Who owns New York: Tebow or Lin?

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:

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

 

CATEGORY

JEREMY LIN

TIM TEBOW

THE EDGE

National craze nickname

Linsanity

Tebowmania

Lin

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

Tebow

Coolest offseason story

Played in Las Vegas Summer League in 2010, averaging 9.8 ppg

Was motivational speaker for inmates serving life in prison

Tebow

Oddly personal item being sold on eBay

Signed 7th-grade yearbook

Game-worn pants

Lin

Most unique custom-made T-shirt

Jeremy Lin/Spike Lee Mars Blackmon “Bal-Lin”

"Property of the Meadowlands: No. 15—MESSIAH”

Lin

New digs

Trump Tower

Suburbs in New Jersey

Lin

Previously backed up…

Toney Douglas

Kyle Orton

Tebow

Linked in gossip pages with …

Kim Kardashian

Katy Perry

Tebow

Teammate he says he’s friendly with

Landry Fields

Mark Sanchez

Lin

Mentioned in a rap song by…

Mega Ran

Rick Ross

Tebow

Magazine cover shoot

Sports Illustrated

GQ

Tebow

Biggest celebrity fan

Spike Lee

Pat Robertson

Lin

Recently slept on…

his brother’s couch in a 600-square-foot NYC apartment

a private plane to Florham Park, N.J.

Lin

Master of…

The high-screen-and-roll

Game-winning comebacks

Tebow

Inked a book deal after…

9 career starts

first NFL season

Lin

Celebrates a big score by…

acting out the reading of a book and bumping chests with Landry Fields

"Tebowing”

Tebow

Emerged on the scene when…

he scored 38 vs. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on national TV

he threw a funky jump-pass against LSU during his freshman year at Florida

Lin

Older brother is…

a dental student at NYU

his personal manager

Lin

Famous alumni from his college

John Adams, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Conan O’Brien

Erin Andrews, Teddy Dupay, Andrew DeClerq, Steve Spurrier

Lin

Has been publicly doubted by…

Everybody

Everybody, including Todd McShay

Tebow

Has made everyone forget about…

Baron Davis

Drew Stanton

Lin

Let go by last team because…

The Rockets needed to make room for Samuel Dalembert’s contract

The Broncos signed the greatest quarterback of all time

Tebow

Team owner is…

a guitar-playing cable television magnate

a green tie-wearing heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune

Tebow

Purists’ criticism of skills

Can’t defend faster point guards

Can’t throw a football

Tebow

Most borderline offensive New York Post headline thus far

“Amasian!”

“God Him!”

Lin

Facial Hair

None

Early 2000’s Limp Bizkit chin strap beard

Lin

THE FINAL TALLY: JEREMY LIN 14, TIM TEBOW 12

Though Tebow will dominate New York Post and Daily News headlines for the next few weeks, Jeremy Lin still has a slight edge in the battle for the “Somewhat Kinda Maybe King of New York” crown.

In other news, the Super Bowl champion Giants re-signed David Carr, their backup quarterback, on Thursday.

For whatever reason, there was no press conference.