WITH TIM TEBOW UNDER CENTER, the nation’s cartoonists — much like the Denver Broncos themselves — never seem at a loss for an option.
Tebow may still be building his skills as an NFL QB, but he already has it all as a fertile figure for editorial cartooning:
Polarizing? Check one.
Colorful? Check two.
An iconic, shoulder-padded embodiment of multiple facets of American life — facets that some people revere and other folks revile? Touchdown!
Heading into Saturday night’s AFC playoff game against the mighty Patriots, the Bronco honcho has continued to split our cultural defenders — even as many commentators take offense. On one hand, “Saturday Night Live” and former “SNL”-er Jimmy Fallon are among those who have spoofed Tebow’s on-field demonstrations of faith, and fellow comic Bill Maher has more directly mocked Tebow’s faith-based actions, smashmouth-Tweet style.
On the other hand, such voices as The Post’s Sally Jenkins and Grantland.com’s Chuck Klosterman are among those not troubled by postgame acts of “Tebowing” genuflection. More recently, another Post columnist — Mike Wise — has joined the large chorus that roots for the “Mile High Messiah” because he confounds the NFL’s narrow conventional wisdom. And ESPN’s Rick Reilly has spotlighted Tebow’s selflessness and charity work.
So with such choruses of commentators and analysts and fans pealing from on high, what do the editorial cartoonists think? Well, Drew Litton — longtime Denver sports cartoonist — writes: “This has been, I think, the most memorable season in Broncos history.” Extolling Tebow’s self-belief, Litton also called the first-round OT playoff win over the Steelers “a Broncos victory for the ages” and dubbed it “On a Wing and a Prayer.”
Other cartoonists aren’t so positive or glowing. And the humorists at Taiwan-based Next Media Animation have depicted a crucified Tebow as getting divine help from an underpanted angel of the gridiron. Yet apparently, most every ink-stained satirist agrees that as fodder, Tim Tebow is a godsend.
As evidence, here is our personal Pick-Six: a half-dozen Eye- Catching Tim Tebow Cartoons — some of which invoke Tebowing to spin political and can be viewed as variations on a theme. (And as always, our pick doesn’t endorse the politics of any of these — our partisanship is only toward the aesthetic execution.)