Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Tebow Time: The three 3:16 references, boffo TV ratings and Lady Gaga love
By Chris Chase
You ever feel like there's too much Tim Tebow news? Neither do I. Here's a roundup of some of the most interesting Timbits from the aftermath of the Denver Broncos 29-23 overtime victory over thePittsburgh Steelers.
• The fact that Tebow had 316 yards passing and averaged 31.6 yards per pass in the game didn't escape notice on Sunday night. Tebow wore "John 3:16" on his eye black in the 2009 BCS Championship game and has since become identified with the famous Bible message. The coincidental stats caused millions of fans to perform Google searches on the Bible passage in the past 24 hours. Here's one more unbelievable stat: John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that the final quarter-hour television rating for the Broncos-Steelers game was, you guessed it, 31.6.
(John 3:16 reads: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.")
Posted by John MacHaffie at 8:42 AM
MacHaffie is a professed Christian, although I’ve also read him reference the strange cast of new-age deities the other promoters of this scam channel as sources (Aton, Sananda, Ming the Merciless – how that works with the “no other gods before me” thing is uncertain). Anyway, he obviously sees some kind of spiritual confirmation of God intervening in human affairs in this. So do hundreds of other posters online.
The long and short of this is coincidence. Tebow passed for 316 yards, it’s true, but it had to happen sometime. Or rather 47 times.
And for those that are curious about the further weirdness of statistical anomalies, before last night there were 46 quarterbacks who had thrown for 316 yards in either a playoff or regular season game in NFL history. This morning? There are 47. If only that had any significance to Mr. Tebow ...
As for the TV rating of the final quarter-hour, once again statistics (this was an “overnight rating” which it’s said will probably change). Cherry picking, anyone?
Finally, the 31.6 yards per pass statistic. In actually he threw 21 passes, 10 of which were complete. I don’t know what’s standard, but if you look at yards per actual pass you get 15.0 yards. I wonder what John 1:50 says (I give the entire “paragraph” here, John 1:43-51, King James Version of course).
43The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. 44Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. 46And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. 47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 48Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. 49Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. 50Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. 51And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
Most, but certainly not all, of the commentaries on this say that Jesus was surprised by Nathanael’s jumping to conclusions based on a simply-explained coincidence and is chiding him for being too credulous in verse 50. Purely coincidence, but then again…