What’s Your Problem With Tim Tebow?

There’s something about this virginal, pious, former football star turned baseball player that everyone loves to hate

Tim Tebow got signed by the Mets and will report to the low minor leagues. Good for him. The end.

If only it ever were that easy with Tebow.


Tebow has been a polarizing, fascinating figure since his days winning a Heisman Trophy and two national championships as quarterback at the University of Florida. Gator fans clearly loved him, and his athletic ability couldn't be questioned. But for myriad reasons—his unorthodox throwing style, his clean-cut image, his devotion to religion and the biblical verses on his eye black strips, his proclaimed virginity, his “Tebowing” ritual and touchdown celebration, his appearance in a conservative group’s Super Bowl ad and continued association with conservative causes, his perceived smugness—he became a player many loved to hate.

But the media followed his every move. And sports fans kept showing interest. So the media continued to follow his every move. Rinse and repeat.

After a brief NFL career filled with a few big moments but lacking sustained success, Tebow—who has been serving as a college football analyst for ESPNannounced last month that he wanted to play professional baseball.

The response to this announcement generally ranged from laughter to derision to outrage. Sure, he might have been a great high school baseball player, but now he’s 29. Too old, too far removed from organized ball. The idea that he would even participate in an open tryout in front of major league scouts actually offended many in the game.

But the tryout took place. The Rotten Tomatoes rating probably would have been around 46 percent. Wasn’t great (his throwing was mostly awful), had a few terrific moments (he hit some monster home runs in batting practice), could have been worse (he showed pretty good speed on the base paths), but still not all that impressive (he struggled against live pitching).

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Had this been a 19-year-old with no baggage or name recognition, the massive power and solid speed easily would have been enough to earn significant interest from a couple dozen big-league clubs. But this is the living distraction that is Tim Tebow—and he is nearing 30, which is ancient for a baseball prospect—so the interest was limited. But it was there. And from multiple teams.

And now the Mets have signed him. Tebow’s in New York again (he had a rocky tenure with the Jets during his NFL days). In short, it’s a recipe for chaos.

Except Tebow won’t make it anywhere near New York this year. And this just goes to show that the Mets really might believe Tebow has some talent they can use. The Mets right now are playing their best baseball since April. A season full of injuries and underachievement had last year’s World Series runner-up looking like a non-contender this time around. But stars have returned to form and/or gotten healthy, and young players and a reacquired veteran have shored up the roster with somewhat unexpected contributions, making the Mets one of the hottest teams in the league and placing them in the thick of the playoff race.

The last thing the team needs right now is the Tebow Circus in town. Heck, even as Tebow reports later this month to the Mets’ instructional league facility exactly 1,000 miles southwest of their Citi Field home in Queens, his presence will be felt. Mets manager Terry Collins and his players now have to answer questions about Tebow as they try to focus on their playoff run. Despite knowing the commotion it would cause, the Mets signed him anyway.

“While I and the organization I think are mindful of the novel nature of this situation, this decision was strictly driven by baseball,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says. “This was not something that was driven by marketing considerations or anything of the sort. We are extremely intrigued with the potential that Tim has.”

So maybe it’s for marketing purposes down the road, and maybe it’s not. Maybe Tebow’s baseball career will be even less memorable than his NFL tenure. And perhaps Tebow’s motivations have more to do with his interest in marketing himself than in being a professional athlete.

Then again, based on just about everything Tebow has said and done during his collegiate and professional careers, his strong belief in himself as a professional athlete is evident.

Tebow may be a lot of things, but a coward isn’t one of them.

“I would consider success giving everything I have,” Tebow says.

So Tim Tebow decided he wanted to play baseball. He tried out. He got signed. Good for him.

The end.

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"Seventy percent of the Earth is covered with water, now you camp on it!" proudly declares Smithfly on the website for its new camping boat — the Shoal Tent.

Why have we waited so long for camping equipment that actually lets us sleep on the water? Because it's an awful idea, that's why.

"The world is your waterbed," Smithfly says on its site. But the big difference is that no one has ever had to worry about falling asleep and then drowning on their waterbed.

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While it is possible that one could wade into the water, unzip the tent, have a pleasant slumber, and wake up in the morning feeling safe and refreshed, there are countless things that could go terribly wrong.

The tent could float down the river and you wake up in the middle of nowhere.

You could have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

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It could spring a leak and you could drown while wrapped up in eight feet of heavy nylon.

A strong current could tip the tent-boat over.

There isn't any way to steer the darn thing.

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Mashable shared a charming video of the tent on Twitter and it was greeted with a chorus of people sharing the many ways one could die while staying the night in the Shoal Tent.

Oh yeah, it's expensive, too.

Even though the general public seems to think the Shoal Tent is a terrible idea, according to the Smithfly's website, it's currently sold out due to "popular demand" and it will be "available in 6-8 weeks." Oh, and did we mention it costs $1,999?

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There are few more perniciously dangerous conspiracy theories being shared online than the idea that vaccines cause autism.

This has led to a decline in Americans vaccinating their children, resulting in a massive increase in measles. This year has already seen over 1,200 cases of measles, a disease that was eradicated in the U.S. nearly 20 years ago.

A 2015 Pew Research study found that 83% of Americans think the measles vaccine is safe, while 9% think it's not. Another 7% are not sure. But when you look at the polls that include parents of minors, the numbers get worse, 13% believe that the measles vaccine is unsafe.

There is zero truth to the idea that vaccines cause autism. In fact, a recent study of over 650,000 children found there was no link whatsoever.

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A great example of the lack of critical thinking shown by anti-vaxxers was a recent exchange on Facebook shared to Imgur by zoezimmm.

A parent named Kenleigh at a school in New Mexico shared a photo of a sign at reads: "Children will not be enrolled unless an immunization record is presented and immunizations are up-to-date."

This angered a Facebook user who went on a senseless tirade against vaccinations.

"That's fine, I'll just homeschool my kids," she wrote. At least they won't have to worry about getting shot up in school or being bullied, or being beat up / raped by the teachers!"

To defend her anti-vaccination argument, she used a factually incorrect claim that Amish people don't vaccinate their children. She also incorrectly claimed that the MMR vaccine is ineffective and used anecdotal evidence from her and her father to claim that vaccinations are unnecessary.

She also argued that "every human in the world is entitled to their own opinion." Which is true, but doesn't mean that wildly incorrect assumptions about health should be tolerated.

She concluded her argument with a point that proves she doesn't care about facts: "It doesn't matter what you say is not going to change my mind."

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While the anti-vaxxer was incorrect in her points, it must also be pointed out that some of the people who argued with her on Facebook were rude. That should never be tolerated in this type of discourse, but unfortunately, that's the world of social media.

Here's the entire exchange:

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The post received a ton of responses on imgur. Here are just a few:

"'In my opinion...' 'I believe...' That's not how facts work."

"You're entitled to your opinion. And everyone else is entitled to call you a dumbass."

"'What I do with my children is no concern to you at all.' Most of the time, true. When your kid might give mine polio, not true."

"If my child can't bring peanut butter, your child shouldn't bring preventable diseases."

It's important to call out people who spread dangerous views, especially how they pertain to health, on social media. But people should do so with respect and civility.

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Throughout the war, over 210,000 people would be imprisoned in Lodz.

Among those held captive was Henryk Ross. He was a Jewish sports photographer before the Nazi invasion and worked for the the ghetto's Department of Statistics during the war. As part of his official job, he took identification photos of the prisoners and propaganda shots of Lodz' textile and leather factories.

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When he unfolded the small piece of paper, Strassner was greeted with an unprompted insult. "You ugly!!!"

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