We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The sports news in New York has been dominated the past week and a half by Jeremy Lin. A city overwhelmed by Super Bowl mania has quickly moved on to basketball and a great story in an overlooked point guard who has raised his game and put his team back in the race for the playoffs.
One of the difficulties, however, has been the racism which has been glaringly evident in the coverage. Saturday Night Live did a wonderful send up of this last night, showing the double standard which exists in media today.
Lin is the NBA's Tim Tebow. He has brought a wonderful story to the pros, an inspiring, unlikely, and unexpected story.
Although a devoted sports fan, I haven't been following this story. The only sour comment I've noticed was a put-down of Lin that came from a black NBA player, who seemed to be upset that Lin was getting the kind of victimhood sympathy from people that blacks use to their advantage. Maybe the NBA needs an affirmative action program for whites, Asians, and especially Ivy League graduates, along with sensitivity training for those of its players who feel threatened by racial and educational diversity. The last prominent NBA player with a bona fide college education from the Ivy League that I can recall was Bill Bradley, a Princeton graduate who played for the Knicks and retired in 1976 as an NBA Hall of Famer. The way I see it, Lin is helping to break down the NBA's education barrier as well as its racial barrier. With more Harvard graduates like Lin on the court, I'd expect to see less thuggery and grandstanding by players. By any measure, today's NBA players are highly talented and enormously gifted physically, but too many of them lack the good manners and the grace that goes along with good sportsmanship. The NBA needs more self-effacing players, who work on their BB skills instead of their show-off routines.
Agent Cooper, yes, yes, and yes. I don't follow the NBA. Stern let it become the "All Me Association" for oversized egos and thugs. Finesse, skill, and true devotion to the game is lost for flash (witness LeBron James' debacle in accepting the Miami offer), greed (any number of players, but Iverson and Derrick Coleman stand out), abuse (Kobe Bryant), and any number of other odd social behaviors.
Lin is different, so different he is refreshing.
Dean, I watch SNL's opening sketch and monologue. If they are good, I'll stay awake until Weekend Update, then turn it off. Weekend Update has gone from wonderful political humor (Chase, Ackroyd, Curtin) to pure polemics.
This piece was so funny, I had to stick with last week's show. It showed just how absurd the current coverage of Lin is, not because of Lin, but because of the absurd approach of the media toward ethnicity.
1. Both were believed to have the ability to play in the pros, but not in any kind of meaningful way.
2. Both have incredible work ethics which helped them overcome perceived shortcomings and be successful at the highest level of play.
3. Both have provided their respective leagues a wonderful story of perseverance and effort.
4. Both are relatively humble about their skill sets and the amount of attention heaped upon them.
I guess being Christian is good enough for some people, but there's quite a bit more about what's happened with them to say their stories are remarkably similar.
They are both personally humble, but in both cases, their games revolve around being in control of the ball. Both decided long ago that they weren't going to be role players, and it will limit what both can do going forward.
They are both high-payoff, high-risk players with too many turnovers. As such, they will both likely become emergency-only players.
The best pun I've run across was in a story yesterday about a young female basketball player who fell into a coma due to some sort of attack. Somebody came up with the idea to put up a hoop in her room, and there is video extant of her shooting baskets with her eyes closed and still comatose.
The first comment was "She's been Lincapacitated."