Man of Steel vs. Faith of Man

In pop culture folklore, Superman is Earth’s greatest hero. Anyone can quote his mythological attributes of being faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Over the years, the last son of Krypton has taken a back seat to superheroes such as Iron Man and Batman.

Society’s disillusionment with Superman stems from a lack of realism in which he solves the world’s problems. Being able to jettison an aircraft carrier into outer space with the ease equivalent to us mere mortals throwing a roll of toilet paper is lost on people. Or, maybe our ability to suspend reality has been severely limited to the complexity of the times we live in today?

Tim Tebow is arguably the greatest player in college football history. His resume lists 2x BCS Champion, Heisman, 2x All-American, AP Player of the Year, 2x Maxwell, 2x ESPY, NCAA QB of the Year, Manning Award, Sporting News Player of the Year, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, All-Time SEC Rushing TD Leader. If none of these accolades mean anything to you, then they are amazing.

The 2011 NFL season is all about Tim Tebow and his string of come-from-behind victories that have given the Broncos an 8-5 record. While most college standouts have the promise of NFL glory, Tebow’s skill set makes him a perfect fit for the collegiate game but deemed by many an unfit suitor for the professional ranks.

The media criticizes him for not having Tom Brady and Peyton Manning’s acumen, and he is ridiculed by fans for the latter and his devotion to Jesus Christ. This forecast did not deter the Denver Broncos from drafting him in the first round.

So if I have this right, Tim Tebow’s meteoric rise is too good to be true, and the adventures of Superman are too unrealistic. So the ?#@!# what. We’ve become a culture of Lex Luthors who tear people down when they accomplish extraordinary things.

We make fun of Tebow for his religious beliefs and, at the same time, pray; he slips up and says something stupid while we call Superman lame because he is too powerful. Do we want people to fail so badly because we can’t check our egos when proven wrong?

That is just plain sad.

You’d figure we want someone like a Tebow that our kids can look up to instead of degenerates like Terrell Owens. If a giant meteorite is on a collision course with Earth, I don’t want Bruce Willis’ drill team; I want the Man of Steel to smash it into oblivion and make sure it never sees the light of day again.

People need to take a step back and relax. Let the underdog have his moment on the gridiron, let your imagination run wild, and embrace the tales of a strange visitor from another planet who will make you believe a man can fly!

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