Tebow vs. Lin: Another absurd comparison

Posted: February 16, 2012 by vindanton in Pro Sports

By: Vin D’Anton


One points to God, the other...who knows

So the other day, I am doing my usual routine of checking out NFL.com (because that’s what a loser sports geek does) and I find a picture of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin next to Jesus, I mean Tim Tebow. One of the morons over at the great NFL wrote an article comparing the two…and before you know it, everybody’s doing it.

This story took off, and it took off fast. Some sports fans have this idea that the two are alike in ways that honestly don’t make any sense.

They both came out of nowhere: WHAT?!?! Last time I checked, Timothy Richard Tebow was the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and won two National Championships at the University of Florida. Bronco nation was also chanting his name to replace Kyle Orton (who is 1-0 against Tebow) in their Week 1 matchup against the Oakland Raiders this season.

Lin is more of an underdog story. He played at Harvard, goes undrafted, does nothing with the Golden State Warriors and their D-League teams. Then, he’s with the Houston Rockets for a cup of coffee (damn, too bad Houston didn’t wait, could have politically replaced Yao Ming), and then the Knicks.

The Knicks had Mike Bibby, Tony Douglas and Iman Shumpert. Oh, let’s not forget how excited fans were about the injured Baron Davis.

Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system needs a good point guard, and in late January, things weren’t going well for the battered coach. On January 20th, the Knicks D-League team, the Erie BayHawks, had a point guard named Jeremy Lin, who had a triple double…he was recalled by the Knicks three days later. THAT is coming out of nowhere.

They carry their team on their back: Last time we checked the stats; Tebow’s defense carried the team and was the important factor in the games. Check the schedules and stats sheets, they don’t lie. Football is also a team game…the ultimate team game (unless you’re the Indianapolis Colts).

Ex., in the Week 14 13-10 overtime win against the Chicago Bears, if Matt Prater can’t kick and the Bears offense (who was playing their JV squad) scored one more field goal…game over. TEAM.

In basketball, one special player can make the difference, and with Carmelo Anthony out, Amare Stoudemire in and out, and Knicks point guards out of sorts, D’Antoni gave Lin a chance. The competition hasn’t been outstanding, but Lin set a record for most points scored in a NBA players first four starts. Lin IS and HAS been the difference maker.

The numbers are completely non-identical: I am not a numbers guy, but let’s take a look. Tebow’s completion percentage is 46.5% in 2011. 33 quarterbacks qualify to be considered for being ranked amongst other quarterbacks. Tebow is 33rd. That is worse than Blaine Gabbert, Curtis Painter, and John Skelton.

Lin’s field goal percentage: .497, which is better then Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, and Anthony.

Tebow Averaged 123.5 yards per game (33rd), 6.4 yards per completion (t-26th), and had a quarterback rating of 72.9 (27th).

Lin averages 5.1 assists per game. The same as number one overall pick Kyrie Irving, and around the same area of Westbrook, Jason Kidd and Tyreke Evans.

But Lin’s points per game lie because in his six of his first seven games, he scored 25, 28, 23, 38, 20, and 27 points…Tebow does not have those kind of numbers at his position.

They are both easy to root for: The public is maybe 50/50 on Tim Tebow. He broadcasts his religion (and doesn’t follow the rules like he preaches), takes videos of his charity work, and talks, talks, talks…like his Florida speech his senior year. He aggravates people and he does the Tebowing nonsense.

Jeremy Lin talks to a reporter after the game, we know nothing about him, and the media doesn’t criticize him half as much as Tebow because the flaws aren’t there for Lin. Tebow has flaws. Lin doesn’t. If anything, it’s hard to feel anything toward him right now.

The one thing that they do have in common is that the book has yet to be written on them. They are young and have many years ahead of them. In this day in age, we tend to overreact to phenomenon’s like this, and unnecessary arguments like this article are made. We need to take a deep breath, sit back, and wait a few years before we can SERIOUSLY judge these two fascinating athletes.


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