At least one fan who knows absolutely nothing about sports or history is comparing Sunday’s match-up between Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow to the classic boxing matches of the early 1970s between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
“Without question, Sunday’s battle between Kyle Orton’s Chiefs and his Broncos replacement Tim Tebow is an epic battle for the ages,” said Max Wirtz on his Broncos blog DenverStampede.com. “And when you factor in the Broncos have a playoff spot riding on the game, I would put this game right up there with Ali-Frazier in terms of historical significance.”
With the entire world watching, Ali and Frazier fought three times between 1971 and 1975 against a political and cultural backdrop that has since been unrivaled. The Orton-Tebow match-up brings none of that, but that didn’t stop Wirtz from continuing to prattle on about the comparisons.
“I see the pious Tebow as a Frazier-like figure and the much maligned Orton comparable to Ali,” said Wirtz. “Except of course, neither Tebow or Orton are anywhere near the best of all like like Frazier and Ali were, but still. Just go with me on this one.”