Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tebow and the 3:16 phenomena

The talk of the sports world is quarterback Tim Tebow and his most recent football victory. This time over the perennial powerhouse Pittsburgh Steelers.

His strong expressions of faith have got everybody's attention.

He has had CBS sport's commentators "tebowing" and now his passing for 316 with an average of 31.6 yards a catch have drawn attention to the famous Bible verse John 3:16.

• The fact that Tebow had 316 yards passing and averaged 31.6 yards per pass in the game didn't escape notice on Sunday night. Tebow wore "John 3:16" on his eye black in the 2009 BCS Championship game and has since become identified with the famous Bible message. The coincidental stats caused millions of fans to perform Google searches on the Bible passage in the past 24 hours. Here's one more unbelievable stat: John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that the final quarter-hour television rating for the Broncos-Steelers game was, you guessed it, 31.6.

(John 3:16 reads: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.")

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