Tebow Super Bowl Ad – What is the Big Deal?

The most highly anticipated Super Bowl ad prior to the big game was the Focus on the Family clip that included Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mom.  For weeks, all the talk has been that this is a Pro-Life ad and that CBS is negligent in allowing the ad to run.  Now that the ad has run, I really don’t see the problem.  My wife and I looked at each other last night and almost in unison said, “What’s the big deal?”  You can judge for yourself.

Planned Parenthood decided to create their own ad with a couple of athletes.  I have no idea if they actually saw the ad (Tebow ad) before it aired, but their ad seems a little out of sorts, in my opinion, but everyone has the opportunity to create their own ad and post it on Youtube.

If Planned Parenthood really wanted to diminish the value of the ad they would have just let it run.  By focusing attention on the ad they guaranteed that millions would be sure to watch it, just to see what all the hubbub was about.  I would say that Focus on the Family really got their money’s worth in advance publicity and continued exposure of the ad on Youtube with over 120,000 hits since yesterday.  Gloria Allred will also push the ad to epic status.  I’m not sure that was what she was going for, but it’s all publicity for her.

An article from Elizabeth Hovde in the opinion page of the The Oregonian newspaper ran last week outlining the “controversy.”  Here is a snippet:

The idea that a mom of a famous athlete is going to be in an ad praising her choice to carry her child to full term has wrongly infuriated some people, including Gloria Allred. The pro-choice heroine and lawyer is busy trying to paint Pam Tebow a liar, saying because the Philippines outlaws abortion, she finds it hard to believe that doctors would recommend the procedure. (Never mind that Pam Tebow was an American who knew that in her home country abortions were routine procedures in 1987. And never mind that plenty of women had abortions in America long before they became legal. Has Allred forgotten her own arguments for and our own nation’s history with abortion? Abortions can be obtained, regardless of the law.)

Allred is threatening to file a complaint with the FTC and the FCC if the ad airs without disclosing that abortions were illegal in the Philippines at the time Pam Tebow made her choice. She is making a huge mistake attacking a woman for making statements that Allred can’t possibly disprove. And she’s revealing herself to be anti-choice in deciding that Pam Tebow’s choice isn’t worth hearing. 

I for one am all for ads just like this one that are tastefully done.  No where in the ad was there some call to action or chiding others for having abortions.  CBS has discretion to accept or reject whatever ad they choose.  They are a somewhat left leaning network in their news division but the marketing people obviously know the makeup of the country and decided to let this ad run.  By rejecting an ad from a gay dating site they also revealed that they knew this would cause problems.  I’d say they made a smart business decision but we’ll see when the ratings come in. 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

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Matt Holliday: Cardinal For Life

As a Cardinal fan, I’m keenly interested in the type of players my team acquires and keeps.  Earlier today, the Cardinals signed OF Matt Holliday to a 7-year – 120 million dollar deal.  I’ve seen the team spend very little (relatively by baseball standards) on their players opting to build from their farm club and picking up fixer-uppers to mold them in the Cardinal way.  This has been a decent strategy, but they were obviously in need of some additional power at the plate.  I am hoping that Holliday will continue to deliver as a back up for Pujols in the #4 spot.  Only time will tell if the trend of signing the big contract will ultimately diminish his performance.  This seems to happen to so many players.

The other issue at hand is resigning Pujols (and Wainwright and Carpenter, and Ludwick, etc.)   He is up for a new contract in a couple of years.  His current salary gives him around $14+ million a year (He’ll actually be making less than Holliday for a couple of years.)  This amount seems paltry, but five years ago when the deal was struck it seemed somewhat high for a young player.  I think that money has paid off with endless sellouts in Busch Stadium, gobs of Pujols merchandise, an NL pennant in 2004 and a World Championship in 2006. 

Some of the sports talking heads wonder if the Cardinals can actually afford to pay the going rate for a player like Pujols when his contract comes up for negotiation.  Looking at the salary level of the team, it’s pretty low when compared to many other teams.  Pujols will demand serious money, probably upwards of $30 million a year, and he’ll get it from someone.  Whether it’s the Cardinals or the Yankees, he’ll get the cash.  For a player of his ability any team would love to have him on their roster.  Not bad for a 13th round pick out of a Juco in KC. 

Let’s hope the Cardinals will take care of the Pujols thing sooner than later.  Putting a two-time MVP with his fabulous numbers on the open market could get extremely ugly, and Pujols knows it.  Don’t expect a “hometown discount” this time. 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant