In case you've been in a coma for the last two weeks, Jeremy Lin has become the most invasive cultural force this side of Tebow (this explains why every word that once began with "in" now begins with "Lin").
The Knicks' new point guard has taken the league and the headlines by storm, through both his on-court performance and his unorthodox journey there.
A few things have become clear since his insertion into the starting lineup and the subsequent Linsanity (I had to sneak one in here somewhere) that has followed:
1. Jeremy Lin can play.
2. Jeremy Lin is Asian.
3. ESPN has no idea how to handle Jeremy Lin.
In his first five starts, Lin put 136 points, the most in NBA history. More than Shaq, more than Dominique Wilkins, more than Jerry Stackhouse (hilarious). Unfortunately, the second fact listed is almost overshadowing the first.
Lin is the first American player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, and in the endless loop that is the 24 sports-news cycle, his heritage is talked about almost as much as his unexpected dominance.
ESPN, a network that has mastered the art of beating a dead horse, jumped at the opportunity to find a non-Tebow story to dominate most of their broadcasts (though, for good measure, they've now started discussions comparing the two supernovas).
Unfortunately, ESPN wasn't ready for a player like Lin (read: Asian). Over the past week, the network has had several problems arise after inserting the phrase "chink in the armor" into the Lin-depth (last one, I promise) discussion.
For good measure, they fucked up both in print and video, so even illiterate people can laugh at their unLinformed (you liked it) stupidity.
Anthony Federico, the moron behind the "chink in the armor" headline was terminated shortly after the faux-pas, and Max Bretos, the on-air personality who uttered the phrase on camera was suspended for thirty days.
A network as massive as ESPN shouldn't have these problems, but it seems like every few months they have to fire someone for doing something idiotic.
Never thought I'd wish for a Lin pun.
Hey Bristol, it's 2012, people. How did they not know this was a bad idea? Of all the phrases describing weakness, I feel like "chink in the armor" should be LAST on the list, especially when referring to an Asian athlete. To not see the possible racial implications is, well, Linconceivable (sorry).
It's especially troubling when you realize this particular player is going to dominate storylines for at least the next month. He's everywhere.
Others have made similarly ill-fated comments, as Lin?s cultural ripple (and on-court performance) garner both applause and ire. Lin's 38-point performance against the Lakers pushed Lil Wayne to call him "Lin Laden."
Still, one (most certainly high) person can?t be held to the same standards as a multi-million (billion?) dollar corporation like ESPN. For an organization that gets in as much trouble as ESPN (seems like every three months they have to fire a talking head for saying/doing something unprofessional), they never seem to learn their lesson.
Whether Lin's performance stays at this high of a level or not, watching him on the court won't be as entertaining as watching ESPN shamelessly, repeatedly put their collective feet in their collective mouth.