I just linked to a provocative column by college journalist Zach Zimmerman of the Stanford Daily that he's tired of Tebow. Made me think. Here is my reaction to his column:
Zimmerman makes a fair point, but he seems pretty cynical for a college kid -- Zach's theory: Tebow's seeming absence of problems doesn't mean he won't have problems in the future.
I guess if you're a college-aged sports fan, your formative sports memories began when you were 10 or 11 and McGwire and Sosa were dueling in '98 -- and it was nothing but disappointment and dissolution since.
They have never known anything but sports in the 24/7, instant-history Internet Era, where hyperbole is the norm and what happened yesterday must be some superlative "greatest. thing. ever." (I made a living off that philosophy for 4 years.)
But isn't it possible -- just possible -- that Tebow's remarkable ability to maintain a consistency of performance (on and off the field) is very real... once-in-a-generation?
Hyperbole and instant history have deadened -- perhaps cheapened -- our sensibilities. I think fans have a hard time separating the sensationalized from the superlative.
Maybe, after hearing "Best. X. Ever." so often, they are rightly skeptical whenever they are presented with a REAL candidate for "Greatest of all time," as Tebow is making the case.
In the absence of any evidence to the contrary, I think the earnest belief in Tebow's superlative ability and character is the antidote to the cynicism and skepticism pervading sports right now.
So now Tebow is single-handedly counterbalancing cynicism and skepticism in sports? One more thing to add to his list of accomplishments.
Or, for Zimmerman, one more thing to get fatigued about.