Thursday, February 16, 2012
Why is Lin Being Compared to Tebow?
Jeremy Lin is a Christian professional athlete, much like Tim Tebow. After that, the similarities really stop. Lin essentially came out of nowhere, was overlooked by countless basketball powerhouses, let alone average basketball schools. Tebow was getting looks from the best football schools in the country and once he went to Florida won two natty ships and a Heisman and could not have been more in the spotlight during his college years. Lin got some attention at Harvard (largely but not only because he was Asian-American) but nothing compared to Tebow.
Tebow got drafted and soon his jersey was the number one seller in the league. Lin didn't get drafted and was picked up and quickly released by both the Warriors and Rockets. In Tebow's first season, he started 3 games (lost 2 of them). His second season he played in 14 games and averaged 9 completions a game (dead last in the league(yes Curtis Painter had more)). Lin got very limited playing time his first year and in his second year as we all know he has been tearing it up. When he gets his minutes, he hasn't played a single bad game. Not one. Tebow looked like a high-schooler on so many plays this season it's not even funny.
Not to mention the fact that so many people hate Tebow and almost no one dislikes Lin. ESPN has jammed both their stories down our throats which can give anyone reason to dislike them, but the point is Lin has earned his position in the media and deserves to get talked about while Tebow was only talked about because of the religious-freak aspect of his off-the-field life and his unconventional (yet still not successful) playing style on the field.
Sorry. Had to get that off my chest.