Watch David Letterman Get In On The 'Linsanity'
That's right. The champagne from the New York Giants' Super Bowl XLVI win has barely warmed to room temperature, but with spring, a young fan's fancy turns to thoughts of the NBA playoffs.
What's more important, we need a new sports meme until it's Tebow Time once again.
That being said . . . . welcome to the "Linsanity."
New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin has been this lockout-shortened NBA campaign's feel-good story after a summer and fall when we really started doubting professional basketball would be a thing this year. The first American NBA player to be of Chinese or Taiwanese decent, he was received no scholarship offers out of high school, then went undrafted despite coming out of Harvard as the only player in school history having recorded at least 1,450 points, 450 rebounds, 400 assists, and 200 steals.
Oh, and in this age of the NBA still trying to shake a "thug" image, he entered the draft having graduated with an economics degree and a 3.1 GPA.
He spent 2010 and 2011 as something of a journeyman, then caught on with the New York Knicks this season and started putting up All-Star numbers while making the Knicks look like the real deal against other contenders. Thust, "Linsanity" was born in New York.
It's since become the new "Tebow Time" without the "Tebowing" . . . which in itself was a mutation of photo memes like planking.
Since the Interwebz and all its denizens clearly have way, way too much time on their hands, David Letterman decided a great use of his Wednesday "Late Show" Top 10 List would be to temper the "Linsanity" with some puns on the flash phenomenon's name that should just never, ever be.
To name a few that didn't quite make Dave's list...
No "Star Trek" - don't tell people to "Lin long and prosper."
Attention, amateur Carl Spacklers of the world - his is not a "Lin-derella story."
Nor is he "just Lin-credible."
And to rattle one off of the list as a cautionary measure, things are getting awkward if you actually ask somebody "Does this look Lin-fected to you?"
Memes, folks: use 'em responsibly.
Of course, that's just some sh*t internet writers say.
(Kidding aside, Lin's is one Hell of a story. Good on him not just for sticking out some lean days trying to make a name for himself, but for being an NBA player that took life after basketball seriously enough to enter the league with a prestigious degree on which to fall back.)
Late Show with David Letterman