Monday, January 9, 2012

Tebow Time

"Tebow threw for exactly 316 yards in the 29-23 upset win, presenting an eerie allusion to the Bible’s John 3: 16 passage — whose number Tebow famously wore in the black under his eyes when he led the Florida Gators to victory in the 2009 collegiate national championship game. What’s more, that event took place exactly three years ago on the same day as his latest miracle comeback. And that wasn’t it for the coincidences: Tebow set an NFL playoff record with, you guessed it, 31.6 yards per completion and the TV rating on CBS peaked between 8.00-8.15pm ET with a rating of, say it ain’t so, 31.6." - Glen Levy, Time Magazine online, January 9, 2011

Tim Tebow as John Henry
come to Occupy the Playoffs
sayin' 'tis no game for courtiers and kings
'tis a game for holy children,
no matter all the layers
of anger from abandonment
the giants are as pure
as naked babies underneath.
And while the greatest minds
scheme deep into the night
on how to spring their team
on a blackboard from its prison
he waited late at night
deep inside the locker room
to run to rookie Miller
and tell him of the good news
how Jesus needs this team to win.

He never was supposed to have been born
so physical restrictions don't mean much to him.
He never went to school except to play football
so the thought of himself as an individual makes him grin,
and the game plan always was a form of scripture
with time enough for prayers and gratitude,
the will to win the same as the thirst for heaven.

And when the opening kickoff
bounced right off the goalpost
and landed perfectly still
smack dab on the 20-yard line,
one knew that Jesus was in the building,
that another miracle was needed
in these hard and desperate times,
a miracle that would only happen
when the other team had reached the point
that they could put away the game,
when the last of the non-believers
had given up all hope.

1 comment:

Hannah Stephenson said...

So glad you wrote a Tebow poem. It's fascinating to there's still so much discussion around him. At this point, I'm not sure how any has anything negative to say about him (or ever did, truthfully)...I think it's some odd psychological thing that he made so many people uncomfortable.