All Lin

Around 11 p.m. on Friday evening, some guy was walking down 2nd Ave. just north of 86th street shouting, “JEREMY LIN! JEREMY LIN!” like he’d gotten the Spirit. Passersby encouraged him with high-fives and bro-hugs.

Here’s what the front of the Daily News’ online sports section looks like right now, with some arrows for emphasis:

The time for Jeremy Lin snark will probably come, but we’re not there yet. Let’s enjoy this while it lasts. It’s rare to have a phenomenon so gloriously unifying in this city’s divisive sports landscape.

These prices Lin-sane

As you will learn in slightly more detail on the Mostly Mets Podcast later today, I haven’t actually seen Jeremy Lin play yet because I am not privy to the MSG network. But apparently it’s something to see. And it’s great for headline punners, as discussed in this tumbl with some NSFW language.

Some other possibilities, depending on various events during Lin’s tenure with the Knicks:

LIN THE MOOD
OH, LINDEED
HOT BEEF LINJECTION
LINMATES RUNNING THE ASYLUM
LINDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
LINNER EAR LINFECTION

The last one would have to be for a very specific case.

Knicks add pioneering beard

The Knicks signed Baron Davis today. Tommy Dee likes the deal, which is cool. I haven’t followed the NBA all that closely in years so I can’t tell you anything about it other than that Baron Davis is clearly that league’s foremost beard pioneer, so for that he should be celebrated. I saw him hailing a cab in Chelsea once and his beard was spectacular. It looked like this:

Tale of the tape: NBA Nuclear Winter vs. Nuclear Winter

David Stern referred to the recent breakdown in NBA labor negotiations as “the nuclear winter of the NBA.” Let’s see how it stacks up to the real thing:

NBA Nuclear Winter Actual Nuclear Winter
Refers to A season without NBA basketball The atmospheric consequences of nuclear war
Causes Impasse in negotiations between players’ union and owners Dense smoke from nuclear explosions and burning urban areas rising into the stratosphere, blocking out the sun and prompting drastic drops in surface temperatures for years
Most noticeable effect #LockoutLife All agriculture becomes impossible for over a decade
Understated repercussion Thousands of arena workers lose jobs in poor economy Viggo Mortensen, blinded by desperation, steals Omar’s clothes
Most unfortunate consequence Possible North American Tour for J.D. and the Straight Shot Everyone on the planet starves to death and dies

Walt “Clyde” Frazier owns these boots, obviously

The Knicks are in the playoffs. For insight on that from people who actually have interesting things to say about NBA basketball besides “OHHH!” and “WOW!” and “WHY IS NO ONE PLAYING DEFENSE!?” check out Tommy Dee and his crew at TheKnicksBlog.com.

And if you haven’t used up your allotment of Times articles for April, check out this feature about Walt “Clyde” Frazier’s wardrobe. Sadly, it is shorter than book-length and thus can not portray the full awesomeness of Frazier’s suits. It does have a photo gallery, thankfully.

Fun fact: Per Frazier’s Wikipedia page, he earned the nickname Clyde for wearing hats similar to the one Warren Beatty had in Bonnie and Clyde, which makes sense.

Carmelo Anthony gets a sandwich

Thanks to everyone who tipped me off on this one. From the Daily News:

That’s the Carnegie Deli’s creation of salami, corned beef, pastrami, bacon, lettuce, tomato and Russian dressing on something like six pieces of rye, if you’re playing at home. Presumably, these elements somehow capture the essence of Carmelo Anthony. And credit the Carnegie Deli: Last night I caught a highlight of ‘Melo nailing a pretty 18-foot fadeaway, and it really made me think of pastrami.

Since you’ve asked: I probably won’t eat that sandwich. I understand it’s all the rage right now and it represents the rare intersection of sandwiches and sports (outside of this blog, of course), but that’s not really an edible sandwich you see above. That’s like six vaguely edible sandwiches. And sure, you could go in with three friends and ask for extra rye and deconstruct the sandwich so you all get reasonable portions of all the ingredients. I get that. But that’s like cheating on behalf of the place you’re paying $22 for a sandwich.

Look: I appreciate the Carnegie Deli for all it has done for lunchmeats and celebrities through the years, but there’s no art to piling up all the meats in the house sky high and naming it after the city’s newest famous sports hero. That’s gimmickry. Amateur hour.

I, for one, would like to eat a carefully constructed sandwich that evokes the understated elegance of Carlos Beltran at his best, or a burrito that embodies the transcendent dominance of Darrelle Revis.

Who will make me Revis: The Burrito? Not the heavy-handed vulgarians responsible for the Carmelo Anthony sandwich, that’s for sure.

OK, help me here

The back cover of my Daily News this morning:

The article inside explains what the cover says: Even though the Nuggets’ asking price is “insane” — three starters, a draft pick and Eddy Curry’s expiring contract — the Knicks must trade for Carmelo Anthony.

OK, I’ll admit that I’m far from an expert in the workings of NBA front offices and I’m consistently baffled by the salary-cap maneuvering and everything else, so help me out here: Why is it so advantageous for the Knicks to get Anthony now?

Put aside for now the idea held by some that Anthony is overrated, a one-dimensional scorer. For the purposes of this discussion, let’s amount that he’s a great player who will help the Knicks win and will absolutely deserve the max contract he’ll soon receive from someone (either in free agency or as a more lucrative extension).

So to acquire ‘Melo now, the Knicks would reportedly have to give up five valuable properties including three starters, all of whom are pretty young and pretty good. Replaceable? Probably, but probably not with guys currently on the roster. Chauncey Billups, rumored to be part of the deal, would help.

But the Knicks are currently above .500 in February for the first time in lord-knows how long, and appear in good position to make the playoffs as currently constructed. ‘Melo brings in marketing dollars and sells tickets and all that, and I suppose that’s a consideration. But he has stated, I believe on multiple occasions, his interest in joining the Knicks.

Doesn’t that mean they’d have a pretty good shot at landing him this offseason, when the price would only be money? And couldn’t they always take their chances with their current squad, then try to trade for and extend Anthony between the end of the season and June 30, when the cost in players will presumably be much less?

It kind of reminds me of this thing, again. Trading for Anthony now is giving up an “insane” package for a few months and the exclusive right to sign him to an extension, when you might very well be able to secure that same right after the playoffs end or just sign him as a free agent in the offseason. Am I missing something? Does Donnie Walsh’s apparently tenuous hold on his position somehow factor in?