He's just way more obnoxious about it.

Our own Russell Wilson is a perfect example. Anyone follow him on Twitter? That guy (and his wife) are pretty candid with their faith. But do you see him with some dumb trademarked "Thanks God" move whenever he does well? Or pushing his religiously-informed politics in interviews? No. Because he's much classier than Tebow.

And also 10x the QB.

Tebow is a silly joke that had a moment in the spotlight.
Posted by grkle on May 6, 2013 at 2:24 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 8
There is a petition to Obama to force the Jaguars to hire this joker. A sampling of America's dumbest people.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on May 6, 2013 at 2:24 PM · Report this
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Anyone whose zealotry so enormously overshadows his actual skill in such a public setting deserves maximum mockery.
Posted by grkle on May 6, 2013 at 2:26 PM · Report this
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I don't even believe in god but I find the kid pretty inspiring. As a QB he took a team to the playoffs and he doesn't even know how to throw the football. He does a lot of charity work and he built a hospital for children in the Philippines. Compared to other popular athlete's there is no denying that he's a good role model.
Posted by yeahweknowyouhatefootball on May 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM · Report this
biffp 11
Science beats religion yet again. I can't believe 'experts' are still predicting he'll land somewhere. It was obvious this wouldn't work for the Jets. You don't win games with empty gimmicks.
Posted by biffp on May 6, 2013 at 2:46 PM · Report this
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@10 " As a QB he took a team to the playoffs and he doesn't even know how to throw the football."

Is that meant as a subtle joke? Because it's really funny.

Some tiny-league Midwestern team is offering to hire him as quaterback for $75 a game. That is not a joke. ( Though it could be.)
Posted by floater on May 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM · Report this
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings http://www.reddit.com/r/spaceclop on May 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM · Report this
Fred Casely 14
@5: Yeah, I remember this guy from Tacoma, Bobby Moore. Converted his rookie year. Ended his career in an instant.
Posted by Fred Casely on May 6, 2013 at 5:29 PM · Report this
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@11 "Science beats religion yet again."

Strangely, Cold, Hard Football Facts argues that Tim Tebow's career numbers put him as the 14th best QB last season, according to Real QB Rating. The use a whole bunch of statistical analysis (science) to prove their metric is solid, and then show Tebow was effective (admittedly different than good).

http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/
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Posted by I Wonder To Which Political Party Those Fans Belong on May 6, 2013 at 5:33 PM · Report this
Catherwood 16
@14, absolutely - and he subsequently went around shoving his religion in everyone's face, right? Oh, wait, no. He just went on being a mensch.

Come on: if some QB went around prostrating himself to Mecca or hollering "Allahu Akbar!" every time he scored a touchdown, he'd NEVER have made it onto a team in the NFL, no matter how talented he was. The NFL is an incredibly "Christian" league, and it's okay to be a quiet Muslim or Jew or whatever, but the emphasis is on the "quiet". IMO, of course. I can only think of a handful of other such players - maybe six or so?

And wow, look at the crap the Abdullah twins (Hamza and Hussein) took when they had to deal with practices during Ramadan. (just Google it; yikes)
Posted by Catherwood on May 6, 2013 at 6:51 PM · Report this
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@4 If Islam was the dominant religion in the US, yeah I'm willing to bet Goldy would make fun of a player who, to quote Catherwood "went around prostrating himself to Mecca or hollering "Allahu Akbar!" every time he scored a touchdown".

Get it? Running around screaming " they're making War on Christmas, Ten Commandments, Pray in School". or running around screaming "Jihad, Sharia Law" it doesn't matter your still a nut job and potential danger to civil society.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on May 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM · Report this
Sabotage 18
Tim Tebow's fame is entirely predicated on his acts of faith. He's never been an exceptional football player.

That said, I can understand why he'd top a list of influential athletes. He's just not doing it based on his athleticism. The Tebow brand is strong and he's good at grabbing the spotlight. People who give no fucks about football know who Tim Tebow is and feel like they have a stake in his career.
Posted by Sabotage on May 10, 2013 at 6:53 AM · Report this

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