This page was created by Grace Chu (Twitter), a NYC based entertainment writer for MTV’s AfterEllen and photographer for Time Out New York. She grew up in a basketball-obsessed town in North Carolina, whose residents were and are still known for collectively frothing at the mouth and lighting things on fire during March Madness. She won’t say which town, except that the team uniform is a shade of blue. Flip a coin.
She created this page, because the world is full of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news, and Jeremy Lin’s story is the exact opposite of that. From two-time-cut benchwarmer to the baddest motherf*cker in the NBA - overlooked and about to be cast away again by the Knicks, he was thrown into the kitchen during a fire out of desperation, and not only did he extinguish the blaze, he came out basketball’s Top Chef, dishing out points and assists like whoa. Game after game after game.
As a result, the Knicks became a team again, ever so jaded New Yorkers started storming Madison Square Garden like a bunch of Justin Bieber fans, finance bloggers began to blog about the economic impact of the Lin phenomenon, the rest of the internet and traditional media couldn’t stop the Linsanity, many countries started behaving like every Knicks game was a World Cup Soccer championship, Asia was like “Haaay! Go on with ya bad self!”, Spike Lee monopolized everyone’s Twitter feed with Lin related shrieks during every Knicks game, and the governor of New York and NYC councilmembers demanded that Time Warner Cable and the MSG Channel set aside their contractual dispute and give 2 million cable subscribers back their beloved Knicks (and Rangers) programming or suffer a wrath not seen since Biblical times. Even a psychic on acid couldn’t make this up.
Did I make any of that up? Go ahead. Google it.
Meanwhile, the tired “Hey Girl” Ryan Gosling social media spam kept coming back in different forms like a mutating flu virus. (Grace’s note: Do I really want to see Ryan Gosling pontificate about the Park Slope Food Coop? The Food Coop? Really?)
The Ryan Gosling epidemic was becoming an international concern.
Ryan Gosling must be dethroned by someone worthy, and that man is Jeremy Lin, the point guard of the Knicks fueled by brains, a love of God and blue Gatorade. Both Barack Obama and Sarah Palin agree that Jeremy Lin is pretty darn awesome, and if they can agree on something, we have someone special.
That’s right, Jeremy Lin got swag.
P.S. OK for real. I set up this blog in ten minutes one night during the week I couldn’t go out because of a knee injury, and I sent the blog link to four or five people, went “hurr hurr hurr” and went to bed. I’m a l’il confused how this silly little Tumblr got all this attention. But thanks y’all! It’s been fun.
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P.P.S. Also, fans of Ryan Gosling, stop head-exploding. I’m not really out to get him. This here page is for fun. It’s silly, corny internet absurdity. Breathe, mmmk?