Jeremy Lin Is More Important Than These People

February 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

It’s happening… Linsanity is everywhere you look.  It makes Tebowmania look like a harmless children’s disease.

The impact that Jeremy Lin has had over the American landscape over the last week is amazing.  People on Twitter that I have never heard speak A WORD of sports before are now talking about Lin.  And it’s not without merit.

Past “fads” in sports haven’t quite matched what Lin has done.  Not LeBron.  Not Tebow.  Maayybe Tiger, but that was 15 years ago.  That was before Twitter.  Now, everything is measured in how much you break Twitter and Facebook and Jeremy Lin will force those companies to buy extra servers.  (Being a Harvard graduate, he should also be able to help them install the new hardware.)

Why though?  There’s several reasons that go into what makes an athlete capture the nations attention and Lin is mastering all of them.  For instance:

  • He doesn’t belong here.  At least, he’s changing the world’s perspective on what makes up an NBA player, or even an athlete of the highest caliber.  He’s one of the few Asian Americans to ever play in the NBA and he’s the first Asian American of Chinese descent.  (Born in the U.S.)
  • He also wasn’t supposed to be a great basketball player, at least not in the eyes of the schools that refused to give him a scholarship or even a guaranteed spot on their team like UCLA and Stanford.  Instead, he walked on at Harvard.  This, despite having an outstanding high school career.
  • Then, he wasn’t thought to be much of an NBA prospect, going undrafted.  Ivy League players don’t have NBA success, either.  He signed a two-year partially guaranteed contract with the Golden State Warriors but barely played and was often playing in the D-League.  He was let go by the Warriors and picked up by the Rockets and then let go again and picked up by the Knicks.
  • Less than a month ago, Lin was assigned to the D-League again!  Just think about that.  Less than a month ago, the only people that knew about Jeremy Lin were his hardcore Asian American fans and loyal Golden State supporters.  And his family, probably.
  • Then: Incredible success in the biggest city in America for a team that hasn’t won significantly in years.  He’s scored the most points that any players has ever scored in his first six starts and the Knicks are 6-0 over that time.  So…
It all adds up to the fact that you have a player that’s unique in heritage, unique in collegiate background, discarded by two teams only a couple of months ago, that comes out of nowhere to lead a team to an improbable winning streak on the countries biggest stage.  That’s how you get to Linsanity.
Tim Tebow and LeBron James?  Already very well-known before they did anything in their sports.  Things were expected of guys like Ichiro and Tiger.  Maybe Fernando Valenzuela could compare.  Yes… that might be the last time that anything matched what’s happening right now.  Or maybe not… Lin is even more unbelievable that.  He’s as important to the NBA (at a time when they’re still recovering from their extended lockout, bringing fans back in with a conspiracy-theory-like breakthrough) as anyone is to anything.
He’s obviously more important than James and Tebow, but he’s also more important than these people:
Oprah
Congrats on your amazing success, Oprah.  You’ve influenced millions of people and are the queen of daytime TV.  But the country was made for prime time.  Winners win in prime time.  Last I checked, Lin was dominating after 5 PM EST, so when you can dominate the national landscape after dinner, I’ll consider your importance as compared to Oprah LIN-Frey.]
Barack Obama
Is it more important to be the first black-ish President, or to be the first Asian-American athlete superstar?  Is this even in question?  And a lot of people are divided in their support of the POTUS, even his supporters!, but nobody is in doubt of supporting the Pres-LIN-Dent.

Gandhi

Eat much?  LOL!  Try sinking a game-winning 3 and then we’ll talk.

Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman

February is Black History Month.  Sorry, scratch that… February was Black History Month.  It is now Febjeremy.  And it’s Asia-Lin Appreciation Month.

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Hey, college dropouts… Jeremy Lin actually graduated from college.  Harvard.  Ever heard of it?  I know you have, Bill.  Couldn’t even finish.  LOSER!  Do you guys have billions of dollars?  Cool.  Jeremy has bil-LIN-ions of dollars.

Jesus Christ

There are an estimated 2 billion Christians in the world.  That’s a lot.  But for anyone that is from a country that isn’t properly represented in the NBA, they can look up to Jeremy Lin for inspiration and religion.  He can be their God.  There are 1.3 billion people in China and 1.2 billion people in India.  That’s 2.5 billion Christ-Lins.  Throw in Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Vietnam… you’re dominated.  With over 4 billion Asians alone, they know they can move to America now and be an NBA superstar.  Last I checked, I can never be Jesus!

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A Brief History of Seattle Sports, as Told by the Digital Age

February 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

1959: Restaurant owner David Cohn, starts the movement.

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December 20, 1967: Majority owners Sam Schulman and Eugene Klein are awarded Seattle’s first major sports franchise.

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1969: Seattle Pilots Become City’s First Baseball Team!

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September 12, 1976: Seahawks first game

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April 6, 1977: Mariners First Game

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1979: Sonics Win City’s Only Professional Championship

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1995: Edgar Saves Baseball

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February 2, 1996: Ken Behring tries to move to the Seahawks.

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July 15, 1999: First game in Safeco

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March 26, 2000: Goodbye Kingdome

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2002: First Season in Seahawks Stadium

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2005: The Seahawks Go To the Super Bowl!

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2006: The Sonics are sold to Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett.

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June 2011: The Seahawks Home Stadium Suffers an Identity Crisis

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Technology as it relates to the Seattle professional sports franchises as of today:

The Seattle Supersonics:

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The Seattle Mariners

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The Seattle Seahawks:

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For more on my relationship with the information superhighway, follow me on Twitter.

Twitter Account of the #FF: @BMcCarthy32

January 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Last week, the Twitter Account of the FF was unlikely funny-man @KenJennings.  What business does this Jeopardy contestant have putting out the best tweets on a constant basis?

The same goes for athletes.  I first got onto Twitter just to follow athletes and get news.  So I went around and followed a bunch of them.  A bunch of baseball players and football players so that I could finally find out what’s going on behind the scenes for these superstars and heroes.  As it turns out, there’s not much going on.

Athletes are typically some of the worst follows on Twitter, giving you more information on their favorite potato chips or “what women be doing” instead of insight into a game or season.  If I want news, follow Adam Schefter or Buster Olney.  He’ll tweet the only information you need, as well as other journalists.  Follow them, and leave the athletes out of it.

@JoeMande, famous for making fun of moronic celebrities on Twitter, said that the only people that should really tweet are journalists and comedians.  They can provide something of value in 140 characters, or links to things of value.  If you want to share with your friends or the world “OMG THIS BURRITO IS SO GOOD!” then do it on Facebook.  Nobody on Twitter gives a shit.

So athletes, typically, are not worth following unless you are just obsessive with keeping up in their day-to-day lives like a pseudo-paparazzo.  Brandon McCarthy is one of the rare exceptions, using it as his platform for comedy rather than “ugh I HATE plane rides!”

This is a picture of Brandon McCarthy, pitcher for the Oakland A’s:

Normal looking dude, just exactly what you would expect for an athletes Twitter account, or something equally unoriginal or uncreative.

Here’s Brandon McCarthy’s Twitter picture:

The genius of this photo is that it shows that McCarthy is self-aware about how he was perceived going into the 2011 season, and he wasn’t afraid to make fun of it.  The A’s had a strong staff that included four young pitchers with different levels of ace potential.

Oh, and they also had Brandon McCarthy.  He didn’t pitch in the majors in 2010 and he had never posted an ERA under 4.00 over parts of five major league seasons.  He was the forgotten man in the rotation, but he wasn’t afraid to scribble himself in there and say “HI YOU GUYS!”

McCarthy doesn’t disappoint with his tweets, even though he set the standard so high right off of the bat with that picture/drawing.  On Thanksgiving Day, during Nickelback’s halftime show, he gave this perfect observation:

Simple and to the point.  During a time when thousands of people were trying to make fun of Nickelback at the same time, McCarthy buried them all.

But will an athlete, a public figure like McCarthy, that not only has to represent himself but has to represent the A’s and MLB, be  willing to tweet about himself in a way that is both funny and edgy?  I mean, is he going to censor himself or not be willing to make fun of himself?  I think the real key to any comedian is that they make fun of themselves first.  Can he do that?

Bravo Brandon.

Most comics grow up using comedy as a self-defense mechanism and are able to harness that creative energy into being a “funny person” later in life.  Typically, this doesn’t seem to happen with the jocks, cheerleaders, or guys in a band.  (Please note the important use of the letter “a” being that a guy is in A band not in THE band.)

Why would Brandon possibly need to defend himself?

“Hey, nice FASTBALL dork!”

“Way to be a top baseball player LAME-O!”

“Your brother Denny would have been drafted in the first round if he had made it back from ‘Nam” – Brandon’s father

What happened during the 2011 season was actually quite ironic (I think. It did not involve spoons or rainy wedding days) in that McCarthy kind of became the staff ace.  The forgotten man had stepped up and become the most reliable, consistent pitcher on the staff while two of the rotation members went down with injury and the other two were just recently traded.

I’m sorry that your friends are gone Mr. McCarthy, but you have plenty more on Twitter that will always be there for you!

For more hilarity, be sure to follow his wife @Mrs_McCarthy32 and his buddy @BrettAnderson49

What Would You Do? with Ken Quinones

January 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Welcome to “What Would You Do?”

I’m your host, Ken Quinones.

This is the show that asks the common citizen what they would do if they saw their fellow man or woman in trouble?  Would they help or would they just idly stand by?

So, What Would YOU Do?

 

A little girl at a baseball game catches her first foul ball and then gets it snatched away by some bitch:

 

What would YOU do?

Bob Lassiter

“I’d probably go up to her and tell her that what she did was not very nice and that she shouldn’t have stolen that little girls ball away.  Then I’d tell her to give the ball back…  Then I’d follow her home, find out where she lives and find out her name and all of her information, like SSN and accounts.  I’d steal her identity and then run up a bunch of charges on sex toys and sex vacations and I’d use her phone number at work for contact information to the credit card companies so that they would have to call her directly there and I’d use her boss as the contact person so they would ask “Did Jennifer take a trip to Sex Island last week?” and her boss would say “She told me she was sick?” but really that was me calling in pretending to be her while I called her the day before and told her it was a day off pretending to be her boss and she would get fired.  She’d be in terrible debt and her credit would be ruined.  Oh, and then I would kill her.”

 

What Would YOU Do?

 

PS – To see the greatest list of sports gif’s ever, where I retrieved this GIF, check out the excellent Jon Bois’s list of 50 Greatest Animated Sports Gifs of 2011.  So not really “ever” but you get it.

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