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There was Planking, and before that there was something else (you fill in the blank), well now let me introduce you to the latest internet meme, Tebowing
posted by Eekacat (83 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Absolutely love it.
posted by Trochanter at 3:10 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Coming up next, Tebowgging, where you dangle your balls in Tim Tebow's face.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 3:10 PM on October 30, 2011 [9 favorites]


Is facepalming a thing yet, cuz I've been doing a lot of that lately.
posted by Fizz at 3:12 PM on October 30, 2011 [21 favorites]


"Absolutely love it."

Tell us more, exactly what do you love about this? I would like to understand that emotion as it relates to this.
posted by HuronBob at 3:12 PM on October 30, 2011 [21 favorites]


"(you fill in the blank)"

I'm still looking for the blank.... not seeing it.
posted by HuronBob at 3:14 PM on October 30, 2011


Twice today Detroit Lions players have Tebowed (OK, the second one isn't much of a Tebow).

Yes, they're playing the Broncos.
posted by dw at 3:15 PM on October 30, 2011 [11 favorites]


Well, this horse shit where you think the lord's gonna carry that kick home deserves to be laughed at. So I am.
posted by Trochanter at 3:17 PM on October 30, 2011 [7 favorites]



Twice today Detroit Lions players have Tebowed (OK, the second one isn't much of a Tebow).


I think you mean Tebowgged
posted by Gygesringtone at 3:19 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


I was so hoping this would involve miming the circumcision of a Filipino orphan, but this is still fun without that.
posted by Copronymus at 3:20 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


On review of the application of Tebowing for the currently open position of latest Internet Meme, we have concluded that we shall be moving forward with a different candidate. We will keep the Tebowing application on file however, as we are always looking for talent in our Internet Niche departments.
posted by -harlequin- at 3:22 PM on October 30, 2011 [14 favorites]


This is also called genuflection.
posted by Dia Nomou Nomo Apethanon at 3:23 PM on October 30, 2011 [11 favorites]


I don't get it. I mean I really don't get it. IS there humor in here that I'm missing?
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 3:23 PM on October 30, 2011 [6 favorites]




Michelangelo was doing it before it was cool.
posted by -harlequin- at 3:25 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I don't get it. I mean I really don't get it. IS there humor in here that I'm missing?

Yes. Don't worry though, the people doing it miss it too...
posted by Gygesringtone at 3:27 PM on October 30, 2011 [7 favorites]


Tebow Before Zod!

(because two memes are better than one)
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:27 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's no Shocker.
posted by The Deej at 3:29 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Does this mean I can stop owling now? Owling hurt my knees,glad there is new meme.
posted by Ad hominem at 3:30 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I figured it would be something related to crying or choking.
posted by randomkeystrike at 3:34 PM on October 30, 2011 [8 favorites]


NOOOOOOO!
posted by fatbird at 3:34 PM on October 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


This is also called genuflection.

What has the Vatican been up to? Really, I mean, really, what?
posted by JoeXIII007 at 3:37 PM on October 30, 2011


ORTON FOREVER TEBOW NEVER
posted by scody at 3:38 PM on October 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


This is also called genuflection.

What has the Vatican been up to? Really, I mean, really, what?


Well there was the whole Da Vinci Code thing. And then.... I think they've been busy with other problems.
posted by Fizz at 3:40 PM on October 30, 2011


Um, are you all drunk or something?

It's Sunday. Y'all know that, right? There's work tomorrow.
posted by aramaic at 3:40 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also, Tebow and the Broncos need a prayer or two losing 38-3 to our lovely Detroit Lions as I type this in the fourth.
posted by JoeXIII007 at 3:41 PM on October 30, 2011


Ah, the anti-gay, pro-life Focus on the Family spokesman Tim Tebow who likes to man-kiss his fellow teammates. Got it.
posted by ericb at 3:44 PM on October 30, 2011 [15 favorites]


This is also called genuflection.

It's also called stupid. Like planking.
posted by New England Cultist at 3:50 PM on October 30, 2011


At least they got three. Stupid fucking Rex Grossman... barf.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:52 PM on October 30, 2011


They should have a similar blog of people doing Rex Grossman's signature move= sucking.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:55 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


First planking, then owling, then tebowing. What's next? Come on, we're creative people. Let's get it started!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:56 PM on October 30, 2011


Don't forget Batmanning.
posted by Mr. Pokeylope at 4:00 PM on October 30, 2011


forty five to ten! Here he comes!!
posted by Trochanter at 4:00 PM on October 30, 2011


First planking, then owling, then tebowing. What's next? Come on, we're creative people. Let's get it started!

Shining?

posted by logicpunk at 4:04 PM on October 30, 2011


When you're a QB and can't hold onto the ball, you hit fewer than 1/3 of your passes, and your throwing motion is shit, you have Tebowculosis.
posted by grubi at 4:07 PM on October 30, 2011 [5 favorites]


Tebow may be right -- there might, in fact, be an omnipotent, inscrutable, higher power who created and maintains the universe and to whom we are merely cogs in a greater machine. This is the only possible reason that the Rams beat the Saints today.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 4:09 PM on October 30, 2011


Ah, the anti-gay, pro-life Focus on the Family spokesman Tim Tebow who likes to man-kiss his fellow teammates. Got it.

(...What does that have to do with the FPP or Tebowing photos?)
posted by critzer at 4:13 PM on October 30, 2011


forty five to ten! Here he comes!!

He is risen?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:15 PM on October 30, 2011


First planking, then owling, then tebowing. What's next? Come on, we're creative people. Let's get it started!

Verbing. You know, where you take a noun and turn it into a verb by adding ing to the end.
posted by Gygesringtone at 4:17 PM on October 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


This is the only possible reason that the Rams beat the Saints today.

I guess the lord didn't want me to pay my rent...
posted by Trochanter at 4:18 PM on October 30, 2011


What is this ... I don't even.
posted by punkfloyd at 4:19 PM on October 30, 2011


"This kid is a real fighter," say the announcers as the screen shows him sliiiiding after a run.
posted by grubi at 4:19 PM on October 30, 2011


Just because it's the dumbest fucking thing you've ever seen doesn't mean you have to comment to make sure people understand you've registered your displeasure.

I am so conflicted. I've expressed the same impatience with threadshitting in Meta a number of times, but: I also kind of think there ought to be a certain meme-evolutionary in play pressure that culls the weakest and stupidest of the memetic herd before they reproduce.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:20 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Here's a new meme for everybody: LIVING.
posted by jonmc at 4:26 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Whatever, living is, like, for old people.
posted by elwoodwiles at 4:29 PM on October 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


Look for my new book, "Pride and Prejudice and Tebowing (Also Bacon)" in stores January 2012!
posted by drjimmy11 at 4:48 PM on October 30, 2011 [5 favorites]


I am completely missing something here... I don't understand the name or why its amusing. At least Horsemanning requires a little creativity!
posted by blaneyphoto at 4:48 PM on October 30, 2011 [7 favorites]


Ordinary people doing Tebowing - mildly amusing. Opposing players who are kicking the shit out of his team doing it - now that's classic.
posted by Ber at 4:51 PM on October 30, 2011 [12 favorites]


But what about all of us who don't watch football and didn't even know who Tim Tebow was until we googled his name after seeing this post? What about us fair-weather sports fans, huh? WHERE'S OUR MEME?
posted by zardoz at 4:55 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


I don't understand the name or why its amusing.

Tim Tebow is a NFL quarterback who plays for the Denver Broncos. He's a rookie, recently promoted to starter after several weeks of fans bitching and veteran sucking, despite being inexperienced and needing considerable more time to prepare and adjust to the NFL playing style, according to the beliefs of many NFL watchers. Unlike a traditional quarterback who throws from the pocket, Tebow, a huge dude and very athletic, is known for his scrambling. Fans and veterans are divided on whether his athletic style of play is adaptable to the modern NFL. Last week, he led his team to a miraculous comeback in the fourth quarter in his first full game as starter. The son of missionaries, Tebow is also known for being a vocal born again Christian, and likes to lead on-field prayers circles before the game and often pauses to offer prayers of gratitude for on field success during the game.

Tebowing is a riff on planking in which people pose in mock-Tebow fashion in a variety of mundane settings. It makes fun of Tebow's somewhat ostentatious prayer habits and also operates as a knowing reference to his status as longed-for "savior" of the Broncos.
posted by Diablevert at 5:02 PM on October 30, 2011 [21 favorites]


Fans and veterans are divided on whether his athletic style of play is adaptable to the modern NFL.

There have been far more athletic players than Tebow that have been successful quarterbacks. The question is is Tebow athletic enough to overcome a lack of talent in every other area.

The answer is no, unless he gets help from god.
posted by justgary at 5:08 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. Matthew 6:1

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:5-8
posted by entropicamericana at 5:29 PM on October 30, 2011 [37 favorites]


(Kneels, fist to forehead) Amen.
posted by Trochanter at 5:32 PM on October 30, 2011


If we're going to make religiously-based fools of ourselves, may I suggest...

First you get down on your knees,
Fiddle with your rosaries,
Bow your head with great respect,
And genuflect, genuflect, genuflect!

Do whatever steps you want, if
You have cleared them with the pontiff.
Ave Maria,
Gee it's good to see ya!
Gettin' ecstatic 'n
Kinda dramatic 'n
Doin' the Vatican Rag.
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:35 PM on October 30, 2011 [7 favorites]


in the 4th quarter chris houston intercepted a tim tebow pass for a 100 yard touchdown

a perfect example of a christian throwing to the lions
posted by pyramid termite at 5:44 PM on October 30, 2011 [40 favorites]


I was really hoping tears would be involved (as in the SEC championship game Florida lost to Alabame) and a little disappointed when I didn't see any, but that first Broncos clip more than makes up for it.
posted by pecanpies at 6:19 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


FFS, people - posing in front of a camera is NOT grounds for a new meme. You just make yourself look like an idiot, and make the rest of us hurt our hands and/or faces from facepalming so damn hard.

Stop trying to force memes.
posted by cerulgalactus at 6:31 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Wasn't last season his rookie year? I miss Orton. Long live the neckbeard!
posted by Ghidorah at 6:32 PM on October 30, 2011


And no, you don't wanna mess with us
Got Jesus on my necklace
posted by signal at 7:08 PM on October 30, 2011


In the grand scale of memes, this is lamer than bros icing bros.
posted by falameufilho at 8:00 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Michelangelo was doing it before it was cool.

Plus or minus four hundred years.

Anyway...

As lame as I think this meme is (really super mega lame), a lot of the examples aren't even doing it right. Grasping invisible unicorn horn: Correct! Punching self in forehead: Incorrect! Jeez, people, come on!
posted by Sys Rq at 8:06 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


zardoz: "But what about all of us who don't watch football and didn't even know who Tim Tebow was until we googled his name after seeing this post? What about us fair-weather sports fans, huh? WHERE'S OUR MEME?"


You have one. It's called soccering.

MWAHHHHHAHAHAHA!!!!
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:15 PM on October 30, 2011


in the 4th quarter chris houston intercepted a tim tebow pass for a 100 yard touchdown

Holy Shit! He's an Austinite, and two of his cousins work with me. This is excellent news -- there will probably be donuts in the morning! They'd better not be hung over.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:38 PM on October 30, 2011


Let me know when masturbating is a meme, that's where I'm a viking.
posted by maxwelton at 8:39 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


BitterOldPunk: "This is the only possible reason that the Rams beat the Saints today."

Every time a Tebow cries, a Bradford gets his wings.
posted by Dr. Zira at 8:48 PM on October 30, 2011


As a Broncos fan (well, ten years ago, and still living in Broncoland, in the Elway era, and having played at a revolving piano bar at the Broncos Inn - seriously - every time you looked up, there was a different drinker in front of you - this was at 104th and I-25), I have to say that Tim Tebow should seriously consider Mephistopheles, Beelzebub, or on a more serious note: Lord Ganesha as a deity if he wants to win a few games. Jesus is not on his side, apparently.
posted by kozad at 8:51 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


blaneyphoto: "I am completely missing something here... I don't understand the name or why its amusing."

A bit of context: Imaging watching your alma mater's football team play his college football team for a very important national championship title in 2009 in which the game was commentated upon by sports journalists whose aim appeared to be not just to explain to us the goings on in said football game (in which your alma mater's football team, as it happened, did not ultimately prevail), but to convince you that Tebow was the Second Coming of Jesus H. Christ.
posted by Dr. Zira at 8:59 PM on October 30, 2011


I don't get it. I mean I really don't get it. IS there humor in here that I'm missing?

Yes. Don't worry though, the people doing it miss it too...


As a non-football fan I knew who this judgemental idiot is and was enjoying the mockery. Until you pointed out that they probably weren't mocking him on quite the same level of satire that I imagine.

What about us fair-weather sports fans, huh? WHERE'S OUR MEME?
We need some kind of MeFi nerd meme.
posted by NorthernLite at 9:12 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Ohhhh, it's the guy from the anti-abortion ad!
posted by Sys Rq at 9:20 PM on October 30, 2011


I will never tire of Tebow getting sacked or throwing an interception.

Never.
posted by bardic at 9:31 PM on October 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


First planking, then owling, then tebowing. What's next? Come on, we're creative people. Let's get it started!

Here you go. (Requires basic carpentry skills.)
posted by sebastienbailard at 9:36 PM on October 30, 2011


As a graduate of the University of Florida, I'd like to apologize for no one even attempting to educate that home-schooled fundie meathead.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 11:19 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


So Tebowing is looking super upset that you can't find your contact lens?

I like the idea of dropping down to pray while in public just for the lols, but I don't get all the pictures of people by themselves.
posted by Kaleidolia at 11:47 PM on October 30, 2011


pathetic copy of planking meme. Planking was amusing due to sheer absurdity and universality.

this is not even worthy of a FPP
posted by mary8nne at 4:09 AM on October 31, 2011


Planking was amusing due to sheer absurdity and universality.

I am afraid on that point we must differ.

Yes, I know, SHUT UP OLD MAN YOU MUST BE REAL FUN AT PARTIES KILLJOYPANTS YOU'RE JUST BITTER THAT YOUR SPINE IS MADE OF HARDENED CHEESE WHIZ AND REGRET

Still, though.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:15 AM on October 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


Bean plating
posted by various at 5:13 AM on October 31, 2011 [3 favorites]


Yes, I know, SHUT UP OLD MAN YOU MUST BE REAL FUN AT PARTIES KILLJOYPANTS YOU'RE JUST BITTER THAT YOUR SPINE IS MADE OF HARDENED CHEESE WHIZ AND REGRET

I wasn't going to go this far, but the amount of rage and disgust brought up in people by the sight of others having harmless fun never ceases to amaze me.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 5:53 AM on October 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


I tried it once, but I kept getting rosin in my Fortnum & Mason. Bleh!
 
posted by Herodios at 6:19 AM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]



As a non-football fan I knew who this judgemental idiot is and was enjoying the mockery. Until you pointed out that they probably weren't mocking him on quite the same level of satire that I imagine.


I grew up in Colorado Springs so what I see on face book is slanted heavily towards the Evangelical Christian side of things, and everyone I've seen that passes the meme along does so assuming that it's people showing their faith.

That doesn't mean that's what it is. Just that's what his fans that I know seem to think that it is. Of course a quote from Candide made the same rounds as "inspiring."

Now if you don't mind I've got to tend my gardens.
posted by Gygesringtone at 9:45 AM on October 31, 2011


tebowing, planking, ...

Zero content and no creative spark, but you want to post on the internet anyway? Here you go, let the world know you're uninspired and uninspiring. Somewhere, somebody hopefully loves you and will tell you how wonderful and clever you are.
posted by w.fugawe at 11:25 AM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


People write that Tim Tebow is pleasant and likable when you meet him in-person. I haven't had the opportunity, but I don't see anything to paint him as some kind of asshole. Yes, he has religious views that a lot of us here don't appreciate, but those are his beliefs and by all indications he's a good ol' boy who loves his momma.

That said, I dislike Tebow because of the hype and attention he garnered during his days playing football at the University of Florida. He became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy in 2007, but in many opinions it wasn't due to his ability to play quarterback; rather he was reaping the reward off the backs of the entire team and coaching staff. There were a few NFL "experts" who could see Tebow as an okay-fullback, but never a professional quarterback.

Tebow placed third for the Heisman the following year in 2008, despite the fanaticism of his pundits. You'd think the hype would die down, but instead there was an explosion of media attention that seemed to further the hype to an almost iconic fascination of his persona and prospects as a professional player.

Yet despite all this, most American football experts could see flaws in Tebow's skills at quarterback. NFL-level quarterbacks really need to be successful in passing and reading the defensive schemes, and these traits weren't seen in Tim Tebow. NFL scouts did not like his throwing motion because it was too slow, too clunky, and inaccurate. In the NFL, speed and accuracy are valuable for a quarterback to have. Most reasonable objective people could see that Tebow wouldn't really cut it as a QB, and that maybe he could switch positions to a fullback or tight end because of his size and strength.

So imagine everybody's shock and disbelief when Tebow was drafted in the 1st round by the Denver Broncos. Most people shook their heads, particularly when it became apparent that former-coach Josh McDaniels gave up a lot to get Tebow. But Tebow's fans seemed to consider his draft status as proof that he was the savior of the Broncos franchise. I don't know if it's just blind faith or what, but from last year Denver fans were chanting his name and wanting him to start.

This is Tebow's second year, but everybody still considers him a rookie quarterback, because hasn't really shown any improvement in the quarterback position. He got his first start this season, but considering who he was competing against it didn't appear that difficult to win the job. Add the "miraculous" 5-minute performance and victory last week against the Dolphins and suddenly Tebow is the second coming (conveniently ignoring the 55-minutes of awfulness). Many fans said that game was justification for Tebow's drafting. Last night's game against the Lions was justification for everybody else.

On preview:
Zero content and no creative spark, but you want to [play in the NFL] anyway? Here you go, let the world know you're uninspired and uninspiring.
basically sums up Tim Tebow in professional football.
posted by CancerMan at 11:36 AM on October 31, 2011 [4 favorites]


this is lamer than bros icing bros

reminds me of this fine comment
posted by exogenous at 11:44 AM on October 31, 2011


What really got me was the whole "You're around this young man for ten minutes and you're a better person" thing. Vacuous sports journalism taken to a new low. What kind of atrocious, overwrought bunk is that.

Plus there was the bible-verses-on-the-eyeblack-patches thing. I'll bet he never, ever had the two verses that have been spoken of in this thread on them.

Plus the bit where he's an abortion survivor. His mother was advised to abort Tim because of risky complications in her pregnancy. But she chose not to and Young Tim's the result. The Tebow family goes around getting paid to tell that story.

"Better person" my butt. When I read about Tim Tebow, I feel like I need a shower.

Football's not about that stuff. It's about electrocuting dogs and shooting yourself in the leg at a nightclub. God bless America.
posted by Trochanter at 12:49 PM on October 31, 2011


Plus the bit where he's an abortion survivor. His mother was advised to abort Tim because of risky complications in her pregnancy. But she chose not to and Young Tim's the result. The Tebow family goes around getting paid to tell that story.

...conveniently omitting the fact that abortion was actually illegal at the time in the Philippines, where he was born, which makes it seem rather unlikely that she would have had one in any case.
posted by naoko at 10:17 PM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


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