Once again, Tim Tebow dominates the national headlines without having to actually play. This isn’t his fault. Rex Ryan, like the fat selfish kid who doesn’t want to play with his new Xmas toy but doesn’t want anyone else to either, has refused to give the popular QB a chance in an effort to frustrate everyone.
Rex is the obese brat we all want to hit in the face with a tennis racket but don’t because there are stupid laws that say we can’t, or we’ll get a fine. So without actual, meaningful playing time, the airways have been inundated with speculation on everything Tim Tebow; hypotheses, theories, assumptions, and conjectures have run rampant.
Remember that old saying, “everyone is entitled to their opinion.”? Well, it’s not true. Some people have opinions so misguided they’re borderline insane and not worthy of entertaining for more than a millisecond. There are people that believe the Holocaust was a hoax, vaccinations cause autism, and the Westboro Baptist Church has a reason to exist. These opinions are not only stupid but detrimental to society as a whole since they are based entirely on blind hate. Enter Merrill Hoge’s “analysis” of Tim Tebow.
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Recently, Hoge went on a self absorbed rant trying to justify his hatred of Tebow with unnamed sources that don’t exist, calling him, “as phony as a three dollar bill”, and claiming that the Jets didn’t realize how bad he was until he arrived at camp. The problem I have with Merrill’s live outburst goes beyond his clearly biased hatred and lack of journalistic integrity. I, also hate things for no reason. But I never attempt to justify them via made up references. For example, I can’t just claim random things like, Merrill Hoge is the largest distributor of hardcore pornography worldwide–That would be unfair to actual vendors of porn. Or that Hoge was excommunicated from Scientology for being too creepy. You would probably need more than an unnamed source to verify this. And you would most definitely need more than that claim that Hoge was once a member of NAMBLA. My editors wouldn’t let me print ridiculous things like that without first fact checking. After all, they are magnanimous, benevolent people that donate billions of dollars to baby helper monkeys so that they can bring disabled people more beer (monkeys mixing liquor drinks is still a few years off).
The problem doesn’t lie solely with Hoge (motto: I hated Tebow before it was cool). I really don’t care if you hate/dislike something or someone for no reason as long as you don’t try to justify it with make believe reasons. Here’s an example: Azziz Ansari. You know what I really, randomly hate? The University of Southern Cal. You know why? Neither do I. But I don’t claim they hired Lane Kiffin to spite me, or cheat more than Alabama does, or told OJ to do it. I hate them respectfully and with reserve.
So if people that don’t like Tebow would stop trying to justify that prejudice with asinine arguments like, “don’t you think Elway knows a good quarterback,” or “they see him in practice all the time and they know best.” Well then I could go back to not trying to murder my brain with alcohol. First off, here is a nice article dealing with the senseless Tebow attacks: Tebow. Hoge’s outburst says far more about him than Tebow. But, for a couple of the more popular arguments that have gained traction despite having no conceivable merit with people that have ever had a logical thought…
Elway knows a good quarterback– Umm, maybe. But probably not. Am I the only one that sees the giant, glaring gap in logic here? I mean I feel like I’m taking crazy pills since this comes up once a day. Elway was a great QB, this has nothing to do with his ability to evaluate the talent of other quarterbacks or players. If that were true than Michael Jordan would be the best GM ever! When Elway sees a great QB, it’s that guy in the mirror he loves a little too much for comfort. And if you wonder why he wanted Peyton over Tebow you should never own a football team or even play Madden.
They see him at practice so they know– Wow, if this were true then the NFL draft would be an exact science and my Bucs would have never cut/traded/drafted any of the following (note: this is a short list or I’d be sobbing uncontrollably): Steve Young, Doug Williams, Bo Jackson (great player that told Tampa he wouldn’t play for them so he played baseball for the Royals before going to play for Al Davis and the Raiders. Yes, it was that bad AND he was a 7th round pick before he played 2 ways.).
It’s like people have yearly, selective amnesia and forget guys like: Tom Brady (round 6), Alfred Morris (round 6), T.J. Houshmandzadeh( round 7), Marques Colston (round 7), Dwight Clack (ROUND 10), Terrell Davis(round 6), Zach Thomas(round 5), Shannon Sharpe(round 7), Deacon Jones (round 14 and the reason we have the word “sack”), Bart Starr (round 17), and Roger Staubach (round 10).
The real obvious point is, if player evaluation – in high school, college, pros, combine, camp and practice – was an exact science then these guys wouldn’t be playing. It’s much easier to believe that Ryan never played Tebow for his own egocentric reasons, the same motive to bring Tebow to NY in the first place, than it is to believe that Tebow was so horrendous in practice that Sanchez looked good. As verified by an unnamed, undisclosed and fictitious source.