Does The World Need A Superman?



Tim Tebow (Superman) is OUT, as the Quarterback for the Denver Broncos. After selling millions of dollars worth of jerseys, tickets and air time for the football franchise, the Broncos, sent the faithful quarterback packing! After, rescuing the Broncos from obscurity and bringing countless new fans into the Broncos fold, they dismissed the fan favorite after signing Peyton Manning. The trade set off explosions in the sports world and for most of the day, sports fans were confused and disoriented by contradictory rumors. After the dust settled, Tim Tebow found himself in a New York Jets uniform. The trade has a roster of quarterbacks in the throws of a dramatic football Soap Opera. Tim Tebow is cast as the wholesome good guy, while the current team starter is the wild and crazy, bad boy with a penitent for fast women and the fast life. Sanchez is also rumored to have a serious streak of jealousy. Sanchez is known to be territorial, about his role as a starter. He does not enjoy sharing snaps and practice time with his current back up Drew Stanton. And Stanton is now rumored to want out of the Jets franchise, in fear that his role as backup is in peril. According to ESPN, he has bluntly asked to be traded.


Tebow, is one of the most famous athletes in America. He has mysteriously also become one of the most controversial. In a sport with famous athletes that have publicly engaged in drug use, domestic violence, rape and brawls, Tim Tebow has garnered more negative attention for his public displays of faith, than any of those players. His tendency to “take a knee” in prayer, on the field and thank god for touchdown plays has roused more anger from some fans then the felonious behaviors of his fellow players. He is known for the time he spends with sick children. It seems strange, in a popular culture that often lacks good role models for our youth, that a sport, played by millions of children, would turn its nose up, at a player that (at the very least attempts to) stand for TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY. The cheese and irony aside, it seems strange that a player finds it difficult to obtain a job, due in part to being too positive.

But, there are legitimate business concerns associated with selecting Tebow. He is not considered to be a particularly skilled QB. His success has been described as miraculous and inexplicable. His throws are wobbly; his passes are often slow. He has a relatively weak arm for a pro-athlete. But then again, the same criticisms have dogged Tebow, since high-school. He has since won the Heisman, college championships, and stunning wins at the pro-level. His achievements are a mixed blessing for teams. Some have described him as a quarterback you can hire, but not fire. Tebow is a hero and fan favorite. When TEBOW-MANIA takes over a franchise, his avid fans could demand to see their superhero on the field. If the post didn’t work out, as a result of personalities, or play style, teams could feel pressured to retain the QB despite the poor fit. These concerns are rumored to be behind the failure of two Florida teams, to hire the homeless QB (the Miami Dolphins, and Jacksonville Jaguars). Both teams were in the market for quarterbacks. Despite the potential profit windfall both teams passed on the prayerful player.


Newsworthy or Not: Black actors in Hunger Games cause uproar


It should not come as a surprise that the film Hunger Games racked in $155 million dollars over the weekend. What has come as a slight surprise is the uproar that seemed to take place over the film’s choice to cast black actors in key roles of the film. Loyal readers took to Twitter to express their sentiments about the film. While the opinions of others can be respected and even appreciated when a character does not appear  in a film as the reader imagined , the tweets became alarming when a member of tweeted suggested that the death of a character favorite named Rue somehow lost value because the actress playing her is white.

Should this even matter? We see characters change all the time when a book comes to film. The interesting thing to consider is that the book Hunger Games is written by a woman and features a solid female lead. When considering those details, it becomes interesting that readers of such a groundbreaking book could be so archaic and naive in their beliefs about race as it pertains to film.

The debate is continuing to grow as other social network users argue such tweets and ignorance should not merit media coverage. What do you say? Is this development newsworthy?