Tim Tebow has canceled a scheduled appearance at the Dallas megachurch of Robert Jeffress, the controversial pastor whose views on other religions and homosexuality have drawn outrage in recent years.
The New York Jets backup was scheduled to deliver two sermons on April 28 at the new, $130 million building at First Baptist Dallas Church. The church boasts more than 11,000 congregants.
On Thursday, he tweeted that he would no longer honor the commitment. He didn’t specifically say why he was canceling but alluded to the controversy surrounding his appearance:
While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ’s unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my upcoming appearance. I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those needing a brighter day. Thank you for all of your love and support. God Bless!
First Baptist Church responded to Tebow’s cancellation in a statement.
“Mr. Tebow called Dr. Jeffress Wednesday evening saying that for personal and professional reasons he needed to avoid controversy at this time, but would like to come to First Baptist Dallas to speak at a future date,” the statement read.
Jeffress has made news for his critiques of other religions and lifestyles. The pastor said Muslims practice a religion that came from the depths of hell and “promote pedophilia.” In his eyes, Mormonism is a cult that should have disqualified Mitt Romney from the 2012 election.
The pastor’s also very much against homosexuality. “[It] is perverse, it represents a degradation of a person’s mind,” Jeffress has said.
It appears that Tebowing is dead but fortunately the progressive folks in Seattle have come up with, well, a perfect substitute.
Seattle Mariners Felix Hernandez tossed a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays last week and at the decisive moment Hernandez to pose with his back turned to the cameras. Loosely termed, Felixing involves balancing on one leg while raising both arms skyward.
Even Pearl Jams Eddie Vedder’s has been caught doing it.
“Tebowing,” the celebration made famous by Tim Tebow last season, is coming to Madden NFL 13. The game will feature the celebration when it is released on Aug. 28.
It’s a pose the New York Jets quarterback made famous last season while playing for the Denver Broncos.
Tebowing became an overnight sensation with seemingly everyone striking the pose. Tebow used it as a way to celebrate following a victory. Videos are all over YouTube, with ordinary people, celebrities and other athletes striking the pose. Tebowing also has its own website, tebowing.com.
It’s unclear whether the game will only allow Tebow to celebrate or if it will be an option for every player.
The video game will feature Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson on the cover.
When Tim Tebow was traded to New York Jets, some folks believed it was a marketing ploy. Others saw a marketing opportunity for themselves. Like CubbyTees.com, who fired up a “My Jesus” parody shirt to play off of Tebow’s faith and team.
Tebow wasn’t happy about the shirt and sent a cease-and-desist letter to CubbyTees.com. Kevin Doolan of Cubby Tees basically laughed off the legal action, which may explain why the NFL is stepping in and coming after the shirt company. So the NFL is taking steps to end the company’s production of the shirts and sent their own cease-and-desist letter citing the “apparent infringement of the Jets logo” as the reason for shutting the “My Jesus” shirts down.
“This fun design is not officially endorsed by New York’s backup quarterback or the Son of God, but plays off the themes of Tebow’s faith and his new team – borrowing from the J-E-T-S to promote J-E-S-U-S, with a fish for a football, and “MY” replacing “NY” with a color scheme that will be familiar to Jets fans,” the description on CubbyTees.com reads.
The Boston Celtics had to take on the Atlanta Hawks in the ATL without Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo, so Paul Pierce dropped 36 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists in 44 minutes to tie up the series.
‘The Truth’ decided to celebrate by Tebowing on the Hawks center court logo with 1:15 still left in the game.
Tim Tebow, the new backup quarterback for the New York Jets was booed at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night when he was shown on the giant video board even though he was wearing a Yankees cap.
Sitting in the third row next to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim dugout, Tebow cracked a smile and acknowledged the camera. There was a smattering of cheers, but most of the initial reactions were boos.
Tebow was acquired by the New York Jets from Denver Broncos in a much-hyped trade last month. He is expected to back up starter Mark Sanchez, even though Tebow rallied the Broncos to the NFL playoffs last season and became a polarizing sensation in the process.
Sitting next to Tebow was Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, also booed when he was shown on the scoreboard.
An unidentified bidder spent $100,000 in a charity auction for the right to spend a day with New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow participated in the Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., this weekend. The event included a gala Friday night, at which the donation was made. The money will go to support the Tim Tebow Foundation.
“It was incredible,” Tebow told the newspaper. “It’s humbling. You don’t feel worthy, but when people care about your cause and know that you’re trying to do something for other people, it’s amazing to see what can happen.”
Tebow told Newsday that he’s looking forward to working with incumbent starting quarterback Mark Sanchez when the Jets begin their voluntary workout program next week.
“I’ve been in contact with Mark, and he’s a great guy, we’ve got a great relationship,” Tebow said. “We’ll look forward to seeing each other on Monday.”
Tim Tebow drew a crowd of about 15,000 to an outdoor Easter church service Sunday in the Texas town of Georgetown, telling the gathering it’s important to be outspoken about faith while admonishing athletes about not being better role models.
Tebow told them he welcomed the attention on his convictions as well as the “Tebowing” prayer pose he often strikes on the field because it puts his faith and prayer in the public conversation.
The service took on the feel of a rock concert with more than a 100 school buses shuttling people to the sprawling mega-church campus from local shopping centers and the nearby college.
“It’s OK to be outspoken about your faith,” Tebow said.
He also took a shot at professional athletes who insist they are not role models.
“Yes you are. You’re just not a good one,” Tebow said.
Amanda O’Hara drove about 100 miles from San Antonio on Saturday and got to the church about 4:30 a.m. “to be one of the first ones here.”
“I only got about four hours sleep, I was so excited,” O’Hara said. “He doesn’t hide who he is. Parents should see him as a role model.”
Hershisering or praying just doesn’t have the same ring to it or pull that Tebowing does. However it appears after Cy Young award winning pitcher Orel Hershiser is the man that brought it the sports forefront back in 1988.
Hershiser first struck the pose after defeating the New York Mets in game 7 of the 1988 National League Championship Series. That year Hershiser had the year of his life when he lead the league with wins (23), innings pitched (267), and complete games (15) as well as finishing the season with a record 59 consecutive scoreless innings pitched, breaking the mark held by former Dodger Don Drysdale. He also won his first Gold Glove and was unanimously selected as the Cy Young Award winner, with a record of 23–8 and a 2.26 ERA.
Not to be outdone as just a fine regular season he stepped up huge in the postseason where he started Games 1 and 3 as well as recording the final out in Game 4 in relief for a save. He then pitched a shutout in Game 7 and was selected MVP of the series.
Hershiser then capped his historic season in the World Series by pitching a shutout in Game 2 and allowing two runs in a complete game in the clinching victory in Game 5, winning the World Series MVP Award.
Hershiser is the only player to receive the Cy Young award, the Championship Series MVP award, and the World Series MVP award in the same season. He later received both The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year and Sports Illustrated magazine’s Sportsman of the Year award for his accomplishments in 1988.
So it pays to do Tebowing now and then.
Two high school students were beat up after a prep basketball game in South Carolina this week after they made ‘Tebowing’ poses. The Post and Courier in Charleston reports that students from West Ashley High apparently felt that when the two students went into Tim Tebow’s familiar kneeling pose that they were taunting Waldo High, which lost the game by 20 points.
Neither of the beaten students, both 17, required hospitalization. But one began vomiting after he was kicked and punched outside the gym after the game.
Lara Isaac, mother of one of the two boys, told the Post and Courier that: “They were scared for their lives . . . No one was manning the exits to make sure this wouldn’t happen. The kids who did this apparently knew that.”
The 2011 run of Tebowmania has come to a close after the Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow were defeated badly 45-10 to the New England Patriots but not ones to miss out on the phenomenon Playboy Playmates like Amanda Cerny, Claire Sinclair, Jaime Edmondson, Jessica Hinton, Kassie Lyn, Leola Bell, Summer Altice, Irina Voronina, and Iryna Ivanova took a moment to Tebow.
Just a week ago, it seemed the Tim Tebow craze was perhaps dying down, but after this overtime playoff win over Pittsburgh Steelers you can rest assured it’s going to be bigger than ever.
Following the Denver Broncos improbable victory over the Steelers, the members of the CBS studio crew didn’t go into specifics in describing the team’s chances against the New England Patriots next weekend. Instead, they chose just Tebow’d.
That’s right Emmy winning James Brown, Hall of Famers Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, Super Bowl winning head coach Bill Cowher and former Pro Bowl quarterback Boomer Esiason all Tebow’d.
Marvel Comics and ESPN have teamed up to create special comic book sketches commemorating the Denver Broncos quarterbacks heroics during “Tebow Time.” Tebow joins the likes of Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, Hulk and Mighty Thor.
Like the Marvel heroes who pull off last minute victories, Tim Tebow has fans around the world on the edge of their seats and believing that–in our own lives–when time is running out and all looks lost, we can dig deep inside and use our various strengths to triumph over insurmountable odds.
Of course, ESPN and Marvel are both owned by parent company Disney so this whole thing falls under the “corporate synergy” umbrella.
Singer-songwriter Ryan Parker wrote a song about Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton and the new Internet fad called Ortoning just as Kyle rolls back into Denver to take on the Broncos. You knew it would only be a matter a time before Tebowing became passe and something else would take its place.
A group of high school athletes on Long Island were suspended after Tebowing in the hall. JordanFulcoly, Wayne Drexel and brothers Tyler and Connor Carroll of Riverhead High School were given one-day suspensions for their homage to Tim Tebow.
The school cited them for clogging the hallways.
“The administration told us that our Tebowing was blocking the halls and could potentially cause a riot, because they were growing in number and if the wrong kid gets pushed a brawl could ensue,” football and baseball player Connor Carroll told Cameron Smith of Yahoo’s Prep Rally. “We had no idea that we could get suspended for such a thing. It was a joke between a group of friends that took a life of its own. We figured at the most we would just be told to stop.”
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow “Tebowing” is now a ’Fathead.’ The wall poster costs $99.99. But for those that are still fans of Tebow but not incline to purchase the now infamous pose can still purchase him in action for the Broncos.