As Tim Tebow and the Denver Tebows were vanquishing the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday evening with an 80-yard Touchdown reception on the first play of overtime, Timmy Tebow was vanquishing another foe.
Today, Twitter announced that we have a new tweets per second king in the realm of sports - Tim Tebow's playoff win hit 9420 TPS last night.
To put this 9420 tweets per second in perspective, last year's Super Bowl set the then-record for sporting events with 4,064 tweets per second. Either this is a testament to the ridiculous popularity (and hatred) of Tim Tebow or the growth of Twitter in the last year - maybe both.
Here are some other huge (non-sporting) events that Tebow beat when it comes to tweets per second: The death of Osama bin Laden (5,106); the Japanese New Year (6,939); both Steve Jobs' resignation as Apple CEO and his death (7,064 and 6,049, respectively); and the "Beyonce's pregnant" moment at the 2011 VMAs (8,868).
Tebow has become a hot topic of discussion on the interwebs, and it's no doubt due largely in part to his extremely vocal Christianity which he is both loved and loathed for, depending on who you ask. Sports news organizations' "cycles of Tebow" news exacerbate the situation. Anyone who has followed the NFL this season has probably heard more about Tebow than most other players combined.
So when Tebow beats a favored team, in the playoffs, in incredibly dramatic fashion - it's no wonder he nearly broke Twitter.
Here's what Twitter has been saying about Tebow since Sunday evening:
Just saw Tim Tebow's face in my egg mcmuffin.
"I'm glad Tim Tebow's prayers keep getting answered." - starving child in Africa
i bet tim tebow can get chick fil a on sundays.
Tim Tebow is the feel-good story of the yr, not just in NFL, but in pro sports. What a great role model for young men.
For those of you who don't follow the NFL, Tim Tebow is the controversial non-rapist.
Tim Tebow's favorite verse is John 3:16. He threw for 316 yards today. Game winning TD pass to Demaryius Thomas, who was born on Christmas
Tim Tebow is the most famous white bronco since OJ's car.
Tim Tebow: HUGE clutch gene.
If Tim Tebow bothers you, it says a lot more about you than him.
At this point, tim tebow might as well try and win the republican primary
So, do we nail Tim Tebow to a cross now? How does this work?
Uh oh, Tim Tebow & the Broncos blew up Twitter again.
Tebow is going to have to do a lot if he wants to break the overall tweets per second record. That belongs to the television screening of the Japanese film "Castle in the Sky," which garnered a ridiculous 25,088 tweets per second.
Maybe if Tebow can best Tom Terrific, who knows?