Tom Ross: Much ado about the pigskin
November 29, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Te-bow, or not Te-bow? Whether 'tis nobler to suffer the slings of running quarterbacks, or to ground them against a sea of Chargers, Vikings, Patriots and Bears?
That used to be the question. But not any longer. The legend of Tim Tebow is only going to grow with each passing Sunday, whether or not the Broncos' signal caller throws the football more than a dozen times. Young Tebow is a winner and has overcome all three of his divisional opponents on the road. Every Sunday, Tebow puts on a drama of Shakespearian proportions. And the good news is that you only have to watch the latter half of the fourth quarter to enjoy the good parts.
The Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers, 16-13, in overtime Sunday. It was the fourth game in a row when a host of actors from Denver pulled off another dramatic triumph.
A donkey figured prominently in the Bard's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." But on Sunday, it was the Denver Donkeys, as some fans affectionately refer to the Broncos, who pulled off a Shakespeare festival of their own in San Diego. They humbled the trash-talking Philip Rivers, who has shown his disdain for the team from Denver throughout the past decade.
As Shakespeare might have written, Tebow "came to the field and vanquished his foes. … Gather we, our forces out of hand, and set upon our boasting enemy."
But Tebow didn't do it all by himself. He hath inspired his soldiers to new heights.
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In Shakespeare's "Richard III," the villainous King Richard was slain by Richmond during the battle of Bosworth Field. In San Diego, it was the Denver Gloom and Doom duo of Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil who sacked King Rivers at the Battle of Qualcomm Stadium.
Had Will Shakespeare covered the game and written a newspaper column afterward, he might have penned these words:
"Whether in sea of fire, on the ground or through the air …
I had rather be a dog and shoot the moon,
Than such a Charger."
This Shakespearean drama has all the subplots one could want, including the conflicted executive vice president of gridiron operations, Sir John of Elway, who has yet to anoint young Tebow as his heir. Just last week, Sir John all but disowned him.
"Alas, poor Elway. I knew him well, a fellow of limited patience and most excellent touchdown bombs. He hath borne Bronco nation on his back a thousand times. (Yet it is clear), Prince Tebow is not this king's son."
As always, Tebow showed humility and would speak no evil of his tormentors in his post-game press conference:
"For I have neither a quick release nor a lofty quarterback rating.
To stir men's blood, I only speak of winning."
William Shakespeare could not have said it better.
— To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com
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