Lin vs. Tebow? It's Lin by a Mile
Knicks star Jeremy Lin is the true sports wonder story, say 2 columnists
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2012 6:59 PM CST
Jeremy Liin and Tim Tebow.   (AP)

(Newser) – Partly because Jeremy Lin is a man of faith, his crazy-fast ride into sports stardom has led to endless comparisons with Tim Tebow. Well sorry, Tebow fans, but Lin wins this one easily in terms of athleticism and sheer amazement value, writes Mike James at the Los Angeles Times. The young New York Knicks star "has shown himself to be a singular talent, scoring more points in his first five starts than any NBA player since the ABA merger," writes James. (Click here to see video of last night's dramatic game-wnning shot.) Tebow had some late-game heroics for the Broncos, but he was still 27th in the NFL quarterback rankings.

Consider, too, that Tebow was Heisman winner and a first-round draft pick on every team's radar, writes Ben Shapiro at Bleacher Report. Lin, not so much. He played for Harvard and got drafted by nobody. Now he's working a relative miracle in New York. "We're talking about an undrafted player from a non-traditional college basketball school taking one of the most historically relevant NBA franchises on a memorable win streak," writes James. "The comparison of Lin to Tebow is absurd, mainly because one of the two players is an actual underdog rags-to-riches story and the other quite simply is not." Click for more.