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Monday, February 20, 2012

Tebow Mania vs Linsanity

I guess Tebow Mania wasn't enough for the world, now there is a new kid on the block who is just as cool and calm as Tim Tebow himself. His name is Jeremy Lin and Linsanity is in full swing. Both ideas are having major ramifications on the world of sports especially when it comes to the fans of the Denver Broncos and the New York Knicks. Both franchises were in terrible situations, the Broncos no longer being a great team in the NFL and the Knicks slowly becoming the laughing joke around the NBA. But that was then and this is now. Tebow has revived the Broncos and their fan base in not just believing, but passionately believing the Broncos can win again and again all with Tebow and God on their side. Lin has provided the catalyst the Knicks desperately needed a point guard to run the floor and a team without Amar'e Stoudamire and Carmelo Anthony. Still were not debating which team is better or which athlete is the better athlete. No we are debating which idea has really taken the world by storm.So let's break down each idea and see which one is the best.

Let's begin with Tebow Mania. This idea began the day Tim Tebow became the starter for the Denver Broncos and led the team on a six game winning streak, which consisted of 2 miracle wins against teams they should not have beaten. Through each win Tebow did not give credit to himself, but to his team and to God for all the help in winning each game. The world turned its attention to Tebow and how his reputation was growing from quarterback to culture icon for people around the world that shared his faith. Ever where a person looked they saw Tebow followed by either the words winning or Jesus in the same sentence, which does not happen very often. The mania reached its peak when Tebow led the Broncos to a playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which literally shocked not just the NFL, but the world. The unspeakable had happened, Tebow with his help just upset the Steelers in the playoffs. Now everyone believes Tebow is the man in Denver. But its just not about Tebow, its about how he brings a religious aspect to a sport that never really talks about religion or God. So that gives Tebow majors point, especially to everyone looking for a answer. Tebow has inspired a lot of people to never give up on their dreams and has really reshaped the NFL landscape permanently. For now however, Tebow Mania has died down until NFL training camps open up, then once again Tebow Mania will continue.
Just a few weeks ago no one nationally knew who Jeremy Lin was. He was just another bench player trying to make his way in the NBA and at this point not getting his fair share of playing time. All of this changed when both Anthony and Stoudamire went down due to an injury and a family matter. Lin entered against the New Jersey Nets and took complete control of the game. Since then, Lin has taken the NBA and the world by storm showing everyone out there that he can play some basketball with the best of them around the league and at the same time has pulled the Knicks out of a losing skid and into a chance to be a high seed in the playoffs. Lin is now referred to as Linsanity, which means Lin can not be stopped on the court of off it. Everywhere you look now you see Lin jerseys left and right in New York. Linsanity is literally taking the world by storm and showing that a man who slept on his room mate's couch and that graduated from Harvard can make his way in the world if he never gives up. If Lin keeps it up then the Knicks make just keep him and start him permanently saving the team from going out this off season and spending money they could to use fill other holes on their roster. In other words, Linsanity is not going anywhere anytime soon. 

Both Tebow and Lin have a long way to go if they want to make it in their respective sports, but which phenom truly is the best right now. I would have to give it to Tim Tebow. Why, because the NFL is bigger than the NBA. More fans follow the NFL and love the NFL like a dog. While the NBA is loved like a fish. You like it for a few weeks, but then you forget about it when the excitement dies down and then the fish slowly dies and you forget about it all together. So for the foreseeable Tebow Mania will be supreme.  

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