Written by Peter Gailunas
The Patriots start the playoffs Saturday night in prime time against the Tim Tebow-led Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. The Pats are big favorites in Vegas but not in the media. In case you’ve ben living under a rock for the last week, America and the media love Tim Tebow.
How much is Tebow loved? According to an ESPN sports poll, he is America’s new favorite athlete. Tom Brady is number 5 on the list. On the annual USA Today/Gallup list of most admired men in America, Tebow is in at Number 11 – ahead of the Dalai Lama!
Tebow’s popularity is not so much based on his football performance as much as it is based on him being tight with God. While he a very good football player, he is a better prayer. His team has won 9 games this year – most of them with the help of divine intervention. At least that’s what many believe. But not me. Doesn’t God have more have more important things to do than show up for the second half of a Denver Bronco’s game? I like to think God is answering the prayers of more needy people like cancer patients and families trying to make ends met rather than pro football players trying to win a game. So I think (hope) God doesn’t show up Saturday to help Tebow and the Bronco.
With God out of the equation Saturday, the Patriots will roll to victory. Then they will roll right through to the Super Bowl and win that too. Boston fans need and deserve it. We haven’t had a professional championship since June with the Bruins. It’s been too long.
Pats win 45-30. But if God shows up the Patriots don’t have prayer.