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Some People Are Happy Tebow Is in New York

They just may not themselves be in New York

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Tim Tebow at Yankee Stadium. (Yes that is Dwyane Wade behind him.)(Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The NFL Draft is tonight—the last time the league will get sustained media attention until the dog days of summer, when camps convene. So I’d like to share with you a letter I received in the mail almost a month ago from a man in Illinois. In a card with a picture of a Newfoundland sunrise, he wrote,

I just read your article about Tim Tebow coming to N.Y.! I’m a Christian, have been a pastor for many years. We love and honor Israel, and the Jewish people God’s chosen … you are the root we Gentiles have been grafted in! (ROMANS 11) God bless you. [signed]

Here’s the blog post in question (and here’s Romans 11—appears to be a reference to verse 17). You’ll note that my take on Tebow coming to New York was snarky—I mean, of course it was. I think the existence and earnest conviction of people like the letter-writer doesn’t mean I can’t still make jokes. I just think it means we need to remember it’s not a joke to everyone.

On the top half of the folded card, he wrote something else: “Go Jets!!!’

Earlier: Welcome to New York City, Tim Tebow!

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Jayson2 says:

Now there’s a man who loves himself so much, he became sickening to watch.   Meh, let the New York christians have him.  They can have fun mimicking Tebow  & becoming  public spectacles as well. 


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Some People Are Happy Tebow Is in New York

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