Is Jeremy Lin New York’s Beloved?

Jeremy Lin hasn’t been playing as great as he had been in February. But, still. He’s a really like-able guy. Humble. Down-to-Earth.

According to the latest “The Most Beloved” competition by ESPN, “The New York Knicks point guard captured 70 percent of the vote and upset New York Yankees future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera in the Finals to take home the title of the Big Apple’s Most Beloved.”

I’m surprised – but impressed – that Jeremy Lin is apparently a compelling player, and person, despite his not-so-notable performance as of late. He not only beat out Mariano in March Madness-fashion, but another Yankee – Derek Jeter – as well as Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

I was feeling a little hopeful, and somewhat admiring of New Yorkers, and the general public that may have voted in this contest. But then I scrolled down to the comments to find:

“This is bullspit!”


“This is a disgrace!”

along with commentary about the other athletes who contributed much more, and were in NY for much longer. This was to be expected. But a few comments irked me:

“This poll is bogus. Silly even. If you took this same poll with Michael Jordan VS Lin, Jordan would lose just because anyone can vote in this poll. So all of MAINLAND China could vote and there isn’t anyway to tell who was voting from NY.”

and others in the same vein that just assumed the Chinese/Asians hung out on their proverbial computers all month to vote for JLin to win the contest. Seriously? Will these kind of discussions always head down that road?

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About Mihee

Mihee lives in the Mid-West with her husband, toddler-aged twins (yes, terrible twos is actually a thing), and baby #3. Though her reserve of brain cells is seriously depleted she is still passionate about Asian American culture, religion and social justice for marginalized people, stories about Korea, sports, and power naps. During the day, she spends a lot of time trying to remember which baby needs to eat or get a diaper change, mentoring and ministering to college students, occasionally taking a walk, writing, watching Sportscenter, or grabbing coffee. You can read her blog here.
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