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Linsane in the membrane…crazy Linsane, got no brain!

from Volume 1, Issue 5 of Ramblin’ On

Whatever you say about New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin, don’t call him an overnight sensation. While his rise to prominence in the NBA was quick and unexpected the moniker ‘overnight sensation’ minimizes the fact that he’s spent his whole life perfecting his talents as a basketball player.

There is nothing annoying about Jeremy Lin. He’s a great basketball player and a nice guy. It’s too bad that the media, especially ESPN, had to beat his story to a bloody violent death and make everybody sick of hearing about him.

Lin, for the most part at least, lives up to the hype. He’s an exceptional basketball player with “great vision of the court” as the basketball minds say. He is an integral part of helping his team win. He’s not perfect by any means (he set the NBA record for turnovers by a player in their first five games), and nobody imagines him continuing to score 30 points a game. But Lin will continue to endure as an effective basketball player.

This is what sets him apart from the other overhyped superstar of the last year, Tim Tebow. The Tebow hype was so annoying because he’s a bad quarterback and thus undeserving of the praise. The Broncos won games with him as quarterback, sure, but there’s more to the game than just winning (just ask the ’98 Vikings, ’06 Patriots, or ’11 Packers). Winning also takes more than just a quarterback. Similarly, winning a basketball game takes more than one player.

Regardless of Lin’s talent (or Tebow’s lack of it) the most annoying part of both of their stories is the masturbatory adulation and excessive attention the press has placed upon them. In our world of 24 hour sports and news stations the “next big thing” always gets beaten to death so hard and so fast that the public is sick of hearing about the person before they can even prove themselves.

Until the next big thing comes along, though, let the Linsanity continue.

Erik Ritland is a journalist and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His writings on culture, music (including his own projects), sports, religion, and many other topics are cataloged regularly at Ramblin’ On. You can reach him via email here.



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