The TV was on and Peyton Manning's face took up most of it. I thought, you can't be on ESPN. You're not Jeremy Lin.
Lin is the most hyped athlete since Tim Tebow, and it's beautiful. Has little to do with his Taiwanese ancestors, although that makes an interesting sidebar. Has to do with being the ultimate underdog.
Here's an athlete that colleges ignored. He went to Harvard and became to it what Stephen Curry was to Davidson. Lin became an NBA temp, bouncing to Curry's Golden State Warriors, to Houston, to New York's bench and then, because of injuries to and ineptitude by the players in front of him, to the starting lineup.
Now he's a star, and he proved it Tuesday with a 3-pointer at the buzzer against Toronto to lift the Knicks to a 3-point victory.
My favorite part of the story is this: the NBA and college coaches know more about recruiting than they ever have. They have access to more equipment, more information and more video. They develop a prototype -- fall within these parameters and you have a chance to play in the NBA.
Lin didn't, and not only has he made it, he has shaken up the league.
There are qualities that even in 2012 experts are unable to measure, and Lin proves it every night. Hope he continues to.