Jeremy Lin, influencer of planets. (Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE)
TIME Magazine said so! They just ran their annual project in which they meet, assess, and rank all 9 billion people (6 billion plus 3 billion unaccounted Arctic seafolk) on the planet based on their "influence", then make other people write articles about the top 100. I was ranked #4,058,200,506, which I guess is all right. I feel like I could have cracked the top 4 billion if I'd participated in one of the "Occupy" protests or something. Maybe next year. How'd you guys do?
Anyway, I (and most of you, I'd imagine) didn't make it to the top 100, but our beloved point guard sensation Jeremy Lin did. Arne Duncan(!) wrote his little profile thing. Here's a bit of it:
Jeremy Lin's story is a great lesson for kids everywhere because it debunks and defangs so many of the prejudices and stereotypes that unfairly hold children back. He's dispelled the idea that Asian-American guards somehow couldn't hack it in the NBA — and that being a world-class athlete on the court is somehow at odds with being an excellent student off the court.
Cool. Obviously, the methodology/sanctity of this entire endeavor is questionable, and the part in Duncan's profile about "bling" and celebrating "the individual" kind of bugs me (1. Careful. 2. I get the team-first thing, but one of the best parts about Jeremy's game is that he's a talented one-on-one player and occasionally rather flashy.), but all that aside, Lin genuinely did influence/inspire a lot of people this past year (and has before, and will surely continue to do so), and I'm proud of him and thrilled to be a fan of his team. You're pretty great, Jeremy Lin.
This is you next year, Jerome Jordan.
(Oh, and Jeremy himself wrote Tim Tebow's thing. Yeah.)