Tebowing Comes To the Virginia Legislature

Oh, brother. With the end of football season, I thought Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow might have a slight chance of reducing his massive over-exposure, and thereby reduce the number of Americans who are driven to irrational hatred at the very mention of his name.

But no:

Virginia Del. Robert Bell celebrated his bill passing the state House on Wednesday by taking a knee and Tebowing.

The legislation — dubbed the “Tebow bill” for the Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow — would allow the state’s homeschooled students the chance to play sports at their local high school like the NFL star did in Florida.
Bell, a Republican, said he’s pleased the new nickname has brought the legislation more fans. “We’re happy with whatever help there is,” he said.

“The name became a shorthand, and now all the homeschool kids call it that,” he told POLITICO. “After we passed it, I did the Tebow on the floor.”

Now I understand the connection between this bill and Tebow’s autobiography, but I fear this practice will spread to every occasion where a conservative legislator somewhere thinks he or she has done the Lord’s Work. At that point, we may have to seek court injunctions to stop it.

ANOTHER NOTE TO THE HUMOR-IMPAIRED: The reference to “court injunctions” was a joke, as the careful reader might have deduced from the tone of the entire post.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.