Bush Derangement Syndrome: the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.
This “psychological disorder,” first discovered by Charles Krauthammer, the conservative political analyst, in December 2003, has been used to describe the completely inane babblings of otherwise “intelligent” people whenever they hear George W. Bush’s name even mentioned. You might think that BDS would have gone into remission after the election of the “One,” Barack Hussein Obama, but two years after that historic event, supposedly sane people continue to mock and ridicule the former President, despite the stubborn facts to the contrary notwithstanding.
Derangement Syndromes continue to be popular in the world of politics (see “Palin Derangement Syndrome”), but continue to manifest themselves in other worlds as well. In fact, DS has taken center stage in the sports world with many otherwise intelligent football analysts and commentators suffering from a severe case of Tebow Derangement Syndrome:
the acute onset of mockery and verbal “hatred” in otherwise normal people in reaction to the football prowess and play — nay — the very existence of Tim Tebow.
I wish I could say that I was the first to coin the phrase, but others began to see troubling signs of this “psychological disorder” as early as September 2009:
What we have here is a case of Tebow Derangement Syndrome, or TDS. It largely springs from Tebow’s Christian faith. He literally wears it on his face with those Bible-verse eye patches.
TDS sufferers think there’s no place for religion in sports. But if a player says he’s inspired by the death of his pet turtle, or eating chicken gizzards makes him play out of his mind, we nod and think it’s cute. If a player says he’s inspired by a Bible verse, we call him pious and say he’s cramming God down our throats.
Tebow Derangement Syndrome (“TDS”) was somewhat muted during Tim Tebow’s last college season, when he led the University of Florida Gators to a winning record and a blow-out victory over Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl. However, a severe case of TDS erupted when Focus on the Family, the Colorado Springs-based evangelical Christian organization founded by Dr. James Dobson, announced that Tebow and his mother, Pam, had cut a “pro-life” commercial that would air during the Super Bowl.
choice abortion groups, including the “National Organization for Women,” developed full-onset TDS. Even though Pam Tebow exercised her right and “chose” to ignore her doctor’s advice to have an abortion, the nattering nabobs at NOW, exposing the lie of their “pro-choice” language, did everything they could to vilify Tebow and his mother. In the end, CBS aired the short, sweet , and rather inoffensive ad.
Following this outbreak, Tebow Derangement Syndrome went into remission for a few months, only to re-emerge in April of 2010 when Tim Tebow was unexpectedly (at least by the so-called “experts”) taken by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the N.F.L. draft. As a Florida native and someone who has followed the Florida Gators closely during the Tebow years (full acknowledgement: I am a FSU grad who married into a Gator family), I was both delighted and perplexed to see the professional football analysts’ heads explode upon hearing that Tebow was drafted #25.
Throughout summer training camp and as late as last week, TDS outbreaks were few and far between. When Tim Tebow scored his first N.F.L. touchdown, Dan Marino and Boomer Esaison were overheard ridiculing this accomplishment. I’m sure they were similarly dismissive of rookies Sam Bradford (whom Tebow beat in the BCS Championship game), Colt McCoy, and Jimmy Clausen. Not!
Now, with Tim Tebow’s first start this past Sunday as the quarterback for the Denver Broncos, we are witnessing once again a fresh outbreak of Tebow Derangement Syndrome. Some, like Boomer Esiason, continue to exhibit signs of TDS. While damning Tebow with feigned praise, Esiason, after watching (probably just the hightlights) only one game that Tebow has started, questions whether the former Gator, arguably one of the best college football quarterbacks of all time, can play in the National Football League.
Still others, who you would think might be immune to TDS, are apparently quite susceptible to catch this new, virulent strain. Some Denver Broncos’ fans can be diagnosed with the Syndrome. On a recent post on the Broncos’ Fan Forums, one poster asked the question, “Why is Tebow hated as a person and a player?” One commenter answered:
I think it is because he is a Christian. Non-Christians do not want to hear about his religion and Christians get defensive when someone critiques his skills as a qb. Many people don’t like him as a qb not as a person. Religion is a very polarizing thing.