Last year “Tebowing” was the craze. People were posting pictures of themselves in the kneeling position made famous by the then Denver Broncos quarterback.
The craze was popular but Tebow, along with the Christian beliefs he promoted, were mocked and debated. Some were critical of the moments he bowed in prayer in National Football League stadiums across the country.
Sports commentators, bloggers and comedians were often harsh on Tebow and his show of faith.
But that was last season. This football season Tim Tebow was traded to the New York Jets and was seldom used as a quarterback. As the Associated Press put it on Monday, “He faded with the New York Jets this season, and so did Tebowing.”
The new craze, “Kaepernicking”- the kissing of one's bicep as celebration. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's touchdown celebration of flexing his arm and kissing his bicep has become popular in the media.
There’s websites, photos and even the media is celebrating Kapernicking. Strangely there’s little criticism and what little there is, tends to focus on the fact that wrestler “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner did it first.
While there’s nothing wrong with Kaepernicking, the reaction to it from the public and the media when compared to Tebowing certainly says volumes.
Celebrate your passion on the football field by bowing in prayer, be prepared to be debated, maybe even hated. Celebrate your passion by kissing yourself, prepare for praise. Celebrate by showing no passion at all, prepare to be Bill Belichick.