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Half the expected crowd shows up for Tebow

Tebow Easter Speech AP

Initial estimates put the crowd for Tim Tebow’s Easter sermon at 30,000.  To the extent that a loaves-and-fishes-style miracle was required to feed everyone who attended the open-air “Easter on the Hill” event, they needed half of what they anticipated.

According to the Associated Press, only 15,000 actually showed up to hear Tebow speak.

Tebow said he embraces the attention that comes from his open display of religious beliefs, including his “Tebowing” prayer stance.

“It’s being talked about,” Tebow said.  “It’s exciting.”  (There’s that word again.)

Tebow added that it’s “OK to be outspoken about your faith,” and he chastised athletes who claim they aren’t role models.  “Yes you are.  You’re just not a good one,” Tebow said.  (That’s possibly the most controversial thing he ever has said.)

Personally, I still have a hard time reconciling the whole “be outspoken about your faith” routine with Matthew 6: 5-8, especially when dropping to a knee in prayer, in the presence of TV cameras.  (It would have been ironic, to say the least, if that citation had been transcribed onto any of Tebow’s eye strips during college.)

The fact remains that Tebow is a force of nature, whether 15,000 or 30,000 or 300,000 come to hear him speak in person.  Though a little subtlety and nuance could actually enhance his impact, the open display of his beliefs and his youthful, cheerful, arguably naive disposition will keep him among the most popular players in the NFL, regardless of the extent to which he actually plays (or plays well) in NFL games.

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107 Responses to “Half the expected crowd shows up for Tebow”
  1. spellingcopfather says: Apr 8, 2012 4:57 PM

    Are those Tebow jersey in the picture Reebok or Nike?

  2. jonasgrumbyoftx says: Apr 8, 2012 5:02 PM

    It’s NYC. not some hick town.

    His 15 minutes are done.

  3. TxGrown says: Apr 8, 2012 5:04 PM

    Local media initial estimates were 20,000.

  4. jeff061 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:06 PM

    Yeah…”only” 15,000 showed up at an annual Easter event that normally draws 2,000

    Meanwhile the Houston Astros played the Atlanta Braces and drew less than a Tebow sermon, as 14,000 people for their 3rd game of the year!

  5. Brent says: Apr 8, 2012 5:07 PM

    They are reebok. They got them before Nike stopped rebok or they are probabley fake jerseys….

  6. clw1906 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:10 PM

    Gimmick

  7. frankfordyellowjackets says: Apr 8, 2012 5:10 PM

    Still, that’s 15,000 more than would show up for you Mike.

  8. phillychzstk2012 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:11 PM

    those jerseys are most certainly reebok. shame shame

  9. effosugoblue says: Apr 8, 2012 5:11 PM

    Whose Tebow?

  10. vbe2 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:12 PM

    Wait, who is he to give a sermon? Is he a pastor?

  11. raidadon says: Apr 8, 2012 5:12 PM

    Anybody wanna trade their black jellybeans?

  12. christopherandrewhughes says: Apr 8, 2012 5:12 PM

    Boo

  13. xtb3 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:13 PM

    If the AP – the AP said there were 15,000 then it surely was closer to 30,000 people attending. The head of the AP just last week introduced Obama stating Obama is doing a “outstanding job running the country.” And Tebow and his particular religion is despised by the leftist media!

  14. swagjag says: Apr 8, 2012 5:15 PM

    Still better than his completion percentage.

  15. waltdawg says: Apr 8, 2012 5:19 PM

    Florio—Do you believe in God?

  16. 7to10for6allday says: Apr 8, 2012 5:22 PM

    Go tebow! Sanchez blows!

  17. chawk12thman says: Apr 8, 2012 5:22 PM

    Sanchez said he was glad he got there early to get a good seat……

  18. stiller9305 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:23 PM

    Your title belies your motive … Happy Easter.

  19. johntonioholmes says: Apr 8, 2012 5:24 PM

    Athletes aren’t role models. Some role models are just athletes.

    Why should I expect any NFL player to be any better of a person than your average Joe?

  20. MichaelEdits says: Apr 8, 2012 5:26 PM

    Father, forgive them. They know not what they do.

  21. dtob79 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:26 PM

    I’m going to guess you have just a passing understanding of Matthew 6 if that’s what you’re using as an example.

  22. emma333 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:27 PM

    I totally agree that a little more subtlety would be a good thing. As for role models, I prefer the athlete that quietly goes about helping kids, visiting hospitalized veterans etc.. than one that makes sure that his good works are documented in the media. When I hear that it’s not his fault that he is such a media star….well that might be the case now, but he did instigate it early in his career.
    Having said that, if he does bring joy to those that hear him speak, then ultimately it’s a good thing..just wish he would drop the celebrity stuff. It’s not becoming to his brand.

  23. kevbow85 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:28 PM

    “Personally, I still have a hard time reconciling the whole “be outspoken about your faith” routine with Matthew 6: 5-8.”

    —————————–

    If Tebow is outspoken about his faith only for attention, then yes it’s wrong. But if he’s doing it because he genuinely wants to use the platform he’s been given to help save others, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

    Only One person can judge his true intentions though. And that person is most definitely not you, Mr. Florio.

  24. wetpaperbag3 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:30 PM

    The sad and potentially dangerous thing is that a LOT of those who showed up came for Tebow rather than for Jesus. People showing up in Tebow jerseys is proof of that.

  25. theslex says: Apr 8, 2012 5:36 PM

    You mean to tell me a member of organized religion is cherry picking their chosen scripture to meet their personal agenda? Ya don’t say!

  26. sportsfuhnatic says: Apr 8, 2012 5:37 PM

    How come he only does the “tebow” when he wants something or after a big play? Shouldn’t he do it even with a loss? Doing it when the going’s good sends the wrong message.

  27. iamthorny says: Apr 8, 2012 5:39 PM

    The scripture referenced in the article speaks to PRAYER not sharing of your faith.

    While I’m opposed to Tebowing and public prayer, as the scripture quoted indicates, you badly butchered the new testament command of going into all nations to preach the gospel…you couldn’t do that without being open about sharing your faith. (Mark 16:15)

  28. duanethomas says: Apr 8, 2012 5:40 PM

    15,000. Has anybody researched how many normally comes to this church Easter service? What the increase over previous years? If its 10-12K, then its no big deal, but if its 5K then he has drawing power. Easter services at most churches usually double in size.

  29. jerrod777 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:41 PM

    That Scripture verse you use to support your stance on public faith has nothing to do with talking about your faith. It is merely talking about praying to get attention and to look good. Tebow, for all indications, is not looking for publicity, but is actually genuine about his faith.

  30. cowboysfaninpatriotsland says: Apr 8, 2012 5:45 PM

    I notice all the new Tebow fans from New York showed up with their Jerseys, where was the kid wearing the Jesus Jersey from Denver
    http://www.inquisitr.com/wp-content/2011/11/tim-tebow-custom-jesus-jersey.jpg

    Maybe he’ll change that number to 18…

  31. trevissmith says: Apr 8, 2012 5:46 PM

    Mr. Florio,

    I didn’t realize you were an exegete of scriptures. Nice butchering of the context of Matthew. Perhaps you can reconcile Matthew 10:5-16, I would love to hear an exegetical account through your spiritual lens in reference to what Tim Tebow is doing in his life.

  32. mdavid36 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:48 PM

    Again, Florio uses PFT as an open mic to his own thoughts and views. Breaking news buddy: no one cares about your opinion.

  33. bigdog3838 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:53 PM

    Seems to me that you media type(Florio) can’t leave this kid alone. Did he throw a press conference telling everyone to show up for his sermon? Does he hold people down and make them listen to him when he speaks about his God? It seems to me that all he does is praise his God during interviews, much like Ray Lewis and half of the league do. I’m not necessarily a fan of Tebow, not much of a QB from my perspective but what the hell has he done to you people that makes him so terrible? Seems like a pretty good kid to me, he could be doing worse. Just let it be. Dig up some other football news, or is that the problem here? Nothing else to talk about except villifying a kid for having faith in God?

  34. xtb3 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:57 PM

    On the same weekend in history that Moses led his flock out of slavery and Jesus started Tebow’s religion.

  35. clark54bears says: Apr 8, 2012 5:59 PM

    You’re taking that passage out of context Florio…as is done many times by someone that doesn’t truly read and understand God’s living word. That passage speaks of not glorifying yourself but glorifying God. That is what Tebow’s intentions are consistently and constantly. I love that Tebow has brought so much attention and Glory to God through sport.

  36. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Apr 8, 2012 6:02 PM

    Tebow is the next Pat Robertson.

  37. James says: Apr 8, 2012 6:04 PM

    NFL players have been doing the “Tebowing” style prayer for years after they get a touchdown. I even saw Ben Roethlisberger doing it before the game last year.

    The only reason it’s a controversy with Tim Tebow is that he’s a homeschooled evangelical Christian, a people group that the liberal mainstream media generally despises.

    No one can argue that the man has been a major player in one miracle win after another though, that makes him all the more hated by some. With him, miracle wins were becoming commonplace in Denver. Remember the Miami game? Down 15 – 0 with less than 3 minutes left…Denver wins in OT.

  38. wordpressnamesstink says: Apr 8, 2012 6:04 PM

    Mike-

    As a lawyer I’m sure it would frustrates and annoys you when someone assumes to be a legal expert because they watch Judge Judy and Law & Order.

    As a football fan you probably think it is ridiculous for someone to say that Trent Dilfer is a better quarterback than Dan Marino because Dilfer won a Super Bowl and Marino did not.

    Using Matthew 6:5-8 to somehow rebuke Tebow for being open and outspoken about his faith is the equivalent to, if not worse than, the two examples cited above.

  39. pinball123 says: Apr 8, 2012 6:05 PM

    You can tell this is “NBC”—it’s amazing how a headline can change the perception of what actually happened (or attempt to change). Someone says 30k so naturally Tebow and his message must be disappointing if only 15k show up?…and like an earlier poster suggested, the usual turnout is around 2k – must have missed that somewhere in the article Mike? He’s a truly good person (in my opinion) and at this point an average football player with some upside potential…odd he gets frief foe being a good person.

    Having said all that – I live for the day I can follow football without reading what Tebow is doing, or what’s happening to the Saints.

  40. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 8, 2012 6:15 PM

    In the end, he’ll be remembered for what he is, a clownish sideshow in the NFL…

  41. jagalag says: Apr 8, 2012 6:23 PM

    I thought this was a website about football.

  42. nyc187 says: Apr 8, 2012 6:32 PM

    If Schwarzenegger could become Governor, Tebow can most DEFINITELY become President, or even The POPE!

  43. sodaknick says: Apr 8, 2012 6:36 PM

    It astounds me how much people shrink away from being open about their faith. Please cross reference Matt 6 with Mark 16:15. Your lack of knowledge on scripture just reinforces the sense that you are simply afraid to share the gospel and are convicted of that fact because of Tebow’s lack of fear.

  44. sws222 says: Apr 8, 2012 6:37 PM

    Florio,

    I agree with other posters here….you should look at Mark 16:15
    King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
    And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

  45. jagsfanugh says: Apr 8, 2012 6:39 PM

    “nomoreseasontix says:
    Apr 8, 2012 6:15 PM
    In the end, he’ll be remembered for what he is, a clownish sideshow in the NFL…”

    The thing is, no one will remember you. You are just an average joe.

  46. ascensionparish says: Apr 8, 2012 6:42 PM

    Funny. If Reggie White had held a public Easter sermon during his playing days (and maybe he did and I don’t know about it), he would have been universally lauded for his faith. Yet Tim Tebow is constantly ridiculed and sucker-punched by fans and the media for trying to do a little good.

  47. 2muchtebow says: Apr 8, 2012 6:47 PM

    Tebow also claims to be an NFL quarterback: ”Yes you are. You’re just not a good one,”

  48. dryzzt23 says: Apr 8, 2012 6:51 PM

    I find it deplorable that the media will go out of its way to disparage a clean cut guy like Tim Tebow but when a guy murders dogs for fun, or kills people in cold blood, then they defend that person no matter what the facts are.

    The fact of the matter is this:

    The media are a bunch of secular wannabe celebrities and athletes who despise anyone who dare to show a moral compass (Tebow/conservatives) or defend their country to the death (U.S. Military).

    They expected 20k, NOT 30k, get your facts straight Florio

    Go Tebow!

  49. rajbais says: Apr 8, 2012 7:07 PM

    Finally, Tebowmania is going into the dumpster!!!!!!!!

  50. pzamora1 says: Apr 8, 2012 7:09 PM

    Tebow makes the average person (florio) feel guilty because its hard to find flaws in him the same way you do when you look in the mirror.

  51. TheWizard says: Apr 8, 2012 7:09 PM

    If your biggest problem with somebody is how they pray, it’s time to move on to another target.

  52. raven4life21 says: Apr 8, 2012 7:45 PM

    That’s about 14,993 more people that would have showed up if Mark Sanchez were speaking…

  53. jimr10 says: Apr 8, 2012 7:45 PM

    I am sure you are happy about t the turnout as you see it…however, i have read other reports that the 30,000 did show up.. shame on your yellow journalism…

  54. fissels says: Apr 8, 2012 8:02 PM

    Anybody know if Coach Rex was there?

  55. kingpel says: Apr 8, 2012 8:07 PM

    That is more people than you will find at a Buccaneer game.

  56. abninf says: Apr 8, 2012 8:12 PM

    You can tell Florio is employed by NBC.

  57. mp42245 says: Apr 8, 2012 8:13 PM

    Let’s see… 15000… Not bad for, say, a concert, NBA game, NHL match, MLB game. For a worship service, it think it’s amazing.
    Good for you Tim.
    Shame on you, Mike

  58. iggles20 says: Apr 8, 2012 8:13 PM

    Reggie White was speaking to a stadium filled with Christians the night he had the unfortunate job of announcing to the world that Jerome Brown had been killed in a car accident.

    The difference was nobody cared. It wasn’t a phenonom that Reggie was speaking about his Christian faith. He held group prayers on the field after every game, and yet, no one held him up as a demi-god the way Tebow is held up.

    Reggie White had more talent in his pinky finger than Tebow has in his entire body, and he was unapologetically Christian. But he wasn’t fawned over for it. And he wasn’t held up as an idol to be worshipped for it. The media coverage he received was for his play on the field – which was Hall of Fame worthy.

    Tebow is a subpar player, who seeks fame while claiming to be humble, but who’s held up as an example of who we should all want to be. Yeah, I don’t think so.

    Give me the Warrick Dunns and Kurt Warners.

  59. briang123 says: Apr 8, 2012 8:30 PM

    I expected this site to get 5 million visitors a day. Since it didn’t get that many, it is a failure. Time to close it down.

  60. descendency says: Apr 8, 2012 8:41 PM

    15,000 is still a lot more people than show up for Nets games.

  61. pftstory says: Apr 8, 2012 8:46 PM

    I like the guy…wouldn’t mind seeing him suceed on the football field. Ultimately I dont think he will have a long NFL career.

    But the story is (if its even a football story) that 15,000 showed up. Less than the 30,000 the church initially estimated and prepared for. But the event was still a great event attendance wise, as a great many more were there than in past years.
    (I dont know if it was a great event. Don’t know what he said or how people reacted. If any lives were changed/saved)

    The story is not simply half the expected crowd showed up.

    Meanwhile, if you think the guy is a religious fraud, don’t cover it. This sermon/testimony had nothing to do with football. If every speech a NFL player makes in the off season is football news, then why no coverage of the players speaking at various “Lion’s Club” dinners? I’m sure some of those over estimated the turn out. Heck some may have even under-estimated.

  62. pkrlvr says: Apr 8, 2012 9:18 PM

    I know it’s easter so I’m going to try not to offend anyone and just say that I hope that one day our country will no longer contain 200,000,000 people who believe they were wished up by a cloud dwelling, invisible, omnipotent genie. New testament, old testament, it’s all about control and manipulation and Tebow is just furthering the ignorance.

  63. danny136200 says: Apr 8, 2012 9:22 PM

    Mike Florio dropping some bible knowledge on Tim Tebow; now that is something no one would expect.

  64. santolonius says: Apr 8, 2012 10:10 PM

    sure tebow isn’t what we’re used to. a little bit like dudley doright meets moral oral. but he’s a “good” character. not hurting anyone. probably helping many. worrying over missed attendance numbers at a sermon or trying to coach him on nuances of his personality comes off to me as ankle biting.

  65. kgun80 says: Apr 8, 2012 10:26 PM

    Can we have an article about more articles about a player who starts?

  66. pizzon says: Apr 8, 2012 10:37 PM

    the difference between reggie white and tim tebow is reggie white was genuine and cared about his fellow man whereas tebow to me comes across as somebody who wants to ram his beliefs down your throat. he alrady is running his mouth about other ballplayers saying they are bad role models. sounds to me like a classic born again hypocrite who is better than everyone else.

  67. rexismybff says: Apr 8, 2012 10:41 PM

    This was Georgetown, TX – 10 minutes north of Austin and UT. Everyone in the whole region knows that Colt McCoy and Jason Shipley were incredibly devout and dedicated followers. I’ve been to church with both Colt and Case McCoy, and with Shipley.

    Not to mention that outspoken and devout Roger Staubach comes through the area on a yearly basis to speak at some function or other.

    For Austinites, having a super-famous qb come to town to talk religion is nothing new at all. I would imagine that Colt would get a bigger turnout if he did the same “Easter on the Hill” next year – just because he is a much bigger local Christian rock-star-celebrity than Tebow.

  68. tombrookshire says: Apr 8, 2012 11:36 PM

    15,000 could easily fill an indoor arena. More than show up for the average basketball game and about 13,000 more than your average mega church service. So I think Tebow had a pretty good turnout considering he is a football player and not a pastor or professional speaker.

  69. txndave says: Apr 9, 2012 12:13 AM

    Psalm 34:1

  70. bucforever says: Apr 9, 2012 12:21 AM

    Personally, I still have a hard time reconciling the whole “be outspoken about your faith” routine with Matthew 6: 5-8, especially when dropping to a knee in prayer, in the presence of TV cameras. (It would have been ironic, to say the least, if that citation had been transcribed onto any of Tebow’s eye strips during college.)

    _________________________________
    “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ” Romans 1:16
    Seems more relevent for Tebow. The Rev. Reggie White was from an time when being “politically correct” was not as important as being true to one’s self. He never had to face the critical media looking to make headlines out of any everyday thing in his life.

  71. mullman7675 says: Apr 9, 2012 1:50 AM

    All this fuss over a 2nd string QB. Remember, without Prater hitting from 51 and 59 yards and that defense playing well all this would be a non-story…

  72. miguel3557 says: Apr 9, 2012 2:18 AM

    Frankly, I’m sick and tired of bible-beating Christians like this hick forcing us to witness his religiosity. Religion is a personal relationship one has with the God one believes in, not the basis for a public display of one’s spiritual beliefs.

    Moreover, I’m tired of the press giving widespread attention to imbeciles whose ideas don’t merit it. After listening to Tebow’s NYC news conference in which he repeated that he was excited to play in New York, to be a Jet, to be working with Coach Ryan, etc. about 40 times in the span of several minutes, I concluded that if he actually graduated from the University of Florida, then shame on the University of Florida. Although he is amiable, he’s no smarter than most of the people who bag or stock groceries at the market.

  73. bearsstillsuck says: Apr 9, 2012 4:00 AM

    Like something being in the bible has ever stopped a christian from doing what he wants.

  74. thermalito says: Apr 9, 2012 8:10 AM

    Is there anything more nauseating than the self-righteous, narcissistic millionaire professional athlete browbeating us all with his kooky Bronze Age religious myths? What is even more troubling is the fact 15,000 morons actually took seriously anything a buffoon like Tim Tebow has to say. So being a loudmouth Christian mythologist football player gives Tebow some grand insight into life the rest of us don’t have? Gimme a break. You could find more value in a speech from a city firefighter or police officer than Tim Tebow shamelessly pimping religion for all its worth. Pathetic.

  75. jetfanfolife says: Apr 9, 2012 8:24 AM

    sws222 says:
    Apr 8, 2012 6:37 PM
    Florio,

    I agree with other posters here….you should look at Mark 16:15
    King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
    And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to “every creature”.

    ————————————————

    So is Tebow supposed to go and teach squirrels and cats about the gospel now?

  76. shackdelrio says: Apr 9, 2012 8:27 AM

    This reminds me of media types like Darren Rovell saying Tebow would sell out the Jaguars stadium. And when real companies did research, they estimated the impact would only be between 1k-2k tickets.

  77. RoseTintedVisor says: Apr 9, 2012 8:32 AM

    Tebow supports the Anti-Gay, Anti-Women Focus on the Family. Ergo, to me he’s just a proponent of hate speech.

  78. ernie ernie says: Apr 9, 2012 8:49 AM

    15,000 decided they would rather stay home, egg ham and watch golf.

  79. omniusprime says: Apr 9, 2012 9:02 AM

    Teblow should know athletes are bad role models, he’s the worst of the sorry lot. At least there weren’t as many deadbeats at his rally as expected, that’s the good news. Teblow is a farce of nature and all he cares about is being excited some fools are stupid enough to pay attention to him.

    If he really wanted to show his faith he should dump professional football for a career preaching at the pulpit but we can see all he cares about is himself. Maybe he can show how to be more responsible at work by stopping this preaching nonsense and reading his playbook so he can run a pro style offense like every other quarterback in NFL history instead of the sissy option one.

  80. mtheparrothead says: Apr 9, 2012 9:12 AM

    So tebow was able to draw 13k fair weather Christians. Got it

  81. barbeaux says: Apr 9, 2012 9:24 AM

    I think a lot of people miss the point of what’s wrong with this. It was an Easter Sermon. Tebow got more focus than Jesus by a lot of people. That’s not right.

  82. glac1 says: Apr 9, 2012 9:42 AM

    It tells me two things. One. The media is making a much bigger deal out of Tebow and his beliefs then most of the public does. Two. On the most significant day on the Christian calender most people will go to their own church and celebrate it with their own pastor and congregation rather then with some “jock”.

  83. waltrd says: Apr 9, 2012 9:52 AM

    Tebow’s message was a little off center. Athletes are role models whether they like it or not. The real question whether they are good role models are less than good.

    While Tebow prides himself on being a good role model, I find that questionable even though 15,000 people showed up to worship him, their idol, on Easter morning. I would hope parents, and our youth today, would look to a more substantive and humble model like Jesus with his incredible concern for the poor and powerless, and whose message was about unconditional love and compassion for all people everywhere.

  84. cuda1234 says: Apr 9, 2012 9:55 AM

    I can’t stand the urban legend of Tim Tebow and don’t think there’s any proof to back most of it up. Any kid who’s had his entire life filmed and works as an underwear model probably isn’t humble. Any player who expects his entire team to change everything they do to suit his skill set isn’t a team-first guy. And as for the “winner” myth I don’t see where he’s outperformed his peers in the NFL or his successors at the University of Florida.

    However, if you think he doesn’t have the right to talk about his faith, I encourage you to do a little research. The phrase “Separation of Church and State” does not appear in the constitution and has nothing to do with a private citizen anyway. What IS protected in the constitution is an individual’s right to freedom OF religion (not freedom FROM it), freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assemble. Based on that Tebow didn’t do anything wrong yesterday.

  85. blackandtealforeal says: Apr 9, 2012 10:02 AM

    You can choose who you follow, God or faith or no faith. Choose to believe it or not.
    No need to bash someone who is outspoken because the offend you with believing in something bigger than themselves. Perhaps your thin skin says more about your personality than you realize.
    The cross is an offense. Congratulations for hating on Christians everywhere. It isn’t the first time.
    Tim Tebow seems very legitimate in his beliefs.
    At least he has something to believe in, or is that why you hate him?
    I do not think he will ever lead a team to the Super Bowl, but he can influence others around him, just as he does now. That is his goal.

  86. thermalito says: Apr 9, 2012 10:03 AM

    waltrd: I wouldn’t get carried away. Jesus probably never even lived and the New Testament Jesus encourages people to abandon their families if they do not believe and he quite sexist.

  87. thermalito says: Apr 9, 2012 10:05 AM

    Easter has got to be the dumbest religious holiday ever. So mythical Jesus Claus is god incarnate sent to earth in human form on a suicide mission to carry out a human sacrifice of himself to himself. huh?? I don’t know whats crazier. The whole dumb fairy tale or the fact there are morons who actually believe it.

  88. seaochickens says: Apr 9, 2012 10:12 AM

    Tebowing is actually a very famous sculpture called the Thinker, but I can understand that being a foreign concept to Tebow fans

    Don’t mistake the American Jesus that Tebow followers worship with one who abides by scripture. After a weekend of celebrating the pegan spring rituals of rebirth, with little bunnies and eggs, on a day representing the rise of Jesus from his tomb; you expect these people to listen to scripture? American Jesus is about capatalism and helps over privileged athletes win games, actors win awards and crook politicians win elections.

  89. savagenation2011 says: Apr 9, 2012 10:16 AM

    You’re a smarmy little Kieth Olberman type weasel Florio. What good have you done for humanity in your life? Nothing I know of. ….and certainly not this
    amateur website

  90. iluvwikileaks says: Apr 9, 2012 10:32 AM

    The religious righties are crapping their pants over this disappointing Baby Jesus news:(

  91. seaochickens says: Apr 9, 2012 10:37 AM

    ‘What good have you done for humanity in your life?’

    At which point during proclaiming the good you have done for humanity, it becomes the good you have done for your ego? No one needs to tell you the good they have done, for it to be seen by god. The only reason to tell others of the good you do, is ego.

  92. dexterismyhero says: Apr 9, 2012 10:38 AM

    Actually there was a full cowd. Several of them were seen floating with wings high in the air!!!!!!

  93. nobby821 says: Apr 9, 2012 10:44 AM

    Our Tebow is an awesome Tebow

  94. 420fan says: Apr 9, 2012 11:32 AM

    Overrated! Do people really believe Johan lived in the belly of a whale??? Come on now, its all a fantasy!

  95. mrplow3 says: Apr 9, 2012 11:35 AM

    “Frankly, I’m sick and tired of bible-beating Christians like this hick forcing us to witness his religiosity. Religion is a personal relationship one has with the God one believes in, not the basis for a public display of one’s spiritual beliefs.

    Moreover, I’m tired of the press giving widespread attention to imbeciles whose ideas don’t merit it. After listening to Tebow’s NYC news conference in which he repeated that he was excited to play in New York, to be a Jet, to be working with Coach Ryan, etc. about 40 times in the span of several minutes, I concluded that if he actually graduated from the University of Florida, then shame on the University of Florida. Although he is amiable, he’s no smarter than most of the people who bag or stock groceries at the market.”

    On a regular basis Tebow ventures into foreign lands and builds water supplies, housing, and various infrastructure for the poor who have nothing.

    The hell have you ever done with your life you miserable sob?

  96. glac1 says: Apr 9, 2012 11:45 AM

    I will defer from slamming either the believer or non-believer. Religious belief is personal and we have the right to do as we please. However… I find it amusing how those who don’t believe are so intolerant. They tend to come off being paranoid!

  97. seattlecoug says: Apr 9, 2012 11:46 AM

    Dear God – I know you’ve been busy “resurrecting”, but can you please strike down Tim Tebow? He is a fake and an absolute bum of a QB. Send his bogus arse to the other guy.

    That is all – hope all is well.

  98. maxinquaye7 says: Apr 9, 2012 11:53 AM

    Happy belated Zombie Jesus Day everyone!

  99. cuda1234 says: Apr 9, 2012 11:56 AM

    Romans started the census so if you’re really bringing the “Jesus never lived” line you’re just wrong. The life and death of Jesus of Nazareth is well documented and corroborated outside of biblical texts.

    And if you choose not to believe, you still have made a choice.

    Happy Easter everyone!

  100. xpensivewinos says: Apr 9, 2012 11:56 AM

    I don’t subscribe to Tebow’s religious views or what I can surmise are his politics, but his work with the sick and the poor transcends religion. He’s simply a remarkably kind human being and the world is in short supply of those. Anyone mocking his character or the help he provides others out of the kindness of his heart should seek serious psychiatric counseling. In this day and age, we need a couple of good guys.

    I also respect that hell out of the way he has completely manipulated the media to help get his message out (whether I agree with it or not) in his awe shucks manner. He knows whatever he does, the media will be all over it and he knows he can’t buy that kind of media distribution. He’s taken a page right out of the John Lennon “How To Manipulate The Media To Get My Message Out There” Manifesto.

    Quite brilliant for those willing to take the time to admire it….

  101. thermalito says: Apr 9, 2012 12:06 PM

    Those who don’t belief come off as intolerant? Umm, religion dominates public life in the United States everywhere you look. So we don’t already have enough loudmouth religious kooks in the capital of the Western world for religious kooks as it is? Speaking of tolerance, what do you think Christian America’s reaction would be if an outspoken Muslim was on his knees praying to Mecca in the end zone, or an outspoken Atheist took to a nationally televised sporting event to get his point across. “Tolerance” is a one way street with Christians and always has been. The freedom to openly criticize religion is a right that did not always exist which is why it is our duty to call it out whenever possible.

  102. thermalito says: Apr 9, 2012 12:10 PM

    @xpensivewinos: umm, did you just actually mention Tim Tebow and John Lennon in the same sentence together? Manipulating the media with religion is hardly any monumental achievement. Televangelists do it everyday and America has just enough stupid, delusional religious wackos to fall for it.

    This should be obvious but John Lennon’s message challenged the establishment while Tim Tebow’s embraces the establishment.

  103. spankygreen says: Apr 9, 2012 12:48 PM

    ATHLETES’S, ENTERTAINER’S, ROCK STAR’S ARE NOT AND SHOULD NEVER BE A KIDS’ ROLE MODEL….a Kid spends 3 hours watching a sporting event on Sunday and a couple of hours at a concert. A mother and Father have the rest of the week to have an efect on THEIR kids character and integrity….Novel idea coming here….how about all parents take responsiblity for YOUR own kid and be his or her’s role model….you have the time “Just do it”

  104. thermalito says: Apr 9, 2012 2:18 PM

    I raise all my children as Atheists. Me and their mother are their role models and we all learn together about science, the planets, the sun, the ocean and what keeps us on the ground. I teach my children to do good because it is the right thing to do, not because of a sadistic invisible man in the sky that will torture them for all eternity otherwise. We are a very happy and loving family without a god.
    God is not necessary. Its time people grow up.

  105. dcollins8 says: Apr 9, 2012 3:15 PM

    In the end he will be remembered as being a devout Christian who was strong in his convictions. I applaud him as a Christian for being passionate for what he believes in.

  106. dcollins8 says: Apr 9, 2012 3:16 PM

    Thermalito shame you teach your kids that way. Actually God is necessary and its time you grow up and realize that.

  107. thegonz13 says: Apr 9, 2012 4:57 PM

    dcollins8, why is God such a necessity? If you look at history as a whole, many atrocities were committed in the holy name of religion.

    Right off the bat, I could throw the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition your way…

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