Jeremy Lin, the buzzer-beating basketball phenom who has sparked a genealogical tug-of-war between his ancestral homes of Taiwan and China, is dominating scoreboards, sports desk highlight reels and cash registers at replica jersey-hawking retail outlets.
But an informal temperature taking of members of New York’s Congressional delegation turned up lukewarm support, at best, for the record-smashing Knicks point guard.
An aide to Republican Peter King provided the most ringing endorsement, reporting back that “King has got it!” when pressed whether “Linsanity," sports media slang for Lin’s mushrooming popularity, had reared its head in the office.
Staff in Democrat Nita Lowey’s orbit confirmed her excitement, although her devotion appeared to hinge more on Lin’s proximity — “He just moved to her district!” a Lowey aide noted — than any burning passion for pro hoops (Lowey’s hardly a regular at Madison Square Garden).
Aides to Democrat Gary Ackerman confessed to being “great admirers and ardent fans” but didn’t seem particularly consumed by Lin worship.
The folks in Democrat Steve Israel’s office didn’t even try to sugarcoat things, bluntly stating that “Congressman Israel is a Mets fan and doesn’t follow basketball all that closely.”
Ackerman and Lowey both touted former New Jersey Senator and veteran baller “Dollar” Bill Bradley as their favorite Knick of yore, while King cast his ballot for NBA All Star-cum-coach Dick McGuire.