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Jeremy Lin...A New LINSATION To The Pro Sports Scene

Are playoff games in Madison Square Garden's future?

By now everyone has heard about Jeremy Lin. Ohhh you havent? Jeremy Lin is the new sensation in pro basketball, he is the new point guard for the New York Knicks. A native of Palo Alto, California, Jeremy played his college ball at Harvard.  After a rocky beginning to his NBA career, he was cut twice before being signed by the Knicks just a few months ago.

The Knicks started this lockout-abbreviated season seemingly still in a stupor and were not close to meeting any pre-season expectations. Last year's trade aquiring Carmelo Anthony had many Knick fans hoping for a return the the NBA post season and even more hopeful of making significant strides in the playoffs.  Subpar performances by Knick guards Shumpert and Douglas propelled coach Mike D'Antonio to give Jeremy his opportunity in New York and to say he has made the most of it is an understatement.

Jeremy Lin is averaging over 25 points a game and he was largely responsible the the Knicks recent 5 game winning streak. He is the cover for Sports Illustrated for the second week in a row, and a major sporting goods chain had to scurry to get jersies made up for the general public to purchase. 

Jeremy excited the Garden fans and Knick basketball viewers with his uptempo style of play.  He is an excellent passer and unafraid to take the ball to the hoop and challenge the giants of the league. The excitement is contagious and even national sports outlets are following New York Knicks baskeball all of a sudden. It seems that with every ray of sunshine comes some rain, however. This week, two major sports broadcasting outlets have made awful comments about Jeremy Lin, utilizing a terrible racial epiphet. Lets enjoy it for what it is -- entertaining excitement and a diversion from the affairs of the day, and maybe, just maybe, there will be playoff basketball once again at Madison Square Garden.

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Hank February 23, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Going to be a great game tonight Miami vs the New York Knicks at mid season any other time it would be a long yawn. Lin sanity changes all that. No one wants to be shown up by Jeremy Lin. Everyone (except Atlanta) is bring their "A" game like it was the playoffs. Which is great because it almost like watching a playoff game every night!
Aaron De Groat February 24, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Hank, It was very disappointing to say the least ....wayyyyyyyyyy too many turnovers for Lin and Stadt....too many steals...lotta work for D'Antoni over the all star weekend he has to figure out how the pieces are gonna fit....Baron Davis should be released
Hank February 25, 2012 at 02:15 AM
The Heat are the real deal.They made it so hard for Lin that even when he did finally get the offense moving, there was no time on the shot clock. If they run into that problem again they need a plan "b" I thought Davis would be inspired to run the offense but he did not do well. They have to keep Mike Bibby because he can also drive the team bus.
Aaron De Groat February 27, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Hank, Baron Davis looks shot to me....i hope D'Antoni takes these off days to come up with a varied offense maybe 2 platoons to take advantage of the scorers ,,,Theres only one basketball....btw the NBA ALL STAR GAME IS A JOKE Aaron
Hank February 27, 2012 at 02:00 PM
there was an all star game?
Aaron De Groat February 27, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Hank, If u missed it u didnt miss anything. If these guys are not going to even pretend to play defense why even have it and make suckers like us pay ridiculous prices to go ,,,,You can probably apply that reasoning to all pro sports i mean remember the "tie" baseball all star game?
Hank February 28, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I hope Lin -sanity never ends because here is what's next: Starting Lineup (ages are based on April 4, 2012) Catcher: Josh Thole - Age 25 First Base: Ike Davis - Age 25 Second Base: Justin Turner - Age 27 Third Base: David Wright - Age 29 Shortstop: Ruben Tejada - Age 22 Left Field: Jason Bay - Age 33 Center Field: Angel Pagan - Age 30 Right Field: Lucas Duda - Age 26 Full batting order, bench, starting rotation and bullpen projections, as well as some of my thoughts, are included below the fold. Star-divide Batting Order 1. CF Pagan 2. SS Tejada 3. 3B Wright 4. 1B Davis 5. LF Bay 6. RF Duda 7. C Thole 8. 2B Turner Bench C Ronny Paulino, 1B/OF Nick Evans, IF Daniel Murphy, IF Josh Satin, OF Fernando Martinez Starting Rotation 1. LHP Johan Santana - Age 33 2. RHP Mike Pelfrey - Age 28 3. LHP Jon Niese - Age 25 4. RHP R.A. Dickey - Age 37 5. RHP Dillon Gee - Age 26 (as of 4/28/12) Bullpen Closer: RHP Bobby Parnell - Age 27 Others: LHP Tim Byrdak, RHP Taylor Buchholz, RHP Manny Acosta, RHP Pedro Beato, LHP Danny Ray Herrera, RHP D.J. Carrasco
Aaron De Groat February 28, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Hank, Dont do this to yourself. There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON to go Citifield for at least another 5 years. What a pathetic organization!!!! They let Reyes walk and got nothing for him. David Wright is next. Do the right thing......take a step up give yourself a promotion head on over to DA BIG BALLPARK IN THE BRONX!!!!!!
Kevin February 28, 2012 at 02:40 PM
As a long suffering Met fan I will not go to Citi Field to see the Mets as long as the Wilpons own the team. I have not gone yet. I may have to head to the Bronx with my bother who is a Yankee fan along with my son for his first game. That is not the best either because the Yanks just throw money away at players but its better then driving to Queens. Fred please sell the team we beg you SELL!!!!
Aaron De Groat February 28, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Kevin, Just like I said to Hank,,,,give yourself a promotion become a Yankee fan...Its like seeing cable tv for the first time ..christal clear picture easy to see,....you will also see much more clearly whats right and wrong with this world when you root for the 27 time World Champion New York Yankees..nobody...NOOOOOOOOO BODYYYYYY does it better
Hank April 02, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Josh Harrelson is the next Jeremy Lin btw have you seen enough of Baron Davis? Carmelo Anthony $18,518,574 Amar'e Stoudemire $18,217,705 Tyson Chandler $13,107,837 Iman Shumpert $1,563,120 J.R. Smith $1,411,290 Mike Bibby $1,325,181 Baron Davis $1,325,181 Jared Jeffries $1,229,255 Toney Douglas $1,145,640 Steve Novak $992,680 Bill Walker $916,100 Landry Fields $762,195 Jeremy Lin $762,195 Jerome Jordan $473,604 Josh Harrellson $473,604
Aaron De Groat April 02, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Hank, i am sure by now you have noticed all the fancy re doings of MSG, well guess how they are paying for it and the upper echelon athletes that play there.....RIGHTTTTTTTTT RAISE THE TICKET PRICES YOUR DOLLAR HARD AT WORK.....Watchout tho the next revenue raiser the Dolans have is your cable tv bill Regards, Aaron

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