Tebow mania has gone too far

January 11, 2012|By John Giokaris, For RedEye

Is it just me or is anyone else sick of all the lame "Tebowing" photos in pop culture?

The media's infatuation with Tim Tebow has reached a sick level. What's puzzling is whenever the Broncos lose, Tebow's not a story anymore. But whenever the Broncos win, it's "Hallelujah, it's another miracle!" You would think Tebow is undefeated the way the media covers him.

Oh, but wait, there's more! Did you hear he threw for 316 yards Sunday? Like, John 3:16! Good heavens.

He also turned water into Gatorade and was drafted No. 1 on God's fantasy football team.

Seriously, is the sports media really this hard up for an NFL story? ? I guess the MVP season Drew Brees has put together or Green Bay speeding toward back-to-back Super Bowls isn't exciting enough. But let's focus on "the religious guy," as if he's the first quarterback to ever say a "Hail Mary" before throwing a pass.

Before you get the wrong impression, I'm not attacking Tebow or his faith. Ironically, I've been one of his biggest defenders since the day he was drafted. I knew experts had highly underestimated him as a quarterback and knew he would turn some heads when he finally got his shot. But not even sixth-round draft pick Tom Brady got this much media attention when he was racking up three Super Bowl wins.

Tebow deserves his for not only saving the Broncos' season but also proving his critics wrong. But the media has to stop getting carried away with all the overexposure. They're turning Tebow into the Kim Kardashian of football. I guarantee you he'll be offered his own reality show in the offseason, as well as his own line of men's apparel and workout DVDs.

So will Tebow be ancient history for the drive-by media after he runs up against the New England machine again? Not if you tune in to this season's "The Book of Tebow," where you can look at pictures of Tebow Tebowing in unconventional places like the shower, in traffic and in court.

All year long.

John Giokaris is a RedEye special contributor.

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