Once again, apologies to HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher for borrowing his signature line. New rules: Everyone has to stop obsessing about Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin at least until the NBA playoffs get underway.
He was on Sports Illustrated’s cover for two straight weeks, and People’s once.
Even the White House isn’t immune from Linsanity. Campaigning in Miami last week, President Obama expressed his frustration at having to miss a Knicks-Heat game to attend a fundraiser — held, ironically, at veteran NBA star Vince Carter’s home. I’m surprised the Republican candidates have so far been mum on Lin’s abilities to lead the Knicks to an NBA championship.
At this point, however, there is probably nothing new that we can learn about Lin. Those massive Q&A press conferences arranged by the Knicks PR department after every game feel redundant, as Jeremy, who has handled his month in the public fishbowl extremely well, has had to give the same answers to predictable queries over and over.
Teamwork will determine the Knicks’ success in getting to the playoffs and not a feel-good story that has now become overhyped.
Madison Square Garden’s other main tenant, the Rangers, snapped a short slump last Saturday night as they topped the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in overtime. For a good chunk of the game, it appeared that it would be yet another frustrating loss, as the Blueshirts were trailing by a goal even though they dominated on the ice as evidenced by the large discrepancy in shots on goal.
Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scored his 100th career goal to win the game, delighting coach John Tortorella, who praised the team’s patience against Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller, who’s quite stingy when it comes to allowing the puck to slip by.
Earlier that day at MSG the St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball team held off Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish 61-58. Assistant Head Coach Mike Dunlap has been amazing filling in for Steve Lavin as he recovers from cancer.
Because of injuries and other factors Dunlap has been limited to having six players, mostly freshmen, play in a given game. Guard D’Angelo Harrison and forward Moe Harkless, a Queens native, have been outstanding. You have to wonder, though, if fatigue will take a toll on the Red Storm when the Big East Tournament gets underway next week.
This has been a great year as well for the St. John’s University women’s basketball team, who accomplished the near impossible recently — beating the mighty UConn Huskies on their home court. Head Coach Kim Barnes Arico’s troops have been led by forward Da’Shena Stevens — the only athlete I’ve ever met who’s majoring in accounting. It’s somewhat ironic, and perhaps just, that Stevens, a Connecticut native, spurned UConn, since Jamaica native Tina Charles, one of the best female hoops players ever, chose UConn over St. John’s. Turnabout is fair play.