Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hello, Media's Next Whipping Boy.

The NFL season is over. Tim Tebow is safe from ridiculous media rushes.
Unfortunately, this leaves more room for someone else to get this onslaught of treatment.

I'm talking to you, Jeremy Lin.
"....well, crap." (DISCLAIMER: He never said this...well, in this context.)
In what may be the biggest Cinderella story in this short NBA season, Lin has gone from undrafted, to signed yet inactive, to released, to signed and nearly released again, and then become a starter for a suffering Knicks team. Now, the Taiwanese Typhoon (I'M COINING THIS. I NEED MONEY.) is rocking the whole league with 'Linsanity.' He's been putting up massive numbers every game, and now he's been invited to the NBA All-Star Game for his efforts.

Good going, dude. If you're overshadowing Carmelo Anthony, then there's something going on with you.

Of course, there will be the cases in which media outlets are going to go past his career. Let's admit, this was bound to happen once the guy made a name for himself. He's a Haavad graduate (or Harvard in case if you don't get any kind of jokes), and... he's Christian and wants to become a pastor someday. Let the Tim Tebow comparisons and arguments commence, right? It's going to drive me nuts because it's a stupid thing to make news out of, if you know what I mean. If he wants to do that stuff, good for him, but the whole entire world doesn't have to know about it at this very time.

It's as if once you're a prodigy at something, it's a no-holds-barred struggle to make you and your whole life a brand and complete public knowledge. Some athletes probably won't mind it and ultimately turn a blind eye to it, but it's that whole Big Brother thing rearing the ugly head at people that want to have a prominent career in something. The Internet is driving this, and well, I'm a poor example of it because I'm exploiting this poor guy on here. I'd like to say that I'm more or less "defending him" because he's a young guy with a potential to have an illustrious career, and he's getting smothered with this stuff now.
I'm not in this business [not yet anyway]...I'm allowed to express disgust, right?

All I really care about is watching Lin play. Everything about his personal life should be set aside once he steps foot on the court. Last time I checked, sports was all about talents, not about his home life and his religious denomination. That's just media slop at it's finest. But really, I need to watch him play a game. I've heard the name several times over the past two weeks and I need to experience this 'hype' firsthand.


(In other news, I'm awaiting to see if Andrew answers my question of whether Lin or Tebow would win in a fight to the death. Seriously, somebody book this for Wrestlemania. It would be bigger than John Cena vs. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson).

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