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Is God on Tim Tebow's side?

COMMENTARY — Tim Tebow keeps winning. The latest came after Marion Barber faltered twice. Maybe he has some help from God. How else can it be explained?
by Berry Tramel Modified: December 12, 2011 at 8:10 pm •  Published: December 12, 2011

Marion Barber is maybe my second-favorite NFL player ever. Trails only Amani Toomer, the old regal Giant receiver.

Love Marion Barber. Love the way he runs. Love the way he plays.

On the two carries that will define his career, Barber had a clear mission: Carry 1) Don't fumble or run out of bounds; and Carry 2) Don't fumble.

So what did Barber do Sunday? He ran out of bounds on the first, fumbled on the second.

Maybe it wasn't Barber's fault. Maybe Barber was powerless to stop providential forces. Maybe God really is watching out for Tim Tebow.

Maybe Jehovah Jireh is taking an interest in the National Football League. Maybe the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is watching out for the team of Elway, Fox and Miller. Maybe God cares if the Denver Broncos win on Sunday.

“He doesn't,” said a sharp gal in the office with a degree from Azusa Pacific, an evangelical Christian university in California.

But what if He does?

“He doesn't.”

OK. But what if He does?

“He doesn't.”

Probably so. But what if He does?

I mean, didn't all the Florida writers at the Big Bowl three years ago try to tell us? Didn't they wave palm branches at Tebow like he was wearing the shroud of Turin?

We thought they were goofy. But what if they were right? I'm as skeptical as the next guy, but I don't argue with my own eyeballs.

What if this Bronco season has shifted scripts? Gone from “Major League,” with management trying to lose games, to “Angels in the Outfield,” with somebody upstairs calling the shots?

I mean, how else to explain the Bears' Marion Barber running out of bounds?

Couldn't the God that rained brimstone on Gomorrah make Christian Ponder throw an interception in the final 90 seconds? Couldn't the God that flooded the Earth make the Chargers' Nick Novak miss a field goal? Couldn't the God that made the sun stand still cause Jetropolitan safety Eric Smith to be outflanked by a 250-pound quarterback?

What? You think some Buffalo Wild Wings bartender is orchestrating this run of Bronco victories?

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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