Daniel T. Richards

Daniel T. Richards

Digital Strategist. Rhetorician. All Around Swell Guy.

Reality v. Media: Tebow Edition

JML has an excellent blog post over at The Midside about Tim Tebow, the Patriots, and getting the chance you deserve:

“[They said] He simply wasn’t good enough. His throwing mechanics were all wrong. He didn’t have the arm strength. He was better suited, due to his physicality and running ability, to be a tight end or running back of some kind. Never had a player been scouted and analyzed by so much of the American populace. Soon it seemed that almost every person was absolutely sure that Tebow would never be able to play quarterback in the NFL. That opinion became the unquestionable and irrefutable truth. Anyone who supported the former Gator from that point on wasn’t just a Tebow fan; he was a Tebowmaniac.”
The Tebow Myth

The media scrutiny of Tebow is a teachable moment for rhetors. Baseless assertions are not arguments. How can a pundit say Tebow will not be successful in the NFL if he hasn’t been given a chance in the NFL? The claim is disconnected from reality.