Sunday, December 6, 2009

Tim Tebow Crying: The Lasting Image

There is a part of me that will always think that the lasting image of Tim Tebow will be when he did the Gator Chomp in the face of Oklahoma's Nic Harris in the 2008 national title game.

But the lasting image from last night is simple: Tebow crying openly as the game's final seconds ticked away, followed by his teary-eyed post-game interview on the field with CBS.

This wasn't uncontrollable Adam Morrison-style bawling. This was college football's greatest competitor letting his ultimate feelings of frustration and disappointment come through.

I think fans should have not expected any less. It remains the symbol of Tebow's competitiveness.

But, based on the video's viral popularity last night and today, it is also the vessel for other fans' schadenfreude that has been building up for four years.


  1. Dan, I love you man, but I don't take pleasure in Tebow himself crying. But I do take pleasure in the image of Tebow crying... quite philosophical wouldn't you say?

    Because the image represents so many things that's simply wrong in college football. Let me list them:

    1. CFB's golden boy is a role player on a starless championship team, yet he emerges as the face of the game.

    2. Florida plays no one outside of their conference, yet they are crowned one of the nation's best teams because they beat everyone in their conference.

    3. In the second championship year, they lose to Miss. St. Other teams lost to a lot better or didn't lose at all and didn't get to play in the Championship game.

    4. Lastly, look at his record man it simply doesn't stack up to others: Leinhart, Ward, Tommy Frazier. You overlook the latter, but these guys all played major roles on championship teams, and their records were better.

    Yes Tebow has the most TDs scored, and that's great and all, but racking up TDs in blowouts just doesn't count like it used to. I congratulate the kid on knowing how to run an offense specifically designed for him and making the most out of it.

    The End.

  2. Dan, you said it perfectly. Anyone who finds fault with Tim's tears is just a sad person. Give me that player 100 times over the one who gets arrested for a DUI during the week of the biggest game of his life. That's the reason we love Tebow so much as Gator fans - because he CARES so much. The reason this hurts as much as it does is because I wanted it for him. But now I'll just have to settle for him proving everyone wrong in the NFL. :)

    Thanks for all of your coverage this year, btw. This blog has been fantastic and was a great idea. I'm looking forward to continuing coverage despite the disappointment of all those goals Tim and the Gators had that now won't be reached. Still proud of them all - especially Tim. There won't ever be another Gator like him.

  3. Tim's tears showed how much he loved his team and he was disappointed they could not win this year.Keep your heads high up , Tim, Brandon and the entire FL Gators football team. True Gator fans are proud of you, support you and love you during good times and bad times. Thank you for your valiant efforts to defend the SEC title. Good luck to your preparations for the Sugar Bowl and also to the seniors and juniors who might leave early for the NFL. God bless to you all.

    As one article says"the way you manage adversity will define who you are and ready you for future opportunities, because adversity can be your seed of greatness"

  4. 5PercentBodyFat clearly knows nothing about the SEC.

    A) It was Ole Miss, not Mississippi State, who beat the Gators last year.

    B) Despite playing Charleston Southern, Troy, FIU, and FSU this year as non-conference foes, the Gators had the #3 strongest schedule this year: And since you know nothing about the SEC, let me point this out to you: #1-11 and #14 on the chart are SEC teams. Then you have a mix of Big 12, ACC, and Pac-10 teams. So who has the strongest conference? Going 12-0 in the SEC is not trivial.

    C) ACC divisional champions Georgia Tech and Clemson were both beaten by their SEC in-state rivals, Georgia and South Carolina respectively. These are middle-of-the-pack SEC East teams beating the ACC Champions.


  5. Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player that ever lived and he reacts to losses EXACTLY like Tebow.. coincidence? I don't think so. I think what it is is that guys like Tebow and Federer are incredibly tough mentally. But in these moments all their emotions that have been building come out all at once.

    I think it's just this same passion and desire to win that allows them to win so much.. and losing so infrequently probably make sit that much tougher.

  6. I can't help but think of Vito Corleone when he berates Johnny Fontane.

  7. How much do you want to bet all superstars stars start crying after big losses? I see everyone in football following Tebow's lead.. like Mark Sanchez and Ben Roethlisberger running like Tebow in the NFL.. players like McCoy, Bradford and Matt Barkley praising god so publicly... Tebow is the greatest leader in football.. and I expect everyone to follow along here too,,