If you didn’t know any better, you’d think a sports editor at one of the New York newspapers was in control of the 2012 sports year. Consider this:
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The Giants and Jets played in a “winner goes to the playoffs; loser goes home” game on Christmas Eve. The Giants won, dominated headlines through January, and took home their second Lombardi Trophy in five years on Feb. 5.
Before the parade confetti was even picked up from the Canyon of Heroes, “Linsanity” took hold of the Big Apple. For three weeks, the Knicks’ Jeremy Lin was the most famous guy in all of Manhattan, if not the entire country. But just as interest in the undrafted point guard out of Harvard started to fade from public consciousness, the Jets traded for Tim Tebow.
I’d say the Internet broke with the news of that one last week, but it’d already broken 10 times so far this year.
Though Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are sure to find their ways on to the New York Post’s back page in the coming months, it’s all about Tebow and Lin for now. Tebow’s expected to serve as Mark Sanchez’s backup and run six or more plays out of the Wildcat package each game. And yet the Jets hosted a press conference at their facilities Monday afternoon to announce his arrival.
Tebow or Lin? Lin or Tebow?
How do New York’s two newest sports media obsessions match up against each other? Let’s break it down.
LIN VS. TEBOW
National craze nickname
Athletic achievements in college
All-Ivy League first team in 2010; beat 17th-ranked Boston College in 2009
Heisman Trophy winner; two-time BCS national champ
Coolest offseason story
Played in Las Vegas Summer League in 2010, averaging 9.8 ppg
Was motivational speaker for inmates serving life in prison