Since this is a sports column, I should keep this in sports terms. I don’t think mankind is winning the battle to preserve Mother Earth. If this game had a scoreboard, it would say something like:
I bring this up because today is the day we gloriously recognize as Earth Day. I’m not sure why every day isn’t Earth Day because it seems a little uneven to protect our world for one day and destroy it for 364.
But that’s just the left-wing agenda bursting from my soul. Earth Day is generally considered a cause embraced by liberals because we all know conservatives, bah humbug, don’t need clean water. Or as former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca so famously quipped, “We’ve got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?”
I mention Earth Day because I wonder about the smog level in Philadelphia. Specifically, I wonder if there are airborne toxins that have clouded the judgment of Eagles head coach Chip Kelly after he signed the failed NFL experiment known as Tim Tebow to a one-year contract on Monday.
I guess this is a marvelous idea if you’re looking to add TV commentators to your professional football roster, but it’s probably not the best idea if you’re interested in winning a playoff game. For those of you following Tebow’s NFL career, he’s made quick exits from the Broncos, Jets and Patriots. So this isn’t a second chance for the 27-year-old. It’s his fourth.
The problem with Tebow has always been his throwing motion. Most of us can make a sandwich faster than it takes Tebow to release the football.
But THIS time will be different for the charismatic, likable Tebow. At least that’s what Chip Kelly must believe. And Tebow himself has steadfastly maintained he’s an NFL quarterback, if in no one else’s mind but his own.
I have to believe there’s good reason a team hasn’t come calling, contract in hand, for Tebow since he was cut by the Patriots in the 2013 preseason. Now after two seasons without throwing an NFL pass, the Tebowmania bandwagon really believes he can crank up a comeback? Really?
Unlike football, Tebow was actually making strides as a TV commentator. You’d think, as a student of the game, Tebow would be able to analyze his tape and determine he’s a better TV personality than he is an NFL quarterback.
All this isn’t meant to demean Tebow because we should all be free to relentlessly chase our dreams. And what Tebow lacks in arm strength and accuracy, he certainly makes up for in determination.
After further review, I’ve reached this conclusion. If we’re going to live in a world where we honor the earth for just one day, we should also live in a world where Tim Tebow is given every opportunity to succeed as an NFL quarterback. If the pollution doesn’t kill us, watching Tebow play sure will.