January 26, 2010
Wonder of wonders, the Brett Favrening of Tim Tebow continues apace. That's not to imply that the great Favre cares about anything but himself, but to point out that wherever Tebow goes, whatever he gets into, he's immmediately and automatically bigger than any other element in the story. He is the story, just by being himself. He's even beginning to win Peter King's heart before taking his first NFL snap.
The latest and greatest roil comes to us courtesy of the Tebow anti-abortion ad, sponsored by the Christian group Focus on the Family and already approved in script form by CBS to run during the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, which is -- brace yourself for the shock -- running into some opposition from prominent women's groups:
NEW YORK (AP)—A national coalition of women’s groups called on CBS on Monday to scrap its plan to broadcast an ad during the Super Bowl featuring college football star Tim Tebow and his mother, which critics say is likely to convey an anti-abortion message.
"An ad that uses sports to divide rather than to unite has no place in the biggest national sports event of the year—an event designed to bring Americans together," said Jemhu Greene, president of the New York-based Women’s Media Center.
[Focus on the Family spokesman Gary] Schneeberger said he and his colleagues "were a little surprised" at the furor over the ad."
"There's nothing political and controversial about it," he said.
Would a Focus on the Family ad be getting any attention outside the close-circle political blogosphere without the involvement of the Tebow Child? Doubtful, making this a stroke of marketing inspiration. Of all the divisions this episode's bound to spark, however, none are as bizarre as the alliances it has the potential to create:
A national columnist for CBSSports.com, Gregg Doyel, also objected to the CBS decision to show the ad, specifically because it would air on Super Sunday.
"If you're a sports fan, and I am, that's the holiest day of the year," he wrote. "It's not a day to discuss abortion. For it, against it, I don’t care what you are. On Super Sunday, I don’t care what I am. Feb. 7 is simply not the day to have that discussion."
The end times are truly upon us. Forget the issue at hand; I'm now mortally offended that I'm being forced to agree with Gregg Doyel on an issue of the day. For such an ostensibly nice young man, Tebow sure has a way with lemon juice and open wounds.- - -