Apparently nothing is beneath the snark and clownery of Deadspin. On Monday, Deadspin writer Tom Ley posted an article that referenced an incident involving an airplane, a near-death situation, prayer, and Tim Tebow.
What could go wrong? A lot:
“According to a Facebook post that has since been confirmed as true by an ABC reporter, former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow may very well possess the ability to resurrect the dead.”
Here is the Facebook post from a man who was recently on a flight with Tebow:
“I have to share this story! I was traveling on Delta Airlines Flight Number 1772 from Atlanta, Georgia to Phoenix, Arizona when there was a medical emergency on board. An older gentleman began having what appeared to be heart problems, and he went unconscious. I watched strangers from all over the world and every ethnicity come to the help of this man for over an hour! Whether it was chest compressions, starting an IV, helping breathe life into this man, or praying everyone helped! I listened to shock after shock from the AED machine and still no pulse. No one gave up. I observed people praying and lifting this man up to the Lord in a way that I’ve never seen before. The crew of Delta Airlines were amazing. They acted in a fast and professional manner! Then all of a sudden, I observed a guy walking down the aisle. That guy was Tim Tebow. He met with the family as they cried on his shoulder! I watched Tim pray with the entire section of the plane for this man. He made a stand for God in a difficult situation. The plane landed in Phoenix and that was the first time they got a pulse back! Please share this with your friends! Pray for this man and his family, and also thank God that we still have people of faith who in times of difficulty look to the Lord!
It appears that Tebow’s prayers are much more likely to find their target than his passes.”
The utter buffoonery on the part of Deadspin really stands on its own, and requires no additional comment. But, since my exasperation level at this level of ignorance is at meltdown level, I cannot help but marvel at the mindset here. The writer looks at a truly horrifying moment for this man on the plane, his family, and others as well, then identifies a celebrity sports figure who, whether you believe what he believes or not, was unquestionably a source of immense comfort and peace for those terrified people. And, instead of simply praising him for his deed, takes a schoolyard-level cheap shot, and mocks his shortcomings as a football player.
Because Tebow getting cut from the Eagles was clearly the lesson to be taken from this all this.