Sunday, December 11, 2011

"Tim Tebow's Gospel of Optimism"

Frank Bruni on Tim Tebow in the Op-Ed page of today's New York Times, in what will be the most talked-about opinion column of the weekend, sports or otherwise:
He reminds us that strength comes in many forms and some people have what can be described only as a gift for winning, which isn’t synonymous with any spreadsheet inventory of what it supposedly takes to win.

This gift usually involves hope, confidence and a special composure, all of which keep a person in the game long enough, with enough energy and stability, so that a fickle entity known as luck might break his or her way. For Tebow that state of mind comes from his particular relationship with his chosen God and is a matter of religion. For someone else it might be understood and experienced as the power of positive thinking, and is a matter of psychology. Either way it boils down to stubborn optimism and bequeaths a spark. A swagger. An edge.

Longtime Teblog readers know that I feel very strongly about the more humanist message anyone can take from the Tebow phenomenon. Bruni captures it nicely (and on the biggest platform possible).

1 comment:

  1. I can't stand Bruni but that's a really good read. I hate the NY Times but I gotta admit they have gifted writers. Thanks for the link. Timteblog, you should consider allowing anonymous comments on this board. Not everybody has google, aim, etc.