So, we here at Three Yards like to educate our readers while we cause them to wet themselves with intellectually stimulating laughter.
That being said, we want you all to be able to come to your water coolers at your “real jobs” armed with the latest in hot topics and blistering news criticisms, with which to wow your colleagues and, hopefully, get into that hot secretary’s pants. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell your wife/girlfriend/boyfriend)
Enter Jeremy Lin.
Brief background: Jeremy Lin, who played basketball at Hahvahd University (yes, that Hahvahd) and now plays for the NBA’s New York Knicks (widely regarded as one of the laughing stocks of basketball), has become social media’s newest sports darling now that Tim “Jesus” Tebow is in an off-season break. Lin got the chance to start for the Knicks when their bajilionty-million-dollar All-Star Carmelo Anthony fell injured, and has merely done this:
On February 4, 2012, Lin had 25 points, five rebounds, and seven assists—all career-highs—in a 99–92 Knicks victory over the New Jersey Nets. Teammate Carmelo Anthony suggested to coach Mike D’Antoni at halftime that Lin should play more in the second half. After the game, D’Antoni said Lin has a point-guard mentality and “a rhyme and a reason for what he is doing out there.” In the subsequent game against the Utah Jazz, Lin made his first career start. He had 28 points and eight assists. In a game against the Washington Wizards, Lin had 23 points and career-high 10 assists. It was his first double-double. On February 10, Lin scored a new career-high 38 points and had seven assists, leading the Knicks in their 92–85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. He outscored the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, who had 34 points. On February 11, Lin scored 20 points and had 8 assists in a narrow 100–98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lin scored 89 and 109 points in his first three and four career starts, respectively, the most by any player since the merger between the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the NBA in 1976–77. He is the first NBA player with at least 20 points and seven assists in his first four starts. Lin was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 assists and 2.0 steals in those four starts with the Knicks going undefeated. On February 14, Lin scored a game-winning three-pointer in Toronto with less than a second remaining in a game where he surpassed Shaquille O’Neal‘s league record for the most points in his first five games as a starter. — from Wikipedia/ESPN
So there’s that. Yes, there have been Asian stars in the NBA before (Yao Ming), but he was eight feet tall and about as mobile as Rosanne.
Lin has speed, moves, and brings an energy the Knicks have sorely lacked the past, well, ever. The reason we’re writing about an NBA player even though we could give two shits about the NBA, is Lin’s effect on social media. The nickname “Linsanity” is a derivation of former “decently successful NBA player” Vince Carter, who was “Vinsanity.” Not a lot of creativity, granted, but never mess with an old standard, right?
The hashtag #Linsanity became a worldwide sensation. He has become huge news on Facebook, Google+, and every other social media outlet we can think of. Part of the reason is, yes, he’s the first specifically Taiwanese-American NBA player (which the Chinese hate). Part of it is that he’s Asian in general (which boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. apparently thinks is racist). Basically, the hype is this:
He was better in his first six starts than Shaq, Kobe, LeBron and Kevin Garnett, who are all black players. Even completely ignoring Mayweather’s completely ridiculous theory, the biggest detriment to the guy, apparently, is that he’s not part of the state-run Chinese “sports machine” that created Yao Ming.
In order to demonstrate the kind of effect Lin has had on, in particular, the Twitterverse(tm), we’d like to demonstrate the AWESOME NEW FEATURE WE FINALLY GOT TO EMBED TWEETS IN POSTS. Thanks, Twitter. Jackasses. Only took you three months. Anywho, enjoy:
Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) February 16, 2012
(@Slate) February 16, 2012
Now that Allen Iverson has no money left, maybe Jeremy Lin can let him use the couch he was sleeping on. #Linsanity—
The Bill Walton Trip (@NotBillWalton) February 15, 2012
After last night I now believe there is only one thing that can stop #Linsanity. The Kardashians.—
Sal Licata (@sal_licata) February 15, 2012
Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 15, 2012
There you have it. Now when someone comes up with another dozen “Lin” puns at work, you can join in guilt-free. You’re welcome.