Tuesday, March 27, 2012


The sports world is ablaze with much rending of garments over the issue of super-Christian and so-so quarterback Tim Tebow being traded to the New York Jets. The arguments against the trade that I've seen from Jet fans include the following:

1) Tebow sucks.

2) He's a holier than thou Christian who showboats his religion in an unseemly manner.

3) He dresses poorly.

4) He sucks.

As a longtime Ravens fan, I don't have a dog in this particular fight, and while I consider religion to be something most properly kept personal and free from public drama, I don't really have a problem with those that go public with theirs. (Professional sports has enough showboating and trash talking and nightclub shootings to worry about--a guy praying publicly is hardly the worst thing to happen in the NFL)

But for Jets fans, I offer this perspective--your team has been awful for a very long time. Sure, every few years it gets a winning season and gets smacked in the playoffs, but at this point it has been 43 years since the Jets appeared in a Super Bowl. There aren't a lot of teams that can match such a drought. Moreover, the Jets haven't had a famous player since Joe Namath (or possibly Joe Klecko). (I'm defining "famous" as "someone a casual football fan can name").

Tim Tebow, for better or worse, would at least get the Jets talked about. His onfield proselytizing and his church revivals held at Washington Square Park--in the heart of the West Village!--would bring fresh publicity for a team that has been the second best NFL team in the NYC area for a very long time.

So you hate the guy? Great! When it comes to the NFL, better to be hated than unknown.

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