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Craig Hall, Publisher

Craig Hall

Since the Broncos went into overtime to finish the latest chapter in the saga that is Tim Tebow, I figured I might as well go into Tebow overtime in the next chapter that is the saga of my writing columns.

While I don’t have much of an opinion as it relates to the Broncos’ victory on Sunday — other than the 80-year touchdown pass that won the game was an absolutely amazing play run to absolute perfection — I did form a wholly separate opinion, along with an analogy, as it relates to the legend that is Tim Tebow.

Don’t take this wrong, but it’s now my firm belief Tebow has joined the ranks of those special things that aren’t allowed to be discussed in civil conversation. And yes, I got this opinion from the doppelganger of American culture — Facebook.

Since the Tebow phenomenon began,  I’ve expressed my opinion for all to read about his chances of becoming an elite quarterback in the NFL. Since I wrote my last Business Times column, there’ve been more successes, failures, twists and turns in the Tebow saga than a soap opera with a writing staff on crack and Prozac. And that’s just three weeks.

But back to the Facebook dilemma.

I recently experienced the equivalent of excommunication — the feared “unfriending” — as a result of my opinions Now my “friends’” reaction to my posts aside, it was his note and tone that started me down this thought process. I’ve been critical as to the perception of Tebow’s greatness as a quarterback. That would be rational in an analysis of any young quarterback — except for one that plays for the Broncos — and in this case for one that came from the University of Florida.

Besides the fact there’s never been an elite NFL quarterback to matriculate from a university south of Valdosta, Ga. (and I can prove that faster than you can say Testaverde) and the additional facts I’ve done nothing but praise Tebow for his lifestyle and given him credit for his efforts thus far, it was a word my friend used to describe my posts and opinions. And that word was HATER.

Really? Saying Tebow might not be the be-all and end-all for the Broncos is now equivalent to hate?

Now comes again the magic of Mile High and the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. My simple thought on a Facebook post was one of how fun this is to watch as one day Tebow is the Kansas City game and the next he’s the Steelers game. I also noted how there was very little Bronco fan talk during the previous two weeks as opposed to postgame Sunday. Of course, someone responded “Tebow-licious” and told me she had said it the week before as well. OK, so there was one that I saw.

In the back and forth that followed, as there’s always back and forth to follow on Facebook, I was told this gem: “You just don’t seem to have very nice things to say about Tebow, although I have no idea all you have said or written.” That’s when it hit me. Whatever I say or have said, whatever I do or did and whatever the facts are don’t matter when it comes to dealing with certain people.

And that’s why my Tim Tebow discussions have reached the equivalent of discourse on politics, religion (although this was raging in some circles with Tebow beforehand) and abortion. Tebow is becoming a matter you can’t discuss for me in all too many situations.

That’s truly sad. I enjoy a good, spirited discussion of the facts as they relate to those issues as well as many others, especially when they relate to life in this great nation. But now, in all too many situations, a conversation is out of the question. Regardless of what someone has done, said, written or knows to be a fact, there are just times when none of those things matter.

And that is what happens when zealotry and idealism get in the way of cognitive thought and getting to the source of a problem or situation. I see it all the time from those who don’t agree with me politically — and on a very emotional level. While I can also become very animated in my thoughts on many subjects, I’d like to believe I’d sit back and listen to — and accept — the facts of a situation as they’re presented in civil discourse.

But that’s not where we are today in our country. Media sources rarely present facts, but rather opinions masquerading as stories. Pundits tend to be over the top one way or the other to get viewers and have the last word, whether it’s factual or not. And all too often, those with talking points that belie any facts whatsoever have the bully pulpit. Then all you have is crowd noise. That’s too bad because we really have some problems in this country. Our leaders need to stop yelling and start thinking.

The Broncos’ overtime win was accomplished on a great play. That is an undisputable fact. Maybe our leaders should take note of Tebow’s leadership style and just get it done. It wouldn’t hurt to get down on one knee, either.

Since June of 2000, Craig Hall has been the owner/publisher of the Grand Valley Business Times. He can reached at 970-424-5133 or publisher@thebusinesstimes.com
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