Mr. wOw Ponders the Saints: Tebow and Romney

Wishing he could just touch the hem of their garments!

“YOU MUST not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others/But when you pray go into your room and shut the door and pray to your father who is in secret. And your father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:5 These are the words attributed to Jesus himself about public displays of religiosity.

Last Sunday, while Mr. wOw was getting himself ready watch the Golden Globes, he found he was inexplicably chipper. Sure, my nasty cold had reared its snotty head again, but I gulped down a lot of cough medicine (I also wanted to be stoned for the GG’s), and ignored it. My good mood came from unworthy thoughts, I have to admit. Really, I’m ashamed. I was happy that football’s divinity, Tim Tebow had lost big, and that his team would not be moving on to the Super Bowl.

I think most of you know me. I don’t get pleasure out of other people’s misfortunes. Even kind of “bad” people. (I wouldn’t want all the sordid facts of my life put up to the light. Unless I was shining that light on myself!) And Mr. Tebow isn’t bad. Just … misguided.

Not misguided in his faith, which is a wonderful thing to have, I am always assured. But his gratuitous kneeling and praying on the field, in full sight of thousands, makes me want to puke. In the first place, he is disobeying the Lord, which is very surprising. Mr. Tebow seems like one of those people who believes in the literal translation of the Bible. More than that, his highly visible genuflecting seems to suggest that Jesus is watching the game, and when Tebow wins, it’s because the athlete prayed so hard for it. Really? That’s what Jesus does in his spare time? Helps out exhibitionist football players? I mean, forget famine and crime and poverty. Forget all the millions who pray to God everyday that they have enough to feed their children. Maybe JC feels he can’t do anything about the really bad stuff, so he’ll lend a hand to Mr. Tebow, who has, after all, made a nice commercial for the hate group Focus on the Family.

The disheartening aspect of Tebowmania is that a lot of people believe just that. Jesus loves Tim, and helps him win football games. Now, many of these people are struggling in their own lives, with health and money issues. Their prayers are not answered. Is Tim Tebow, the young millionaire, worthier of God’s attention than the needy who also honor the Lord? Apparently so, and apparently nobody minds. Or at least they don’t say so out loud.

Also — if you believe in predestination as many Protestants do, the games’ conclusion was already writ by God. So you are asking God to forget what He wanted and do what you want. And if you don’t believe in predestination, you are cheapening God, thinking He has nothing better than to interfere in a football game. In any case, you are deeply diminishing God.

Interviewed after the game, Mr. Tebow looked red-faced and sad, near tears it seemed. But he held up bravely and answered a lot of questions, when surely he just wanted to go home and cry, “Lord, why hast thou forsaken me?” I honestly did feel his pain. But then, I got over it.

I have a theory — let’s make believe I’m a believer — I think JC got tired of Tim’s histrionics, and busied himself elsewhere. Perhaps He prevented a rape or a murder, or caused somebody to go to the doctor, and catch that potentially fatal disease early. Maybe He did nothing more dramatic than give a usually depressed and stressed out person one happy day.

Thank you, Jesus! (Sorry it had to be at your expense, Tim.)

Oh, oh … one more thing, one more little event that put Mr. W in a GG mood. I was astonished by the little, not-much-reported-on item about presidential candidate Mitt Romney. During a campaign stop, a woman, who said she was jobless, caught Romney’s ear. Her plight was such that he handed her $50.

Whew! What are the words to describe this? Royal? Condescending? Elite? A shameless PR move? Gee, all the Romney accusations against President Obama. Who the hell is Marie Antoinette now? Can you imagine the reaction from the Right if Obama had handed somebody money at a campaign event?

And wait a second, Mitt — weren’t you “entitling” this woman? Shouldn’t you have told her to save her gas money and her time and go find a job without expecting hand-outs from the rich and/or the government?

There is something seriously lacking in Mr. Romney. Although he appears less scary than Newt Gingrich and Richard Santorum, Mitt is missing that vital “get a clue” chip. He’s like — Mormon Barbie.

Which is why I believe the GOP race for the White House is far from settled, no matter how well Mr. Romney does … anywhere.

97 Responses so far.

  1. avatar J G says:

    Now, don’t shoot the messenger, here, Mr. Wow, really don’t, because my question is sincere.

    I’m wondering what seeing Mr. Tebow genuflect, kneel, pray, whatever, triggered you.

    I really am. I too don’t like overt signs of religion or holier then though attitudes, and I cringe if someone says “I’ll pray for you”.

    But I’m sort of getting better. I’m becoming awakened to the fact that others are much more spiritual and religious then me. I want what they have. I do.

    Now, I don’t believe that Mr. Tebow is praying to God to win the game. Or Jesus or the Virgin Mary, who is my “go to” Saint in hours of desperation, or whomever he is praying to.

    Hopefully, he is praying to keep all of the players safe from harm.

    IF he was praying to win the game, well then, snark away all you want.

    Praying to win the game would be just ridiculous.

    “Dear God, Please let me have the big ring this year, the huge one with the stone in the middle. And never you mind about the suffering, I’ll pray for them after I win the super, duper ring”

    That would be sick. And wrong.

    But I want to have more faith in a higher power, I DO have faith, I DO believe in Karma, I just want more of it. I want to truly just turn it all over to a higher power.

    Not a football game. Just that it will all work out in the end.

    Wouldn’t that be nice?

    Oh, and I didn’t know Romney gave some poor woman $50.00. That reminds me of Barbara Bush saying upon entering the great Dome in New Orleans, “well, their living conditions are better now then they were before Katrina” or some such nonsense.

    Disgraceful. I won’t vote for him, as he just doesn’t “get it”.


  2. avatar J G says:

    Oh sorry. I didn’t edit my post before I posted. Ignore all typos and misspellings please.

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear JG..of course I’ll overlook typos and mispellings.  I’m the last one to criticize that!

      Even if Mr. T. is praying for his teammates, he could do it in the locker room.  And one does not have to get down on ones knees anyway.  You can pray standing up or laying down. 

      I DON’T object to his faith.  I object to his using it as propaganda.  Which is now I see it.  And it pains me to know that millions believe God is helping him win. 
      I have no problems with Nativity scenes at Christmas time, in case anybody wonders. 

  3. avatar J G says:

    Oh, Mr. Wow. You do make me laugh.

    I would be offended too if I thought it was pure propaganda, T.T. dropping to his knees on the field, all for show.

    I’m just a little less cynical then you are, but not by much.

    And as for praying, I do most of mine sitting up, in the car, while my husband is driving.


  4. avatar christine woodley says:

    I could not agree more with your stance re: Mr. Tebow. I was trying to explain to my husband and son why it bugged me so much, and now have Jesus’s own words to explain it!  Well, purported words, but that should be enough for those who believe he attends professional sporting events and influences the outcome. LOL

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear Christine…

      There are those who swear they’ve spotted a bearded, long-haired, rather shabbily-dressed guy in the upper seats.

      But I think it’s Ted Nugent.

  5. avatar Andy C says:

    Mr. Wow – I too have had it with Tebow.  How dare he be so frivolous as to pray for a football game?  And if he is such a wonder; if he is so religious and good, ifin fact his feet don’t get wet when he walks in the rain, why not contribute his sizable income to those in need?  Or to a charity searching for a cure for any number of diseases that are taking lives every day.  And yes, I am suspect when someone needs an audience for their prayer.  I pray.  I pray every day; twice a day… private.  And yes, though I slapped my hand for that one — I was glad to see him lose.

    You said it and you said it well; no objection to faith, the objection is to use it as propaganda. 

  6. avatar J G says:

    Look, I’m not a football fan, a Saints fan or a Tebow fan.

    But I did just google his charitable work, as I think it isn’t right to all jump on the bandwagon just because we see someone praying in public.

    I’m just as cynical as most of you, but I’m also wondering what is making you so uncomfortable. Maybe his faith is genuine and it isn’t propaganda. I don’t think it is actually.

    From the internet…

    “….Tim Tebow is portrayed as mature beyond his years. And in many ways he is. But even the great Tebow can still fall prey to the temptations on a 22-year-old with money.

    According to reports, Tebow has already blown through his $2.5 million signing bonus on various worldwide charity organizations focusing on famine, education and home-building.

    “Hey, it’s his money now and he can do with it what he’d like,” said Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels. “But, sure, you’d like to see a bit more responsiblity and discretion from someone you hope will become a leader of the team. I’ve seen a lot of young players go broke being stupid. I hope he doesn’t do the same.”

    Tebow admits it may have been a little foolish to blow through $2.5 million in 24 hours.

    “The money was burning a hole through my pocket,” he said. “I just wanted to help people. There are so many people in need who can’t afford a delay in aid. But, sure, if I had more time, I might have researched some of the charity organizations a little more to make sure all of the money will be used in the best possible way.”

    Not all of Tebow’s bonus went to charity, however. The quarterback also used some of the money for personal use — a down payment on a luxurious downtown Denver loft apartment. He plans to live there until he completes the renovations needed to make it into a soup kitchen, one he hopes will be the nices soup kitchen in the United States if not the world.

    “I have been blessed with this money and I want to help others,” he said. “I don’t need this bonus. I can easily live off of my regular salary. That’s what I’ll use to pay my mortgage, get a car, and finance my addiction to hookers……..”

  7. avatar Daniel Sugar says:

    They lost?

    But I just bought the Tebow pajamas!

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear Dr. Sugar…

      Get a soft comfy robe and brace yourself for Madonna’s Super Bowl performance.  I love her, but I already have a big headache thinking about this event. 

      • avatar O E says:

        Oh, yes, Mr. Wow. And Madonna hangs a big cross from her neck. She’s a role model for Christianity, for sure. I’m so glad I never got hooked on football. When my husband watched it, I went to the movies with friends. Football: the violence, the injuries, the arrogance, the waste of money… see me stick a finger in my throat.

  8. avatar dc says:

    I’m not one to post comments but I think everyone needs to take a step back and do a little research… and a little is all it would take. Take a little time to read what he does before and after each game, home or away. Rick Reilly wrote a nice article at on Jan 13…take the time to read it…you won’t be sorry and you’ll learn something.

    Personally, any man on one knee, pointing to the sky or making the sign of the cross doesn’t bother me near as much as some of the other “antics” some of the players do! And, Tim hasn’t asked for any of this attention…he’s just doing what comes natural to him. The media is exploiting it!

    And , no, I’m not a Denver fan or a Tebow fan or particularly religious…although I am a believer. I’m just a Buckeye and a football fan. And, having three grown sons, I know a good kid when I see him!

    Read the article…please.

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear DC…

      When you do something in front of thousands of people, you are asking for attention. 

      I’m sure he’s a nice kid and I don’t doubt or disdain his faith.    Just do it at home, or in the locker room, or in church. 

      By the way, two years ago, we all thought Tiger Woods was a role model and a “good guy.”  Best not to elevate Mr. T. too soon.  He is only human. 

      Focus on the Family, the group that Mr. T. supports, is truly hateful and backward.  

      • avatar Jane H says:

        I know I’m way behind the times here, but there is also scripture that talks about not being ashamed of our faith and to share it openly and to welcome ridicule….

        Frankly, I’m done with the whole Jesus thing. He loves us but lets babies be molested and children burn to death and young mothers die from breast cancer, and….. and…. and…..

    • avatar TheRudeDog says:

      dc:  I couldn’t agree more.  Me?  I’m atheist, thanks to an early Catholic upbringing but, based on what I’ve read, and based on the fact that I’ve lived in Denver all my life and am a little closer to the media than “normal,” my bet is that Mr. Tebow has a good deal more sense than to pray to his “god” or whomever to win a game.  I’d bet he prays that he will do his best.  Were I still a believer, I’d go with, “The Lord helps those who hekp themselves.”

      • avatar TheRudeDog says:

        Is there NO way we can get an “Edit” function on this forum?  Or perhaps I could proof before I submit?  :-)

      • avatar Mr. Wow says:

        Dear Rude Dog…

        Okay…but why must he pray “to do his best” in the middle of a stadium? 

        Again–I have no problem with people of faith.  I have a problem with people who tell me how much faith they have…or how honest they are…how sexy they rich they are…how humble…how smart–whatever.   And I am offended by the perception he allows. 

        Otherwise,  I sure he’s a peach.  And I don’t wish anything bad for him.   He ‘s only 24.  He’s got a lot of living to do. 

  9. avatar dc says:

    And, trust me! He’s not praying to win a football game!

  10. avatar Jon T says:

    He handed her $50??? What an incredibly condescending gesture. How about taking her name and number and pulling in a favor or two to help her out instead? It still would have been largely a PR move, but it would have been far more productive (not to mention less insulting) than handing her cash and moving on. Thanks for calling this to my attention. This was the first I had heard of this.

  11. avatar Lisa Cornell says:

    When someone tells me that they’ll pray for me, I thank them and tell them that JC has more important things to worry about than my issues. I tell them that JC needs to focus on world peace, famine, and genocide to name just a few. Personally, I find it arrogant that someone is going to put in a good word for me. I think prayers are meant to be private and one’s relationship with their God should be personal not shared with the world. Tebow may be sincere in his beliefs but he is insincere in the open display of it.

  12. avatar Lila says:

    Oh, Mr. Wow! You cited one of my favorite Bible passages, and then everything you wrote was just… just… SO perfect. I heart Mr. Wow!

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear Lila…

      Even though I am not a man of faith–I don’t think–there are many beautiful things to be found in the Bible.

      And…in “Madame Bovary,” too.  (I like to mix it up!) 

  13. avatar Sadie BB says:

    Dear Mr Wow – I have often wondered how people will react when some ‘Mohammad Tebow’ scores a touchdown and proceeds to bang his forehead to the ground a few times while facing east. Will they accept that Allah willed his victory?
    Just sayin’ …

  14. avatar Paul Smith says:

    Tebow is doing nothing that Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winners have not been doing for years in full view of the public. I never thought of any God worthy of title who would stop his day to give a care to avaricious show biz types seeking trophies. And let’s not ignore a common African- American practice of elevating God and Mother after a run of financial good fortune. Mr. Romney knows fifty dollars is more apt to help someone unemployed than merely saying things shall get better. He knows how money works, a strength Mr. Wow, not a weakness.

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear Paul…

      I’ve always rolled my eyes when God gets a big shout-out at awards shows, in between the agents, managers, director, co-stars and stylists.   But it’s generally pretty brief.  “The African American practice…?”    Issues there, Paul. 

      Handing somebody a $50 bill in full view of the cameras?  Condescending and more than a little worried about the perception of being incaring.  I see no strength in such an act.

      But maybe if he is elected president, it will become a part of his act–because they all  have an act–tossing cash to the needy?   Like a Roman emperor.

    • avatar TheTexasMom says:

      Paul, since I am African-American could you please exlpain the “common practice” you mention?  It seems to have escaped me.

  15. avatar ann penn says:

    First, I am not one who shares Mr. Tebow’s religious beliefs. For starters, I am strongly pro-choice. And I never watch football if I can avoid it.

    However, I know someone who, as a volunteer, helps with maintenance at a homeless shelter for families with children. Before he goes there, he always quietly says “the fighter pilot’s prayer”: “Lord, don’t let me screw up.” And he means it. Perhaps Mr. T. is doing something similar. And perhaps he is doing it publicly to inspire others to share their own faith. In an age when so many sports stars are doing worse things…. He may also be assuming the posture so other players will leave him alone while at prayer. We do have freedom of religion here.

    Now I was anti-Tebow’s parading of his religion until someone sent me an article this week. It seems that every time Mr. T. is playing he invites a family with some kind of crisis – serious health issue, etc., to be his guest. He provides transportation, motel rooms, good seats for the game, and when he leaves the locker room he spends time with them, including taking them to dinner. For many (all?) this is a respite from stresses of everyday life. And for these events there are no cameras running.

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear Ann…

      Of course we have freedom of religion, did I indicate we should not?  I’m simply turned off by his display.  And again, that his display actually convinces many people that God is helping him win a football game. 

      As for Tim’s other good deeds, I applaud them.  But I remained irked. 

      • avatar TheRudeDog says:

        Mr. Wow:  I am SO aggreeing with you on this and realize you’ve expressed it better than I.  Mr. Tebow can pray to anyone he wishes, I think that goes without saying.  (Again, I fervently hope he’s praying for the strength & fortitude & brains to play his best, and that he’s NOT praying to win the game.)  But I’m with you regarding how others perceive this display.  Those leaning in his direction (or who have just completely lost reason) do, I’m sure, look at a win as “god’s” victory over, say, Oakland, because everybody knows that any random gods out there want Denver to win and actively & aggressively do everything they can to get that done.  Which explains (she said sarcastically) why Denver usually gets blown-out.  I don’t know that I’ve ever heard anyone explain, after a loss, why it is that “god” didn’t see fit to let Denver win.

        I think it’d be much more appropriate if, during their acceptance speech, an Academy Award winner would screech (if they absolutely HAVE to), “First of all, I want to thank my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, for giving me my talent…which could have gone to anybody…BUT I GOT IT!!!  Blah, blah, blah.”   All I ever hear is folks thanking their lord & savior for winning.  Seems kind of counter-what-it-should-be, doesn’t it?

        And, hey, I don’t even care anymore:  Go, Broncos!  (Perhaps next year?)

      • avatar ann penn says:

        Mr. WOW –

        I did not intend to suggest that your comments in any way implied a position on any side of religious freedom. I merely meant that we all have the freedom to practice our religion, even in ways that may draw disproval or scorn from others.

        If people do believe that God is helping someone win a sports game, that is their right. Personally, I believe that She probably has more important things to tend to.

  16. avatar Deirdre Cerasa says:

    Mr. Wow,
    My thoughts exactly! I believe that expression of religion is a private practice. The athlete, celebrity expressions have been nauseating for long time. I believe in freedom of religion and expression but gee whiz, can’t we take it down a notch?
    My only other thought on this is purely selfish. I’m thinking we won’t be inviting TT on the train trip!