The End of Linsanity


The End of Linsanity

Over at the New York Times, Howard Beck provides an interesting and somewhat-sobering take on the end of Linsanity.

I highly recommend reading the whole thing, but if you don't have time here are the Cliff Notes: It's all Carmelo's fault.

No, not really. It actually comes down to this:

We all knew that Lin's success was a product of the system Mike D'Antoni's system. And now that D'Antoni's out (and rigid Mike Woodson's in), opportunities for Lin to shine will be few and far between. In fact, Beck suggests that Lin's not only in danger of losing his starting job, but might fall out of the rotation all together. That Woodson might not even play him!

Damn. So, I guess that's it?

I feel for Lin here. It's easy to forget sometimes that he's a real dude, who was actually living this ridiculous dream. And if that's over, I'm sure it hurts. It has to hurt.
That being said, if things don't work out in New York, Lin will catch on somewhere. Maybe not as a starter, but he'll have an NBA career. I'd say he's good for two more chances, based on hype alone. But for now, it seems Linsanity's dead in the Big Apple.

Sadly, we can just about say the same for Linsanity's stranglehold on Boston.

Yes, it's true. This afternoon, the Red Sox sent outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin down to Pawtucket, ending the 25-year-old's inspirational run to the big leagues.

It ended far sooner than anyone would have liked, but while Bobby Valentine may have taken our Linsanity away, he can't erase the memories. Like the time Lin made that amazing catch during batting practice. Or the time he fetched David Ortiz a drink when the dugout Igloo was empty. All that! Those memories are ours.

So as much as it hurts right now, I think it's important to remember:

Che-Hsuan Linsanity will only die if we let it.

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Clayborn beats out Seymour, Vrabel to enter Patriots Hall of Fame


Clayborn beats out Seymour, Vrabel to enter Patriots Hall of Fame

Raymond Clayborn has been voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame, beating out both Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour for the honor. The corner, who is tied for the franchise record for interceptions with Ty Law (36), will be the 26th person inducted to the Hall. 

Clayborn was a three-time Pro Bowler (1983, 1985, 1986) during his 13-year Patriots career from 1977 through 1989. He was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (16th overall) out of Texas in 1977, and chipped in both in the secondary and as a kick returner. As a rookie in the return game, he averaged 31 yards per return and brought back three for touchdowns. 

Clayborn reacted to the news on Twitter soon after the announcement was made. 

"I was fortunate to be a season ticket holder during Raymond's entire Patriots career," Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "For the first half of his career, he teamed with Michael Haynes to form one of the best corner tandems in league history. Throughout his career, Raymond was a physical, shutdown corner.

"One of my favorite memories was watching the 1985 team advance to the Super Bowl after Raymond helped us break the Orange Bowl curse when he stymied future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino with a dominant performance against Pro Bowl receivers Mark Duper and Mark Clayton. Raymond had six passes defensed and an interception to help us claim our first conference title. It was the greatest upset victory in franchise history at the time and one the entire New England region celebrated. It is a well-deserved honor and I look forward to presenting him his hall of fame jacket."

Clayborn has been a finalist for each of the last four years but was not able to generate enough support in the annual online vote to beat out Ty Law (2014 inductee), Willie McGinest (2015) or Kevin Faulk (2016). Clayborn was eligible to be voted in by the senior committee since he's now been retired for 25 years, but he did not receive the requisite eight of 10 senior committee votes to be elected in that way. 

As it turns out, he didn't need to be. When Kraft called Clayborn with the news, he said Clayborn received over 40 percent of the vote to beat out the pair of three-time Super Bowl champs.