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Marvel, ESPN team up for Tebow time

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Although I’m not a big sports guy, I am aware of the cultural phenomenon that is Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow–mostly because of the Tebowing blog someone showed me some time back. And since the guy apparently already has a superhero name and a healing factor that rivals Wolverine, why not just go all the way and turn him into a Marvel superhero?

Marvel and ESPN, both part of Disney, have teamed up to create three pieces of art that ESPN’s SportsCenter and NFL studio programming will feature throughout the weekend, by comic artists Bong Dazo (above), Scott Koblish and Todd Nauck. The 144-second piece features a voice-over from NFL Sunday Countdown host Chris Berman. The video was up on YouTube, but has since been removed, but you can watch for it on ESPN this weekend.

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My knee-jerk reactions, here, aside… it’s just interesting to be reminded that a project like this is now basically an intra-company venture. i.e., “Marvel and ESPN, yeah, they’re both part of Disney now, remember?”

Some loooong arms for a mouse.

He’s the first superhero to utterly fail at fighting crime until a place-kicker shows up at the last minute to save the day, only to have the superhero take the credit (after giving some to Jesus, of course).

Yeah, he was just a bystander in all those comebacks. Give the guy some credit.

I’m giving him credit for putting his team in a position where they needed a comeback. Multiple times.

really can we get a overinflated hero figure more thanTim Tebow? let’s see the make the playoffs first and win before crowning this ego…. he hasn’t WON anything… his team did . He was part of it but please stop crowning this guy a king…. sheesh…

Didn’t you know? Tebow is the second coming of Christ!
He has the jersey to prove it.

Can any of you show me where Tim has claimed to be great, a king, the second coming, a super hero, et al? I can show you many videos where he says he has to get better, where he gives all credit to his team and coaches and Christ.

Show me where Tim Tebow asked to be put on a pedestal?

I find the bashing quite shameful. I honestly wonder would he be so mocked and ostracized were he not so public with his faith. Would he be publicly mocked were he a Muslim? Would SNL, Bill Mah, Tosh-O, etc mock use him as the butt of jokes if he was praying to Allah and bowing to Mecca?

Are we so jaded as a society that we honestly cannot enjoy that a sports figure is in the news not for childish and/or criminal behavior, or for nailing a super model, or doing a reality TV show but instead for giving honor to his Savior?

See if you can find the Tim Tebow miked up segment from Sportscenter sometime. I have never seen anyone so humble or driven. To me, at 43 years old and an NFL and Bronco fan since 1977 Tim is refreshing and inspiring.

Colin Cowherd said it best about the complaining of Tebow coverage. “We only cover what you, the fans respond to. You “say” you don’t want to hear about Tebow any more but I come into work and the first 50 e-mails I read are about Tebow. Like him or not his story is compelling.”

I have absolutely no problem with Tebow being outspoken about his faith. He is harming no one. He has a right to live his life the way he wants and express his viewpoints.

But…

(And you knew there was a but).

If Tebow were gay or Muslim or atheist or any of the other things Conservatives don’t approve of, and he were so outspoken about it, we all know Conservatives would bash him mercilessly. They would tell Tebow to shut up and only concentrate on the game.

Agreed Rene. Also if Tebow were gay he would be run out of the game and certainly wouldn’t be lauded as a hero.

Why did Marvel do this btw? It’s all just about money. Laud the man all you want but remember, he’s just being used to sell stuff.

Why Marvel did this was addressed above. ESPN and Marvel are both owned by Disney.

BTW-Very liberal Democrat here and still support Tebow and his faith. So it’s not just Conservatives supporting him.

Rene said: “If Tebow were gay or Muslim or atheist or any of the other things Conservatives don’t approve of, and he were so outspoken about it, we all know Conservatives would bash him mercilessly.”

There are a handful of NFL players who have come out of the closet after their playing days ended (and likely others who haven’t). They all claim they wouldn’t dare have revealed that while in the league, because the locker room backlash would’ve been career suicide. That’s not a “Conservative” thing, it’s a “Macho Jock” thing.

There are Muslim players in the NFL as we speak and there hasn’t exactly been massive outrage over that. I’m sure there are plenty of atheists in the NFL, as well. They’re the ones who pray to Nobody when they score a touchdown. ;)

As you said, it’s not about the person’s views or inclinations…it’s about the outspokenness. There are conservatives who bash Tebow for exactly what you said…because he’s “so outspoken about it.” Some people simply don’t like mixing sport with religion and politics, or having religion pushed on them in general, regardless of their own viewpoints.

Matthew 6:5-6
“And now about prayer. When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I assure you, that is all the reward they will ever get.
But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.”

Tim Tebow is doing it wrong.

Christ is also dealing with a particular practice of the Pharisees. They made a big show of praying so that everyone would know just how spiritual they were. They were proud and ostentatious in their prayers so that others would see them. That is, they took what should have been their private prayer life and made a public show of it so that others would be amazed at their spirituality. This is akin today to those who continually brag on how much time they spend in prayer. Christ was teaching us that our personal prayer life is not to be displayed in public. He was not teaching that there was never an occasion for public prayer.

We continue to see public prayer practiced in the New Testament even after the teaching of Matthew 6:6. Christ prayed publicly before He raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:41-42) as well as on other occasions. Paul knelt and prayed with the Ephesian elders before he left them (Acts 20:36).

Paul stresses the importance of praying with understanding so that those who occupy the room of the unlearned can say Amen at the giving of thanks. This passage makes sense only in the context of public prayer. If no one is listening, then how could anyone say Amen?

One thing that might help you is to understand that the purposes of public prayer are a bit different from those of private prayer. In private prayer, we pour our heart out to God and tell Him all. We do not need to be concerned about sentence structure or form in any way. Just talk to God. However, in public prayer, we are leading (as we speak of someone “leading in prayer”); we are leading others to look on God. We are directing the attention of others to the Lord and helping them rely on Him at this time. Again, the sin of Matthew 6:6 was to make a public display of private prayer. It is not dealing with the proper use of public prayer (though public prayer can be misused as a display too).

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Oh, Good Lord.

And not in a good way.

Drunken Jack: another individual who misquotes the scripture. Maybe if you hadn’t have jumped to Matthew 6 you should have read Matthew 5… specifically 14-16.
” Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.”
” Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and giveth light unto all that are in the house.”
” Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Share your faith, your good works with others so that you may light a path to your Father.

Other than that, Go Broncos.

As a Patriots fan, I find this…hilarious.

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