I do not know if FOX BCS National Championship game announcer Thom Brennaman is, in some obscure way, related to Tim Tebow. I do not know if he is secretly a gigantic Florida Gators fan. I do not know if Brennaman believes Tebow is the second coming.
What I do know is this: Brennaman was so far over the top in his pro-Tebow hyperbole on Thursday that the game became darn-near unwatchable unless the volume was off.
It started in the first half, when Brennaman stated that "if you're fortunate enough to spend five minutes or 20 minutes around Tim Tebow, your life is better for it," and continued from there. He basically repeated that line early in the second half and then, when Florida put the game away in the fourth, Brennaman let it all out.
Not only did Brennaman go on and on about what a remarkable man Tebow is, but he backed Tebow against Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks -- who said Tebow would be no better than the fourth-best QB in the Big 12 -- stating that was "probably the most ridiculous statement ever said." Even after Tebow earned a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taunting Oklahoma's defense, Brennaman claimed: "That might be the first thing he's ever done wrong."
I can say, without hesitation, that if I spent 20 minutes around Tim Tebow it would be strange and awkward, and I would be worse off from the experience. Tim Tebow may be a fine young man, it's just that I don't have much to say to him. Other than "Did you learn your delivery from Kerry Collins?"
Anyway, the gushing was embarrassing. I would not be surprised if Pat Robertson or some Pat Robertson type person goes on the 700 club and denounces man-love making it's way into big time sports based on Brennaman's broadcast.
Perhaps Fox was attempting to gain tax-exempt status through its exaltations of the Great Tebow and His magical healing presence. Maybe Brennaman lost a bet with someone. Maybe young Timmy circumcised Thom Brennaman in the offseason and he's just grateful. Who knows?
So, thanks to Fox, for ruining a perfectly good football game. We all really appreciate it.
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