Talking Points: Lin, Tebow mania same — but different
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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So how much does New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin have in common with Tim Tebow?
Everything and nothing, all at once.
Unlike Tebow, Lin was not a star coming out of college and was nary in the national spotlight. He wasn’t drafted in the first round (or at all, for that matter), and wasn’t drawing ridicule from the nation when he was initially thrust into a starting position.
However, as with Tebow, there is a plethora of attributes that draw in the casual viewer and beyond.
Tebow’s faith no doubt contributed to his fame.
And it would be naïve to say that ethnicity isn’t having a similar affect with Lin.
He is the first Asian American to truly shine in the NBA, and the fact that basketball fans in Asia have instantly embraced him attests to his potential global impact.
But Lin, who was just named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week, has also displayed Tebow-like humility.
And perhaps most significantly — has the whole country wondering how long this will last. Hopefully for a while ... or at least until we run out of Linisms.
Every other golfer on the planet either wins or doesn’t win tournaments.
Tiger Woods is the only one who loses tournaments.
This happened again Sunday, when his failure to ratchet up his play kept his PGA Tour winless streak running at over two years long.
It is certainly fair to point out Tiger’s shortcomings in a way exclusive to him.
He is aspiring to be the greatest golfer of all time and, at one point, was pushing to become perhaps the greatest athlete.
But right now, his confidence just is not there. He is playing on talent and talent alone — and in golf, that’s often not enough.
It may be quite a long time before we see Woods holding a trophy again. That said, once he figures out how to win — he’s likely not going to stop.
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