Tebow helps Wichita State celebrate NCAA victory (Yahoo! Sports)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University’s men’s basketball team got an unexpected new fan when they arrived home after their latest NCAA tournament victory.

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Barkley: Jeremy Lin will trump Tim Tebow

Charles Barkley went on NFL Network and said Jeremy Lin would be more productive than Tim Tebow as the two 2011-12 phenoms change teams.



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Jeremy Lin: Friendship with Tim Tebow Will Lead to Backlash Against Knicks Star

New York Knicks star point guard Jeremy Lin has often been compared to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow during his meteoric rise. That connection and a real-life friendship with Tebow figure to put a dampener on Linsanity in short order.

According to the New York Post, Tebow speaks regularly with Lin on the phone, and the two have become friends. It certainly makes sense for the two athletes to develop a friendship, because both have cult followings from throngs of fans, but at the same time they are maligned by others.

“He’s a good guy and very humble,” the QB said. “There are a lot of exciting things happening for him. We talk a lot on the phone, because I know what he’s going through, and I’ve been giving him some advice. He’s handling it pretty well and staying focused.”

As similar as Lin and Tebow are, they have some differences as well. For one, Tebow was a star when he entered the NFL. He won two National Championships with the Florida Gators as well as a Heisman Trophy. Conversely, Lin was a star player at Harvard, but he came to the NBA with little fanfare.

That difference probably has a lot to do with why Tebow seems to have so many haters, while Lin is still mostly liked. Some of that is probably because Lin is still in the honeymoon phase, but Tebow has been lauded over by the media for a couple years now, so the general viewing public seems to be growing tired of him.

Tebow has a niche fanbase that mostly includes fans of the Broncos as well as those who support his strong religious convictions, but the average sports fan doesn’t seem like much of a Tebow fan.

Although Lin’s most rabid fanbase is that of Asian Americans who view him as a hero, the average sports fan likes Lin because of his underdog status.

Nothing causes fans to turn against somebody quicker than overexposure, however. The nature of the best in sports media is to hammer something home continually when it’s viewed as a hot topic. That has been the case with Tebow since his time at Florida, and it has been the case with Lin over the past month.

Like Tebow, Lin is quite religious as well, and that may never have come to be known if not for their friendship. It’s wrong to dislike somebody simply because they’re religious, but that seems to be the case when it comes to Tebow.

Now that Lin’s religious faith is out in the open as well, there is bound to be some backlash.

More than anything, the reason why many dislike Tebow is because he hasn’t put up numbers consistent with the hype he receives. He did lead the Broncos to the playoffs this past season, and he led them to a postseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, but his completion percentage was well below 50 percent, and he simply isn’t an orthodox signal-caller.

Lin has a smaller sample size than Tebow, but he has put up All-Star-caliber numbers in his short time as the Knicks’ starting point guard. Even so, fans will likely consider Lin to be “guilty by association” soon enough if he continues to be friends with Tebow.

A lot of the criticism of Tebow is unfair, and if people turn their backs on Lin because he’s buddies with Tebow, then that would be pretty unfair as well. It’s the nature of the beast, though, as the more Lin is talked about in the media and linked to Tebow, the more he will get the Tebow treatment from the general public.

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Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow Camparison: Why Linsanity and Tebowmania Differ Greatly

Linsanity is taking over the nation. In a single week, the unknown Harvard grad living on his brother’s couch and on the verge of being cut by the New York Knicks, has become a cultural icon.

Lin’s appeal far supersedes basketball. Politicians, lawyers, doctors and housewives alike have been swept up by the story of Jeremy Lin.

Lin’s story is a great one. A walk-on at Harvard after no school offered him a scholarship. A player who produced at both the high school and collegiate level, but for whatever reason never received the opportunity in the NBA he now evidently deserved.

Lin’s Asian American heritage has been a lightning rod for discussion. Some have debated that if Lin were African American he would have sooner received an opportunity in the NBA, but was overlooked due to the league’s scarcity of Asian America players.

The excitement and widespread appeal accompanied by Lin’s rise has been compared by many to what happened with Tim Tebow during the NFL season.

The two do share a few similarities that are undeniable. Both Lin and Tebow were forced to fight through adversity, Lin after being undrafted and cut from the Warriors, and the questions Tebow faced as to whether or not he could play quarterback at the NFL level.

Both players are also passionate believers in Christianity and wear their religious values on their sleeves.

However, there is one major difference that separates the two stars.

With Tim Tebow, there was debate as to whether or not he was the reason for the Broncos success. Many believed the Broncos defense carried the team to victory and they used Tebow’s abysmal statistics to make their point. A lot of people still don’t think Tebow is good enough to be a starting NFL quarterback.

There is no doubt with Jeremy Lin: the man can ball.

Lin scored 136 points in his first five NBA starts. Since the 1976-77 NBA merger, that is the most points ever by a player in their first five starts.

This would be the equivalent of Tim Tebow throwing for the most passing yards by any NFL quarterback in their first five starts.

In his last five games, Lin is averaging 23.6 points per game and 9.8 assists per game. If you put this in context, Steve Nash leads the NBA in assists per game with 10.7 and Rajon Rondo is second averaging 9.5. If he played enough games to be eligible, Lin’s 23.6 points per game would be fifth best in the entire league and the most of any point guard.

Tim Tebow was the NFL’s 33rd ranked quarterback in passing yards per game, averaging just about 124 yards per contest. He was 27th in passer rating, behind players like Colt Mccoy, Mark Sanchez and Tarvaris Jackson. Finally, out of all qualifying quarterbacks, Tebow ranked dead last in completion percentage, as he completed only 46.5 percent of his passes.

If you want to compare Jeremy Lin to a current NFL player, compare him to Tony Romo or Arian Foster—undrafted players who put up big numbers with no one questioning their ability to produce at the professional level.

Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow do have a few things in common. The biggest difference, however, is that there is no questioning Lin’s ability, while there are still many questions about Tebow’s quarterbacking skills.

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Jeremy Lin: Why the Tim Tebow Comparisons Are Linsane

A week ago, I only knew Jeremy Lin as the 58th overall point guard on NBA 2K12 for the New York Knicks. Kobe Bryant had no idea who he was until Friday night. Today, there probably isn’t a person in the sporting world who doesn’t know who the 6’3” standout point guard is.

Lin has been absolutely terrorizing teams in the Knicks’ last five games. He has been averaging 39 minutes, four rebounds, eight assists and 26.8 points, all while shooting 51 percent from the floor. Oh yeah, the Knicks are 5-0 during the last five games.

So what does this have to do with Tim Tebow? Well, let’s see.

Lin was overlooked by almost every NBA team, and is now leading his team to victory. He had a ton of success at Harvard, but was told that he wouldn’t succeed in the NBA. Lin gives credit to God and his teammates, and is an extremely humble person.

His story has been all over the entire sports world and Twitter alike. He has several catch-phrases (“Linsanity,” “Linning,” “All I do is Lin”) that come from his name.

Lin has overcome a great amount of obstacles and odds to make his way into our newspapers and televisions.

Hmm, this sounds a lot like a certain someone playing for the Denver Broncos. Lin has to be the NBA’s version of Tebow, right?

Wrong.

Despite the above similarities, Lin is very different than Tebow.

Let’s start with his college career. Lin attended Harvard, where he had a lot of success, but didn’t receive any big-time awards or win any championships. Lin didn’t even receive a single scholarship offer coming out of high school.

Tebow, on the other hand, attended Florida, won the Heisman Trophy and lead the Gators to a National Championship. He is also considered the best college football player of all-time by many.

Lin came into the NBA as an undrafted free agent and bounced between teams and in and out of the D-league before his recent success.

Tebow was drafted with the 15th overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft.  He signed a contract worth just under $10 million. Lin, however, was reportedly sleeping on teammate Landry Field’s couch a week ago.

Lin plays the point guard the way it is suppose to be played.  He is a facilitator with great vision who can set up his teammates just as well as he can explode to the hoop. He is very intelligent and has a high basketball IQ.

The only negative thing that his critics have to say about him is that he has bad style.

Now, let’s look at Tebow. The only thing more unexplainable than his NFL success was Dick LeBeau’s game plan on how to stop him. Tebow has terrible mechanics, can’t read a defense to save his life and struggles as a strictly passing quarterback in a passing league.

So why the comparisons between the two?

Both Lin and Tebow have made great stories with their time in the sporting world’s spotlight. They’re both widely popular, and both are credited with sparking a resurgence with their struggling teams. The only difference is that Lin is doing it with a much higher level of individual performance.

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Jeremy Lin finds inspiration in Tebow

The Knicks’ Jeremy Lin finds inspiration from Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.



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Jeremy Lin inspired by Tim Tebow

Jeremy Lin is taking the NBA by storm, much like Tebow did the NFL, and the newest NBA star says he finds inspiration in the Broncos QB. 

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Jeremy Lin: Knicks Sensation Has More in Common with Tim Tebow Than You Think

In a world with 24-hour social networking that can be accessed by the majority of the planet in seconds, news travels fast these days.

So when an undrafted Asian-American point guard from Harvard plays two spectacular games in a row for the New York Knicks, word spreads quickly.

World, meet Jeremy Lin.

In his past two games (both Knicks wins) with the most recent being his first career start, Lin registered 80 minutes played. In those games he has put up 53 points, 15 assists and has attempted 9.3 free throws per 36 minutes, good enough for third in the league behind LeBron James and Dwight Howard if he had enough minutes under his belt to qualify.

But he’s not even close, because the past two games have been the most he’s ever played in the NBA. 80 minutes is one-third of the floor time he saw with the Golden State Warriors last year, and a full 80 minutes more than what he got with the Houston Rockets.

Lin is the hottest thing going in the NBA at the moment and the parallels to Tim Tebow have already begun.

Both were told they couldn’t make it.

Both were inserted into the lineup when the team desperately needed some sort of spark.

Both instantly won over their passionate fan base and both are pretty religious.

The shocker is this highly informative, yet hilarious tweet from Diamond Leung of Mlive.com:

“For those comparing Jeremy Lin to Tim Tebow, consider this: Tebow was the one born in Asia. Lin is the one who talks of becoming a pastor.”

 

Now that is just too far-fetched to make up.

There has already been a rap song made about him, the PA system blared Pearl Jam’s song Jeremy during the game and his coach already told the media he was going to ride him “like friggin’ Secretariat”.

 

He is an inspirational story in the same way Tebow is, people can doubt and make fun of his strong Christian faith, but the more he plays well, the more people will jump onto the Lin bandwagon.

While he doesn’t have his own stance like “Tebowing,” he is striking a cord with fans that few athletes can hit in this ever-changing cynical world.

The 23-year-old won’t be able to keep up this furious pace; he isn’t the savior to save this disappointing Knicks team.

But with the setback to the injured Baron Davis, like coach Mike D-Antoni says, “ride him like a horse.”

The Knicks’ season, like the Broncos’, just got a whole lot more interesting. 

 

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Heather Cox Video: ESPN Reporter Awkwardly Quotes Rick Ross’ Tim Tebow Lyrics

Anytime you combine Tim Tebow, Rick Ross, LeBron James and a super white reporter, you are bound to encounter some disastrous results.

First off, let me point out that ESPN sideline reporter Heather Cox does a great job of bringing fans and viewers the latest updates from all of our favorite sporting events, but Friday night in Denver she may have gone too far. 

Cox was in the process of informing viewers about LeBron James’ pregame music selection when she delivered an awkward Rick Ross verse about Tim Tebow, performing it as if she were a second grade teacher speaking to her class.

Cox starts rhyme dropping at the 38-second mark of the video and continues for the most questionable nine seconds of hip-hop you’re likely to experience in your lifetime.

It is somewhat odd, however, that LeBron of all superstar athletes is becoming the biggest Tebow supporter. It’s almost as if King James is admitting his fourth quarter deficiencies to the world.

Luckily for LeBron though, Heather Cox was at Friday night’s Heat vs. Nuggets game and effectively took any and all attention off of Miami’s less than stellar performance. 

The Heat fell 117-104, suffering their third consecutive loss overall and 10th-straight at Denver. 

 

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LeBron relates to Tebow

LeBron James says he sees a lot of similarities between himself and Tim Tebow, and he says he can relate to him in many ways.

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