Yes, it’s a sports topic. I geek out about sports sometimes. If you aren’t interested please go listen to the podcast or think about signing up for one of my games.
Anyways…If you are a sports fan and pay attention to pro football at all you know that the Denver Broncos (my favorite team since I was a kid) just signed Peyton Manning and traded their current Quarterback, Tim Tebow, to the Jets.
When I heard the news the Broncos were in the hunt to sign Peyton Manning, I couldn’t have been more excited. And then the day it was official I started counting down the days till the season started. This isn’t something I have done since John Elway was the QB and the Broncos were a championship caliber team. But not all are sharing in my joy, and those people are Tebowmaniacs.
Tim Tebow made football exciting again. After years of watching crap football being played, in Denver, Tim made it thrilling to watch…well for the last quarter of the game anyways. People tend to like him, I know I do. I even like his faith, which I am not a big fan of in others. Tim walks the walk of his religion, which is more than I can say for a lot of his fans and fellow believers. His fans are upset that the Broncos dared to try and make their team better. And right now Peyton Manning is a way better QB than Tim Tebow is, without question.
So why all the anger about making the Broncos a better team? I think the difference is people who are fans of a team versus people who are fans of an individual. I’m a fan of the Denver Broncos. Sure I have gotten upset with decisions the team made, but if I think they are trying to make a better team then my anger never lasts. People who like the individual will get upset when the business of pro football makes moves that aren’t conductive to rewarding the good guy, which is what the Broncos did. Tim got cast off like dead weight because a better player was available, and that sucks for a good guy like Mr. Tebow.
In the end professional football is a business, and there is very little room to do the right thing on an emotional level. The money spent is to create winning teams and give fans something to cheer for. And that style of business will hurt some fans’ feelings and cause disagreements. The business will also send away good role models and people like Tim Tebow. But you can also get someone like Peyton Manning who is a great player and a great person too, look up some of his charitable work. I can’t wait for the season to start.