Earlier tonight, in the debut episode of Shades of Gray, Robert Littal of Black Sports Online and I talked about the controversial Pro Football Weekly cover, coaches and players openly discussing religion, and of course Linsanity, which is getting a stern tonight in Miami against the Heat.
Religion has been an especially big topic in the sports world this year.
The two biggest stories of the past year – Tebow Mania and Linsanity – both centered around young men for whom faith is a key element of their lives, and neither has been bashful about saying so.
As big as the Tebow Mania and Linsanity stories have been, no individual sports story has been bigger to me, a child of Bloomington, Indiana, than the resurgence of Indiana basketball under head coach Tom Crean, another man whose life is driven by his faith and who is not bashful about saying so.
Today, Coach Crean said so again on Twitter, as he does quite often (typically in the form of retweeting Joyce Meyer), but this time his choice of words drew a stronger reaction than normal. I’m curious what people think about it.
What if Tim Tebow were a Muslin or Buddhist or Jew? Would he be getting the support and love he is receiving now from the sports world?
As a devout Christian, Tebow has raised many eyebrows inside and outside the sports world.