Glenn Beck already trademarked him...
Glenn Beck already trademarked him...
"I am, therefore I'll think" - Ayn Rand
But his success from "out of no where" is a great story and good for the NBA right now.
Last edited by anaconda; 02-21-2012 at 02:26 PM.
As an avid sports fan, I have no high opinion of Jeremy Lin. It's another example of how the media creates symbols, stories, and narratives that don't exist in reality. I've watched him play and he's an average player at best. The reason for the hype is because 3 of the New York Knicks starter's were out and they were teetering on a .500 record with no expectations of winning any of their next 5-6 games. Then this Lin guy gets the chance to start and has 1 good game. The New York media fires up the win in the next day's papers because it was unexpected and the guy happens to have a name with lots of word-play possibilities. Then he does "good" in the next 3 games because he's basically playing with a team full of "nobodys". So he's touching the ball on basically every possession and taking a lot of shots.
It's the same thing that happens in any other sport within that specific market. For example, here in Tampa, Florida we had an outfielder catch fire at the beginning of the year for the Tampa Bay Rays. He seemed to be winning every game for us; Sam "Superman" Fuld. Everyone in the area heard this guy's name for 2 weeks straight. In reality, Sam Fuld was your run of the mill outfielder who hadn't found a consistent starting job in any of his 4 years in the majors. As the year went on he began to struggle and ultimately ended up playing a role as a guy who came off the bench. If Jeremy Lin were to be playing for the Toronto Raptors there's no way in hell any of us would know his name. It's the power of the New York media.
The reason I'm explaining all this is to show to what degree the media will go to get a story. As long as it's not a complete "stretch" of reality, they'll print it. What's odd, is that they're selective when they do this. Like for instance, the number of people that have recently been attending the RP rally's. It's a for sure sign of momentum and something brewing. If this were happening to Santorum or Romney, they'd be all over it. So something is stopping them from them covering this. All the ingredients are there (Ron Paul vs. Jeremy Lin). Both underdogs, not expected to win, have different styles than their oppents... and so on. America loves a story like this, but it's being squashed. So that's the sad part.
That the media stretches reality just for narratives, but when one is right in front of them, we end up just asking for them to report the TRUTH. Just imagine if they were to elaborate in Dr. Paul's favor! It would be game over. The guy already is an amazing story, but to "Jeremy Lin" him and make him look even better than he really is would be lights-out. So I guess what we have to look for is if the media ever starts collectively "Lin-ing" Ron Paul. I think that would start a snowball so big that it would avalanche him into the oval office.
Ron Paul is the Nikola Tesla of politics.
Last edited by giovannile07; 02-28-2012 at 03:11 AM.
No way to win this argument only time can tell.
We will see who was right and who was wrong in 2 years.
Last edited by Demigod; 02-28-2012 at 03:23 AM.
Interesting comment: "He's the NBA's next Michael Jordan". Notice how we tend to think in terms of notoriety (in a good way) and stardom instead of comparing him with past players. So who does he remind you of style-wise?
On another note, I think it is great for this year's rookies, in a way, that there is a shortened season. Eighty-two games plus playoffs can take quite a toll on young bodies.
I should also note that the Knicks was not a barely .500 time with a prospect of losing another 5/6 more games after losing their star players. They were a 8-15 team WITH their star players and looking all but ensure to lose most of the final 12 games towards the All-Star game. I can think of only two thing that can make Lin's arrival anymore dramatic. One is set for the future to be seen. The other is the kind old neighbor who showed some wise advice to this game when he was a kid who will die in the playoffs.
I been tracking Lin as I been tracking Paul. Hopeful to see they make the big breakthrough and change in the world. One actually came true. Hopefully Paul's will have his turn too.
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