Following Tim Tebow On The Hampton Jitney

I was on the Hampton Jitney last Sunday coming back home and following the Broncos vs. Bears football game in overtime on my iPhone. 

Ever since Broncos’ QB Tim Tebow beat the New York Jets (my favorite team) in a 95-yard rushing drive with less than three minutes left in the game, I’ve become a big fan of the polarizing quarterback.

What I like most about Tebow is that he takes a lot of criticism in stride. He’s unapologetically religious, and I respect that, and although he’s a terrible thrower, the young man can run like lightening down the field. [expand]

On the bus, there is a rule that you can’t use your cellphone for more than three minutes and only for emergencies, but this was overtime and the Broncos had just recovered a fumble, as far as I was concerned THIS WAS AN EMERGECY.

I called up fellow Dan’s Papers writer T.J. Clemente, who was watching the game. “T.J.,” I whispered, “I’m on the bus and can’t talk, can you put your cellphone up to the television so I can hear what’s happening?”

“No problem.”

I slunk down into my seat and hid my cellphone. It was overtime, and the Broncos had the ball at their own 33-yard line after a seemingly impossible fumble recovery. I couldn’t help but think that this turn of events had something to do with Tebow and his unquestionable belief. I think that we all think that when we watch this kid play. Whenever he gets a break like this, it’s hard to not think about a man upstairs looking out for him. I don’t want to get into my personal beliefs here, but you know that you are thinking it.

Anyway, Tebow drove the Broncos down the field and got them within field goal range. The Broncos’ kicker Matt Prater had a 51-yard boot, and nailed it. The Broncos won. I can’t believe it!


I shouted on the Hampton Jitney.

Yep, I was that guy.

I got looks all around, and then got one head nod from a guy sitting about three rows back from me.

When I got home I watched some of the postgame interviews. When asked how the Broncos were once again able to pull off such an incredible win, Tebow responded with “If you believe, then unbelievable things can sometimes be possible.”

I thought that was a pretty good message. You got to believe. Believing, in itself, is a very powerful thing. I think believing is what it’s all about.

I’m getting philosophical here, but Tebow pulls it out of me. The magic just seems to continue.

It was just such a great week for NFL fans last week and the NFL is what keeps me sane in the Hamptons this time of year. The New York Jets beat the Chiefs 37 to 10 and now are in control of their playoff chances. Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan finally looked like the football team that New York deserves.

God I’m going to be depressed when the season ends this year. Enjoy it while it lasts!

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