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Harvard Students Set Out to Prove the ‘Miracles of Tim Tebow’

How exactly has Tim Tebow been winning games?  The Denver Broncos have been the beneficiaries of a complete resurgence since Tebow was named the starter.  Although Kyle Orton has proven to be a viable starter in the NFL, he could not get the job done with the team they have assembled in Denver.  Yet using the exact same team and barely ever throwing the ball, Tebow has very little but win.  A group of Harvard students known as the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective recently set out to figure out why that has been the case.

As the Denver Post pointed out, the HSAC stats freaks examined the Broncos first five games under Kyle Orton and compared them to the next five under Tebow.  Considering Denver’s offensive numbers trended down with Tebow under center, the project is appropriately named “A Statistical Analysis of the Miracles of Tim Tebow.”

“Essentially, while Tebow and the rest of the Broncos have not been producing better numbers, they’ve been producing their best numbers at the right times.” the HSAC explained.

For that reason, the group determined that the likelihood of the Broncos sustaining their current winning percentage looks “rather dire.”  However, they insist that only means the number of wins is more likely to decrease in line with Tebow’s overall play.  If his play improves and/or the Messiah continues to play at a higher level in clutch situations, the trend could conceivably continue.  Considering Eric Decker said he is too busy studying film to even come out with his teammates for a little R&R, I’d say the chances of Tebow improving his overall play are fairly solid.


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  • WAh John

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002591168521 Herbert Hall

    the defense is playing very good and that helps. i still believe tebow will be a great QB. he passed more last week and did much better. he will continue to get better as they let him throw more

  • http://profiles.google.com/dukevargo Michael Vargo

    Tebow is improving. No he is not the Messiah as the idiots from Harvard called him. He believes in his faith, his teammates and his coaches and he plays the be he knows how. That’s all you can ask of any man.  He may or may not make the playoffs, but as a Denver fan, I am not even sure that matters. I have just enjoyed watching the run. It has been exhilarating, and brought back memories of when football was run driven game.

  • Anonymous

     1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
    God has chosen Tebow to confound the experts. Rodgers & Brady will get most of the credit if not all of it with their wins so, no credit or glory to God there. But this kid is the Daniel in the Lion’s Den. How many then believed Daniel would survive? Even the great minds at Harvard will be left questioning if Gods decides to show us His almighty power & wisdom all the way to the Super Bowl. LOL! What a blow that would be to the football gurus fragile egos. Wonder what those odds would be in Vegas would be for the experts there? How funny!

  • Tom Murphy

    Good God, to assume the Lord is interested in football, much less a Bronco fan, is blasphemous. 

    To believe that is to offer us more evidence, were any needed, that the end times are here.

  • Anonymous

    I was finally able to watch Tebow in action looking up at the heavens.  As a person of strong faith and someone who has spent 35 years in pediatrics helping kids who have been beaten, sexually abused, and a multitude of other horrific things, I was dumbfounded with this man.
    First of all he makes undoubtedly a ton of money to throw a ball around a field of men running around,  and secondly does anyone believe for a minute that the Lord has time to “shine down upon” him and send his blessing during this mutlimillion dollar event???  Don’t think so.  As far as what he does with his religion off the field, that’s his business for sure.
    It simply struck me as very, very, very odd the juxtaposition of football and the Lord.

  • Anonymous

    You may be missing the point! some doubted Tebow.  The point here is that God will use anyone who is willing to bring Him glory and bring light to the fact that Jesus can and will show up for those who call on Him as he does.
    There is a bigger picture here.  Hope more tap in and see it!

  • Mary Carlson

    So what about all the other Christian football players?  Does God not love them as much as he loves Tebow?  Are they not praying hard enough?  And as almost everyone knows, Tebow’s streak will someday end.  So how will that all be justified?  Is God just going to get tired of Tebow and then shed his glory on another player?

  • Anonymous

    Your assumptions regarding acts of God, Jesus and faith are faulty.  Not sure where you got your education but the questions you ask indicate an extreme misunderstanding of faith and God’s love.  God does not love TT or anyone else more or less, nor is it how hard you pray or don’t, nor is their a moment of justification here and now, nor is God’s grace and glory always delivered in victory.  God acts in all things, win or lose and welcomes our prayers that we act in good faith and fairness in all things…not just today’s game.  You are describing human behaviors not God.  TT is a spiritual being having a human experience, not the other way around.  We can pray to God but we must accept that sometimes the answer is “no” for reasons we may not understand but, that God shows us his love in both the “yes” and the “no”.  As Christians we learn that sometimes it’s just someone else’s turn.

  • Anonymous

    To assume you know what the Lord is interested in or not is even more silly.  Take a deep breath…God’s love is for all of us in every way we serve, and some serve more conventionally than others.  The Lord asks us to do our best each day, he does not tell us what that has to look like, or suggest our best will be the same every day.  TT uses his success to serve God and does so as a happy warrior…can you say the same with your judgemental and sour attitude?  The log from your own eye first!

  • Anonymous

    …and you suggest that the gladiators of old fighting the lions made more sense at the time?  You know then, if you have actually spent 35 yrs. helping abused children that the one thing they all have in common, is being eteranally optomistic.  We believe a better day is coming or we would have given up in the face of such horrific loss of faith in the adults that were suppose to protect us.  We know another optomist when we see one…and be it playing football or a healthcare provider we are validated by the acts of faith and belief in the future that every optomist shows us…including watching TT fight the odds and succeeed.  Are you aware that he has devoted his summers and large parts of his earnings to service of young people and their families in need?  What justaposition of football and the Lord?  Doing your best, playing fair, respecting your worthy adversary, following the rules and suiting up and showing up are all  in the way of the Lord.

  • Anonymous

     Everybody is asking why TT has caused such controversy? Why TT is so out spoken, why, why. I believe that God is drawn to those who bring His nature into the light. Look at all the talk about religion, faith and TT. Unfortunately, the naysayers will really have a hayday when TT and the Broncos lose. you dont hear people criticizing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, that would be racial/religious persecution now wouldn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    True believers in Christ believe that God is interested in EVERYTHING we do! Our families, our jobs, our hobbies, our habits, how we drive our cars, our diet & health, how we spend our money!  He’s ESPECIALLY interested in all of our sins [Jesus/Cross], as blasphemous at that might sound to some. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see that TT believes that God is involved in his job playing football. Are you suggesting that how he sees that is blasphemous? I didn’t say God is a Bronco fan or even implied that He’s a fan. That was your statement. But He has used people [like TT] to show His almighty power [my point that you missed]. Like the little kid He used to feed 5,000 with the kid’s lunch. @SunnyJS, amen!

  • Anonymous

    And what do you think all the naysayers will say if they didn’t lose the rest of the way? Would they all become true believers? Probably not, but I myself would be tremendously blessed if even one did thru TT. There truly is many different ways that lead to the cross, but there’s still only ONE WAY to the Father…Jesus Christ Any questions about that go ask Jesus, He’s the one who said that! (Jn 14:6)!

  • Anonymous

    God is very fair. Half of the teams lose and half win. He has no favorite team.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelly-NotSure-Shull/570423883 Kelly NotSure Shull

    You should check yourself before posting the first thing to come to your mind.  I’ll bet you were blissfully unaware of the fact that Tebow is using his “ton of money” to build a hospital in the phillipines. Weren’t you?  I’m admittedly a Broncos fan with an admittedly weak faith (comparitively speaking)…but this season, I’ve found myself backing Tim Tebow up left and right.  I’m not throwing passer ratings and stats around either.  People are poking fun at this young man because he has a strong  faith in God…maybe his strong faith is why he’s doing so well.  I mean, if you go back to when he was drafted, EVERYONE talked about his crappy throwing motion and how he’d never make it in the NFL.  People STILL talk about how he can’t hack it as an NFL QB.  OK then…he’s an awful quarterback and has no skill….then why is he winning games?  God?  I’m not saying He’s the answer, but come up with another one.  Tim Tebow is making people Believe. Our world needs that now more than ever  Keep in mind, what I’m about to say is coming from a man who attends church on Christmas and Easter and only finds time to pray when he wants something… 

    Picture yourself as God, looking down upon  your greatest creation.  Common sense and decency have become uncommon.  Violence and selfishness now far outweigh kindness and charity. People are killing each other and doing short time for it.  Men are raping children and getting away with it because they hide behind athletics or celebrity.  The CHRISTmas tree is now called the “Holiday Tree,” because P.C. has become more important than religious freedoms.  Your followers are going the way of the Dodo bird. You’ve almost completely lost  your day of worship; somewhat accountable is a sport where men talk ugly to each other, smash into each other, spit on each other, break one-another’s bones, and Ndamukong Suh…whatever the heck that means :) …What would you do?  You’d send in an Angel.  I know it sounds $3 billish, but if the argument that Tim Tebow is not NFL QB material continues to flourish…my point only becomes more valid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelly-NotSure-Shull/570423883 Kelly NotSure Shull

    You should check yourself before posting the first thing to come to your mind.  I’ll bet you were blissfully unaware of the fact that Tebow is using his “ton of money” to build a hospital in the phillipines. Weren’t you?  I’m admittedly a Broncos fan with an admittedly weak faith (comparitively speaking)…but this season, I’ve found myself backing Tim Tebow up left and right.  I’m not throwing passer ratings and stats around either.  People are poking fun at this young man because he has a strong  faith in God…maybe his strong faith is why he’s doing so well.  I mean, if you go back to when he was drafted, EVERYONE talked about his crappy throwing motion and how he’d never make it in the NFL.  People STILL talk about how he can’t hack it as an NFL QB.  OK then…he’s an awful quarterback and has no skill….then why is he winning games?  God?  I’m not saying He’s the answer, but come up with another one.  Tim Tebow is making people Believe. Our world needs that now more than ever  Keep in mind, what I’m about to say is coming from a man who attends church on Christmas and Easter and only finds time to pray when he wants something… 

    Picture yourself as God, looking down upon  your greatest creation.  Common sense and decency have become uncommon.  Violence and selfishness now far outweigh kindness and charity. People are killing each other and doing short time for it.  Men are raping children and getting away with it because they hide behind athletics or celebrity.  The CHRISTmas tree is now called the “Holiday Tree,” because P.C. has become more important than religious freedoms.  Your followers are going the way of the Dodo bird. You’ve almost completely lost  your day of worship; somewhat accountable is a sport where men talk ugly to each other, smash into each other, spit on each other, break one-another’s bones, and Ndamukong Suh…whatever the heck that means :) …What would you do?  You’d send in an Angel.  I know it sounds $3 billish, but if the argument that Tim Tebow is not NFL QB material continues to flourish…my point only becomes more valid.