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Why does Tim Tebow have so many haters?

Why does Tim Tebow have so many haters?

By: Ashley Conley

Tim Tebow has a host of haters. Maybe it’s because he failed to become a pro sensation after displaying one of the greatest college football careers of all time; maybe it’s because he played in only 35 games over his five-year career in the NFL and didn’t live up to the potential of a first round draft pick (he was selected 25th overall in 2010); maybe it’s because he’s now participating in a second professional sport – baseball – and people think he only got a spot on the Gulf Coast League Mets because he’s Tim Tebow and not because he’s actually decent at the game.

Or maybe it’s because he’s a regular on television screens nationwide as a SEC Network broadcaster, an author (on the New York Times Best Sellers list), a very open Christian and one heck of a charitable man with his own profoundly successful foundation that benefits children around the world. Apparently, people love to hate amazing humans.

Since Tebow made his baseball debut with the Mets organization last week, he’s been all over the news and social media channels. There are those that embrace his efforts:

And there are those that wish he’d disappear from the sports industry once and for all.

Whether you love him or hate him (or just dislike him), you have to admit that Tebow’s humanitarian qualities are second to none.

Most recently, Tebow hosted a Celebrity Gala and Golf Classic. The Classic has raised over $7 million dollars over the last five years to benefit a handful of charities including W15H Program (Tebow’s wish-granting foundation), Timmy’s Playrooms (a section of Tebow’s foundation dedicated to building playrooms in children’s hospitals), Tebow CURE Hospital (a hospital opened by Tebow in the Philippines), Orphan Care and Adoption Aid (which helps children who have been left homeless or abandoned), and Night to Shine.

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In February, Tebow’s 2017 Night to Shine created an “unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older,” according to the charities website. A whopping 75,000 people with special needs attended the event made possible by 150,000 volunteers and Tebow himself.

Wow. Just wow.

Tebow’s minor league stint hasn’t been all that great thus far. In five games, he batted 3-for-14 and struckout four times. Check out the crowd reaction to his first-career hit:

But the social media reaction to everything else has been subpar.

I’m a Tebow fan. I’m not sure if I’ve seen an athlete who works harder than this guy does. The best part is that he’ll do whatever it takes to achieve his dream, even when the world is against him. In 2008, the Florida Gators were defeated by Ole Miss 31-30. Tebow, the starting quarterback, gave this speech following the game. The Gators went on to win the BCS National Championship.

So, the next time you degrade Tebow for what he does (or doesn’t do) on the field, just remember what he’s already accomplished and what he does off the field, because I’m sure it’s more than most people will accomplish in their entire lives – and he’s not even 30 yet.

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Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy

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Jameis Winston never fails to disappoint

Jameis Winston never fails to disappoint

By: Ashley Conley

Jameis Winston is in the news for something bad, again.

Winston was invited to a Florida elementary school on Wednesday to “deliver a message of inspiration and self-confidence”, according to a tweet sent out by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But that’s not entirely how things went down.

“All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down,” Winston said in his speech. “But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now a lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this (in deep voice). One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.

“But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!”

WHAT!?!?!?

This famous football player just told girls that “they’re supposed to be silent” after instructing them to remain seated while the boys in the room stood and received a speech about how they’re supposed to be the “strong” ones? To say I’m disgruntled by Winston’s dialogue would be an understatement. Even if his intentions were good, an athlete who has the potential to be a role model should think about what he’s going to say before it leaves his mouth in an elementary school full of young, learning children.

Winston apologized for his comments, citing that he used “a poor word choice that may have overshadowed” what was meant to be a positive message.
Winston made headlines for multiple behavioral/moral issues throughout his collegiate football career. In 2012, the then-Florida State recruit was accused of rape. The lawsuit was eventually settled and Winston faced no charges. Then, in 2014, Winston was caught on video stealing crab legs from a Publix grocery store. He was issued a civil citation. Later that same year, the Heisman Trophy winner stood on top of a table at FSU and yelled a sexual obscenity. He received a one-game suspension as punishment.

Hopefully, Winston’s “poor word choice” isn’t a step back in the wrong direction.

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Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy
Did Super Bowl LI restore excitement to the No Fun League?

Did Super Bowl LI restore excitement to the No Fun League?

By: Ashley Conley

The NFL has quickly become the ‘No Fun League’ thanks to rule changes and ridiculous fines and penalties for things like dress code violations and touchdown celebrations.

According to FierceCable, NFL viewership has decreased seven percent over the last two seasons and the numbers continue to drop. TV ratings declined by nine percent during the 2016-17 regular season and six percent during the recent playoffs.

Although the statistics are grim, things may be looking up following a memorable Super Bowl LI – the first in NFL history to reach overtime.

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What made Super Bowl LI so exciting?

An insane amount of records were broken. 

  • Asher Fair of SportsPress.co reported that 18 records were broken by the New England Patriots including Most Super Bowl Appearances by a Single Team (NE, 9) and Most Super Bowl Appearances by a Quarterback (Tom Brady, 7). New England definitely had the experience advantage, as this was only Atlanta’s second trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history (both ended in defeat).
  • Fair also noted that the Falcons broke the record for Largest Super Bowl Lead Blown by Losing Team (Atlanta, 25 points).

What a great way to go down in the history books, Atlanta!

Game-changing plays by wide receivers in the fourth quarter. 

  • J. Good of JGoodWithSports.com wrote prior to the Super Bowl that Falcons wideout Julio Jones is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL. He also noted that even though the Patriots have been without powerhouse tight end Rob Gronkowski for most of the season, their receiving core has not missed a step thanks to the talent of Julian Edelman, among others.
  • J. Good was right about Jones and Edelman – both made incredible catches to keep their teams alive late in the fourth quarter. Jones’ near-sideline grab came first, and although it was unbelievable and allowed Atlanta to run some time off the clock with an eight-point lead, it wasn’t even the best catch of the night. Two minutes later, Edelman made arguably the greatest snag in Super Bowl history to extend the Patriots’ drive that eventually led to a touchdown and 2-point conversion that tied the game and sent it into overtime.

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen as these catches were happening.

The emotions were high, especially for Tom Brady. 

  • Whether you’re a Tom Brady fan or not (and let’s be honest, most people aren’t after the whole DeflateGate thing), you have to admit there was some satisfaction in seeing him win this one. Prior to the game, Brady said he was playing Super Bowl LI for his mother who has been battling an undisclosed illness and has not been able to attend any games so far this season. But, miraculously, she made it to the Super Bowl to watch her son play.
  • Kate Johnson of 4amwriter.com described Brady as a roller coaster of emotions throughout the game. The first three quarters, while the Patriots were down big, “He looked worried, a bit disbelieving. His feet got a little happy and he wasn’t always his calm, cool Bradyliciousness.” Johnson then observed pure focus from the future Hall of Famer. “He knew what he had to do – even if the job seemed impossible.”
  • He did it. Brady orchestrated a 19-point fourth quarter comeback and drove his team all the way down the field in overtime to score a touchdown on the opening drive. With New England’s victory, Brady claimed his fifth Super Bowl title which ties a player-best record.

The greatest part was that his mother was there, in person, to see the whole thing. This is what it’s all about, and this is the kind of thing sports fans love to watch.

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Super Bowl LI gave us a little bit of everything. Domination for the first half of the game (which can be considered boring by viewers who were not Falcons fans), an intriguing and powerful halftime show, sheer excitement in the fourth quarter, and a plethora of emotional moments.

Games like this make me wish the next football season started tomorrow.

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Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy