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Over the last few days, a non-controversial post on ESPN.com’s AFC West blog has turned into a frenzied hub of anti-Tim Tebow satire.Commenters descended on the post and started the Greater Than Tebow meme, posting things like “WNBA > Tebow” and “Google Buzz > Tebow.”
Yesterday afternoon, we counted “X > Tebow” comments coming in at about 100 per minute.
As dumb as the meme looks, you don’t get tens of thousands of comments for no reason.
These rabid commenters’ (protesters?) decent into the absurd is based on a simple greivance — ESPN won’t shut up about Tim Tebow.
Here’s what Sports Illustrated sports media guru Richard Deitsch wrote about the coverage yesterday:
… The saturation of Tebow coverage, in my opinion, had led to the polarization of Tebow as a subject and the faux-storyline of people having to choose a pro or anti-Tebow side.
As a sort of experiment, Deitsch immersed himself in ESPN’s Tebow covered. With the help of his Twitter followers, he counted roughly 30 seperate Tebow-centric discussions across all of ESPN’s platforms.
18. Tweep @MDP23 says there is a Tebow breakdown on NFL Primetime. He also says Bayless’s Twitter account has had 22 references to Tebow since Sunday.
21. Tweep @recordsandradio says Hill tweets out that she’ll be on ESPN2’s The Jim Rome Show, talking about her Tebow column.
28. On SportsNation Cohwerd and co-host Michele Beadle showed a clip of Tom Jackson discussing Tim Tebow, and saying “The Tebow people forcing the issue.” Cowherd then mentioned he had Meyer on his radio show and asked about it.
Is ESPN alone to blame?
Of course not. But as the self-proclaimed world wide leader, they play a major role in dictating the Tebow coverage, and now have to suffer the wrath of commenters.
People are still trolling the famous Occupy Tebow comment thread as we speak — fighting the absurdity of Tebowmania with a ridiculous meme of their own.
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