*As Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin have risen to prominence in the NFL and NBA, the touchstones of professional sports and religion have converged perhaps as never before, says the Associated Press.
Tebow, the New York Jets quarterback known for doing missionary work in the offseason, and Lin, the point guard who came out of nowhere to galvanize the New York Knicks, have been outspoken about the role faith has played in their athletic careers.
The conversation couldn’t have come at a better time for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver and former NBA D-Leaguer Lanny Smith, who have started a company that makes sports apparel with Christian messages.
Lin is a big supporter, wearing Active Faith wristbands emblazoned with “IJNIP” — In Jesus’ Name I Play — during games. And the two friends have already recruited Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry and San Diego Padres pitcher Micah Owings as investors in a company that is owned exclusively by athletes.
*Can you see Herman Cain doing the quick-step? The pasodoble?
Well now you don’t have to. The former GOP presidential contender confirms that he has turned down an offer to join the next cast of “Dancing With the Stars.”
Cain’s executive assistant, Lisa Reichert tells the Atlantic Journal-Constitution Cain was approached by “DWTS” producers, but squashed the idea of participating. “He can’t dance in an eight-count. He can only dance in a nine-count,” Reichert said, referring to Cain’s famous 9-9-9 plan.
Cain is just the latest celeb to turn down “DWTS” for its 14th season. As TheWrap reported last week, the Denver Broncos said Tim Tebow has no plans to be on the show, and Dolly Parton last month told TheBoot.com that she continues to turn down offers.
“DWTS” season 14 premieres on March 19, and the new cast will be announced on Feb. 28 during “Good Morning America.”
*Tim Tebow is a spirit led player that has shown himself able to pull off unbelievable plays in a clench. Sunday was no different against the Pittsburgh Steelers when he managed to snag the wild card game from them in overtime. And now reports have attributed his play with his game pose of prayer and thanks.
According to Fox News, once Sunday’s game was tallied, Tebow’s stats “…mirrors the numbering of the Biblical passage that Tebow at times had painted on to his black eye paint during his career at the University of Florida — John 3:16.”
*Two former professional athletes are calling for the “respect of women’s choices” in response to the upcoming Super Bowl advertisement featuring the pro-life birth story of college football standout Tim Tebow.
The YouTube video, released by Planned Parenthood, features Olympic gold medalist Al Joyner and former NFL player Sean James. While James says he “respects and honors Mrs. Tebow’s decision,” every woman’s decision must be “valued … trusted and respected.”
“My mom showed me that women are strong and wise,” James says in the advertisement. “She taught me that only women can make the best decisions about their health and their future.”
*RNS: Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow won’t be on the Super Bowl field in Miami this Sunday (Feb. 7), but his expected prime-time anti-abortion ad is keeping him in the spotlight, and raising questions about the sometimes awkward balancing act between religion and sports.
“He has become sort of the epitome or exemplar of the engagement between Christianity and big-time sports,” said Tom Krattenmaker, author of the new book, “Onward Christian Athletes: Turning Ballparks into Pulpits and Players into Preachers.”
“I can’t recall ever seeing so much (attention) around one athlete: both incredible respect, incredible accomplishment on the field, sterling character off the field, combined with this level of controversy and discussion and hoopla.”
To be sure, religion and sports haven’t always been on the same team; just ask any pastor who’s found members of his flock out on the links on a Sunday morning instead of in the pews. At the same time, sport evangelism ministries are more than half a century old, and even St. Paul turned to sports metaphors in talking about running “with endurance the race that is set before us.”