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02/15/2012

Lin the Legend, Kate Upton and the Best in Show

 

Jeremy Lin is the Tim Tebow of New York City.   His legend continues to grow with every passing Knicks game.  The latest chapter in the narrative is a game-winning three-point shot with less than a second left over Toronto.   The Knicks point guard had led his team to six consecutive victories. 

Lin

He has not only boosted Knicks fortunes, but because most games have been blacked out in the City because of the contract dispute between MSG and Time Warner Cable, bars are booming with Lin fans wanting to see their legendary hero.   Besides producing amazing, head-scratching victories like Tebow, Lin is also deeply religious and refers to his faith in post-game interviews.  His Twitter account's description is, "to know Him is to want to know Him more." His account's profile photo shows Jesus telling a young man, "No, I'm not just talking about Twitter. I literally want you to follow me." His Facebook page quotes Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."    Tebow, of course, has his signature “Tebow-ing” gesture, so there are differences between the two. If it’s not a trend, it is certainly two athletes cast in a similar mold who are inspiring their team's fans to dream big.

We may know why Mark Sanchez threw so many interceptions this past season.   Rumors spreading like wildfire and sort of, kind of confirmed by Kate Upton that the Jets quarterback and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl are an item… maybe. 

Kateupton

Upton told TMZ when asked if Sanchez is the mystery man in her life, "I don't know!"  And when pressed a little harder, she said, "It's whatever you think."   So that's a little too coy for confirmation, but if Sanchez needed an excuse for a bad season on the field, a distraction off the field like Kate Upton seems like a good one.

Chris Brown is the celebrity death hoax of the week as R.I.P. Chris Brown is a top trending topic on Twitter.   That trend produced a second one - #FavouriteChrisBrownSongs.

Is this the funniest YouTube video of all-time (warning - it's LOUD)? 

 

You may not agree, but according to a new Google algorithm, it is.  The algorithm ranks the funniest videos based upon certain elements of the video, user comments and votes. Google engineer Sanketh Shetty wrote that they focused on videos in YouTube's comedy category.   You can see the full results at https://www.youtube.com/slam/comedy.

A Pekingese is America's new top dog. The Peke named Malachy earned Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show.   Malachy, a 4-year-old, has won 115th best in show titles overall.  He is the first Peke to win at Westminster since 1990. 

Topdog

The champion at Westminster wins a coveted silver bowl, but not a cent. Instead, the honor of this title lasts a lifetime for any owner, and brings a wealth of opportunity in breeding potential.   Malachy's owners say the dog is headed back to East Berlin, Pa. for a life in retirement.  Winning Westminster is probably as good as it gets, so why not.

Sea Lions apparently do not like Shakira.  The Colombian singer-songwriter went on a nature tour in Cape Town, South Africa over the weekend.  They came upon some seals and sea lions, so Shakira tried to get a bit closer to take some pictures.  "Suddenly, one of them jumped out of the water so fast and impetuously that it got about one foot away from me, looked me in the eye, roared in fury and tried to bite me," she wrote on her Facebook page.  "Everyone there screamed, including me. I was paralysed by fear and couldn't move, I just kept eye contact with it while my brother "Super Tony" (her brother) jumped over me and literally saved my life, taking me away from the beast."  Shakira says she and her brother suffered some bumps and scratches, but nothing major.  "Now I'm off to see some penguins! I hope they are a bit more friendly!" she wrote.

A sleight of hand trick has gone viral.  Can you figure it out?

 

This video features two classmates going on a magic carpet ride.  Funny?  You decide.  If nothing else, it's gone viral.

 

Irish adventurer Mark Pollock, who became blind at the age of 22 and was the first blind person to reach the South Pole, has taken huge steps towards regaining his mobility after breaking his back in three places after an accident. In the video above, Pollock is seen surfing in La Jolla, California.

 

Finally, we end where we began… with a bit of basketball, and an amazing if not legendary shot by Wabash College senior guard Aaron Zinnerman, who beats the shot clock by tossing the basketball over his shoulder.

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

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