Was Tim Tebow “virginity” question out of bounds?

 

Birmingham—I get emails all the time basically asking why the media makes such a big deal out of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

 The notes I get basically say the same thing: “Well, yeah, Tebow’s a good football player and all that, but NOBODY is that good of a person. You geeks/nerds/idiots in the media need to quit fawning all over this guy and building him up. It’s too much.”

They even have a name for this attitude. It’s called the “Tebow Backlash.”

One of my mentors in the business, Irwin Smallwood of Greensboro, N.C., taught me as a rookie that reporters should always be skeptical but never cynical. But the media in the 21st century, at least what’s left of it, is incredibly cynical when it comes to analyzing Good. We don’t trust Good. Good has let us down too many times. After years of watching the Michael Vicks of the world, it’s easier (and professionally safer) to assume that Good is just a temporary destination on the way to Bad.

But here’s the deal with Tebow and I can only speak for myself. Every time that I think I have seen the limits of Tim Tebow, the athlete and human being, he does something else to make me realize that he is a once in a generation—maybe once in a lifetime—kind of person and athlete.

Thursday at SEC Media Days was a perfect example. I had a chance to spend some time with Tebow when we videotaped an interview for “Talkin’ Football” on CSS. Tebow was asked if the 2009 season, his last as a college football player, was one where anything less than an undefeated national championship would be considered a disappointment.

“Not at all. Would we like to win the SEC again? Absolutely. Would we like to win all of our games? You bet,” Tebow said. “Would we like to get another shot to play for the national championship? Of course. But this season is not going to be a failure if we don’t finish No. 1. This is about all of us getting close as a team and some of us enjoying our final season together.”

Sounds like a pretty healthy attitude.

Tebow’s personal ministry has taken him to a number of prisons over the years. But on Thursday he talked about a recent visit to Death Row. These were some of the worst for the worst. But Tebow went anyway.

“Think about that,” said Florida coach Urban Meyer. “Does it get any tougher than that? How many of us could look those men in the eye? And he does it because he wants to help. It was what he was put here to do.”

After our talk Tebow again showed why he is different than any other athlete I’ve covered. In a large interview room he was asked a totally inappropriate question—whether or not he is still a virgin (I am not going to mention the person’s name who asked the question or his website. It’s out there if you really want it).

 Tebow was within his rights to get up and walk out of the room. He was within his rights to tell the questioner that it was none of his damned business. Instead he said “Yes, I am.” The reporters in the room—at least the ones with integrity—were clearly uncomfortable at the line of questioning. Tebow laughed and put them at ease.

He took a situation where a “reporter” was clearly out of line and made light of it. It was a move few us could have made so deftly.

Look, I’m a big boy. This is the SEC and it’s a tough, competitive situation. And if you have to compete against Tebow there is only so much you can like the guy. I get that.

But I also get this. Tebow has a chance to finish his football career with three national championships, three SEC championships, and two Heisman Trophies. Are the odds against that? Of course. But if he pulls it off, you have to start talking about Tebow as perhaps the greatest college football player of all time.

And he’s done it all with a level of commitment to something bigger than football that we have rarely seen. When it comes to his faith, he has talked the talk and then he has walked the walk. To him, the slings and arrows from the cynics are worth it because the media exposure—good and bad—gives him a platform to talk about the more important things in his life.

So I, for one, am not going to spend a lot of time waiting for the other shoe to drop when it comes to Tim Tebow. I’m going to enjoy his final season at Florida, regardless of how it turns out. Because after he’s gone, we probably won’t see another one like him for a long, long time. If ever.

The guy is good. Really good.  And we are all going to have to get comfortable with that.

 

Programming note: Bob Neal, Mark Schlabach, Sandra Golden and I will do our final CSS “Talkin’ Football” show from SEC Media Days today at 6 p.m., Eastern time. Among the coaches  scheduled to appear are Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin, LSU’s Les Miles, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, and Auburn’s Gene Chizik. Please join us.

 

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204 comments Add your comment

Chris Ideker

July 24th, 2009
8:18 am

Look, I bleed orange and white. I HATE the gators. That being said, much like Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow is what college football is all about. I love the guy. The question was horrible. It is not related to anything except someone’s weak and pathetic attempt to denigrate someone who is an outstanding college athlete and role model.

hsf

July 24th, 2009
8:25 am

Whoever asked the question should never get media credentials again anywhere.

Steve

July 24th, 2009
8:27 am

Tony,
Thanks for your comments on yesterday’s press conference with Tim Tebow…..and THANK YOU for not bringing any more attention to the idiot that asked the question…it was COMPLETELY inappropriate and self-serving, which is exactly in line with the person in question. Kudos to Tim Tebow for handling it the way he did, like we would have expected anything less. I’m not a Gator fan, but I will most definitely root for Tebow wherever he goes.

SimpleDawg

July 24th, 2009
8:27 am

The moron who asked the “Virginity” question is either an idiot or an a$$hole. Anyone who invokes the Lord’s name in glory as much as Tebow is definitely not engaging in pre-marital sex. Besides, why should we care ?

Some “journalists” are more interested in trying to create news, rather than reporting the news as it happens.

As an avowed Gator Hater, good for you Tim Tebow. Carry on with your ministry….I just hope the Dawgs don’t hurt you too badly on Halloween.

Kevin Greene

July 24th, 2009
8:32 am

As an Auburn man and a Florida resident, I too am a “Gator Hater”. However, I know we are witnessing the best college football player in the past 20 years and probably in my lifetime. He is great player and leader. While I am an SEC nut, I did not miss watching any of the Gator’s games last year. I wanted to watch Tebow play.

Atlanta Gator

July 24th, 2009
8:40 am

Notwithstanding the fact the Tebow chose to answer it and handled it relatively well, the question is clearly out of bounds. Period. It has nothing to do with college football, the Gators, the SEC, sports generally, or even the source of Tebow’s inspiration and personal philosophy on life. There are some things that reporters (or, in this case, pseduo-reporter-bloggers), fans and the general public simply are not entitled to know.

Add this question to the heap of evidence of how the media contribute on a daily basis to the coarsening of popular American culture and the cheapening of American values.

athensdawg

July 24th, 2009
8:47 am

Couldn’t agree more. As a Dawg fan I have to admit it hurts to watch the gators win and win and win.

It hurts even more to watch both schools get “savior” QBs and then the Gators end up with the one that is the real deal. A leader and a gentleman, as opposed to a money hungry beer keg lifter.

I hope Tebow wins every game this year but one…..

Jake

July 24th, 2009
8:49 am

Thank goodness there is football players who kids can look up to. We need more Tebow type guys in this world.

Rational Citizen

July 24th, 2009
8:53 am

Tony Barnhart is a man of class and dignity. Well put Mr. Barnhart.

TampaGator

July 24th, 2009
8:53 am

Tony, you could not have said it better. Tebow is a man of true character. There is not a false bone in his body (unlike the person who asked the guestion…ie. Tennessee fan with no scruples), and he is a natural born leader and will be highly successful in life no matter what he does. Frankly, with so many self-serving, endulgent, and law breaking pro athletes out there, I am one (Gator fan notwithstanding) that is wishig that Tebow becomes a star in the NFL so kids finally have (probably not since Roger Staubach) a true star with real character to look up to, and who they can safely trust not to let them down. Tebow is a such a big time name in the SEC, and nationally, right now because so many of the silent majority out there who still believe in good over evil are drawn to Tebow’s true goodness and honesty. Keep up the good work, and keep spreading the love, Tim Tebow. You know what gives people the best reward in life…helping and giving to others.

Ed-Covington

July 24th, 2009
8:54 am

The question was totally inappropriate; but only indicative of the media fascination with Tebow. Should the #1 question at the SEC Media Days in Hoover really be “Who didn’t vote for Tebow?” Every media outlet and site has obssessed on that question! Also, if Stafford had had Tebow’s attitude instead of passing out drunk in the infield at Talladega maybe the Dawgs could have lived up to their #1 ranking last year. THWG

Gville dawg

July 24th, 2009
8:58 am

Tony, maybe this question was supposed to be asked to further the testimony and witness to our kids that doing things the right way can be cool too. BTW, It is tough being a dawg in Gainesville (Fl) and local folks are already pationing the Vatican for sainthood for Tim.

TampaGator

July 24th, 2009
9:00 am

Atlanta Gator, your second paragraph is, in particular, well said and written. You obviously received a great education somewhere.

[...] game from Jacksonville.Tony Barnhart isn’t even mentioning Clay Travis by name… that’s how far out of bounds he thinks the internet funnyman stepped in asking about Tebow’s virginity.  Like everyone [...]

Anonymous

July 24th, 2009
9:03 am

Clay Travis

May he NEVER receive press credentials again.

What a …, I won’t say it

Techster

July 24th, 2009
9:05 am

I just knew as aoon as I read Tony’s article that there would be some blog commenters who would criticize Tim Tebow for something (although I couldn’t imagine on what grounds). There is ALWAYS somebody like that. How refreshing to see that I was wrong – so far. Tebow is a class act, as classy as they come. I look forward to follow his career (and life) for a long time.

AllVol

July 24th, 2009
9:06 am

As so many others have stated, I am a Volunteer through and through. As such, I used to keep looking for reasons to really not like Tim Tebow, but this guy is the real deal. He’s a good player who focuses on the team, not himself. He’s an outstanding leader. He’s active in his community and around the world (and not for the PR hype). He can handle situations with finesse that most 30 and 40 year olds haven’t figured out. At this point, any slip up wouldn’t cause me to say “I told you there was something not to like” it would just show me he’s actually human (and probably make me like him even more).

C-HAM

July 24th, 2009
9:12 am

Seriously, that question was asked? Just another attempt at the media fishing for something to print. I am, as most posting, NOT a Gator fan. However, I am extremely impressed with the poise that Tebow has shown over the last few years. He was obviously raised right by his parents. His demeanor, courage, and all around goodness is something that sport hasn’t seen in a long time. It will probably be a long time until it’s seen again. I hope Tebow has a successful season and proves all the cynics wrong. There is now a (soon to be) professional athlete that my son can look up to.

Otto

July 24th, 2009
9:19 am

I can not say anything Chris Ideker, SimpleDawg and Atlanta Gator have not said above.

Tony great article and you are rare in today’s cheapening values and reporters looking to make news rather than report it. We need more like you and not just in sports.

bob dobbes

July 24th, 2009
9:20 am

For anyone else, that question would have been out of bounds.

For someone like Tebow, who wears his religion on his sleeve and uses football as an opportunity to speak about his faith, the question was totally appropriate. Tebow handled it with grace and aplomb, and it was no big deal.

In context, the question was “Do you practice what you preach?”

UGASlobberknocker

July 24th, 2009
9:21 am

That question was way out of line if you ask me. Just think of the uproar if, say, the Gymnastics team was being interviewed and someone asked one of those girls if they were a virgin. All hell would break loose.

Guy Necologist

July 24th, 2009
9:25 am

Michael Vick still has Herpes.

With all the fornication he enjoyed with other men while in prison, he probably has much worse now.

MunsonDawg

July 24th, 2009
9:27 am

Finally, some comments worth reading without the cynics. Tebow is a remarkable young man with talent, demanor and drive that most grown men wish they had today. Tony, you’re right we are witnessing a once in the liftetime player that I think in decades to come we’ll be speaking of Tebow on the same level as we talk about Dodd, Heisman and Doak Walker today. Call me crazy… but how many young men say that one of the reasons he came back for his senior year is because he’s recognized the impact a bible verse on eye black has on millions of fans.

Atlaub Fan

July 24th, 2009
9:27 am

What a terrible thing to say by that reporter. That guy and whoever put the secret camera in Erin Andrews room have no respect for anyone.

KR

July 24th, 2009
9:28 am

The question was totally inappropriate. The SEC should sanction the person who asked the question. If Mike Slive is going to hold the coaches’ feet to the fire regarding media relations, he should hold members of the media to similar standards.

But I’m glad Tebow chose to answer it. In an era when a startling number of college football players have already fathered children, it’s refreshing to hear one of the best players admit that he has followed the teachings of his faith. One can only hope that some of the high school players coming up through the ranks will hear this and alter their behavior to emulate Tebow.

[...] Tony Barnhart of the AJC examines whether the question about Tim Tebow’s virginity was out of bounds. [...]

Dawgaholic

July 24th, 2009
9:29 am

I will be glad when lsu and uga beat florida this season so that the tebow talk dwindles down some…..getting really, really, old……..I mean i got tired of all the pollack talk even though i loved the player that he was..

Matt

July 24th, 2009
9:30 am

Another Dawg fan with nothing but respect for Tim. As much as I hate the Gators, Tebow embodies the spirit of college football.

I hope to see an epic contest in JAX this year.

Ali Akbar Allah

July 24th, 2009
9:31 am

Tony, Are you still a virgin?

Chris

July 24th, 2009
9:31 am

I bleed red and black. Like Hitler in the dubbed over utube video last year, I really like that guy (Tebow). I can’t help myself. He is the real item. The kid is just so incredibly sincere and genuine in interviews.

But the interview with Urban Meyer on Talking Football? He was asked ‘Tim has won two national titles and a Heisman. What more can he accomplish’? Meyer seemed aghast and said that ‘only yesterday 18 felons offered up to witness for Jesus after Tim spoke to the prisoners’. As if it was an amazing accomplishment. The laying hands stuff gets to be a bit much by Coach Meyer.
If Tebow behaved the same way but was Jewish or Muslim, would the reaction be similar?

Really Can't Stand the Gators

July 24th, 2009
9:33 am

Tebow is a young man of honor and candor. He has repeatedly stated that he is a young man of Christian values and has shown that he upholds those values through the works that he has been documented doing. But while the question was mildly embarrassing, it was in-line with the core beliefs that he has stated that he holds. I believe he answered it truthfully and now it doesn’t have to be asked again. While I’m a die-hard Dawg fan, I glad that my prodigal Gator-fan son has someone like Tebow to admire.

Cuz

July 24th, 2009
9:34 am

Look I agree that Tim Tebow is a great player and individual. I also agree that the person who asked him about his sex life was out of line. I think he does wonderful mission work and since I profess to be a Christian, I think he is a shining example of our faith. Where am I going, only here. He handled the ignoramus reporter well. But he better get used to reporters and so-called reporters asking him ugly, awful questions. Tim, get ready for your life to be spread over the tabloids with you being the father of an alien baby. It will get much worse. And I for one do not think he is sinnless, just forgiven. Good luck in the Heisman race Tim, I hope you win enough games to win that, but I would rather the Dawgs win the SEC east. I wish you a sucessful career in whatever you decide to do after college.

Kid Ray

July 24th, 2009
9:41 am

TB – 650 media…900 media at the SEC…How many are “real” journalists (i.e. college degrees in Journalism or English) and how many are “bloggers” still living in moms basement?

Go Rutgers!

HomeTownLegend

July 24th, 2009
9:41 am

I’ll have to disagree with Tony and most of the commenters, as well as all the “media” sources I’ve read, that take objection to the question Tebow was asked. First, he was not asked if he was a “virgin.” If you have not heard the audio of the question I would encourage you to do so. The reporter linked the question to Tebow’s faith, which has been the focus of countless interviews (including the current SI story).

The reality is that for all the stories of him speaking at a prison it may possibly be his answer to this question that makes many people, specifically young people, take notice of his faith in Christ. Spending time sharing his faith at a prison is a time commitment, but “saving himself for marriage” (as the question was posed) is a lifestyle that requires a higher level of devotion and reflects his relationship with Christ.

I am glad the question was asked in the forum it was, glad it has gotten the publicity it has and hopeful that more Christians would be bold enough to welcome questions that reveal their true beliefs.

Mike

July 24th, 2009
9:41 am

I am a Seminole fan, went to Florida State and hate the Gators. That said, Tim Tebow seems like a really good kid and whoever asked that question is a complete jerk.

I am also impressed that despite all of his success his head is still on straight. He not only talks the Christian talk but he lives out its ideals.

I hope that his last year is a good one (except against my ‘Noles!) and I’ll be happy to see him head off to the NFL! :)

BILLY JACK

July 24th, 2009
9:45 am

I love Georgia and wish Tim Tebow would hurry up and graduate,he is a great young man.I hope my son would grow up and have his values and work ethic.The question was clearly out of line.The reporter should worry about being struck by lightning or swept away by a tornado sometime soon.

Steve

July 24th, 2009
9:47 am

Tim Tebow played high school football at a school that he did not attend in an area where he lived out of district. He was home-schooled. His dad used money from his missions and Nease high booster money to rent him an apartment in Nease’s district. That is very deceptive and Jesus would not do it. Ask the high school coaches around Jacksonville about when Tebow was a sophomore in high school and how him and his dad went around to the different schools in the area saying, “My son will play for you, if, we run the offense this way.” After St. Augustine high beat them in the playoffs his junior year, he refused to shake hands with the opposition. I was there. It was kind of like when he chomped in the DB’s face that picked him off in the championship game against Oklahoma. This guy is not a role model. He is a grown man that publicly cries (just like Urban Meyer). He is a virgin because he is gay. (See his make out session with Tony Joiner in ‘07).

JaxDawg

July 24th, 2009
9:49 am

Living in Jacksonville, we get more coverage of Tebow than anywhere, and I’ve heard several of his interviews on local sports-talk radio, and I’m always amazed at his humility and sincere concern/care for his fellow man. He spoke yesterday about how while he loves football and is passionate about it, it doesn’t define who he is as a person. When asked about how he deals with all the pressure of his position and the expectations of this season, he basically said, “I play a game, pressure is not knowing how your’re going to feed your family, pressure is being a solider in combat in Iraq, pressure is being an orphan in a third world country without a place to call home, again I’m just playing a game, and while I’m a competitior and passionate about what I do on the field, at the end of the day I’m still just playing a game, so no real pressure.” not the exact letter for letter quote, but that is pretty close to what he said.

I’m a life long dawg fan who was born and raised in Athens, and as big a dawg fan as anyone, and living in Jax, can’t stand all of the gator hype, however from everything I’ve seen and heard about him, he truly appears to be the real deal. He’s a great role model and more importantly a great christian and makes no apologies for being one. Unfortunately we live in a society where christians who are vocal about their faith are looked at with a microscope, and have people just waiting and hoping for a slip up from them so they can label them a “hypocrite”. It’s not an easy thing to do these days. When you consider his popularity and being a “big man on campus” from day one, the amount of temptation that must be thrown his way, and the advent of camera/video phones ready to capture the slightest transgression (see Stafford holding the keg), it’s amazing to me that he has never put himself in a compromising position. He walks the talk.

That being said, I will be pulling for the dawgs to beat him and the gators this year, and for obvious reasons can’t pull for him (or any gator for that matter) on the football field. However as a fellow christian I’m pulling for him as a person and hope he continues to inspire and encourage people wherever his path takes him.

Captain Sarcasm

July 24th, 2009
9:52 am

That unscrupulous Clay Travis!! How dare he ask a question to which the entire press corps wanted an answer?

How dare he provide a platform for a concrete example of Tim Tebow’s faith; inspiring fans (me included) and press alike?

Do yourself a favor and read Travis’ recent entry regarding Erin Andrews; he is a talented writer who lays bare an ugly theme in sport and society.

C’mon MCF, just because your medium is no longer held hostage by cigar-chomping editors, don’t hate on web media who can actually engage in some daring, if controversial, journalism.

UGASlobberknocker

July 24th, 2009
9:52 am

Steve’s comments above take the prize as most asinine post of the week…and on this blog, that’s saying something.

Jeff

July 24th, 2009
9:54 am

The “Tebow Backlash” reminds me of the Peyton Manning backlash. Both class acts, but both became a bit of a victim of their success. That backlash cost Manning the Heisman Trophy…I hope that isn’t the case with Tebow. And I am disappointed in Clay Travis. I used to read his columns and I have read his book, and he is usually funny and smart. Perhaps he is wanting the attention such a question would invariably bring.

pratt

July 24th, 2009
9:59 am

Tim Tebow is a guy we can all respect. It will be interesting to see the media reaction when he succumbs to temptation or does something that can be characterized as a fault or wrong. If you think the media frenzy is something to behold now, wait til he “sins”. Keep in mind that he is a man, not a saint. (unless drafted by New Orleans)

gatordowneast

July 24th, 2009
10:00 am

I feel fortunate to have been witness to Herschel Walker for the pups and Tebow for the Gators. Prior to TT, Herschel was the best college football player on offense that I’ve seen. Will reserve judgement until after this season on whether Tebow ends up ahead of Walker. Both special, special players and people.

Frozen_Gator

July 24th, 2009
10:01 am

Thank you Tony for that column and the way you wrote it……and to you and the previous posters yea,yes and more yes….. there is one other point, this was a BAD bad question, he was too lazy to get new bad material, this subject was covered with Jay Barker and Danny Weurfell long ago. It is old and still tasteless.

VanDSIRROM

July 24th, 2009
10:02 am

Tony Barhart, thank you for “getting it right” about Tim Tebow. You have brought out not only the ‘good in Tim Tebow’ but also ‘the good in so many of your readers’.

There are far too many in our society who do not value ‘good’ any longer. We now live in a time when ‘good is called bad’ and ‘bad is called good’.

Tony, I have moved from being a ‘fan of Mr. College Football’ to being an admirer of ‘Tony Barnhart, man of character and principles’. You have said today what so many have been waiting to hear. I for one–and I trust many others–admire your courage to publicly call ‘good good’ and ‘bad bad’. And there’s nothing relative about the terms.

God Bless you.

Voice of Reason

July 24th, 2009
10:02 am

As much as I have tried to dislike Tebow, there is really just no way to. He makes it impossible to hate him and, as a dawg fan, that is the only reason you can have to, because he makes it impossible. That said, to the person who previously said that they hope Tebow “becomes a star in the NFL so kids finally have (probably not since Roger Staubach) a true star with real character to look up to, and who they can safely trust not to let them down”, I must remind you that they have one of those now in Peyton Manning, yet I agree that it would be great to have more like Manning AND Tebow. As a colts fan as well, I would like to see us draft Tebow so that Peyton can teach him “how to be an NFL QB”, which so mnay people think he will not be able to do. Who better to learn from?

Bill

July 24th, 2009
10:06 am

Great job Tony. God bless Tebow for doing whats right, what a guy.

PMC

July 24th, 2009
10:07 am

If there were no press and no money to be made from it I believe he would still be doing what he’s doing. Yes by default that means he is a good person. I’m not sure why anyone would even ask the virginity question. It would be more relevant to ask what he is doing to become a more NFL ready QB.

[...] Barnhart writes, “After our talk Tebow again showed why he is different than any other athlete I’ve covered. In a large interview room he was asked a totally inappropriate question—whether or not he is still a virgin (I am not going to mention the person’s name who asked the question or his website. It’s out there if you really want it).” [...]

militarydawgindc

July 24th, 2009
10:07 am

i’m a dawg fan, but a follow of Jesus first..I’m glad he has chosen to use his platform to preach the gospel..I’d serve with tim anytime…I do hope the dawgs whip em though

Z.Itchy

July 24th, 2009
10:07 am

I’m not surprised that a news employee (they’ve stopped being journalists, sports or no) asked the questions. I would be surprised if his intent was to not to embarrass Mr. Tebow. It is well known that TT is a committed Christian. Staying a virgin until married is standard behavior for those who belong to Christ. But man has perverted God’s ways in favor of whatever they want to do. So the news employee thought he was calling out a freak. But to paraphrase Joseph from the Bible, he told his brothers who had sold him into slavery, that what they meant for evil, God turned to good. I think TT did the same.

[...] more measured response exists, but you can go ahead and go fully plaid by listening to the excerpts on Finebaum, and then enjoy a [...]

TampaDave

July 24th, 2009
10:08 am

Tony, just when I think EVERYONE in journalism has gone TMZ, you restore my faith and make me realize there are still real professionals in the field. Thank you. It is no wonder that with anyone I talk to, fans etc, you are indeed Mr. College Football and the most respected journalist in the South.

Slow Freddie

July 24th, 2009
10:11 am

David, 9:39 post, and Steve, 9:47 post, your a couple of really sick puppies. Your personal lives must be one constant hell. You are to be pitied.

PTC DAWG

July 24th, 2009
10:12 am

ONLY a HUGE IDIOT would ask Tebow a question along those lines. That person should be banned from reporting on SEC football.

Slow Freddie

July 24th, 2009
10:12 am

Sorry for the grammar error: “you”re” — not “your”.

Bama Aaron

July 24th, 2009
10:13 am

As a Bama man I really hate Tim Tebow the player for what he did to my Tide in the SEC title game last season. But as a person you can’t help but like the kid and really admire what he stands for.
I’ll admit I’ve been of grumbling about him because all of the praise and constant fawning over him that most of the media does will give you Tebow fatigue. However what that “blogger” did yesterday was totally classless. And Tebow’s response truly showed his character and how much better than that blogger he really is.

gatorman770

July 24th, 2009
10:16 am

Great article Tony!

The comment from “Steve” would be a perfect example for a psychology teacher to show the concept of “projection”. The questions for Steve is whether he’s a homosexual or just a virgin himself. Bets anyone?

Bamafan

July 24th, 2009
10:19 am

Tim Tebow is the best college football player in the past few years and he is just like former great qb
Jay Barker of Alabama. Tim and Jay both love the Lord JESUS CHRIST and would tell you in a new york minute. The question asked by Clay Travis was out of line and it was stupid to ask it in the first
place. If you want kids to have a role model to follow than TIM TEBOW is the best one to follow!!

jumbeauxtiger

July 24th, 2009
10:19 am

Here is the media vote taken this morning:

SEC PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
64 total votes

SEC Champions – Florida (63), Ole Miss (1)

Eastern Division
1. Florida (64) 64
2. Georgia 133
3. South Carolina 217
4. Tennessee 258
5. Vanderbilt 317
6. Kentucky 355

Western Division
1. Alabama (33) 109
2. LSU (15) 145
3. Ole Miss (16) 149
4. Arkansas 245
5. Auburn 309
6. Mississippi State 387

No surprise about the Gators. Some thought Ole Miss would be favored to win the West but I don’t see them beating LSU or Bama. That is not intended to be a flame, just my opinion. Bama should have the edge based on LSU’s schedule. I see Bama going 7-1 while LSU and Ole Miss go 6-2. This could be one of the most exciting SEC seasons in recent memory.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

mcdawg

July 24th, 2009
10:20 am

play ball!!

UF goes to Baton Rouge this year?? can’t wait for that game

TampaDave

July 24th, 2009
10:21 am

gatorman770…I don’t know if “Steve” is a homosexual or a virgin and it’s really none of my business but one thing is for sure…he has “opened his mouth” and removed all doubt as to whether he is an idiot…

alphatiger93

July 24th, 2009
10:22 am

Players shouldn’t be subjected to personal questions like that, but I’m glad that Tebow took it in stride. I think he is a standup guy and as far as his beliefs and faith go, he is the real deal. He talks the talk and walks the walk, and there will always be people who will take potshots at him for it. Regardless of what team you root for, its hard not to like Tim Tebow. I wish him the best in his future endeavors, wherever that might take him.

Nick

July 24th, 2009
10:24 am

Tim Tebow is not a virgin, he’s been bending the SEC over for 3 years now. Oh, wait, that’s not what he meant…

PAUL

July 24th, 2009
10:32 am

Tony,

This is why you are the best in the business….I live in the state of Florida, but i am anything but a Gator fan……But this kid Tebow is really special….It takes a lot more guts to stand up for what you believe than to run over a linebacker…..

lakerat

July 24th, 2009
10:38 am

I liked Tim’s Dad’s comment in the SI article supplied yesterday by the Gator fan – when talking about wanting a son, he said “I asked God for a preacher, and he gave me a quarterback!”. And, he gave him a pretty good person, too!

David

July 24th, 2009
10:41 am

It takes one comment to make all you morons react. Typical gator fans. The issue is not that he is gay or not, is that he is a phony. Every thing he does or say is staged, and he makes sure the cameras are around when he says or does anything.

After living in Florida for over 20 years, Gators would disown him if he came out of the closet.

Nachos

July 24th, 2009
10:45 am

Bill

July 24th, 2009
10:46 am

Leave it to a Vol to ask as question like that…lose on the field and at life

sact

July 24th, 2009
10:50 am

THANKS TONY,…….CLASSY ARTICLE ABOUT A CLASSY PERSON………..BAMA FAN AND A DAD HERE THAT LIKES THE FACT MY SON HAS A PERSON WITH VALUES TO SEE AS A ROLE MODEL……..THANK GOD…….REPORTER SHOULD LOSE HIS CREDENTIALS ……AND HOPEFULLY TEBOW WILL PLAY WELL BUT LOSE TO BAMA IN A CLOSE ONE IN SEC CHAMPIONSHIP………AGAIN……GOD BLESS TIM TEBOW AND YOU AS WELL TONY

Bo in North Carolina

July 24th, 2009
10:53 am

Tampa Dave, I’m a Dawg in North Carolina and I completely agree with you. Best of luck Tebow

Cameron

July 24th, 2009
10:53 am

Usually, there is nothing but vile, obscene posts on these blogs about one school or another. Tim Tebow has brought nothing but good things out of all the posters. That in itself is one heck of an accomplishment. I am a UGA fan and want to not like this kid, but simple can’t. My friends hate him. I always say, “How can you hate a guy who volunteers to go on missions in the Phillipines in his FREE time in the OFFSEASON?” 100% class all the way. God Bless Tim Tebow.

Smarty

July 24th, 2009
10:54 am

I don’t know if Tebow’s phony or not. I hope not. But what about his coach ? Again, I don’t know, but I bet there are plenty of Tebow “fans” who thinks Urban IS phony. Quite the irony, huh ?

Paul Finebaum flames both Florida and Bama

July 24th, 2009
10:56 am

Anyone see Finebaum flame both of em in one shot last night. Man it was funny but the guy had a point. I’ll paraphrase.

“Florida fans are the worst. They act like they’re Alabama or Notre Dame or something. They’ve only been good 20 years and don’t realize that Florida football was non-existent pre Steve Spurrier. Of course Meyer will look at ND”. He then referenced the something about the ND tradition being more than 20 years and all that stuff.

On Bama he said. “And they want to give Nick Saban an extended contract and a raise? For what? The man doesn’t have a buyout so why give him a raise and extend his contract? Alabama fans just don’t want to hurt Saban’s feelings so they throw more money at him”.

Like him or not there is a lot of truth in his statements about both Bama and Florida. Florida’s program has been great for 20 years and lately in particular but other than that they have been largely irrelevant throughout their history. These guys have a way overblown sense of ego.

Bama fans. Think they should throw more money at Saban cause they don’t want to make him feel bad. Their is some truth here as well. This guy has way to much power and control at Bama. Make him win a national title before you start throwing even more money at him you chumps.

Reality Check

July 24th, 2009
11:15 am

Tony – It’s a shame that you’re drinking this Tebow-hyperbole “Kool Aid”. He is a fantastic player, but no better than Matt Leinart, Tommy Frazier or McCoy and Bradford, the current Heisman winner. He’s a great kid, but no better than McCoy who is another humble Christian kid who’s been doing missionary work in Central America for years…WITHOUT THE NEED FOR MEDIA COVERAGE. It would be great if media types gave this kind of coverage to all the HUNDREDS of other student athletes who do what Tebow does AND MORE. Instead we get TV games with media members going overboard about how “15 minutes with Tebow would change our lives.” How do we know that Tebow is a better leader than McCoy or Bradford…last time I checked each had a TEAM with one loss at the end of the regular season. Texas and Florida finished with the exact same record. Is it because Bradford and McCoy and Tommy Frazier and Matt Leinart and Danny Weurffel weren’t running around yelling at teammates? Tony, I enjoy your writing, but before we proclaim this great football player the greatest to ever walk the earth, let’s slow down and remember that their are a few great football players in the game right now who in their own way do just as much as Tim. But because it doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles that attract attention, folks like you and others don’t want to give it the light of day.

Dave

July 24th, 2009
11:16 am

I think the way to reduce these type questions is in the article you should have identified the name of the reporter and what media source this reporter works for. If you want to ask an embarrassing question fine, but you should be part of the embarrassment as should your employer..

Bill

July 24th, 2009
11:17 am

Mr Finebaum Flames…

Over the last 50 years, Florida has a better winning % and only one less national title than ND. Finebaum is a clown of the highest order.

Gatorzone

July 24th, 2009
11:27 am

Kudos to all of the classy posts today. Some things supercede sports and I am thankful that the QB for UF is such a class act!

[...] Was Tim Tebow “virginity” question out of bounds? | Mr. College Football [...]

Gary

July 24th, 2009
11:35 am

Tony, thanks for the interview with Tebow.

Huge Dawg fan here, but have come to respect Tebow, even though he breaks my heart and has me fighting mad on gameday. I root for a bad game from him on the field because I am a fan and a bad game from him helps my team, but off the field I salute the guy because he is a stand up human being. The whole death row story is a perfect example. I couldn’t do it and it takes a certain character like Tim to be able to do that. Hats off to him and I hope the whole world has something to offer him whether it be football or something else after this year.

As for jag off that came up with that question, what does the person who employee’s him thinking about this morning? Not very good I hope.

MattInSTL

July 24th, 2009
11:36 am

MattInSTL

July 24th, 2009
11:36 am

Sorry, Amen, Tony!

JenniferGO Dawgs

July 24th, 2009
11:40 am

I bleed red and black and yes all I hear is Tim Tebow this and Tim Tebow that, the media has made him a god like creature, there is only one GOD and he is not it so tim get off your high horse!

Chad

July 24th, 2009
11:46 am

I don’t understand the furor. If you accept that the questioner’s claim that he expected the answer he received, the incident becomes much more palatable and even (to many) refreshing. I guarantee thousands of young football fans across the South that would be encouraged by Tebow’s candor and commitment on the matter.

Frozen_Gator

July 24th, 2009
11:47 am

Finebaum..The last 20’s years have long time coming, but don’t say we have been irrelovent, that’s not true. At least not for many Gators who are fortunate to still be here and those who gone to a better place.

Huh?

July 24th, 2009
12:00 pm

Tony, I would like some reports on how the investigation is going in uncovering the culprit behind the Florida SEC championship snub. Whoever it is should man up and come clean while they have the chance. If not, they can kiss their career good bye. It is simply unconscionable not to vote for Florida to win the SEC. I am simply in shock!!!

Island Dawg

July 24th, 2009
12:05 pm

Tebow could be absolutely slaying it in Gainesville or anywhere else he goes. If he has truly stayed true to his values and remained a virgin I am extremely impressed by his resistance to temptation; I know I couldn’t do it. Also even if he’s not, who cares? What a stupid a$$ question. I agree how pi$$ed NOW would be if someone asked a gymnast that question or questioned a softball player’s sexuality

BravesFan79

July 24th, 2009
12:08 pm

As a GT/UGA fan i gotta say theres probably not a more humble football player on the planet. The complete opposite of the Vicks, and Travis Henrys of the world. But then again that should come as no surprise because we all know the majority of black youth culture is morally bankrupt.

BravesFan79

July 24th, 2009
12:33 pm

The world needs more Warrick Dunns and Dikembe Mutombos. Sadly, scumbags like Chris Brown are more accepted and looked up to in black schools than the quality men. Is it the Jews fault for owning BET and the lack of values in black culture like Farrakhan claims? Or is it Jessy Jacksons fault for failing to place the blame where it should lay… in the destruction of the black family by black men? Personally i agree with the “other Jessy” Jessy Peterson is 100% right, and so is Cosby. But sadly their names and ideas are rarely mentioned by the national media. Why? Because the NAACP dosent make any $$ off of placing the blame on its on people!

Anonymous

July 24th, 2009
12:37 pm

Huh?,

The same person who voted for Jevan Snead instead of Tim for first team All-SEC OB. (SOS)

Anonymous

July 24th, 2009
12:39 pm

BravesFan79,

Your racist spew has no place here, or anywhere else for that matter!

kauai dawg

July 24th, 2009
12:43 pm

Great article Mr. Football!
The question was way out of line and just demonstrates the character and integrity that Tebow displays. I am a huge DAWGS fan but yet I admire Tebow and his character. He is great for college football and yet he is great for the world. A young man who has his head on straight and more important, his heart is right and he is unashamed of his relationship with Jesus Christ! Keep up the great work Tony and thanks for not being a reporter of this day and age. Go DAWGS!

Joe

July 24th, 2009
12:54 pm

must you write about florida everyday??????????????????

Huh?

July 24th, 2009
12:59 pm

The same person who voted for Jevan Snead instead of Tim for first team All-SEC OB. (SOS)

Can’t be. We’re talking about a media vote. They should be able to lift fingerprints off the guy’s ballot or trace it to his computer if he submitted it electronically. What kind of moron thinks they can get away with something like this? They are toast.

G8R GRAD

July 24th, 2009
1:03 pm

I have said it before, and I’ll say it again:

Tim Tebow is the kind of young man any Dad would be proud to call his son.
He is a refreshing departure from the daily parade of disappointment sensationalized by our media (to echo Atlanta Gator’s sentiment).

Erin

July 24th, 2009
1:07 pm

I’ve been a Bulldog since birth and it pains me to like anyone who wears a Gator on their uniform, you can’t talk bad about Tebow. He speaks of his faith and his life doesn’t contradict what he says. I admire him as a human being and for the football player he is. (Even if I still hope he loses on a certain Saturday in the Fall.) As for the question, totally out of line and that reporter should have been kicked out of the interview room. Shameless! But kudos to Tebow for now balking.

MyWhiskeyClear

July 24th, 2009
1:13 pm

If he wins that 3rd championship and gets the Heisman again I plan on using his name as an analogy for anyone that is the best at anything…eg “Wow! That guy is the Tim Tebow of garbage collectors right there!” or “Don’t just do your job. Be the Tim Tebow of Executive VP’s” I’m givin’ it a 32.74% chance of actually catchin’ on…

Bill

July 24th, 2009
1:16 pm

Jennifer you are challenging Steve for stupid post of the day.Tebow is not God.Ask him and he’ll tell you he sins like the rest of us.The difference is Tim makes every efoort not to sin.

utfaninga

July 24th, 2009
1:18 pm

First of all, just because a UT person asks this question does not mean all UT fans are of that line. Secondly, as a father, I am glad the question was asked and answered. Tim Tebow is a young man that I can point my boys to as an example of someone who can be highly successful and still live for the Lord. This question provided a PLATFORM for his character and morals to be put on display. Remember, people tried to trap Jesus with questions too and they wound up being the ones who looked foolish.

I hate the Gators and I can’t wait for Tim to graduate. But as a person, he has my respect. And STEVE…wow…what a comment. Nobody said he was perfect. High school kids make mistakes…as do college students. His character is still to be admired…if I had a choice of my boys turning out like Tebow or you…I’d go with the UF QB anyday of the week and twice on Sunday.

MyWhiskeyClear

July 24th, 2009
1:24 pm

I don’t think the question was TOO unfair. I think anyone who chooses a track in life that puts them in the public eye should be ready (as Tebow clearly was and is) to be srutinized and judged. We give people the illusion that their private life should stay private (and trust me, I’m not saying reporters should ask about it at media events), but in reality EVERYONE’s private life speaks to who you actually are and could be found out at any time. So if you’re in the public eye it shouldn’t be so shocking to get a question about it. The better question is whether you’re living it in a way you’re proud of and want people to know about. In this case Tebow sets a great example by answering the question with no apology or regret as to what his answer was. Very refreshing indeed.

KD

July 24th, 2009
1:24 pm

Can we please talk about something else besides TEBOW??! A down has not been played and I’m already sick of him. GEES. WHO CARES, WHO CARES, WHO CARES!! He can pick his nose and beat off in a public park. WHO CARES!!!??? Talk about SOMETHING else. PLEASE!

JDW

July 24th, 2009
1:33 pm

Personally I have an ginormous case of “Tebow Backlash”. I loathe the constant undercurrent of religion in everything he does and the holier-than-thou attitude that comes along with it. As for being the best college football player ever…not! Herschel Walker took a Georgia team and program that had become mediocre and turned it into the dominate team of the early 80’s. His Georgia teams won 3 SEC Championships, 1 National Championship and played for two others. Total team record over his three years 33-3, Tebow’s 35-6. Is Tebow a good college football player? Of course, but he is no Herschel Walker.

utfaninga

July 24th, 2009
1:44 pm

JDW…I beg to differ. UGA did NOT play for 3 National Championships while Herschel was there. Clemson played for the title in 81 and UGA only had a chance if a series of events happened. I do admit he was a dominant player, but the SEC was not as good back then as it is now. Florida has won TWO national titles while Tebow has been there, TWO SEC titles, and more than likely will add a 3rd to both of those (although I hope not). And Tebow STAYED IN SCHOOL instead of bolting for a now defunct league like Herschel. I guess he could have gone to the UFL, but he figured a college degree was worth a little more as were his teammates.

Heaven forbid someone have a solid faith and speak out about it…

chazzo

July 24th, 2009
1:44 pm

Rocky’s coach told him women would make his legs weak. Maybe that’s Tebow’s secret. What a dumb move on that reporters part. Nice article, though. I, too, who have bad mouthed Tebow from day one, have been impressed with his personal demeanor and determination. It is nice to know that you don’t have to be dumb, vulgar, and criminal to succeed in athletics. That is a massive generalization and I am leaving the way I stated it.

Bubba Ajhmadeni

July 24th, 2009
1:45 pm

Dude’s a better man than me. If I was that much of a BMOC, I’d be tapping as many, as often as I could.

Dawg Tired

July 24th, 2009
1:50 pm

The world needs more people like Tim Tebow. I’ve repeatedly said on these blogs that he is clearly the best player in college football today. He is probably the best combination of skill,heart, and leadership ever. His faith is obviously the driving force in his life. HOw can anyone not like Tim Tebow?

Voice of Reason

July 24th, 2009
1:56 pm

wow anonymous- thanks for embodying the very essence of what BravesFan was talking about. Rascist spew? exact opposite.

m

July 24th, 2009
2:12 pm

Tony….stop all this sec worship….you are making us all sick.

The ACC plays seven regular season games with the mighty sec.

I bet you the ACC wins at least 4 out of 7….just like last year winning 6 out of 10 in the regular season.

The sec is all hat and no cattle…it is the chan gomer gailey of conferences.

JDW

July 24th, 2009
2:20 pm

Well, utfaninga you may beg and you certainly differ but you have not persuaded me that Tebow is a worthy contender to the title. As for speaking out…wouldn’t the world be a better place if heaven did forbid the speaking out of one’s faith. Think of all the wars, lives and capital that would have been saved.

Archie

July 24th, 2009
2:23 pm

I don’t think the question was out of bounds at all. I think the perfect evidence of that was the poise at which the subject of the question handled it while everyone else in the room squirmed at the question. Tim Tebow is a self assured, confident man who is strong in beliefs and convictions, there’s no question you can ask the man that he wouldn’t handle with poise and dignity. There’s a difference between and “out of bounds” question and simply a tough or uncomfortable question, and life is full of discussions and conversations that need to be had even if they’re unpleasant. The point of the virginity question was not to find out the specific answer, but the manner in which it was answered. The tone and poise of the response is a far more detailed answer than a simple yes or no. The question was really meant to find out whether Tebow lives his life in the Godly manner in which we all believe he does. The question had no tact and was in poor taste, but it was a question that let us learn whether or not Tebow is really the man we all believe he is, so in that respect it was an honest and fair question. In this day in age when our sports heroes all to often turn out to be a person completely opposite of what we think they are, it’s inspiring to find one who turns out to be the perfect role model. I think the question taught us just as much about the insecurities of the reporters in the room than it did about the strength and poise of Tim Tebow’s beliefs. Afterall, he wasn’t the one offended by it, so if he wasn’t then why should anyone else take the offense for him?

whatfor

July 24th, 2009
2:26 pm

Great article, Mr College Football. I am by no means a Florida fan, but you have to tip your hat to Tebow. Regardless what team you pull for (or against) – Tebow has earned my respect and is the perfect example of what a college athlete (or for that matter, a human being) should strive to be, with the qualities of hard work, discipline, character, integrity, leadership (who can ever forget that interview after last season’s loss to Ole Miss), etc. What a breath of fresh air Tebow has been.

DawgfaninJesup

July 24th, 2009
2:34 pm

To begin: I DISLIKE THE GATORS MORE THAN THE RECENT ROOT CANAL I HAD. Tebow is fabulous and I can’t wait until he is gone. As far as the virgin question, maybe it should not have been asked, but the fact that someone of his status answered the question and said no it FANTASTIC!! Young men are bombarded this day and age with sex and to have someone of his stature state that they are a virgin is great and very necessary. Good morals and living a life of faith are not in “vogue” in this day and age and the fact that he answered that question the way he did is a wonderful thing and I for one am glad it happened.

Tim Tebow

July 24th, 2009
2:40 pm

gatorsrule

July 24th, 2009
2:53 pm

Great story Tony. Tim is a great athlete, qb football player and all that.

More important than all that is he is a great Christian youngman. What he did in answering that one question is a tribute and testimony to who he is as a Christian young man. What he did will cause some to question, as it has, how can he do that? That opens the door for his ministry. It gives him an opening by which he can spread God’s word to some who otherwise may not have given it a second thought. Tim understands that even tough he is heaped with praise it is Christ Jesus who is truly the beneficiary and recipient of the Glory, and rightly so.

You hear it all the time when someone stands up and thanks God. Why do they have to do that? Why can’t they do that in church where it belongs instead of making us have to listen to it? Do they really think God care who wins a football game?

First off God is to get all the glory for all things. Secondly as Christians we are to go out unto all the world. We are commanded to go about and spread the word(JESUS). Thirdly God doesn’t really care about football. He does however expect thanks and Glory for ALL THINGS. Because without him nothing is.

Pratt

As for your statement Tim is a Saint as are all born again Christians. Guess I didn’t have to say born again. You can’t be a Christian unless you are born again and saved by the shed blood of Christ. Being a saint isn’t something given to you by a church, a Pope or a Pastor. It is something bestowed upon you by God when you accept his son Jesus as your Lord and Savior. It is not something granted by earthly powers.

As a Christian you are still a sinner. You still have a sin nature as long as you wear an earthly shell. You don’t stop sinning completely you just strive harder for perfection. Your sights are on Jesus and making him happy not on making the world and those around you happy. You hate sin. You take no pleasure in it like you did in the past. You ask for forgiveness when you do and guidance from God to resist the temptations.

A Christian is not a hypocrite because he sins. We are born sinners just like everyone else. If you continue over and over in that sin then you are a hypocrite, or perhaps not a Christian at all. You can fool yourself into thinking you are a Christian. That is why we are to exam ourselves to see if we are of the faith.

Tim is a great Christian example to the world. Christian and non Christian alike. I hope one day to be as strong in my faith and Christian walk as Brother Tim is.

Ted Striker

July 24th, 2009
3:00 pm

The question was out of line.

Ed

July 24th, 2009
3:02 pm

Tim Tebow is simply the Herschel Walker of his generation, period. He’s also a great kid. How he can be comfortable at a coarse place like UF I’ll never know, but he obviously is so more power to him. The question was disgraceful and way out of line, but the answer isn’t surprising. I hope the Dawgs kick his butt in October, but after that I wish him nothing but the best.

Ed

July 24th, 2009
3:09 pm

utfaninga: much of what Steve said was indeed out of line, but he does have a point about the showboating on the field. No one’s perfect, especially at that age, but the one chink in Tebow’s otherwise shining armor is that he does get a little too demonstrative on the field, to the point of showing up the other side. The crying incident also shows that he might not be the best loser, either. But if hyper-competitiveness is his only achille’s heel, then he’s a heck of a lot better than most of us.

Gen Neyland

July 24th, 2009
3:33 pm

The question sounded TMZish. Goes to show you there’s one in every crowd, even the Media Elite…Spurrier owns up to the (wink,wink) error in not voting Tebow. All’s well in Gatorville, Tebow is now unanimous selection. BTW, whether anybody recalls or not, Spurrious was my choice for this slight. To those who picked CLK, Crow is now being served…eat hearty but save room for desert.

2Cents2

July 24th, 2009
3:35 pm

I don’t mean to be too ‘cynical’ but nothing you wrote about Tebow seems that above the norm.

What football player, at the beginning of the season, is going to say they want to be #1 and will kick and scream if it doesn’t happen? Saying ‘we hope to win, but will be happy with being a close team’ is something I’ve heard every year, from every player and coach with a brain. And while I don’t know what it takes to ‘look a death row inmate in the eye,’ I’m thinking it’s much easier once they’re behind bars. I agree it’s wonderful that people minister to prisoners and Tebow’s a good guy to do so, but doesn’t the statement from Meyer seem a little over the top? And the question about his virginity was out of line. But you can’t seem to help yourself and gush as you quote Tebow’s answer. And that ‘he put us all at ease’ were your own feelings and words – not anything Tebow did or didn’t do. And you’re words come across a bit sycophantic.

Tebow’s a good guy and a great player. But if you’re trying to justify the Tebow media lovefest, you need write something different than this puff piece. This article only amplifies the crush you have on Tebow, and it certainly doesn’t dissipate the concern I have for media objectivity.

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

July 24th, 2009
3:37 pm

The question was disgustingly out-of-place and inappropriate. ‘Nuff said.

Chuck Uga

July 24th, 2009
4:14 pm

Tebow is the guy you love one second, hate the next. Wish he had gone pro early! UGA may have a Top 5 team and still miss the SEC Title game. With the DL and an experienced OL, a 10-2 season is probable (one upset and one loss among LSU and UF). 9-3 is very possible, but UGA will not lose more than three games, all of them close losses although I could see UGA upsetting UF and still not winning the East. We’ll see.

All I'm Saying Is...

July 24th, 2009
4:15 pm

bob dobbes

July 24th, 2009
9:20 am

Your post nailed it my friend. You said exactly what needed to be said. The question was entirely appropriate — does he practice what he preaches or is he yet another holier than thou person who does the complete opposite (ex. Ralph Reed ducked the question when asked the same thing years ago during the height of his Christian Coalition days) — and kudos to Tebow for not ducking it.

Chuck Uga

July 24th, 2009
4:23 pm

utfaninga, you are wrong. UGA would have been awarded the national title in 1981 if Clemson lost and UGA won. UGA’s bowl loss eliminated them anyway, so it’s a moot point. UGA would have EASILY gone undefeated in 1983 if Walker had not been lured to the USFL by Trump (not that you would know the facts). He signed the document then quickly tore it up, but NCAA rules prohibited him from reneging and staying in school (he later obtained his degree anyway). If you knew Walker’s poor background, you’d understand why he was tempted to sign for all those millions. He is still the greatest college football running back of all time, and that has been voted on numerous times. He basically carried the rest of the team all three years he was there. The 1983 UGA team was the most talented of all time (at UGA) with many returning starters, they just didn’t have a RB. Recall that they beat an INCREDIBLY GOOD undefeated Texas team in the Cotton Bowl while Miami upset an “unbeatable” Nebraska team in the Orange Bowl. UGA barely lost to Bo Jackson and Auburn in November that year as well as a tie with Clemson. They basically had no starting running back on that team yet managed to only lose one game.

Dawgs fan in las vegas

July 24th, 2009
4:34 pm

i’m surprised it took so long for a GT rant from m or saint simons. must be a new record. Heaven forbid Tony talk about the SEC during SEC media days. If the ACC was as interesting as the SEC, then there would be more to talk about. I think this has to be the first year that there are no star players in the ACC. The only player that I know off the top of my head is Dwyer only because he plays for GT. Everyone else in the ACC are also rans. Am I tired of all the Tebow worshipping, yes. Is he a great player, yes. If he wins a second heisman, 3rd SEC title and 3rd national title, then I think it is fair that he can be labeled as the best college football player of his era. why not?

And for the person complaining about why Bradford or McCoy aren’t getting the press Tebow is getting is because Tebow beat Bradford head to head. Plain and simple. I think McCoy should have won the Heisman last year because without him, Texas wouldn’t have competed. Tebow has the hardware to back up all the praise.

I think I just threw up a little as I can’t believe I was defending Tebow.

Todd

July 24th, 2009
4:37 pm

If you know Southern Baptists, the “true” ones like Tebow live by the sword so to speak.

True So. Baptist will tell you (male or female) and make no bones about it, a virgin until wed.

They will also tell you they shout “Hoover” on the golf course when they hit a bad shot, only dam they know.

Fruit punch at the wedding reception, the list goes on.

Point is, they don’t get offended if they’re a true So. Baptist at heart

murfdawg

July 24th, 2009
4:43 pm

Tony,
Nice article about Tebow,…again. The problem with Tebow, Michael Vick, Kobe, Lance Armstrong and all the others is OVERKILL!!!!!

Try this for a change. Go find a walk on who is in FCA, “who talks the talk, and walks the walk”. Look at the God given ability he has and how much harder he works than Tebow just to make the special teams. Find this person, and there is one on every team, and give us a feel good story about someone else. If you need some help, call me and I’ll point you in the right direction.

Anyway, keep up the good work.
p.s.
Is Tebow a better person and football player than Danny Weurfal(sp)?

Dawgs fan in las vegas

July 24th, 2009
4:55 pm

murfdawg, the answer to your question is yes. he is a better football player than Danny Wuerfel (sp). a better person, i can’t say. I don’t personally know any of them so I can’t pass judgement. I just know they haven’t been arrested. who they are away from the cameras may be a different story.

The Blog Referee

July 24th, 2009
5:21 pm

AJC Editors,

Please remove every one of the comments by the blogger using the handle “UGA sucks . . .” That’s grotesque. Please remove these comments immediately.

Gen Neyland

July 24th, 2009
5:23 pm

TB : You’d do a great service for the football community if you’d put up another topic for the weekend…

Atlanta Sports Fan

July 24th, 2009
5:25 pm

Sports reporters and bloggers are constantly out of bounds.

People are sick of it. I hate the media.

I think Sain Simons, m, and Jeff Shultz are probably virgins too.

Unless their right hands qualify as their girlfriends.

Go Gator

July 24th, 2009
5:40 pm

Miles

July 24th, 2009
6:02 pm

Mr. Barnhart, I can’t remember a better article than you have written today. This was absolutely fantastic!

The Blog Referee

July 24th, 2009
6:16 pm

AJC Editors,

You missed deleting one of the comments by “UGA sucks . . .” Please delete the comment at 5:12 PM, too. Thank you.

DH

July 24th, 2009
6:17 pm

I’m Auburn. Tony, that was the best article you have ever written. There is nothing wrong with admiring good. It is vice’s tribute to virtue.

DaveDawg

July 24th, 2009
6:22 pm

He seems pretty gay to me.

Baton Rouge DAWG

July 24th, 2009
6:51 pm

Who cares what Tebows vagina to five finger love ratio is.

dan

July 24th, 2009
7:22 pm

Comments from “m” are the reason why losing to Tech sucks. Everytime we lose to Tech, we have to hear about how damn great the ACC is and how overrated the SEC is. Damn UGA for going out there and playing half ass against Tech last season.Now we have to put up with the crap all off-season!

And for the record “m”, if Tech played UGA 7 times, UGA would win 5 or 6 out of the 7. That’s not Good Ole’ Fashion Tech Hatin Talk either, it’s a fact.

DirtyDawg

July 24th, 2009
7:25 pm

You bet Tim Tebow is every momma’s dream. But if you wrap yourself in whatever religion you happen to practice, you’ve got to expect a certain amount of criticism should one ‘go off the reservation’ sometime. My take on his show of one of the ‘Seven Deadlies’ (certainly Pride, and maybe a couple of more) at the end of last year’s NC game when he ran down the field and ‘Chomped’ (or whatever it’s called) in the face of one of the Oklahoma DBs was that he’s just as susceptible to ’slipping’ as the rest of us.

As for the ‘issue’, or ‘question’ about his virginity, my prediction is, one, there will be a big market on t-shirts this season that say ‘I Took Tebow’s Virginity’…and two, if he spends too much time in that ‘prison ministry’ the shirts will show up there as well.

DirtyDawg

July 24th, 2009
7:28 pm

Hey dan, look on the bright side…as least now we should be able to get an ‘even’ bet out of ‘em. Then again, probably not.

Jim Walker

July 24th, 2009
7:35 pm

I am a great UK fan, but lopve to watch great SEC football and I love to watch Tim Tebo. Every honoral man would love to have a son like Tim and the things he stands for. Keep STANDING TALL, Tim.

Rowdy Roddy Piper

July 24th, 2009
7:40 pm

I’m a Dawg and I truly admire Tebow. The way he carries himself, and isn’t afraid to live his life by faith and humility. All these athletes that are in the news for drugs and aggravated assault etc.. are worshiped, and Tebow is thrown under the bus countless times for living right. It really doesn’t make sense to me. The question should have never been asked. It was classless and ignorant. It is none of his dam business. I wish I could have been there to backhand him. In a way though, I’m glad he did ask it; Tebow answered it without hesitation. That part should be shown everywhere, for all young people to see. If I have ever been a fan of any Gator, it has been Tebow! GO DAWGS!!

Not Impressed

July 24th, 2009
7:45 pm

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Not Impressed

July 24th, 2009
7:53 pm

Is this football or religion we’re talking about?

They are not the same and I’m offended that so many wish to confused that issue.

Now, as to that question? He’s been asked that many times in the locker room so please stop acting as if it was an affront to humanity.

There are good Christians who are not virgins. Frankly, the research done says that the Tim Tebow’s of the world (U.S.) are more at risk fot contracting STD’s and unwanted pregnancies. So great from him he’s claiming virginity (sorry, I’m cynical), but it is not at all impressive.

And quite frankly, this further convinces me that he will not make it in the pros. Virgins do not lead men into battle whether real, or a game. Maybe he’ll marry and then everyone can relax and the men will respect what is now still a boy.

Not Impressed

July 24th, 2009
8:04 pm

Oh yeah, about this little bit of jock licking:

Every time that I think I have seen the limits of Tim Tebow, the athlete and human being, he does something else to make me realize that he is a once in a generation—maybe once in a lifetime—kind of person and athlete

That’s the same stuff people were saying about Reggie Bush not too long ago. He still hasn’t live up to it at the next level.

Here’s a thought. What if Tim Tebow is gay? I wonder how many of y’all would still be saying all of these wonderful, almost divine things about him.

I wonder of Mr. College Football would still stand by that “greatest ever” remark if Tebow turned out to like men?

I’m guessing the answer to both those questions is a resounding “No”!

Thus endeth the lesson.

chazzo

July 24th, 2009
8:38 pm

Not impressed,

I don’t care if the guy is gay. Frankly, I don’t care if he is a virgin. I don’t care about his race, religion, or anything else. He has principals. He is not afraid to state them and back them up. He has an incredible work ethic and shows a great deal of personal responsibility. Who cares what he may or may not do in the pros? I said it at the end of the season, and I will say it now. Had the dogs had spent time last summer working out and working on personal character the way that Tebow did instead of getting in bar fights and driving drunk, perhaps they would have held on to that number one ranking. Truly great players work at it. From the sound of things, the dogs have learned their lesson.

Marie

July 24th, 2009
9:17 pm

What a loser “journalist”.

Tim Tebow is a great man. I wish we had more like him.

David Granger

July 24th, 2009
9:40 pm

ANYBODY’s virginity (or lack thereof) should be out of bounds as a conversation topic unless:
1. They themselves make a point of it.
2. They go out of the way to constantly talk about being a Christian (or any other religion that preaches abstinence).
3. They get accused of raping somebody.

Disappointed

July 24th, 2009
9:45 pm

<————— Loyal Jacket Fan here!!

Tony, you’re a class act. I really think the remark was over the top. The press guy or girl should be ashame. “What does it have to do with football.”

I tease my brother, a loyal Ga Dawg, about Teebow, but this was lower than low. He agrees with me as well.

As usual, I remain, “Ramblin Wreck!”

dan

July 24th, 2009
9:46 pm

Rowdy Roddy Piper,

When are you gonna hit Jimmy ” SuperFly” Snuka with a coconut again. That was ace! LOL.

Tim

July 24th, 2009
10:58 pm

Stupid question to ask anyone, end of story. What does this possibly have to to do with football?

Michael M

July 24th, 2009
11:47 pm

Honestly he’s a good guy. But I do get sick of seeing him in the media. Probably because I go to FSU and hate gators. If he only played for anyone else I’d probably be a fan. I just hate gator nation.

LizDawg

July 25th, 2009
12:35 am

Have to admit, as a Dawgs fan through and through, even so my husband (Clemson alum) and I both have to admire Tebow for his work in the Phillipines and prisons. He is an exemplary Christian all the way down to his eye-black, Phillipians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

That being said, on Halloween Day I hope the Dawgs sack him 6 times like in ‘07. Dawg bless Tim Tebow.

april glaspie

July 25th, 2009
2:01 am

Here’s the deal. He’s not a prophet and he didn’t bring any convicts to God. Are you an idiot? And when he went to death row, did he militate for the idea that human beings have no right to claim they’ve cleaved ti jesus and that they also believe in the death penalty. The circumcisions? If a doctor signed off on that he was an idiot that ought to have his license lifted. Tim Tebow got inmates to praise the lord?OOeeh. Sorry, but this guy may believe he’s the Savior, but I’d like to get Scully’s take oon that. As a football player, maybe he’s Jak Mildren. Teams win championships and Urban Meyer might buy them. When a supposed College football expert starts telling you Tebpw is the real deal because of the comvicts that testified because og his “ministry” , swallow that puke in your throat.. This is idiot hagiography, and that claim that Georgia beat Florida because Tebow was hurt, hat’s hilarious. Why didn’t God make jhim better?

The bidness about Tim testifying to the death row guys, I presume he’s just like every other conservative jerk that claims he believes in a culture of life but is just fine with the death penalty and blowing up Lebamon. He’s probably a decent kid that surely doesn’t need to be told he’s the actual Savior.

jerry

July 25th, 2009
6:10 am

Right on, april. I could give a f–k less about murderers on death row. Who put them there? They will have an opportunity to see a priest before the end. I bet they didn’t give their victims one.

Slimeball reporter

July 25th, 2009
8:43 am

Hey, why would anyone be surprised? We see that type of thing from slimeball reporters everyday and the slimeball entertainment(sleaze) industry leads the way!!!

TommyJack

July 25th, 2009
8:44 am

THE QUESTION exhibits what’s wrong with journalism today.

Coach Puke

July 25th, 2009
8:48 am

The reporter is probably friends with this slimeball coach who was afraid he would lose a recruit to UT:

Freom Kiffins SEC interview-

He answered them all, and even talked about a recent question from the parent of a recruit, who Kiffin said had been told by another coach that Tennessee is a “renegade program” like Miami from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

“We’ve had one full semester of school, OK?” Kiffin said, recalling his response during a final session with several hundred print and Internet reporters early Friday afternoon. “A renegade program would never have the largest GPA jump in over four years. … We’ve been there over seven months and had zero arrests. To me, that speaks volumes about discipline.”

Navigator

July 25th, 2009
9:08 am

If the reporter can ask Tebow if he’s a virgin, don’t you think that Tebow should be able to ask the reporter if he’s “Gay”. Don’t take offense at my comment unless you also take offense with the reporter’s question.

BILLY JACK

July 25th, 2009
10:28 am

M-If you think the ACC belongs on the same football field as the SEC you clearly need to be under a doctors care.Please go back to your pathetic tech blog and leave the real college football to the people in the know.Dont forget-next oppurtunity to beat GEORGIA 2016.

Preston

July 25th, 2009
10:44 am

Someone on one of these blogs last season posted a link to Tebow’s girlfriend and, let me tell you folks, this girl is an absoloute knockout. If Tebow is a virgin, then I’m Elvis Presley! The truth of the matter is, it’s nobody’s damned business except his and he should have smacked that idiot against the wall and told him as much.

MAL

July 25th, 2009
10:56 am

I hope that Tim Tebow is as good a person as he appears to be. that being said none of us are perfect.This is another example of what is wrong with our news reporting today and perhaps a symptom of a problem with our society in general.They cannot accept a person for who he is- instead they try to find something they can use to attack him in the public media. I am proud of Tim Tebow and I wish him much success in 2009!

Chris

July 25th, 2009
11:40 am

April,
Thank you. Tebow didn’t tout his ‘laying hands’ on felons. The media and the coach marveled at his sermon and the seeming effect it had on the convicts causing 18 (18!) to submit their life to Christ.

Reality Check (Rational Citizen?) Well said as usual.
This whole God thing in football has become so convoluted. Thanking God for scoring a touchdown, pointing to the sky, Reggie White and Warner claiming ‘God’ would tell them where to play football next. Curiosly, the divine recommended the general manager with the largest contract each time.

He seems like such a sincere kid. If he were Jewish or Muslim and behaved the same way, how much different would the reaction be?

jason

July 25th, 2009
12:08 pm

I have read posts on this article about finding a reason to not like Tebow. I think that is why as fans of the Gators opponets we try to find something to not like. We go ove every detail trying to find that one fault we can jump on. His throwing mechanics, he is no true QB, He will never make it in the NFL, blah, blah, blah. Maybe the reason we don’t like Tebow is because 1) he is a Gator, and 2) we believe he is perfect. Now as a Dawg fan and having our tails handed to us time after time, I am guilty of searching hard to find ways to not like the guy. The only reason I have come up with is that he is a UF Gator. Not much of a reason , is it? Tim Tebow is the greatest Colleger player since Hershel Walker. In the end he may be better, if he does what Barnhardt says he could possibly do this year. I have the upmost respect for Tebow as a player, a QB, and as the person he is. It is easy to root for him to have a long prosperous career where he will have that platform much like Tony Dungy to spread his personal word of his Savior. But for now, I will try my hardest not to like him while he is still a UF Gator, at least until after the WLOCP. Wish you the best Teabow, but GO DAWGS !!!!

Eric

July 25th, 2009
3:11 pm

Holy crap! Suddenly all you jerks are kind and generous angels. Vomit!

Football Fan

July 25th, 2009
4:11 pm

I’m sorry, but I’m Tebow’s age and he doesn’t get any extra points for claiming he’s a virgin. You’d be surprised at the number of people who do all sorts of intimate actions but claim to be “virgins” because they have yet to do one particular action. You do remember President Clinton and the conversation his poor judgment inspired.

Many kids our age will do exactly what Monica Lewinsky did and then straight up tell you they are virgins. Some will go even further than that and still claim that they are chaste too.

So you people must be old because if your next question after someone claims to be a virgin isn’t “define virgin”, then you are clueless. Kids today have a different concept of what “virgin” means and you would be surprised that many of them claim to have strong faith and wear rings and bracelets signifying their “commitment”, yet, well you get the idea.

And this idea that you are not a “good Christian”, or you weren’t “raised right” unless you are a virgin on your wedding day is wrong and narrow minded. And I bet most of your kids fooled you just like many other kids fool their parents but still show up to church and youth ministries, retreats (where lots of intimate contact happens, one reason why they are so popular) and participate in all types of activities that lead their parents and adults to think and say nice tings about them.

RJ

July 25th, 2009
4:13 pm

What’s worse: Someone in the media asking a college kid about his sex life, someone in the media devoting a collumn to a question about a college kid’s sex life, or a college kid with no sex life?

Football Fan

July 25th, 2009
4:28 pm

RJ, you first have to define “sex life”, but I would say a college kid not having a sex life. There has been, and will always be, a certain sex-negative segment of society and those who make money off of sex (ie. prostitutes, commercials, newspaper columnist and tv personalities).

But the reason why the worst is the lack of a sex life is because we know it can lead to some unhealthy circumstances down the road.

BriDawg

July 25th, 2009
5:40 pm

Again…like the other Dawg fans….I am so trying not to like Tebow, however…I can’t do it. He’s a good person…period. Just because he doesn’t wear the red and black doesn’t mean that I can’t say that. Why can’t I say that I love the Dawgs and despise the Gators, yet appreciate the man for who he is??? Great competitor, scholar, human being….and most importantly role model for my kids. His parents have to proud. The question was handled perfectly because it is not a big deal to him. That being said, it was not appropriate. Good luck Tebow….and I hope we beat the pants off the Gators in jax.

gatorsrule

July 25th, 2009
5:40 pm

Football Fan

Saying you are a virgin doesn’t make you one anymore than saying you are a Christian makes you one. As far as good Christians having premarital sex. They aren’t good Christians if they continue in that sin. Nor are they Christians if they are gay, fornicators etc. Not my words but God’s words. If you have a problem with that then you need to take it up with him.

As for your comment on being narrow minded you are correct. Those entering heaven enter through the narrow gate. Chances are if society says it is right or ok it is just the opposite.

What does a man profit if he gains the whole world but loses his soul. Again not my words but God’s.

Chris

July 25th, 2009
6:52 pm

Gatorsrule,
What does a man profit if he never actually uses his brain? Football fan is right about our puritanical society. Some of the most mean spirited people I’ve ever met boast of their ‘life in Christ’. The same people who proudly never use profanity but find it perfectly reasonable and funny to refer to another as fat or ugly. You sound like a Reggie White disciple and guessing you subscribe to the theory that gays can be ‘cured’ by Jesus.

The absolutism all you bible thumpers share is repellant. It’s genetic. Have you ever heard of Darwin’s research of the Galapogos islands? He proved homosexuality in nature is a function of population control and conservation of resources.

Why am I wasting good ink here? Sorry. I like the kid so very much but can’t take people like Urban Meyers (go gator) marveling at 18 (18!) convicted felons testifying to Jesus after Tim spoke. What does that mean??? Absolutely nothing. I can’t take Thom Brennamen saying ‘you’re a better person if you spend only 15 minutes in his presence’.
Come on man

Football Fan Baby

July 25th, 2009
7:00 pm

Completely out of line in a public setting. If he was doing a solo interview that is one thing. That’s like asking a coach or other players how many women they have bedded. That guy should never credentialed at SEC media days again.

His name is Clay Travis and he works for Fanhouse.com. Gator fans should send him an e-mail.

Old Dawg

July 25th, 2009
8:01 pm

The question is completely out of line. I worked as a sports writer for the majority of my career and I would never have asked a question like that. Even when the sexual orientation of female professional tennis players were in question, it never came up in group interview sessions after matches and there was an quiet agreement that it was it was out of bounds.

On rare occasions sexual orientation and other personal issues came up in one-on-one interviews. But only if the athlete brought the subject up.

Who ever the questioner is, his SEC credentials should be rescinded.

Ken Stallings

July 25th, 2009
9:38 pm

Tim Tebow would be the last person on earth to say he’s perfect. He’s a Christian. He knows better!

However, since when does a person have to be perfect to be respected for who he is and to be considered a good person?

It annoys me how the media is cynical, and eager it seems to await a good person’s first public significant mistake so they can rejoice in the moment.

The problem with sports reporting today is there are more people out there like Tim Tebow than like Mike Vick. It is unfortunate that good people being good so rarely gets coverage like it deserves.

I’ll provide another example of a young man who was excellent on the field and off it. Phillip Rivers at NC State was everything a person could be. What about Tim Duncan and David Robinson? There are many others.

Frankly, I would be most happy if the media, vice cynically viewing this fact, would rejoice in it and celebrate it. Pay less attention to the Mike Vicks of the world and more to the Rivers, Robinsons, and Tebows.

Luke

July 25th, 2009
10:52 pm

Yeah Tebow is a beast on the field. He’s even better at playing you media types. He just seems so affected by it all.

Pago Flyer

July 25th, 2009
11:51 pm

Don’t you find it interesting that Tony would not reveal the name of the so called reporter?? What is Tony afraid of????
Oh well, another Heisman for Tebow and another #1 final ranking.

Football Fan

July 26th, 2009
3:54 am

As for your comment on being narrow minded you are correct. Those entering heaven enter through the narrow gate. Chances are if society says it is right or ok it is just the opposite.

Gatorsrule I defy you to find anywhere in the Bible where it says you can disrespect any human being and still enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus came to free us from the tyranny of the law because people like you wanted to use it so as to make yourselves feel superior to others.

There is no love except of self, in being narrow minded and pious. While I will not presume as you do to say who nis, and who isn’t going to be accepted in heaven, I would bet that a fornicating gay person who showed character, respect for others including his/her enemies, was charitable and accepted Jesus Christ, is going to have an easier time than someone like you who wield scriptures as a weapon.

The way to heaven is through Jesus, not hating on people who don’t comport themselves sexually they way you believe the Bible tells you they should. Hate in your heart with a smile on your face is evil. I pray that you find love and that the darkness in you be cast out.

Either way, no one should assume that “virgin” means the same thing to all people. It might have last century, but not anymore.

Heath

July 26th, 2009
5:34 am

And yet the title of your article mentions Tebow and Virginity. Why not title it “Proof Tebow is A Good Guy?” Easy to play Captain Indignant in your article, but we really don’t have to find the guy’s web site to learn about his question because you’ve already used the situation to get more hits for your story.

Paul Williams

July 26th, 2009
9:11 am

I bleed red and black when I am cut, and hate the Florida Gators. Having said that, I confess that I have tried for years to hate Tebow and just can’t bring myself to do it.

Drives me crazy.

Too Much Tebow

July 26th, 2009
10:16 am

He is a great football player, but the Tebow love-fest is sickening. For those who have annointed him as the best college football player ever, you obviously don’t know much about football history. He is what he is because he has been playing in the times of the internet and unprecedented TV coverage. Others who preceded him did not have that advantage. If he played on a team without all those superstars, no one would be talking about Tim Tebow. Now excuse me while I puke and the rest of you continue the love fest.

VolPowers

July 26th, 2009
11:39 am

This debate is not whether the question was inappropriate to be asked of Tebow, but whether the “bible-thumping” south could handle the question. Mr. Tebow handled the question admirably and with confidence, letting his firm beliefs guide him in his answer. He puts forward his faith as his blueprint to living life, and part of that is putting forth a stance on this issue in the Christian community. The people who can’t handle the question are the one’s that who have let their religious views replace their common sense.

I have seen many commercials for a Christian teen organization called justwait.com over the past few months running on TV stations in the South. Are they inappropriate? Of course not, they are just putting forward their beliefs and creating a platform on which to further them. And that’s exactly what Mr. Travis’ question of Tim Tebow allowed for….a platform for which Tebow can further his message. Those who recoil in shock or disgust from such a question should all try to move into the 21st century with the rest of the country, who can embrace their love for their lord without using those beliefs against others as a weapon of judgment.

The South has a long history of intolerance, whether it be social issues or religion. Opposition to a question that allows a man characterized by the pride that Tim Tebow preaches in his faith to grow his message is yet another example. I say kudos to the question and double kudos to the answer!

Keeping It Real

July 26th, 2009
12:00 pm

Michael Vick sleeps with men… ON THE DOWN LOW.

Macon-Dawg

July 26th, 2009
12:38 pm

Tim Tebow is a guy people love to hate……BECAUSE he is a great player, an even greater person and he doesn’t play for your team. I bleed red and black through and through and I dislike Tebow ONLY because he is a winner and the quarterback for UF. Do I really dislike him? Heck no. He is a young man that I would love to have as a son. He is a young man that EVERY aspiring kid should look up to, not just ones wanting to play college or pro football. If a reporter wants to ask him a tough question about a decision he made on the football field or an action he took as a representative of the University of Florida, then it would be a fair question. The question asked was ONLY an attempt by some pathetic reporter (and probably from the University of Georgia School of Journalism) to try and shine a bad light on a young man that seems to do everything right. People are envious and jealous of those that are better than us, have better jobs, drive fancier cars, live in more expensive houses etc. and try to build ourselves up by tearing others down. This was nothing more than some pathetic reporter trying to make a name for himself by being the one to sley a giant. Good job Tony on the article. Tim Tebow is not the quarterback for my team but I have to be proud of who he is as a player and moreso as a person.

Denver Dog

July 26th, 2009
1:41 pm

I’ve said it all along, you can check the blogs, we need more like Tim Tebow, and he is a great example. I think about these young men, going to UF, going to UGA, GT wherever. I want all of them to succeed. I just want our teams to win.

He was on the team that won the MNC in 2007. He was not the starter, he played a role. That championship is now, without revisonist activity under Chris Leake. That does not take away from Tebow though. He is a young man, with emotions, he does not seek the title of personal greatness, which makes it easy for him to be the leader. I do not believe that he is the greatest of all time, but he may be one of the greatest Team leaders of all time.

I wish there were more like him than Tim Tebow for our kids to look up to. We don’t have to worry about him walking around with his hat hanging to the side, and his belt down around the knees. He is the antithesis of all the bad trash we see on kids today. I hope we beat them this year, I think we will. Whatever happens, I will believe that we have seen one fine person go through those doors at UF. Compare his attitude towards people and life with that of the one (Dark Visor) he preceeded him by 40 years at UF. You know the one who didn’t vote for him. Class vs Crass.

Denver Dog

July 26th, 2009
1:46 pm

Macon Dawg, UGA School of Journalism, THe Henry W. Grady School of Journalism is a nationally ranked and one of the top J schools inthe country. Your comments about that are stupid, and show your complete lack of knowledge of those of us with an education from UGA.

James Adams

July 26th, 2009
2:09 pm

I am so sick of the written and verbal felatio thrown at Tim Tebow’s feet. His ‘ministries’ are well known because he and his family make SURE that the media knows about every step he makes in that regards. Tony Barnhart, you, and every other supposed ‘journalist’ should be ashamed at how you cover this ‘virgin’ (men count,too, Timmy). Get off of your knees and act like men. I certainly hope you and Thom Brennamen can console each other when this glorified H-Back flames out (pun intended) in the NFL. Keith Olbermann is to President Obama as Tony Barnhart is to Meyer/Tebow.

jay

July 26th, 2009
2:32 pm

I bleed red and black. Its my alma mater. With that said, I think Tebow is a terrific kid. He plays hard ever down, he doesn’t appear to be self centered and he goes out and serves his fellow man without asking for a thing in return. When he is taking a snap against the Dawgs, I want to see his face in the dirt but othewise, I wish him the best that life has to offer.

fred dre

July 26th, 2009
3:46 pm

Jimmy

July 26th, 2009
8:13 pm

Wow, well for my two cents i’ll say as a Dogs fan, Teebow seems on the ‘up and up.’ Time will tell though. Tony is right in one aspect. We are a cynical society today. If Tebow is ever caught doing anything illegal, think of that fall, and how all of his fellow bible thumpers will feel then?

BruffDawg

July 26th, 2009
8:24 pm

Can’t wait till he doesn’t pan out in the nfl. Then maybe the media will stop licking his a$$.

junebaby

July 26th, 2009
9:36 pm

tebow should have asked that same reporter if his young daughter or sister was a virgin. then asked the writer if his wife was satisfied with her sex life at home or did she have a lover to “tide” her over!

Nachos

July 26th, 2009
11:12 pm

Tebow owns the mutts!

HockeyDawg

July 26th, 2009
11:18 pm

As a huge lifelong Bulldog fan, I have told myself for several years that I really ought to hate Tim Tebow. He’s the QB of the hated Gators, he’s successful, he’s bright, and could probably get any girl he wanted. And he’s beaten my team 2 out of 3. I really ought to hate him! But I just can’t! From all that I’ve seen, heard, and read about him, he is absolutely the type of man you hope for your son to become, and the type of man you’d love to see your daughter marry. One of the finest witnesses for Christ we’ll ever see.

While I still can’t stand the Gators and hope they don’t win the SEC or beat my Dawgs this year, I wish nothing but the best for Tim Tebow this year (except in Jax) and in the future. He’s a tremendous example even to us adults of what it means to being willing to take a stand even when it’s not popular, and I hope God continues to use him in a mighty way down the road…

boots

July 26th, 2009
11:26 pm

Chances are that whoever asked the question is still a virgin, too, but for different reasons.

Macon-Dawg

July 27th, 2009
1:07 am

Denver Dog, as a dawg fan myself and an alum, the point I was trying to make is that it (the question) was out of line. It had nothing to do with football or media days and that it is (most likely) someone that is envious of Tim Tebow’s character. It seemed to me that it would be someone like a UGA fan (or just a Gator-hater in general) with the record we have against UF in recent years. Maybe it didn’t quite come across like that so I accept your comment that it was a stupid remark. In addition, I agree, the School of Journalism is one of the finest in the country but you are incorrect if you believe I don’t understand UGA grads. As for junebaby’s comment, that would have been funny and even appropriate but Tim Tebow has too much class to have done that.

Tim

July 27th, 2009
4:06 pm

The best part is that this AOL sports blogger (laughable in and of itself) who asked is somehow trying to justify the question itself. He’s responded by suggesting that “Are you saving yourself for marriage?” and “Are you a virgin?” are somehow not the same question. Reminds me of that Bill guy who wanted to know the definition of “is”. I posted on his blog that I hope he was excited about being the Simon Cowell of the lower-end sports blogging community and able to ask those “tough” questions.

dc

July 27th, 2009
5:57 pm

Clay Travis is Funny. Tony Barnhart is a cranky old man. You holier than thou baptists need to check yourselves. Go have a drink (in public).

Mike

July 28th, 2009
8:14 am

Steve your comments are far worse then then the dumb ass reporter who asked the question. Apparently you are not even close to being a Christian, athlete or a reporter. I sat at a Florida UGA game years ago when a UGA fan kept calling out one of Florid’as linemen insulting his family heritage. I told the fan to step up to the fence and say it to the players face. Of course I knew he wouldn’t and neither will you…its called lack of character.

Mike

July 28th, 2009
8:22 am

Ryan whenever you meet Tebow go right ahead. We’ll notify your next of kin.Another case of an anonymous big talker with nothing to back it up.

TheGatorSportsBoard.com

July 29th, 2009
1:33 am

Tebow is nothing but class.

Chris

July 29th, 2009
10:52 am

Did anyone ask Ron Mexico if he is a virgin?

sarfdawg

July 30th, 2009
9:39 am

Hate the Gators – love Tebow. Wish Georgia had one like him. Good dude and good for the game.

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Florida Frankie

October 16th, 2009
4:00 am

No doubt there are many unsung Christians who genuinely try live out the faith they profess every day; it doesn’t make the papers, unless there’s some controversy spawned about “intolerance”. Jesus Christ is still the undisputed son of the Living God and I hope the day comes when the likes of Tim Tebow are the norm and not the exception in our culture and the world over. It’s really not about TT at all its about believing in a real Christ who makes a genuine difference in peoples lives.

Sorka

November 2nd, 2009
10:56 pm

I think that question was out of line. I think this is indicative of the advent of bloggers and other fringe media types flouting more traditional boundaries of journalistic ethics in an attempt to gain attention and stir up controversy. Tebow obviously felt comfortable about answering the question, but what if he had not felt comfortable about it? Do we really want to go there with future star players on any team? Since this press conference, we have endured endless filthy jokes from blogging and posting fans about this subject, and it’s really pretty icky. I do think Tebow is a superior guy and a fantastic player, one of the all-time best in terms of his achievements and leadership – but this trend toward asking personal sexual questions in sports press conferences is very troubling.