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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).

Image via Ed Clemente Photography (cc)

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.

Sports

The healthcare systems in the United States and the United Kingdom couldn't be more different.

The UK's National Health Service is the largest government-run healthcare system in the world and the US's is largest private sector system.

Almost all essential health services in the UK are free, whereas in America cost can vary wildly based on insurance, co pays and what the hospitals and physicians choose to charge.

A medical bill in the US

One of the largest differences is cost. The average person in the UK spends £2,989 ($3915) per year on healthcare (most of which is collected through taxes), whereas the average American spends around $10,739 a year.

So Americans should obviously be getting better care, right? Well, the average life expectancy in the UK is higher and infant mortality rate is lower than that in the US.

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Plus, in the U.S., only 84% of people are covered by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Sixteen percent of the population are forced to pay out of pocket.

In the UK, everyone is covered unless they are visiting the country or an undocumented resident.

Prescription drugs can cost Americans an arm and a leg, but in the UK, prescriptions or either free or capped at £8.60 ($11.27).

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The one drawback to the NHS system is responsiveness. In the UK people tend to wait longer for inessential surgeries, doctor's appointments, and in emergency rooms. Whereas, the US is ranked as the most responsive country in the world.

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The New York Times printed a fair evaluation of the UK's system:

The service is known for its simplicity: It is free at the point of use to anyone who needs it. Paperwork is minimal, and most patients never see a bill. … No one needs to delay medical treatment until he or she can afford it, and virtually everyone is covered. …

According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States spent 17.2 percent of its economic output on health care in 2016, compared with 9.7 percent in Britain. Yet Britain has a higher life expectancy at birth and lower infant mortality.

Citizens in each country have an interesting perspective on each other's healthcare systems. UK citizens think it's inhumane for Americans have to pay through the nose when they're sick or injured. While Americans are skeptical of socialist medicine.

A reporter from Politics Joe hit the streets of London and asked everyday people what they think Americans pay for healthcare and they were completely shocked.

Health

Bans on plastic bags and straws can only go so far. Using disposable products, like grabbing a plastic fork when you're on the go, can be incredibly convenient. But these items also contribute to our growing plastic problem.

Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of waste you produce by cutting down on disposable products. And even more fortunately, there are sustainable (and cute) replacements that won't damage the environment.

Coconut bowls


Cocostation

Who says sustainable can't also be stylish? These cute coconut bowls were handmade using reclaimed coconuts, making each piece one of a kind. Not only are they organic and biodegradable, but they're also durable, in case your dinner parties tend to get out of hand. The matching ebony wood spoons were polished with the same coconut oil as the bowls.

Cocostation Set of 2 Vietnamese Coconut Bowls and Spoons, $14.99; at Amazon

Solar powered phone charger

Dizaul

Why spend time looking around for an outlet when you can just harness the power of the sun? This solar powered phone charger will make sure your phone never dies as long as you can bask in the sun's rays. As an added bonus, this charger was made using eco-friendly silicone rubber. It's win-win all around.

Dizaul Solar Charger, 5000mAh Portable Solar Power Bank, $19.95; at Amazon, $19.95; at Amazon

Herb garden kit

Planter Pro

Put some green in your life with this herb planter. The kit comes with everything you need to get a garden growing, including a moisture meter that helps you determine if your herbs are getting the right amount of food to flourish. All the seeds included are certified to be non-GMO and non-hybrids, meaning you can have fresh, organic herbs right at your fingertips.

Planter Pro's Herb Garden Cedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazonedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazon

Reusable Keurig cups

K & J

Keurig cups are convenient, but they also create a ton of plastic waste. These Keurig-compatible plastic cups are an easy way to cut down on the amount of trash you create without cutting down on your caffeine. Additionally, you won't have to keep on buying K Cups, which means you'll be saving money and the environment.

K&J Reusable Filter Cups, $8.95 for a set of 4,; at Amazon

Low-flow shower head

Speakman

Low-flow water fixtures can cut down your water consumption, which saves you money while also saving one of the Earth's resources. This shower head was designed with a lighter flow in mind, which means you'll be able to cut down on water usage without feeling like you're cutting down on your shower.

Speakman Low Flow Shower Head, $14.58; at Amazon

Bamboo safety razor

Zomchi

Instead of throwing away a disposable razor every time you shave, invest in an eco-friendly, reusable one. This unisex shaver isn't just sustainable, it's also sharp-looking, which means it would make a great gift for the holidays.

Zomchi Safety Razor, $16.99; at Amazon

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Instagram / Leonardo DiCaprio

This August, the world watched as the Amazon burned. There were 30,901 individual fires that lapped at the largest rainforest in the world. While fires can occur in the dry season due to natural factors, like lightning strikes, it is believed that the widespread fires were started by loggers and farmers to clear land. Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, cites a different cause: the actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio wasn't accused of hanging out in the rainforest with a box of matches, however President Bolsonaro did accuse the actor of funding nonprofit organizations that allegedly set fires to raise donations.

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