Linsanity wasn’t always just a personal problem.
Many moons ago, it was a cultural phenomenon that swept the entire country (and certain other countries). It’s impact wasn’t felt only in New York, China, and in my dreams, but throughout the sports world… and, like, Twitter.
People were Googling Jeremy Lin like I do every day. He was featured on magazine covers. Linsanity Apps were created. Stupid websites like this one…. ok, you get it.
Jeremy Lin was BIG in 2012. Here’s a list of 2012 end of year lists / retrospectives that I came across:
Sports Illustrated‘s ranked Jeremy Lin’s magical run as the 9th Biggest Sports Stories of 2012: Jeremy Lin, a previously little-known Harvard grad, became a legend in early February, captivating the world with his improbably strong — if turnover heavy — play. It started on Feb. 4 as he scored 25 points and made seven assists off the bench in a comeback win over New Jersey. He went on to lead the then-reeling Knicks to seven consecutive wins.
Google‘s Zeitgeist 2012 Video (A glimpse of Jeremy is at the 2:!4 mark)
Lin was also the most searched athlete. On Google. In 2012. In the whole fraking world. And the seventh most searched person globally.
Just in the United States, Lin was #5 in overall trending searches on Google in 2012. He was #2 overall for trending people (behind Whitney Houston).
Twitter‘s 2012 Recap of Top Trends (“Jeremy Lin” #6)
USA Today‘s Best of 2012 World Of Sports named Lin as most interesting athelete, beating out the likes of Tim Tebow, Oscar Pistorius, Lolo Jones, and Hope Solo. “if you want to lift “interesting” to the point of “compelling,” you just couldn’t beat Linsanity.”
Facebook‘s Year in Review placed Jeremy Lin at #8 for Most Popular Public Figures in-between Honey Boo Boo at #7 and Paul Ryan at #9. Lin was #9 in sports (what?), and “Linsanity” was the 10th most-popular “meme” on Facebook.
New York Post named Jeremy Lin, Person of the Year in their annual recap: It ended badly, the way so many of these things tend to end. But the brief, brilliant stretch of basketball wonder known as “Linsanity” was an important reminder of just how deep the affinity between the Knicks and the city really is. Jeremy Lin is long gone but the love affair has been rekindled, and can be traced directly to the unforgettable two-week stretch when he was king of the sports world.
The Wall Street Journal‘s Top 10 Sports Stories of 2012 starts their list off with Linsanity at #10: “You just scoffed. Don’t lie—I have foolproof scoff detection! I know what you’re thinking: This guy just promised no Tebow, and now there’s Linsanity? So much has transpired since that magical February—Lin’s playing for Houston; the Knicks are playing well without him; former New York coach Mike D’Antoni is trying to comprehend Laker egos. It’s possible to have forgotten what a fascinating moment this was—the undrafted, unheralded, twice-dumped point guard leaping off a couch to transform an underperforming club.”
Yahoo Sports ranked Linsanity #1 on their Top 5 NBA Stories of 2012 saying “At this time a year ago, not many had a clue who Jeremy Lin was. In fact, in December of 2011, Lin was waived twice (first by Golden State Warriors, then by the Houston Rockets). Then February arrived and Lin put together an epic 13-game stretch in which he averaged 22.3 points and 7.4 assists. The Taiwanese-American’s heroics were celebrated from Manhattan to China, was highlighted on the cover of Time and Sports Illustrated, was mentioned by President Obama and made him as big a celebrity at All-Star weekend as any other player.” Continue reading “Jeremy Lin is… BEST OF EVERYTHING 2012!!!!”