Linsanity Cools Down (Nosek Column)

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Linsanity Hits a New Low

James Nosek | Press Box Perspectives Editor/Columnist

Linsanity, oh Linsanity. Remember when that was the biggest thing on not just TV or the internet, but anything you could get your hands on? Thanks to back page headlines and People Magazine, Jeremy Lin became a worldwide phenomenon. Lin’s story needs a movie, that’s how special it was. But was he as good as promoted? Did everyone freak out like a typical New Yorker would?

Of course all the Tabloids thought he was that good, or is that their job? Or is it just because they over exemplify everything?

It’s a mix of all three, plus the fact that he broke very exclusive ethnic barriers in the process. But was it worth it Jeremy?

You can ask him that, but you’d be kidding yourself. It wasn’t his fault, he is just too likeable. He just came in, played really good, and withstood some racist ESPN headlines. You can blame the Tabloids and the world for that. Like good media should, they found the hottest thing, which is their job of course, and transformed it into a well crafted gem that seemed unbreakable, but it turned out to not be the fairytale ending the Big Apple was hoping for. That’s the other part of journalism; you can be eliminated from the news faster than I can click the backspace key.

Who’s Jeremy Lin?

Lin’s recent injury, which is regular season ending, can be described as the end of his storied run. He could technically return for the playoffs, but you get the point, he won’t be the same if he did. His small, quiet and under the radar injury is exactly like his life right now. It’s sad, because he’s slowly deteriorating from everyday life and from the NY tabs. They have some new toys to play with: “Tebow-Mania” and the clutch “Melo”? Who’s Jeremy Lin again?

But back to before, did he deserve all the attention? Was he really that good?

No he wasn’t and still isn’t. The Knicks probably will get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs, if they even make it, and Lin’s numbers overall, as a whole, don’t impress. Turnovers anyone? He had some great games but looking at the painting from afar, it isn’t completely finished. New York sent Lin to another planet, he’s on top of the world, or was.

But don’t throw a hissy fit when you read this, his story and what he did in the beginning of the Knicks’ “MSG Craze” is something that is once in a life time, but would it be as special or magnified in the matter it was if it wasn’t in the Big Apple?

Absolutely not.

(This column was published in the April 20th edition of The Chronicle Student Newspaper)