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It must be Monday

Something you may have missed at church: The name Tim Tebow keeps cropping up in my Twitter feed and elsewhere, and from context I gather that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, Messiah, Pantocrator, the Word before the world began, the Lamb before the throne, the Alpha and Omega, has taken a personal interest in the outcome of certain professional football games.

If I had a hammer: Now that Lowe’s has bowed to bigotry from some odious pressure group and withdrawn its sponsorship of the reality show, All-American Muslim, I will be taking my business elsewhere.

Opening a new front: Veteran copy editor Pam Nelson is now blogging at The Grammar Guide on the American Copy Editors Society’s website. She previously blogged at Triangle Grammar Guide when she worked at the News & Observer in Raleigh. The battle lines of the War on Editing have now carried her to Charlotte, under circumstances she explains in her inaugural post.

Barely passing: I could only mark twelve items on the “Checklist for being a ‘real’ journalist.” That’s 60 percent, a very low D. But as you look at the list, what becomes apparent is that to be a “real” journalist, you have to be a reporter. Copy editing, we are once again reminded, doesn’t count for much.

Don’t cry for me: Your word of the week is maudlin.



Posted by John McIntyre at 9:47 AM | | Comments (12)


I'll come right out and say it: I'm a Tebow fan (as a UF alumnus, how could I not be?), which may explain my inability to ignore the urge to respond.

Others may say that God is concerning himself with Tebow's football playing, but Tebow doesn't--which just adds to his charm, no?

The only item on the list that really counts is the last one, and then you can fill in the blank on the job description.

Prof. McI.,

I'm admittedly not much of a pro football enthusiast, so I rarely follow the trials and tribulations of the motley mix of NFL teams on TV, or through other sports media reportage.

However, the current , almost incessant media hype re/ this Tim Tebow guy is hard to escape, even for the non-team sport buffs amongst us. (I'm into golf and tennis.) He's definitely this season's popular sport's media 'buzz' boy.

As the first-string starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, I'm just curious if he's managed to get off a few successful "Hail Mary" passes this year (in keeping w/ the Christian theme), as he's apparently pulled out multiple desperation-type victories in the waning moments of a number of games.

Case in point, this weekend he pulled off a spectacular, scrambling come-from-behind, eleventh-hour win that went into sudden-death overtime, no less.

Whether divine intervention is at work here, or not, it's kinda neat to see a player w/ inconsistent on-field execution (according to many NFL pundits), repeatedly lead his team to unlikely wins, seemingly against insurmountable, late-in-the-game odds. Makes for exciting TV viewing, nail biting, and such.

Mercy! Could an avowed virgin take his team to the Super Bowl final this season? We shall see, soon enough. (Hopefully no halftime show 'wardrobe malfunctions'.)

Oh, I thought the word-of-the-week was Malden, as in Karl, of thespian fame. (Just joshin')


I'm sure I read where Tebow said that God wasn't all that concerned with football.

When I lived in Houston, the sermon one Sunday morning was along the lines of "When bad things happen to good people" and tried to find a reason why God would allow the Owls (Rice) to win over the beloved Bears (Baylor) I don't know what was concluded. I tuned out when I realized that this was serious.

Alex, how about Bill Mauldin, of WW II cartoon fame? I went to high school with his son, btw ...

Interestingly, earlier today, our local veteran NPR/ KPCC/ 89.3 FM/ Pasadena CA early afternoon veteran talk radio host/ journalist, Patt Morrison, had an open, on-air discussion re/ the recent mushrooming Tim Tebow media phenomenon, focusing primarily on his frequent post-game interview acknowledgements of his Lord & Savior------Jesus as HIS quarterback in life, as it were.

The issue garnered a diverse mix, for-and-agin, of phone-in responses and strongly-held opinions. One concerned fellow who clearly was a longtime NFL zealot claimed he, and his large contingent of NFL-couch-potato buddies vowed, collectively, to no longer tune into ANY Denver Bronco televised games in which the self-appointed Christian advocate, Tim Tebow, was in the lineup.

This disgruntled fan, and his miffed 'posse' were clearly "fed up" w/ Tebow's constantly foisting Jesus on the TV viewer. Apparently he and his cohorts had pretty much reached their limit of how much unsolicited on-air religious preaching/ praising they could tolerate. (This was the most extreme negative take in this brief radio debate.)

On the other hand, other folks who called in, even some admitted atheists, weren't that offended by Tebow's acknowledging the impact of Christ in his life, and further defended his right to express his faith, on camera, arguing that viewers could deal w/ it as they wished. No biggie.

A few phone-in callers brought up the example of another NFL stalwart (ironically, another quarterback), the now-retired Kurt Warner, who wasn't shy about expressing his pursuit of a God-centric path, and the importance of faith in his family's daily life, throughout his stint in the big-leagues. Warner got considerable negative flack from the press and fans alike, over his many year's in the NFL, re/ his wearing his religion on his sleeve, if you will. Like a good Christian 'soldier', however, Warner didn't let either the scorn, or praise affect his abiding religious devotion.

A noted sports scribe commenting on Patt Morrison's Tebow segment did underscore the fact that the young QB never claimed he believed that somehow Jesus had a divine hand, or any interest in this season's Bronco cliff-hanger victories. He went on to argue that Tebow merely gives praise to the power of God in his life, and is hardly openly trying to proselytize, or religiously convert viewers out there in TV Land.

@Dahlink, I actually did think about Bill Mauldin, even prior to Karl Malden, but wasn't quite sure how to spell his surname. I was worried that if I did a Google, or Yahoo! search, I might lose what I'd already typed. (I guess I could have highlighted-and-pasted what I had onto my desktop to save it? Oh, well.)

Both cartoonist Bill Mauldin, and his talented contemporary, the graphic novelist/ cartoonist, Will Eisner, creator of the popular vintage comic series, "The Spirit", both lovingly graphically chronicled their firsthand 2nd World War experiences----- the good, the bad, and the ugly. Even in the worst, most violent chapters in man's inhumanity towards his fellow man, visual humor would often somehow soften the outrage, gore, and pure insanity of it all.

Dahlink, did Mauldin's son have an interest in, or talent for drawing, or the creative arts, in general? In other words, did the apple fall far from the tree?


Eve, I've been told that football is the state religion in Texas. God must have trouble when two Texas teams meet up. Or perhaps (heresy alert) God could not care less about football.

Dahlink, your informant was abso-stinkin'-lutely correct!

I believe that God is interested in every aspect of our lives; however, in Tim Tebow's case as he continues to lead the Broncos to victory after victory, maybe he's just one heck of a quarterback.

Alex, I didn't know him that well--but I certainly recognized the last name. My father's library contained more than one collection of Bill Mauldin's WW II cartoons, which taught me more about the war than I learned in history class.

I wouldn't know a TeBow from two quarts of water, but as far as football and le bon Dieu are concerned, I thought Notre Dame had pretty much settled that debate.


Thought you might be going for, 'I wouldn't know a Tebow from my elbow', but that would be far too obvious. Leave it to me to state the obvious. Doh!

And further more, I'm sure you are at-one w/ your elbows (and funny bone), and various other bodily joints. So as Emily Latella (aka early SNL's Gilda Radner) might sheepishly offer............. "Never mind."

Season's cheer,Your Royal Terseness,


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