Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A Couple of Sports Links

This is our second to last day in Qatar and we are enjoying our time immensely. Today is a 'day off' and a little slower, so I'm getting my game face on for the NCAA National football championship Game between my number 2 favorite team, OU, and the Florida Gators.

Here's a great article on ESPN, "Tebow doesn't let the haters affect him" about Tim Tebow and the haters and how football is not his idol.
MIAMI -- Back in July, in a ballroom in a Birmingham, Ala., hotel during Southeastern Conference media days, a reporter asked Tim Tebow the following question:

"I don't mean to sound cynical, but between winning the national championship and winning the Heisman, saving the world in the Philippines and all, did you ever, like, sneak a cigarette when you were in high school? Do you ever do anything wrong? Do you feel like everything off the field is sort of on cruise control for you?"

My immediate reaction: Lord help us. Sporting America has become too jaded to appreciate Tim Tebow. We've been Marion Jonesed and Mark McGwired and Barry Bondsed into suspecting there must be a dark side to the Florida quarterback, who does so many things right on and off the football field. We roll our eyes at his "saving the world in the Philippines," when how many among us have bothered to go across town to help the poor, much less across the globe the way Tebow has? We've been conditioned not to trust a virtuous athlete when he's right in front of us.

Tebow's reaction was better. His response, in part:

"You know, everybody, they can look and say how easy it is. But it's definitely not that easy. The difference is 'cause not many people want to wake up at 5, go through workouts, go speak to young kids, go back, eat lunch, go to class, go to tutoring, go speak at a prison at night, come back. I mean, more people would do those things; they just don't want to sacrifice.

"You know, there's a lot of leaders out there. But, unfortunately, there aren't a lot of good ones. So that's always been my dream and my goal, is to be someone like Danny Wuerffel was to me, to be someone that a parent can say, 'Hey, this kid did it the right way.' That's always been my dream and my goal more so than winning a trophy or winning a championship.

"So if it's cynical or whatnot, that's fine. If people don't believe it, that's fine. There's always going to be naysayers, people that are going to say it's fake. But that's fine because you can't control everybody. But I can control what I do, my attitude, how I approach the situation. So how I approach the situation is I want to do everything in my power that football gives me to influence as many people as I can for the good because that's gonna mean so much more when it's all said and done than just playing football and winning championships."
All I can say is, "Thank you, Tebow, for giving us fathers a role model we can point our children too." All role models are flawed, but Tebow definitely shows more maturity and perspective than many NFL players have, and certainly more than juvenile reporters like the one who asked him that question.

The second link is about what would have happened had we had a playoff system in college football (the one thing I think Obama & I agree on!). Now doubt engineered by a longhorn--sigh!--but it is cool to see nevertheless.

Check out the link here.

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