Jimmer Mania never took flight in Sacramento. At least not the way many of us hoped. He was a popular player and a respectable contributor to the community. But the Kings never let him play. He rode the bench and did not get a chance to strut his stuff on the court. I felt so bad for him this holiday season I sent him a Christmas card. I just wanted him to know that many Sacramentans supported him and wished he got to play more minutes. In a classy gesture, he sent me a handwritten reply with an autographed photo. Shortly after the Christmas season ended, Jimmer got traded to the Chicago Bulls. As I wrote this we were watching the Kings v. Bulls tonight on TV in our house and Jimmer never entered the game for Chicago. So it appears Jimmer Mania is not taking flight amongst the Bulls, either. He will probably have to vacation to Spain to have a chance to run with the bulls. Once again, their loss. In many ways the way Jimmer is treated by the NBA reminds me of the way the NFL treated Tim Tebow. Both are well-respected men of faith (though they drastically differ in theology as Tebow is a Christian and Jimmer is a Mormon). They both have a large, maniacal fan base and when given the chance can pull off some exciting play under pressure. Here’s hoping some team soon gives each of them a chance.