Since the NBA/ABA merger, no player has had a better beginning to his NBA career as a starter than Jeremy Lin.
Subtract out his ethnicity, the fact the Knicks are undefeated in that stretch with a depleted team, that he wasn't offered a scholarship out of high school, that he went to to Harvard, and was as fringe as you could be in the NBA. Even without all those crazy storylines, the fact Lin sits atop that list is insane. (I'm not even going to grab the low hanging fruit of calling it Linsane.)
Even if Lin was the top pick of the draft, his run would be a major story and last night's better than Hollywood ending only perpetuates what continues to be one the most remarkable sports stories in recent history.
Regardless, there is a bit of an ominous feeling in the air as skepticism, disbelief, and enthusiastic dissenters of anything and everything seem to be waiting for the bubble to pop.
ESPN and others have covered the initial shock of Linsanity well, but looking to feed the wide spectrum of ESPN platforms with fodder sure to drive up page views, ratings, and fan interest, Lin has now become the target of ESPN producers as the topic du jour. Lin is on SportsCenter, Mike & Mike, SportsNation, First Take, The Herd, ESPNEWS, Numbers Never Lie, PTI, Around The Horn, and everywhere in between. ESPN's well orchestrated content farm is such overkill to many fans that it may turn people against Linsanity within the next two weeks. Just examine all the "tired of Linsanity" tweets already emerging.
There are only so many ways to cover a topic and some of the angles in trying to cover Jeremy Lin are going to smell of being ridiculously phony...