Today in sports: The Jeremy Lin show moves on to D.C. tonight, Duke and North Carolina are playing their least overhyped game in years, and the richest man in Los Angeles has decided he'd also like to buy the Dodgers.
Linmania is poised to take D.C. tonight when the New York Knicks, led by former Harvard point guard Jeremy Lin, come to town to play the Wizards. The Knicks were off Tuesday, but Lin's fanclub, which at this point is starting to look more like a loosely organized religious cult, has continued to grow. Today, he's the subject of a lengthy, thoughtful piece in The New York Times. If you prefer seeing Lin in bombastic YouTube montages -- and we know we do -- feel free to revel in the epic grandeur of his performance Saturday night against a dispirited New Jersey Nets club. (Fun is fun, but we know of at least three people in The Atlantic's D.C. office who are planning to duck out early in the hope of snagging tickets for tonight's game.) [The New York Times]
Ho boy: New York Giants backup running back and master diplomat Brandon Jacobs says Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bündchen should "stay cute and shut up" and refrain from talking about all those easy passes New England's receivers dropped during the Super Bowl. It will be fascinating to watch how this plays in Boston, where fans are already hanging by a very thin thread. A reserve running back telling the wife of the greatest player in franchise history to shut up would gin up most NFL fanbases, but Boston's weird, and the story is almost inevitably going to become how Brady reacts. If he takes offense, his poise and composure are suddenly in doubt. If he says nothing or brushes it off, he looks aloof and distant. The latter has been a problem for Brady in Boston over the last few years, so he'd probably be better served by going conspicuously bonkers. [ESPN]