Jeremy Lin vs. Tim Tebow
Who knew that after winning his second Super Bowl in four seasons, Eli Manning would become a secondary sports star in New York City faster than you can say Mario Manningham?
Well, thank New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin for such a development.
“Linsanity” has exploded throughout the world over the last two weeks with each exciting moment of the Jeremy Lin era.
How does the rise of Lin measure with the sensationalism of Tim Tebow?
Let’s take a look:
Lin is already better (statistically) at his craft than Tebow is at his on a professional level. No one in NBA history scored more points in their first five starts than Lin’s 136 points.
Tebow’s first five starts? Dating back to 2010, his rookie season, Tebow posted a 2-3 record. Of course, the big shift came after Detroit throttled Denver 45-10 last October. Tebow’s Broncos won their next six games with a mix of poor play from opposing teams and fourth quarter heroics by Tebow.
There is a bigger sample size of Tebow’s work, which is a detriment in this category but one thing is obvious in this argument. Lin fits in far better with his NBA point guard counterparts than Tebow does with his quarterback contemporaries.
While Tebow is wildly popular in the States, who has more positive heat around the world at the moment? Lin or Tebow? Sure, people all over the world sent Tebowing pics during the NFL season but it seems Linsanity has an opportunity to bust wide-open worldwide versus Mr. Green Eggs and Ham.
As mentioned earlier, being solid at your craft helps out a lot with worldwide popularity. Just ask Michael and Kobe.
Tebowmania seems to be a manufactured creation of the media (in part) to capitalize on Tebow’s potential marketability and appeal to the public.
Lin’s rise is far more authentic with its foundation based in performance, race, and human interest. Tebow’s jump seems cosmetically-assisted due to his on-field prowess, and lack thereof.
Based off of this past week’s media coverage, sometimes America has trouble embracing things that are different, especially if race is involved.
The number of Asian puns made by fans and media outlets is alarming; as if they don’t know what to do with an Asian-American star in the NBA.
Instead of focusing on his race in a positive manner and examining the rare occasion of a successful Ivy Leaguer in the NBA, we’re saddled with stereotypes and bad jokes.
Meanwhile, Tebow’s coverage only gets slightly uncomfortable when religion comes into play. Otherwise, it’s nauseatingly peachy.
SUMMARY: It appeared Tebowmania was going to run unopposed for quite sometime as America saddled up to Tebow’s late-game heroics and boy-next-door attitude.
While Tebow isn’t exactly a “Flavor of the Month”, sooner or later, the public will soon come to grips with the notion that he is not going to be a superior NFL quarterback, statistically.
For now, move over Mr. Tebow.
Jeremy Lin is here and he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
Much respect to Joe Montana’s Right Arm.