Today in sports: The new Knicks point guard -- and Harvard alum -- is a New York sports folk hero after just two starts, more talk that Peyton Manning's arm is shot, and the New York Observer publisher is one of the nine finalists to land the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Second-year New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is attracting Benedict Cumberbatch-levels of buzz after scoring more than 20 points in back-to-back New York wins. Lin played college ball at Harvard, didn't get drafted, and has been a bench warmer for most of his first two seasons in the league: Even if he was just average, New York basketball fans would be fated to fall hopelessly and irreversibly in love with him. The fact that he's looked good -- really good -- has sent fans scrambling to see who can produce the most hyperbolic YouTube tribute to the new Knicks sensation. YouTube user @random2g offers a representative sample of what Linmania has already caused computer-savvy Knicks fans to do. [The Sports Section and Grantland]
New York Observer publisher Jared Kushner is reportedly one of the nine finalists who might acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers. Even if he doesn't get the team, Kushner should get credit for getting this far in the process without anyone in baseball or New York media circles mentioning him as a possible buyer, not even in a hypothetical, Sliding Doors parallel-reality sense. [The Los Angeles Times]