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Tim Tebow is a gift to all American sports columnists

Published: June 21, 2013, 12:20 pm, by David Ramsey

When writing about Tim Tebow, you can be sure of this:

People will pay attention. And people will get mad.

He is a polarizing figure. My use of the word polarizing in relation to Tebow has angered some Gazette readers, but Jesus Christ was polarizing. Tebow sends boys and girls, men and women into different camps.

Here’s what I mean:

I wrote a column that predicted Patriots coach Bill Belichick will find a limited and valuable role for Tebow in New England’s offense. In the column I criticized Tebow’s left arm. This is obvious criticism. Tebow’s arm is extremely inaccurate by NFL standards.

I was accused by one Gazette reader of being “Anti-Christian.” That’s one camp.

Another long-time Gazette reader left a message full of rage on my answering machine. She said I was a Bible thumper. (I’m not sure why.) That’s another camp.

I welcome criticism. I had a fairly long, laugh-filled conversation with the woman who left the phone message accusing me of being a Bible thumper. I explained my view of Tebow, and we discovered we were in virtual agreement about him.

I’ve heard from several readers who believe Tebow is done, that he will not play another game in the NFL, that the Patriots will cut him. I don’t agree, but maybe that’s because I don’t want to face the truth.

Tebow is a gift to sports columnists all across the Land of the Free. Long may he play.