President Obama for Heisman

We’re about a third of the way through the college football season, and most pundits have their lists of contenders for the prestigious Heisman trophy.

Gene Menez at SI.com:

1. Florida’s Tim Tebow (concussion and all)
2. Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen (let’s just give it to him since he goes to Notre Dame)
3. Texas’ Colt McCoy (still riding the wave of last year’s amazing run)
4. Cincinnati’s Tony Pike (“I was at Tony’s house”)
5. Miami’s Jacory Harris (his mom had an attack of the clevers when naming him)

Fox Sports, don’t ask me why, has McCoy as the front runner followed by Tebow and Clausen and some other candidates.

Forget UH’s Case Keenum and Kansas’ Todd Reesing, let me present another darkhorse candidate whom, based on current history, has the potential to steal this thing at the end: President Barack Obama.

I know, I know, the President doesn’t currently play college football but he might. On the strength of this potential, the Prez has not only a puncher’s chance but a real possibility of taking home the hardware come December.

If anything let’s just give it to the man on the strength of the following pose in Mack Brown’s office:

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Hail to the Chief indeed!

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Tim Tebow Makes the Girls Cry

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Well, Mr. All-Everything (above after taking down a brigade of Gurkhas) hasn’t chosen a spouse so that’s not what I’m alluding to with the post’s title.

Rather I’m referring to the aftermath of his effort last night against the Oklahoma Sooners. This is embodied in this award-winning shot:

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I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist, but it seems that cameramen, regardless of network, are told to find a weeping Oklahoma fan after an OU loss.

For example, remember this little fellow?

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This little guy was driven to tears by one Colt McCoy back in ’06.

Congrats to Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators for winning the BCS Championship.

Mark Richt is a Man, He’s 48

It has been said that “religion is the opiate of the masses”. This day in age more than ever, I’d argue that sports fits the bill much better. I say this as an unabashed University of Texas football fan who shuts it down on Saturdays when the ‘Horns are on broadcast TV.

While athletics get a bum rap (sometimes justifiably) in some circles, there are redeeming qualities. More importantly there are individuals within the sports world which use the platform they’ve been given to carry out the Great Commission (see Florida QB Tim Tebow’s missionary efforts in the Philippines).

Staying within this blogger’s least favorite conference, the SEC, we next go to Georgia head man Mark Richt (below).

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Richt and his wife adopted 2 children from the Ukraine and their story was told recently in this ESPN video piece [WARNING: it’s a tear-jerker]:

The Richt Family’s Life-Long Commitment

[H/t: Justin Taylor via Tim]

…and Tim Tebow has Colt McCoy’s back as Well

[this post is a companion piece to Colt McCoy has Tebow’s Back]

Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Florida QB Tim Tebow (below indulging his inner thespian in a church play) would give Texas QB Colt McCoy his Heisman vote.

Tebow: McCoy would get my vote

As a past winner, Tebow can cast a ballot for the prestigious award given to the best player in college football.

Can’t really blame the big guy, given McCoy’s recent demolition of Mizzou’s defense before a national television audience: 29 for 32 for 337 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 Rushing TDs, and here’s Colt on his way to one of the rushing TDs:

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Here’s hoping that if Colt does win the Heisman, his acceptance speech (like Tebow’s) will reflect the humility and character that God has blessed him, not to mention call the nation’s attention to Whom both of these young men attest their accomplishments to.

Colt McCoy has Tebow’s Back

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“I thank God for this opportunity…”


Those were Texas QB Colt McCoy’s (above) words before a national audience after leading his team to victory against rival Oklahoma.

Given the other worldly burden placed on Tim Tebow’s broad shoulders, perhaps Colt can help carry the burden in Simonesque fashion.

While an exhaustive and expert post-game report is sure to follow from the good folks over at Burnt Orange Nation, these are the thoughts of a random UT alum/fan watching this instant classic from the comfort of his home in Houston:

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Homeschooled Tim Tebow makes Heisman History

Though I’m an alum (and thus a fan) of the University of Texas, I’m a big fan of Florida Quarterback Tim Tebow, and apparently so are the folks who vote on the Heisman Trophy,

“Florida’s Tebow wins Heisman”

Tebow became the first sophomore to win the coveted trophy, and let’s face it how can he not when he did something even the legendary Vince Young didn’t do, that is pass and rush for at least 20 TDs.

The article linked above though lists some things which made me a Tebow fan.

For example during his acceptance speech Tebow said,

“God truly blessed me and this just adds on. It’s an honor. I’m so happy to be here.”

The article also lists some facts about Tebow’s life,

Homeschooled by missionary parents who run an orphanage in the Philippines, Tebow took advantage of a Florida state law to play for Nease [High School], about 90 miles from the University of Florida campus.

Tebow has worked and preached at his parents’ orphanage since he was 15. He regularly speaks at schools and delivered his message of faith at a prison in Florida earlier this year.

May God continue to bless this young man in his endeavors.

Chris Tomlin coming to you from Tim Tebow’s iPod

Gene Menez of SI.com interviewed Heisman Trophy candidate Tim Tebow.

“Talkin’ with Tebow”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or could care less about college football or sports in general, Tebow is the versatile quarterback of the University of Florida Gators.

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Tebow scores against Ohio State in last year’s National Title game.

Versatile because he is the first player in college football history to throw for 20 touchdowns and run for 20 touchdowns.

He truly is an outstanding player and given the fact that Tebow is a devout Christian and my penchant to root for so-called running quarterbacks I’m a big fan.

If he wins the Heisman I wonder if he’ll be the first Heisman trophy winner to be homeschooled?

Here is a couple of questions I found interesting,

SI.com: Do you still read the Bible every day?

Tebow: Yes

……

SI.com: What do you want for Christmas?

Tebow: You know, I’ve never been someone to be picky or want anything. The best thing about Christmas for me is having all my siblings come home and spend time and hang out with them. That’s the big thing for me for Christmas. Oh, my mom has to cook ice cream Rice Krispie Treat pie when I go home. That’s what I want for Christmas.

………

SI.com: (Laughs) OK. Thanks. What’s getting the most play in your iPod right now?

Tebow: Oh, that’s a good question. I don’t get asked that question. Let me see. Hmm. I’m trying to think. I like George Strait. He gets played on there a lot. Kenny [Chesney] gets played on there a lot. I’m a big country fan, so a lot of country stuff. Chris Tomlin gets played on there a lot. No. 1, though? You know what? I’d have to go with Don’t Blink by Kenny Chesney.

I wonder how many Tebow fans know who Chris Tomlin is? (Ironically enough, Chris Tomlin’s “Give us Clean Hands” started playing in my iPod as I was finishing this post up)