My 85 Year Old Mom Catches Tebowmania!
Think there’s nothing to this Tebowmania? Friday afternoon, on my way to work, I called my elderly parents who live in Oregon. After a few minutes chatting about life and death matters (my father has had several cancer surgeries recently), the conversation quickly turned to what else … Tim Tebow and his Denver Broncos’ game against the New England Patriots Saturday evening. Picture this: my 90-year-old dad and 85-year-old mom sitting in front of their TV set, yelling “Go, Tim, go!”
What’s remarkable about this? My mother doesn’t watch NFL football. Ever. But here’s how a
portion of the conversation went:
- Me: I’m interested in talking to people who normally wouldn’t watch an NFL game, but now because of Tebow they are.
- Mom: I would be in that (category). I couldn’t care less… Tomorrow is supposed to be the most watched football game.
- Dad: And it’s largely because of Tebow.
- Mom: Entirely.
The NFL must love Tebowmania. His overtime heroics last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers was the most-watched television show since last year’s Super Bowl. His 80-yard TD pass set a Twitter record for a sporting event. And politicians want his endorsement. But lost in all the numbers, its brought the non-fan, like my 85-year-old mother, into the fold. They’re watching, not for the X’s and O’s, blitzes and hail Mary’s, but for the same reasons many of them tune into their favorite soap opera show. The characters. The plot. The drama. And “As The Tebow Turns” has it all. It’s a soap my mom has memorized.
- Mom: First of all, he’s an amazing person. He is a Christian. He’s a survivor at birth. His mother didn’t abort him, and it came close. He’s an outstanding football player. Maybe not the best. The fact that everything is 3:16 now. Everything he does is 3:16.
- Dad: And Tebow, as he bends down his knee.
- Mom: I hate it that the other players mimic him (the Tebowing), but it brings to light what he’s saying and what he’s doing.
Tebow’s Broncos aren’t expected to win. They’re a two touchdown underdog against the Patriots. An upset, with another image of Denver’s QB “Tebowing” at the 50 yard line, would send Tebowmania to uncharted territory. And a loss?
- Mom: I would be disappointed to a point, but not surprised if they lost.
- Me: So you will be sitting there watching it?
- Mom: Yeah, even me.
- Dad: And that’s a little amazing right there.
- Mom: That’s one thing that I really, you know, basketball fine, but football, it’s got to be right pertinent for a reason. I will watch it.
Tim Tebow is the reason the NFL can add one more person to its fan base. Enjoy the game mom!
Here’s a portion of my Tebow talk with my mom and dad: