"catfishing"--early WOTY candidate?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jan 17 20:44:00 UTC 2013

On Jan 17, 2013, at 1:36 PM, Alice Faber wrote:

> On 1/17/13 1:00 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>> At 1/17/2013 12:48 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>> On Jan 17, 2013, at 12:01 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>>> > Another WOTY?  "Te'o-ing", to succeed "Tebowing"?
>>> I like it, but why "both LDS phenomena"?  Tebow isn't a Mormon
>>> AFAIK, but a garden-variety evangelical Christian.  Possibly fundy,
>>> I don't know, but not LDS.
>> Apparently my error.  (Was I confusing Tebow with some other recent
>> pro quarterback, who came from a Utah college?)  We'll have to find
>> some other connection between the two gentlemen.
> Well Steve Young was from BYU, and, more recently, Alex Smith is from
> the University of Utah. But I don't remember any feature stories about
> either referring to religious faith.
Also Ty Detmer from BYU and on a higher plane (of pro football, not necessarily holiness) Jim McMahon.  And earlier such professional backups as Gifford Nielsen and Marc Wilson at BYU and Scott Mitchell at Utah.   None of the notable pros from this group--in particular McMahon or, as Alice notes, Young or Smith--were known for wearing their religion (if any) on their sleeves, or knees. But I believe Steve Young, who attended Greenwich High here in Connecticut, is a lineal descendant of Brigham.  (Along with many others, to be sure.)


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