My name is Scott Ryan and I am a mass comm. journalism major. I have a minor in political science but only because WSU made me and it was one of the easiest options. In truth I find politics complicated and cannot wrap my small brain around the semantics of the process. I prefer to write about sports. I am currently employed by the Winona Daily News and will hopefully be writing some local high school sports articles soon. I also write feature articles for Winona 360 so if you want to check out any of my work you can go on there and search my name.
But enough plugging myself, since the Daily News does not pay me to write columns about whatever sports topic is on my mind I figured this would be a good place to write about the prominent sports topics of the day. Since I realize not everyone enjoys sports I’ll try and pick the most relatable figures and teams so it’s interesting to the most people (With the exception of posts I will have about Kansas University basketball, of which I am a crazy psycho fan and constantly lose my temper while watching games).
So with my first post I’ll write something quick about the most pressing sports topic of the day: Tim Tebow.
I don’t want to waste time explaining why I think Tebow is a good or bad quarterback. Trust me, Tim Tebow is a BAD quarterback. It’s all over the news. Today I listened to three separate radio shows on ESPN.com, and all of them either opened or closed with arguments explaining that Tebow’s horrific performance was all too predictable because he is not a quarterback made for the NFL (bad mechanics, poor accuracy, cant throw the ball down the field, etc.). Instead of following their lead I’d like to say that I WISH Tim Tebow was a good quarterback.
Tebow is athletic, but his aforementioned flaws are not a recipe for success as a QB in the NFL. The reason Tebow’s hype is so high, however, is because of his intangibles and his character.
The argument in support of Tebow is that he wins games, as proven in his successful career as a Florida Gator, where he was apart of two national championships and won the Heisman Trophy (Info from the ever-reliable Wikipedia). Tebow is an inspirational character that finds a way to win at the end of games, and his desire to win is impeccable. This is an attribute that all great athletes need: hunger. Great athletes like Michael Jordan made the clutch shots and wanted the ball in their hands in crunch time. Tim Tebow also wants the game to be in palm of his hands, but there’s a problem: He’s not talented enough. If he had the abilities of a superstar such as Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, there’d be no stopping him from beating a team singlehandedly. Inversely, if an athlete with the talent and athleticism of Lebron James had Tebow’s pure hunger to win and his clutch genes, he would be holding last year’s NBA Finals MVP Trophy right now instead of Dirk Nowitzki.
Unfortunately, Tebow does not have the necessary talent. A short stint in the NFL as a starter will be all she wrote for him before he fades into the background of other successful college quarterbacks that were unsuccessful in the NFL (See: Eric Couch, Jamarcus Russell and the likes). It is a shame, but maybe someday someone with the moral upstanding and pure desire to win games will be seen again, this time, with a skill set a little more suited for success.