The Highlight Reel 02/15/12
- This just in: Jeremy Lin is the real deal. Far be it from me to spout hyperbole about a player who has only started in a handful of games, but keep this juicy little tidbit in mind: In his first four starts as a pro, Jeremy Lin scored more points than Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, and Shaquille O’Neal in their first four starts. They say records are measured by the company that is kept by those who hold them and in Linsanity’s case, that is some pretty fucking good company.
- As long as we’re talking about Jeremy Lin (and let’s face it, who isn’t right now?), Floyd Mayweather had his own comments about the Asian superstar, claiming that he’s currently in the spotlight because of his race. Not only is this far from Mayweather’s first incident when it comes to controversial comments regarding ethnicity, but it’s almost like he doesn’t even realize the Chinese star has been averaging 27 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds in his last five games. Words of advice: never bet against Floyd Mayweather in boxing, but the safer advice would probably be to bet on him saying something stupid.
- Just when you thought it was safe to watch NFL football without good ol’ “Beans and Cornbread” Randy Moss poisoning the field and locker room with his toxic attitude, think again. According to multiple sources Moss wants back in the game, and according to Moss himself, he can still run a 4.3 40 just after jumping out of bed. At 35, who knows how Moss will adapt after taking a full year off from the game of football, but it’s not totally out of the question that a few teams would want to take a look at the aging star who is still in good condition for a dude in his mid-30s. Now if only he wasn’t such an asshole.
- If you thought this was the time of year for only NFL prospects to get some publicity, think again. Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, just one of the latest baseball prospects to defect from Cuba to make it big in the US, signed a monstrous (for a rookie anyways) 4 year/$36 million contract with the Oakland A’s. This was a particularly surprising nab after it looked like the Marlins were going to snatch the talented Cuban before he would have a chance to be wooed by anyone else. As it turned out, the A’s are the team that came out on top and appear to be willing to bet on the talent of the 26 year old phenom before he truly blossoms in the Majors.