WBEZ | Tim Tebow http://www.wbez.org/tags/tim-tebow Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The absurdity of Tim Tebow vs. Jason Collins http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-05/absurdity-tim-tebow-vs-jason-collins-106956 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/tebow_0.jpg" style="float: right; height: 144px; width: 300px;" title="" />You may have seen this tweet, or a variation, in the last few days:</div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Tim Tebow: I&rsquo;m Christian.<br />Media: Keep it to yourself!<br />Jason Collins: I&rsquo;m gay.<br />Media: This man&rsquo;s a hero!</em><br /><br />Oh, the self-pity, the false equivalency!<br /><br />Both men became free agents in their respective sports recently, both making news, but that&#39;s about where the similarity in their situations begin and end.</p><p>Yet Tebow&#39;s fans seem all bent out of shape that their man&mdash;long known as a Christian&mdash;didn&#39;t get the kinds of love Collins provoked by revealing his homosexuality.</p><p>Can we just review?<br /><br />Tebow is part of an American majority: A straight Christian male.<br /><br />Collins is part of several American and global minorities: An African-American gay male.<br /><br />Tebow has all the rights of our Constitution &ndash; including the right to marry, to have his children instantly recognized as his, to attend the church of his choice, to be as proudly heterosexual as he&rsquo;d like &ndash; that is, publicly holding hands, kissing, etc. There is a complete, undisputed right to religious freedom in this country. There is a complete undisputed right to heterosexuality in this country. Tebow can&rsquo;t be denied housing, employment, or any other right simply for being a Christian or heterosexual.<br /><br />In other words, proclaiming his Christianity or his virginal heterosexuality does not in any way involve stakes for Tebow. There is no risk in being a straight Christian.<br />&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP130136482030.jpg" style="height: 215px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="NBA basketball veteran Jason Collins, left, poses for a photo with television journalist George Stephanopoulos, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP/ABC)" />Collins has limited rights as a gay man &ndash; depending entirely on where he&rsquo;s standing. In Massachusetts and several other states, he can marry if he wants and he&rsquo;s protected from discrimination in hiring and lodging and most quotidian activities.</div><p><br />But that&rsquo;s not the case for Collins in, say, in Jacksonville, Florida, where Tebow grew up. In fact, in Jacksonville, the City Council <a href="http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2012-08-15/story/jacksonville-council-denies-human-rights-ordinance-expansion#ixzz2S9jbXBXc" target="_blank">specifically rejected adding protections</a> for LGBT people less than a year ago &ndash; refusing to amend the city&rsquo;s Human Rights Ordinance, a bill that already protects residents based on race, color, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability or religion.<br /><br />The folks who led the charge in Jacksonville? Christian folk like Tebow, who take their rights so for granted they can lead their lives without ever worrying if they can put their partner on their health insurance, if they&rsquo;ll still have that health insurance if their bosses find out who their partner is, or if they&rsquo;ll get asked to leave a restaurant for reaching across the dinner table to hold hands with their mate.</p><p>Christian folk who apparently fail to notice Jesus said nada about homosexuality and prefer to cherry pick their way through the Old Testament for their condemnations.<br /><br /><em>Give me a break!</em><br /><br />And while I have no idea what Tebow thinks of his hometown&rsquo;s ordinance, I know he gave a speech at Liberty University this year, the school founded by Jerry Falwell, which <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/09/01/309543/americas-top-5-most-conservative-colleges/" target="_blank">explicitly prohibits the enrollment of openly gay students</a>.<br /><br />(Is there a single queer institution that bans Christians? If there is, I don&rsquo;t know about it.)<br /><br />From the comparisons being made between Collins &ndash; the very first ever gay male athlete in a major league sport to come out &ndash; we might think Tebow was also breaking some kind of grounds as an out and proud Christian player.<br /><br />But let&rsquo;s not forget Kurt Warner, who lead the Cardinals to a Super Bowl while wearing Jesus on his sleeve. Or former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who used to pray on the sidelines. Or former Seattle Seahawk Shaun Alexander. Or Indianapolis Colts kicker Hunter Smith. Or Atlanta Falcons kicker Jason Elam, who wrote a Christian-based novel called &ldquo;Monday Night Jihad.&rdquo; And those are just the football players.<br /><br />What drives people nuts about Tebow is not that he&#39;s Christian but the constant Christian-in-your-face gestures &ndash; the kneeling, the scripture written on his cheeks, the anti-abortion Super Bowl ad.<br /><br />Say what you will about Collins, up until this point, his sexuality has been completely inobtrusive. If he suddenly starts grabbing his crotch, writing Gertrude Stein verses on his face, or appearing in smoochy pro-gay Super Bowl ads, he could wear his welcome out as quickly as Tebow.<br /><br />The reason Collins is getting the pats on the back now, the presidential call and the media high fives is because what he did still involves risks &ndash; he has given up a life of presumed heterosexuality, with all its attendant privileges, to accept the life of an openly gay man, with all its joys and limitations.<br /><br />Sure, he could play blissfully protected in New York or Boston, but &mdash; now that he&rsquo;s out of the closet &mdash; what about Memphis? Or Atlanta? The Orlando Magic could, for all intents and purposes, point to Florida&rsquo;s anti-sodomy law (technically unenforceable but still on the books) and say, Hey, we don&rsquo;t want to hire somebody who&rsquo;s gonna come in and break the law.<br /><br />People may not like Tebow &ndash; just like they may not like Collins &ndash; but Tebow is never, ever, going to experience anything even close to that.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-04/why-jason-collins-coming-out-so-meaningful-106903">PREVIOUS STORY: Why Jason Collins&#39; coming out matters</a></strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 05:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-05/absurdity-tim-tebow-vs-jason-collins-106956 Bears get Tebowed in overtime http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-12/bears-get-tebowed-overtime-94820 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-12/BearsBroncos AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Professional sports has another kind of paywall--salary caps. They limit how much teams can spend on player salaries and can make it difficult for sports teams to change things up or keep them the same. So when players become free agents and head onto the sports market, things can get a bit nutty. Such was the case in the basketball world last Friday with the beginning of free agent signing. The <a href="http://www.nba.com/bulls/" target="_blank">Chicago Bulls</a> have been looking for a shooting guard to help out star player Derrick Rose; and they may have landed an interesting catch. Meanwhile the<a href="http://www.chicagobears.com/index.html" target="_blank"> Chicago Bears</a> could have used someone to help them during Sunday’s last-minute defeat to the <a href="http://www.denverbroncos.com/" target="_blank">Denver Broncos</a>. WBEZ's regular sports reporter, Cheryl Raye-Stout, joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to give insight on both the Bears and the Bulls.</p><p><em>Music Button: Fort Knox Five, "Blowing Up The Spot", from the album The New Gold Standard, (Fort Knox)</em></p></p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 14:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-12/bears-get-tebowed-overtime-94820 Broncos come from behind, beat Bears in OT http://www.wbez.org/story/broncos-come-behind-beat-bears-ot-94810 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-11/AP111211051102.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Marion Barber's two late blunders opened the door for another Tim Tebow comeback.</p><p>First, the Chicago Bears backup tailback ran out of bounds late in regulation when Denver had no timeouts, stopping the clock and eventually giving Tebow enough time to lead the Broncos to a game-tying field goal.</p><p>And later, in overtime, Barber fumbled the ball with Chicago in field-goal range, allowing Tebow to add another chapter to his ever-growing mystique. Tebow led Denver down the field before turning things over to Matt Prater, who connected on a 51-yard kick to lift the Broncos to a 13-10 win over the reeling Bears on Sunday.</p><p>Another improbable win for Tebow, who's making a habit out of these late-game rallies. Another demoralizing loss for the faltering Bears (7-6), who are 0-3 since Caleb Hanie replaced an injured Jay Cutler, the former Broncos QB who has a broken thumb on his throwing hand and is out indefinitely.</p><p>"All losses are tough, but this one was especially tough," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "This one hurts. There's not a lot more I can say."</p><p>It's a game the Bears thought they had in the bag.</p><p>Leading by 3 with just over 2 minutes remaining, all they had to do was run down the clock with a couple of running plays and punt with little time left.</p><p>On second down after the two-minute warning, Barber took a handoff and skated around the left side of the line. He broke one tackle and, in the process of trying to gain a few extra yards, was shoved out of bounds.</p><p>It saved the Broncos (8-5) at least 35 seconds, valuable time that Tebow would use to engineer his fifth final-quarter comeback this season.</p><p>This was a surprising mistake from a veteran such as Barber, who was filling in for star Matt Forte (knee).</p><p>"He knows better. You can't do that," Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said. "But I don't think he tried to do it."</p><p>Barber, who hasn't talked to reporters since training camp, avoided the media after the game.</p><p>Smith came to his defense. But not without a little lecture as well.</p><p>"We all know what type of player Marion is," Smith said. "All running backs are trying to get a couple more yards here and there. But we have to know the situation. In that situation, we have to be able to keep the ball inbounds. He'll tell you that. I know we'd all like to have that one back."</p><p>Instead, it gave Tebow the ball back with 53 seconds remaining. More than enough time.</p><p>Tebow found his rhythm as he guided the Broncos into field-goal range. Prater hit a career-best 59-yard kick with 3 seconds left to send it into overtime.</p><p>The Bears received the ball first in OT and Hanie had them on the move, surprising the Broncos defense with a passing attack. With the ball at the Denver 38, and well within Robbie Gould's range, Barber found an opening through the middle and appeared to be off to the races. Just then, linebacker Wesley Woodyard reached out and jarred the ball from Barber's hands.</p><p>Elvis Dumervil pounced on the football. Just like that, it was Tebow's time to work his magic again. He picked apart the Bears defense and then watched from the sideline as Prater nailed the winner.</p><p>The Bears were up 10-0 late after a 9-yard TD run by Barber and a team-record 57-yard field goal from Gould. It appeared more than enough, especially given the way the defense was clamping down on Tebow and the Broncos' unorthodox offense.</p><p>Only, it wasn't.</p><p>"We gave it away," Devin Hester said. "We were up 10 points."</p><p>Hanie couldn't agree more.</p><p>"I hate to say it, but we gave this one to them," he said.</p><p>Then again, the Bears weren't facing just any team. Tebow has made a habit out of late comebacks.</p><p>"We missed some opportunities in the game. That's pretty much it. It wasn't anything special that he did," Julius Peppers said. "I didn't see anything that he changed. Pretty much the same offense they ran all game — he just started checking the ball down.</p><p>"We didn't play well enough to win. That's what changed at the end of the game."</p></p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/broncos-come-behind-beat-bears-ot-94810