A Strong Case of Linsanity

Friday, February 17, 2012

Transcript

Linsanity is spreading like wildfire, fueled in part by the media's fascination with New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin's Cinderella story.  Brooke speaks to NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca, who says that despite his over saturation, Lin's story of overlooked bench-warmer turned NBA superstar has all the elements of a great sports story.

Mega Ran - Jeremy Lin Rap

Comments [4]

Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

My first love, at 11, was my sister's best friend Cathy Kelly a half Irish, half Japanese girl whose mother became a beloved local waitress long after Cathy died in a car accident at 19 and our family's forced exit from a community enraged over the African-American school principal who moved into the next house built after ours. Despite the skiing accident caused amnesia that left me incapable of recalling my vow to myself to return and marry her, I retained a "prejudice FOR Asians", explaining that not all bias is against. In the '70s, that left me vulnerable to a Taiwanese spy on my anti-nuclear activism.

For years I hoped that Yale would relieve the unrelenting racial tensions here in New Haven when it discovered the wealth (both actual and in intellectual prestige) represented by admitting more Asians to lower them. They did but it didn't work, as memory would have showed me had it worked and as the South Central L.A. riots showed later, after the verdict in Rodney King's beating.

Still, while no sports fan, I was happy for Yao Ming and, now, for Jeremy Lin. I'm not crazy about him. I haven't taken back my scrawl on the D.C. Chinese embassy wall on the 2nd anniversary of the Tienanmen Square massacre, "Killing Yoke" but you could add Greece, Syria and the U.S. to the nations that are.

Feb. 23 2012 01:52 AM
dh from NYC

While, as Mike Pesca says, Lin may be the first Asian-AMERICAN in the NBA in over 50 years (and I have no idea if this is true), he certainly isn't the first Asian. What about Yao Ming? Or is his story not Cinderella enough because he was the tallest player in the NBA?

Feb. 18 2012 08:15 AM
Philip Prindeville from Portland, OR

You could lead with a piece on the Daily Caller article on Media Matters, or you could bury any lead that's potentially embarrassing to George Soros and do a fluff piece on basketball instead...

No surprise which one you went with.

Feb. 18 2012 03:01 AM
Ben Hauck from Astoria, NY

Lest we forget the word "racial."

A comment about a race is a "racial" comment.
A comment *against* a race is a "racist" comment.

Comments about race aren't necessarily against race. Distinction does not necessarily imply discrimination.

Feb. 17 2012 11:35 PM

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