It should be noted, those in the circle were from varied backgrounds and ethnicity, and the mix was male and female.
"How could anyone cut Tim Tebow?'' a nice lady said, triggering a rumble and enough rants to last the better part of an evening. Seriously, an evening.
That's right, hours were spent on the merits of whether Tebow should be a quarterback in the National Football League. Food got cold, drinks got warm and feathers got ruffled, all because of a guy who cannot play quarterback in the NFL.
Not the state of the U.S. economy, the uneasiness of Syria or the hustle that is buying a gallon of gas. Not even Miley Cyrus at the VMA's.
But Tim Tebow.
Hours were dedicated to a dude released by two teams in six months and two years removed from his stint as replacement starter in the NFL. The merits of a guy six years post winning the Heisman were discussed so long my ears began to burn.
But why? What -- on God's green -- is the mystery that is Tebow?
"He's such a nice guy,'' someone said, not knowing whether Tebow is sincere about his relationship with The Lord or whether it has been an act all these years.
As much as I can tell, Tebow says and does all the right things when cameras are on and off him, so I assume he is of solid character. I have never read or heard from anyone who has dealt with Tebow counter such beliefs.
In the opinion of many, he is a handsome lad, well built and he models underwear. Tebow is engaging and has never met a TV camera or reporter's tape recorder he doesn't like. He is smart, a sound-bite machine and has surrounded himself with great advisers -- financially and on the marketing side.
When his playing days are done -- and it will be sooner than later -- he will be a tremendous sports analyst, a top-notch motivational speaker or a TV pitchman. If ministry is his calling, Joel Osteen will become No. 2 in the world of tele-evangelism.
Tebow can sell Tebow.
What Tebow cannot do is play quarterback in the toughest football league on the planet, where quarterbacks far better than him have been chewed up and spit out.
Here lies the handsome Tebow's -- he of accuracy and arm-strength issues -- problem.
Ego, you see, is a terrible thing with a gifted athlete, and Tebow's monster ego is in the way. He and his rather high opinion of himself -- and you have to be that way to lead as he has -- believes he is an NFL quarterback.
NFL experts believe he is an NFL blocking back/pass-catching specialist. If Tebow accepted such an assessment, and worked at being as much, he wouldn't be on the quarterback-fringe looking in.
After sitting on my opinion for hours last weekend, I landed in a doghouse or six when I shared it. I'm sure it will land me somewhere in some doghouses today.
But Tim Tebow is an NFL fullback, not an NFL quarterback.
Columnist John Marx can be reached at (309) 757-8388 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
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