February 20, 2012 The sudden fame of point guard Jeremy Lin, who emerged from obscurity this month to lead the New York Knicks in a winning streak, has been dubbed “Linsanity” by punsters in the sports media. It was perhaps inevitable, then, that someone would be inspired to write a “lin-erick,” or to commission one, and if a limerick is called for, the media naturally turn to Roy Blount Jr., a Vanderbilt University graduate whose facility for word play is unmatched among contemporary writers. And that’s just what The New York Times did, with this result:
When an Asian hoopster named Lin
Puts it up, it tends to go in.
And his ethnic persuasion—
Did I mention?—is Asian!
Let the wild rumpus begin!
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