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Who Do You Hate More: Tebow or Laettner?

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EDISON, N.J. -- First off, I don't hate Tim Tebow or Christian Laettner, but I know many of you do. Laettner was one of the best college basketball players of all time. And Tebow has a chance to be the best college football player ever.

Because of his individual greatness, Laettner helped Duke win back-to-back national championships. And Tebow's greatness has earned him a Heisman Trophy, as well as a chance to help his team win its third national championship in this senior year of his that begins in just a few weeks.

Yet Laettner and Tebow are hated in so many places.

It's funny how common the outcry is when we read about coddled, trouble-making athletes. The word "thug" often gets tossed around when talking about people like Michael Vick, Plaxico Burress and most of the Portland Trail Blazers of the last 10 or 12 years. We say we want our heroes to be good people away from the playing field, and you get far more than that with Tebow. His mission trips are well documented. But still so many people north and west of Gainesville hate him so much. Why is that?

And why did so many people hate Laettner two decades ago? Don't tell me it was because he stomped that Timberlake kid from Kentucky (watch the video) in the greatest college basketball game ever played. That was at the end of Laettner's senior year; he'd been hated long before then.

I have my reasons for why I think Laettner was hated so badly, but I don't know why Tebow is. And I want you to tell me why he's hated, and which of the two you hate more and why.

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Reader Comments (4)

How can anyone hate Tebow? The kid is too good to be true. Unless he totally has the sports world snowed he is the real deal.
When is the last time you saw a quarterback body slam into the defensive huddle to get the troops fired up?

I'll be crushed if he ever gets caught doing anything like some of the other "supposed" role models.

August 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMurphy

i thought the laettner stomp was endearing.
-u of L fan.

August 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterphk

Hate Tebow because he thinks Jesus actually has something to do with his performance in every game he plays and finds it necessary to thank Jesus when accepting accolades and awards.

August 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrhm

So "rhm" hates Tim Tebow because of Tim's personal beliefs? I suppose, even though it is a free a country that affords each of us our own personal views and opinions, hatred of another person because of those beliefs is one of those freedoms. I wonder what rhm's personal beliefs are that might cause hatred toward them...

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCW

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