Linsanity has reached the pothead community. Rapper Rick Ross tweeted a picture of this “Linsanity OG” medicinal marijuana strain Friday morning. It looks like it comes from a medicinal marijuana shop in LA, but there are very few other details. We knew Linsanity was huge (though it is kind of dying down), but you’re not officially big-time until you’ve had a drug named after you. LeBron James knows that, because we told you last year there’s a type of heroin named after him.
The Knicks aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits from the Jeremy Lin hype. In a recent interview on SportsBiz Game On, Lin’s agent Roger Montgomery discussed how his business has changed for the better thanks to his client’s new-found stardom.
“With this and the way it’s transpiring, I’m definitely going to have to grow,” Montgomery said. “I, already before this, had been looking at ways to build a better infrastructure. I think our infrastructure is good, but I want to build a better infrastructure. With Jeremy, I know I’m going to have to have things in place that I can put my hands on that I didn’t have before. So whether that’s in house or whether that’s a consultant, it’s something we’re going to look at doing.
“As far as our company is concerned about now, they’ve been talking about MSG and how stocks have been boosting, it’s the same thing about Montgomery Sports Group. We’re going to be looking at opportunities, we’re going to be reviewing those things, and I’m definitely over the next few weeks going to be ramping up interviews and things like that to figure out where we want to go.”
Montgomery pretty much won the lottery when Lin’s popularity shot through the Garden’s roof. Brands want Lin’s name (for better and worse). Women want to be with him. It’s only wise for Montgomery to strike while the iron is hot. Who knows how much longer Linsanity will have the spotlight? Thursday night’s eight-point, eight-turnover game against the Heat reminds us Lin is mortal after all.
If you’re interested in watching the entire interview, here’s video via Pro Basketball Talk. The part above comes around the two-minute mark:
Ben & Jerry’s has replaced the fortune cookies in its limited-edition “Lin-Sanity” ice cream flavor after receiving backlash. LBS was among the media outlets that criticized Ben & Jerry’s for including fortune cookie pieces in its Jeremy Lin-inspired ice cream.
“There seemed to be a bit of an initial backlash about it, but we obviously weren’t looking to offend anybody and the majority of the feedback about it has been positive,” said Ryan Midden, the general manager of the Ben & Jerry’s in Cambridge, Ma.
Midden told the Boston Globe the primary reason for changing the cookie ingredient was because “a couple of [pints] got returned because the cookies got so soggy.”
So what do you think, did they take out the fortune cookie pieces because of the racism concerns, or because they became too soggy in the ice cream? I think the sogginess response is a cover-up to hide the stereotype issue.
Note that the new pint makes no mention of the fortune cookie, unlike the original one.
I thought we were past this point, especially after what’s transpired recently, but apparently we’re not. Ben & Jerry’s released a limited-edition flavor of ice cream available only at its Harvard Square location in Cambridge. The flavor is called “Lin-Sanity,” and it was released in Harvard Square because Jeremy Lin went to Harvard.
But here’s where they venture into the racism.
The “Lin-Sanity” container advertises that the flavor is “vanilla frozen yogurt with Lychee honey swirls and fortune cookie pieces.” Yup, the ice cream contains fortune cookie pieces, got that?
Again, when discussing Jeremy Lin, why does everything have to be about fortune cookies, or egg rolls, or dumplings, or Asian things? Why can’t you just create a generic, stereotype-free food like Lin Mint?
I would have thought that two weeks of missteps would have taught us not to venture into stereotypes when it comes to Jeremy Lin, but apparently people still haven’t learned their lessons.