“Linsanity” and the Underground Rebellion

I’m not a big basketball fan. Never have been and probably never will be. But because I write for a living, I try to keep up with everything that’s going on in the world. Last night, I sat next to a guy at one of my favorite restaurants. I engaged him in conversation about his new Samsung phone, found out that he was an engineer for the nuclear industry, and was able to talk about the new Vogtle nuclear plants that will be coming online in Georgia in a few years.

But back to basketball.

Jeremy Lin is the newest sport phenomenon. He’s a point guard for the New York Knicks. He’s Harvard educated and was not drafted out of college. In fact, he didn’t receive a scholarship out of high school. He sat on the bench for the Knicks until about a week ago. Lin is one of the few Asian Americans in NBA history, and the first American player in the league to be of Chinese or Taiwanese descent.

His high school coach envisioned big things for Lin, so he registered the name “Linsanity.com.” Here’s the latest Tebow-like finish for Lin and why the crowds are pumped and the NBA is getting an infusion of fan-based enthusiasm for the game:

New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin celebrates with teammate Tyson Chandler after his game winning 3-pointer in the final seconds of NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Toronto on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. The Knicks won 90-87.

So why all the attention? Who is Jeremy Lin, and why are so many people fascinated with the guy?

Lin grew up in a Christian family. “Lin would one day like to be a pastor who can head up non-profit organizations, either home or abroad. He has also talked of working in inner-city communities to help with underprivileged children. Lin's younger brother, Joseph, plays basketball for Hamilton College. Lin's older brother, Josh, is a dental student at New York University.” In a word, Lin is not your typical basketball player. He’s not tattooed and doesn’t act like a thug.

“In a video interview conducted by Elie Seckbach, he asked Lin how it felt to be representing so many people. Lin responded by stating, ‘It’s humbling, a privilege, and a honor. I’m really proud of being Chinese. I’m really proud of my parents being from Taiwan. I just thank God for the opportunity.’”

Lots of Americans are fed up with what’s happening in our nation. Most are afraid to say anything for fear of being labeled as this or that.

So when people like Tebow and Lin come around, people express their approval in vocal ways. They are for Lin because of what he stands for. They're for him because he represents something that has been lost. These people are the real America. They give me hope, so much so that I might start watching a few basketball games.


  • samtman

    Very commandable that Jeremy Lyn wanted to be a community organizer at one time, Perhaps he would like to work in poor communities in off season and try to better the lives of the poor relealizing their own potential for self help like President Obama did,

    • ceejay

      SARCASM is all you could muster? You are NOT even half the person that LIN is . FIX your SPELLING and your GRAMMAR, it shows your IGNORANCE.

    • position

      Very "commendable", not commandable. And his name is Lin, not Lyn.

    • Paul

      President Obama did WHAT????

  • Jonathan Gartner

    It is always nice to hear about Christians doing good things. However dont become like Obama who took helping others to helping himself to power on lies and deception.

    • KAIZEN66

      That implies at one point Obummer actually set out to help someone other than himself... something I seriously doubt ever happened.

  • http://images1.dailykos.com/i/user/2722/TMW2012-02-08colorlowres.jpg Cognitive Dissident

    It's because he is Christian? I thought it was for another reason.

    • Noni

      Obama is no Christian.

  • http://outlookexpress pokey

    I quit watching ball after it gets beyond college but it is refreshing to see someone with morals coming to the forefront. Most of those in professional sports are of the ilk of the one that spent jail time for dog fighting. Most of them and a very large number in sports in our high schools and colleges are there for one thing; a sports contract. There are too many that only want this contract or one in entertainment and refuse to have a job as most in this country.
    We have become a nation obsessed with sports and have gone from first in the world in education to thirty-eighth. A very proud distinction for a country that once was the place everyone wanted to come foe a better living, freedom, the best education and the country where the citizens had rights. Wonder where this country went?

    • evermyrtle

      A very brave young man, like Tebow who dare go against the mindset of the vast majority of no honoring of GOD and HIS principles in any way.

    • Paul

      As a former participant in high school sports, I can assure you that professional contracts never entered our minds. We worked hard because we wanted to win for our school. It was great trainning for the "real World" where hard work counts no matter what you do.

  • Terrance

    Yup, education began to take a slide when it appeared ok to take the true and living God out of schools. When that covering was removed we exposed our educational system and youth to so much mess.

  • http://[email protected] Ray

    Never been basketball fan ---am now. Mr. Lin is a Godsend, may his tribe increase

  • TOO INFORMED

    Very commendable...but power is predetermined by others. Read below.

    Even talk show host Rush Limbaugh, an outspoken critic of anyone claiming a push for global government, said on his February 7, 1995 program: "You see, if you amount to anything in Washington these days, it is because you have been plucked or handpicked from an Ivy League school -- Harvard, Yale, Kennedy School of Government -- you've shown an aptitude to be a good Ivy League type, and so you're plucked so-to-speak, and you are assigned success. You are assigned a certain role in government somewhere, and then your success is monitored and tracked, and you go where the pluckers and the handpickers can put you."

    • evermyrtle

      What he says it very true. If you don't think so, try bucking the system and see where you get..

  • evermyrtle

    James 1:22 Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving you own selves.
    23: For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
    24: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was.
    25: But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continue therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed,
    26: If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
    27: Pure religion and undefiled before GOD and the FATHER is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

    Jeremiah 13: This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall eve be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.

  • evermyrtle

    Such a wonderful, refreshing story, a story which we seldom hear one like, one where GOD is foremost and someone who is interested in living his religion, something rare. I love it. GOD and his people, people like Jeremy Lin and Tebow is what we hav standing between us and losing our religious Christian freedom. Than GOD for such people.

  • 1599

    Are Tebow and Lin such devoted Christians that would refuse to play unless a Christian prayer was allowed before each game?