The Knicks finally won a game Wednesday night, blasting the hapless Blazers by 40+ at MSG. That win halted a six game losing streak that ultimately ended up in coach Mike D'Antoni resigning, Carmelo Anthony becoming the scorn of New York, the Knicks back outside the Top 8 in the Eastern Conference, and Jeremy Lin merchandise being slashed like Halloween costumes in November.
For a two week period, Jeremy Lin ruled the sports world. He was on the back cover of Newsday for a record tying 20 consecutive days. He made back to back Sports Illustrated covers. There was a time when you couldn't escape Jeremy Lin. You couldn't watch a minute of SportsCenter without hearing his name. Literally. SportsCenter mentioned his name once a minute at the height of Linsanity.
But alas, Linsanity has been on a long, slow march back to normalcy. Lin's stats actually haven't dropped that much. He's averaging 16.2 PPG and 7 APG in March compared to 20.9 PPG and 8.4 APG in February ... but the Knicks are 1-6. Of course, Linsanity was never going to maintain its intergalactic nature. The weeks after the Super Bowl left a void in the sports calendar. As March has come though, we have had the Saints bounty scandal, Peyton Manning, the opening of Spring Training, and now the NCAA Tournament to draw our attention.
But in the span of one month, just how much has Linsanity dropped off the face of the sports radar? Check these charts from Google Trends that show the amount of searches taking place regarding the Knicks point guard. The charts show how many seaches take place for a given subject measured against the average traffic in that timeframe. 1.0 represents the average search in the last 30 days. Here's the trending data for Jeremy Lin...