Just ask Jeremy.
“I didn’t think it was gonna happen like this,” the Greatest Sports Narrative of Right Now told an interviewer on Friday. “Not the way it happened and how fast it happened. But I’m still enjoying it.”
Why wouldn’t he be?
He is now the subject of the greatest narrative in the sports world, maybe even in the world-world: The unexpected phenom, almost cut two weeks ago, now on the cover of Sports Illustrated, selling more jerseys than anyone else in NBA — oh, and he happens to be a really nice guy.
It takes real effort to wreck a narrative like that one. Just ask Tiger Woods.
In every civilization at every time, powerful stories have ordered how people look at themselves and at the world. From cavemen sitting around a fire to bloggers hunched over a glowing screen, most of the things most of us know come from stories.
We didn’t all decide at once that Whitney Houston was a tragedy waiting to happen. We heard the story. We didn’t spontaneously conclude that Mitt Romney’s not so comfortable in his skin. We heard that story, too. We didn’t pore over the data long enough to see: The economy, though troubled, is finally inching back.
All of these are narratives we heard from other people, narratives that made sense to us. So we made them our own.
We processed them. We repeated them. We passed them on to a whole new generation of listeners.
They’re real. They’re powerful. They’re “Lin-sane.”
2. Americans are loud.
3. Long Islanders are squeezed.
4. Humans are complicated.
5. We’re all misunderstood.
THE NEWS IN SONG
“Jeremy Lin Rap”
ASKED AND UNANSWERED:
You’re surprised we’re fighting to save an Island animal-disease lab? At stake on Plum Island? 200 jobs and some very cool horror-movie scripts!…Did someone say snow? No one? Okay, good…Is it possible the April 24 New York Republican Primary will actually matter? With 95 delegates in play, Kevin Law is thinking, “Why not a GOP candidate forum at the LIA?”…Don’t shoot ’em – mist ’em? James Hayward, CEO of Stony Brook’s Applied DNA Sciences, claims his smartDNA Anti-Intruder Mist System can help end pharmacy robberies on Long Island….Oh, Mandee, are you really closing stores in Babylon, Commack, Smithtown and Carle Place? And I need you today!…With its goofily-spelled “FINtastic RefurbFISHment” and a sharp new focus on the Long Island Sound, does Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium have anything to teach Sound-loving Long Islanders? Might be worth a drive (or a boat ride) to find out…Was this really the week for the cash-strapped Nassau PD to hire two new assistant commissioners, total salary $300K-plus?…Two separate bankruptcy reorganization plans for Peninsula Hospital Center? Can the hospital and its unsecured creditors possibly agree on a single strategy by week’s end?
LONG ISLANDER OF THE WEEK
She isn’t the only tour guide on Long Island. But she is, by her calculation, the proprietor of the longest continuously run tour-guide service on LI (All Around LI, Inc., since 1995). Let others quibble. One trip with Carole Lucca through the Gold Coast mansions will leave you convinced: Whatever the lures of New York City and great big world beyond, there’s still a whole lot worth seeing right around here — if you know where and how to look. From the Hamptons to the wineries, from the North Shore to the South, someone needs to show it — and show it right.
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