We’ve tried to not get too caught up in Tebowmania, despite the fact that the New York Daily News has a dedicated Tebow reporter. (ESPN apparently has 25 of them.)
Scanning Tebow’s quote sheet from Tuesday provided yet another reminder of one of Tebow’s techniques for dealing with criticism. Routinely, he tries to turn an insult into a compliment.
He did it last week while visiting with Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on WFAN, and he’s done it several other times.
On Tuesday, in response to an opinion from ESPN’s Merril Hoge that Tebow permanently should be moved to running back, Tebow saw the silver lining in the slap in the face. Actually, Tebow didn’t even see the slap in the face.
“Well I will take that as a compliment from him,” Tebow said Tuesday, via comments transcribed and distributed by the team.
It’s definitely not a compliment. It’s an extension of Hoge’s opinion that Tebow isn’t good enough to play quarterback.
We appreciate a positive outlook on life, but there’s a fine line between seeing the glass as half full and acting like Buddy the elf. Far too often, Tebow falls into the second category.
It’s one thing for Tebow to not be insulted. That’s the product of a thick skin. And he needs a thick skin if he’s going to survive in New York. But actually taking an insult and calling it a compliment is downright bizarre.
Tebow probably would take even that as a compliment.