When I wrote the other day that the criticism of Tim Tebow has gotten to be too much, I had no idea the depths to which some people would stoop in order to make fun of him.
In a column written by Bill Williamson of ESPN.com that made the case that Broncos executives needed to think of a post-Tebow plan since, as we have written about time and time again, Tebow isn’t a legit NFL quarterback at this point.
The readers of the article then commandeered it like a pirate ship on the Indian Ocean and created a meme that’s mean -- and well, sorta funny -- about what exactly is greater than Tebow. As in, X > Tebow.
It goes a little something like this (all of the following are actual a few of the (tens of?) thousands of comments):
Trolling ESPN > Tebow
Creed > Tebow
Rob Schnieder movies > tebow
Herman Cain’s pizza-making skills > Tebow
Federal Pound you in the a$$ prison > Tebow (I’m a sucker for Office Space references)
Kris Humphries > Tebow
And on and on and on.
Of course, those are some of the tamer tweets. And because so many of the comments are racist and misogynistic and simply inappropriate, ESPN moderators tried to keep up with the flow as best they could. As recounted by Deadspin, moderators deleted the unsavory stuff on Monday, but the commentators got even faster and friskier. On Tuesday, ESPN began deleting simply the comments that were in violation of its comments section.
But Wednesday, as Deadspin writes, “The moderators abandoned the battlefield. The commenters won.” Or as one commenter wrote, “Being paid to delete >Tebow comments > Tebow.”
Hopefully, like the Tebowing phenomenon, Tebow handles this full of grace and with a laugh. And hopefully, next week, the Tebow mocking doesn’t get any worse.
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