The perfect blend of 80’s pop and Tim Tebow

Some time ago, I don’t know when, I posted on this blog John Parr’s St. Elmo’s Fire, a song I’ve always liked.  (For those of us who were young in the 80s, the music magic never dies.)

As a Tim Tebow admirer, I’m therefore very pleased to present John Parr’s tribute to Tim Tebow.  (Yes, it really is John Parr.)  Oh, yeah!

Hat tip:  Hot Air, which found it at TimTeblog

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  • Oldflyer

    The Tebowmania is amazing.
    As lifelong Florida Gator fans my wife and I have followed Tim Tebow from the early days of his college career.  Like most Gators, and many of them had followed him closely through high school, the more we saw the better we liked him.
    It has been a long time since we have seen such a refreshing “celebrity” in this country.  Suddenly, pundits are gushing about “child like” charm or “simplicity”.   Well, he may seem almost child-like in his openess, but he has a very sophisticated set of priorities and an enormous–I would say mature–level of internally generated discipline.
    I used to worry that he would be exposed as less than what he presents.  I do not worry about that any longer.  He is human, and he may stumble at some point; but, there is no question in my mind that he is genuinely what he seems to be.
    In some ways I deplore and  resent the recent hype.  As  much as Tebow is genuine, we know that much of the externally generated hype is phony. We know there are nefarious souls who would like nothing better than the opportunity to tear him down. For his long term fans, it is sufficient to simply watch him compete; to sit on the edge of your seat and wonder if he can possibly meet your expectations, and to revel in delight when he does.  Oh, and to almost feel pain for him on the rare occasions that he comes up short; never doubting that he gave his best.  There is never reason to be blame him for failing.  First, because he will never be a failure in the greater sense,  and secondly, because  he will shoulder the blame, both privately and publicly, for not performing to all of our expectations.

  • Mellow Jihadi

    I’ll second what Oldflyer said, except I am a recent bandwagon jumper. I wish Tim all the best this week against the Patriots. . .

  • Mike Devx

    It’s clear the team is inspired by Tebow as their leader and they’re rallying around him.  He’s improving as a passer.  Their unique option-style offense is built around Tebow, maximizing his strengths and minimizing his weaknesses.  Is New England’s defense any better suited than Pittsburgh’s at stopping Denver’s offense?  I don’t think so.

    New England’s coach, Bill Belichick, will try to shut down Denver’s running game and force Tebow to pass to win.  Even though New England’s secondary is the worst they’ve had in a loooong time.   Will they be able to stop Denver’s running game?  Belichick is awfully good at such game-plan scheming.  Will Tebow pass successfully against that terrible secondary?

    Denver has a very good defense as well.  Will they be able to stop New England’s offense enough to keep it close to the end?

    It will be a fascinating game to watch this weekend.

  • 11B40


    Living several soviets south of Bookworm HQ, there’s something I would like to point out.

    For the last handful of years, the local NFL franchise, known colloquially as the “49ers” and sometimes as the “40whiners” have seriously misused their starting quarterback, one Alex Smith. Mr. Smith arrived with a very successful college career résumé which the coaching staff pretty much completely disregarded in their attempt to fit him into the current Playingly Correct mold. Instead of utilizing the skill set he had developed in college and adjusting it marginally over time, the team followed the path well trodden by so many others, the almost predictable result being years of futility and a psychologically damaged team leader. The new coach, who took over this year, seems to have seen at least some of the light.

    Mr. Tebow’s success seem to me to be attributable to his coaches being willing to let him use his own skill set, pundits and punditry be damned. He was extremely successful in college and his current team’s play calling seems to tap into all those experiences. Instead of following the quarterbacking crowd, the Broncos opted to maximize the usage of their increasingly valuable asset.

    This past Sunday’s game, in spite of the Pittsburgh quarterback’s physical limitations, reminded me of an old time heavyweight boxing match. Pittsburgh scored a couple of solid body punches early, but then Denver gam back with a couple of knockdowns. Over time the Pittsburgh body attack took its toll and the Broncos had to hang pretty desperately on to get to the overtime. The first punch overtime knockout was a thriller. Let that young horse have his head.