RUSH: I’m sure you haven’t noticed this, but I have. It’s almost a cascade now. I’m not gonna mention any names ’cause that’s not the point here, but an entire gaggle of far-left sportswriters who were on the anti-Tebow bandwagon from the get-go over his mechanics, his lack of ability to play the pro-game. He wasn’t smart enough, “Yeah, great college quarterback, but this guy can’t do it, he doesn’t have what it takes, his release is way too elongated, he’ll never be able to do anything but run an option and you can’t do that and win in the NFL.” All of these guys — well, not all of them, but a lot of prominent sportswriters have done a 180 in talking about the greatness of Tebow.
It’s breathtaking to watch. I don’t know why. I haven’t figured out why yet. Especially the game yesterday. Tebow is a winner and he does bring the best out of all the other players on his team because he inspires them. They have a bigger belief in themselves individually and as a team. He does that. But the Bronco game yesterday was won by two 51, 59-yard field goals.
That’s not insignificant. Even in the lighter air of Denver, that’s not insignificant. Now, Tebow got them in position but those are not chip shots. That’s not driving the team down to the 25 or 30 yard line for a field goal. I’m not trying to take anything away from Tebow here. By no stretch am I trying to do that. But I can’t tell you why they’re doing the 180. I can’t begin to tell you. They’re given this up faster than I’ve seen them give up any opinion they’ve ever had. (interruption) No, they’ve been called on all kinds of stuff, Snerdley, that they never give up. This is not the first time they’ve been called on something and they gave it up. (interruption) Well, maybe. It may be. Maybe. (sigh)
I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure it out. I mean, big names in the sportswriter community are now doing mea culpas. It’s almost like they’ve got the fear of God, and I know that’s not it. (laughing) I know that’s not what it is.
RUSH: Tom in Florida, as we head back to the phones. I’m glad you called, sir. You’re on the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: Good afternoon. Second-time caller, longtime listener.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: How are you?
RUSH: Very well. Thanks very much.
CALLER: I was telling Snerdley about being a Florida State Seminole and watching our arch-nemesis that was with the Gators who are our arch-rivals. I was just curious, and you’ve already touched on it, some of it, the way that qualities that Tebow presents out there and how he’s just using the talents that he has and his beliefs. He finds a way to win and that’s what he always did against us down here in Florida. So it’s hard to say that about a Gator, especially Tebow, but he has just put things together; and I was wondering about your take — and you touched on some of it. If the people that we got trying to get our Republican nomination — I’m a longtime Republican, lifelong Republican — would just take some of that belief and power of how you think that they could take that and —
RUSH: Well, now —
RUSH: — I’m gonna turn this back on you.
RUSH: Since you have extensive experience losing to Tebow.
CALLER: Yes, we did.
RUSH: What is it that Tebow has that you think the Republicans could learn?
CALLER: I think that Tebow, playing now and playing against his SEC rivals and of course us, he always came off the field and you could just watch him, and you could tell that in his eyes and his mind he was going back to his teammates, especially his line, saying, “You know what? I know how to win this, and if you will just believe in what I believe in and follow me, we will win.” It’s hard for me to say that, but you can’t help but like the guy, and I was listening to you talk about his liberal critics, because they are just ripping him.
RUSH: Okay, let me take it from here, Tom, because one of the things that makes me a great host is that I have empathy. Empathy — humility, yes; empathy and humility — with and for the audience. And by this I mean, okay, you’re out there driving around or you’re home and you’re listening, and you hear this guy, you hear this caller; and I know exactly what you’re thinking when you listen to this guy. I know exactly what most of you are thinking. I know what most of your reaction is. Want me to tell you? You’re saying, “Oh, come on! What do you mean? You really mean to tell me that what Tebow is doing on football field has got practical application in a Republican primary process? Are you…? Is this guy for real? Does this guy really think there’s anything Tebow is doing…?
“What, belief in God? They all believe in God! What’s Tebow got that any of these people can learn from?” If you are skeptical of what Tom here in Florida, said, this is a story from way back five days ago, a little while after the Denver Broncos beat the Miami Dolphins in Miami. One of the linebackers for the Dolphins is a guy named Karlos Dansby, who used to play for the Arizona Cardinals, and according to Karlos Dansby, what happened when the Broncos played the Dolphins in week seven was this. Dansby said that the Dolphins saw God working through Tebow and, in the process, Dansby became closer to God himself.
Karlos Dansby, linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, said, “Us losing to Tim Tebow the way we did, we seen it first hand. Young man is blessed. Young man has a special anointing on him. And for God to show himself in that game the way He did, through the guy He did it through, it opened a lot of guys’ eyes on our team. And it brought a lot of guys closer to God, so like I said, everything happens for a reason. … My hat goes off to Tim. And God working through him like that, it opened up a lot of eyes. HeÂ’s a blessed young man and I wish him much success the rest of his career.” Karlos Dansby. He said that on the Jim Rome Show.
Now, what would your reaction be if Karlos Dansby had said that on this show, that Tim Tebow beating the Dolphins opened the Dolphins’ eyes to God and he became closer to God? I cannot tell you what the Republicans can learn from Tebow. I think it’s being a little bit overanalyzed, myself. There’s no question Tebow’s a winner, and I think what he does is make all those players on the team play their best. I don’t think it’s any more complicated than that. He a leader. He believes in himself, and so he makes it easier for people to believe in him and themselves. It’s really simple, and there are people that have that ability. There are people are natural-born leaders, that inspire confidence and make you feel better about yourself.
They’re rare, but there are people like that; and Tebow is making a lot of people into believers in him, particularly his teammates. Now, you can’t bottle that kind of leadership. You can’t. Tebow could spend the rest of his life making speeches about it, and he couldn’t take somebody from scratch and turn them into him and that kind of thing. He’s a total package — you know, a product of who he is. But certainly there’s no substitute for confidence. And it’s like I said Friday on this program, and I do think this is a profundity, particularly in politics: Nobody ever won anything defending anything. I mean, you just don’t. I know you’re trying to think of examples where I’m wrong or that would contradict me. On balance, nobody wins anything when they’re defending it. The people that attack, the people that are on offense, they’re the ones who win — and that is an attitudinal thing, and it would certainly help if our people had that, but I fear we’re always defending.
RUSH: This is why Tim Tebow has ’em confounded. Tim Tebow: “My teammates make me look a lot better than I am.” And when he says it, he means it. He’s not saying fluff to sound good. He really means it. “My teammates make me look a lot better than I am.” You contrast that with Obama today, with Maliki, Obama taking credit today for the fact that Iraq is ostensibly democratic and that our troops are now coming home. You know, if Obama were really the unifier he says he is, he’d bring Bush in there for a joint appearance here for this thing because everybody knows this is Bush’s deal, but here he is trying to hog credit for it. And look who is universally respected for not doing that? Tebow.