Welcome fantasy footballers!
Please tell me one of you watched the Thunder/Nuggets game last night. Please. It was a complete shootout. By all definitions and angles of that word, it was one of the best shooting performances this season. Durant and Westbrook combined for 91 points. That’s right: 91 points. Westbrook had a monster game of 40 points but Durant blew him out by dropping 51. To top it off, Ibaka had a triple double with points, rebounds, and blocks. The Thunder are on fire and are flaming into the All Star weekend. Look at it this way: Lebron and Wade had 52 combined points in the Heat win on Sunday, Durant himself scored one less. MVP anyone?
Time to talk about Jeremy Lin. You know I don’t play well in terms of talking about these “Tim Tebow-like” players. But in reality, Lin is the complete opposite of Tebow. Timmy was an offensive monster at UF. He won the Heisman (which celebrates the best of the best), won awards celebrating his excellent QB role, and won a National Championship. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest college football athletes. Lin on the other hand went to Harvard. Never won any championships, major basketball awards, and until this year most of society had never heard of him. He wasn’t the best college ball athlete of all time, nor did he draw crowds to Harvard games. He’s been cut, demoted to D-League, and traded more than most other players in his sophomore class. The complete opposite of how Tebow’s football career has been. But he is on fire. Beating the reigning NBA champs, taking shots against the NBA Finals MVP, and winning. He’s done things as a PG faster than Magic has. The reason this is huge is because this has never happened. In basketball it is hard to have someone as skilled and as big of a threat just appear as Lin did. Talent thrives in the league and you know from before hand who is going to be good and who is going to be decent. Then you have Lin come into the picture contesting the status quo of the NBA playing like a veteran superstar against Darren Williams, Kobe, and Dirk. It has been a crazy story and a crazy year for underdogs this year for football and basketball. ESPN is having the time of its life beating up the Tebow, Lin, and Lebron stories to us. Oh ESPN, when will you learn? Could you imagine if a Lin-like player ever came on the Cowboys? I think ESPN would implode. Im just waiting for the next ESPN headline to say: “Tebow to be Best Man at Lin’s Wedding to Kim Kardashian, Lebron will be ring bearer.” That would be the day I give up on humanity and move to the mountains.