Friday, February 10, 2012

Mission Accomplished and Linsanity

We accomplished our collective mission of paying off the power bill for 2011 on Wednesday night. A combination of a strong showing for the Mary Heiny sensei workshop and donations from those unable to attend, a few from out of area and a few from out of state, helped us solve the dilemma of paying the $1,500 still due on last year's power bill. So my thanks to those who supported the workshop and to those who donated. A few teens were in the class fueled by scholarships from the donations. I think they will strongly benefit from being exposed to a teacher of Mary sensei's calibre.

On another note, I have been following the Jeramy Lin phenomenon/miracle. Here is a player who was discounted because he was 1) Asian and 2) from Harvard. And plus all that he has local roots. So he was signed by the Warriors in what seemed at the time to be a marketing ploy, ie a local Asian NBA player. Of Course he was let go by the local team for no apparent reason and is currently the toast of New York City and possibly the biggest NBA story going. He has led the Knicks to 4 straight wins and tonight scored 38 points and led his team past the Lakers and Kobe Bryant.

I find it ironic that likely the most publicized Warrior this year is likely to be ex-Warrior Jeramy Lin. I always felt he could play and followed his scant minutes last year with large interest. After all I'm Asian too and when young basketball was my passion. With the local team he probably would have been buried on the bench behind Ellis and Curry. He only got a chance in New York because of injuries to other players. But I find it fascinating when a player all of a sudden comes out of nowhere and plays like he has. It is somewhat similar to Alex Smith of the 49ers leading them to the NFC title game. So these days I find the stories in sports most interesting. I have a feeling Lin will be around for awhile and he will make Warrior fans happy with his play in the Big Apple and at the same time nostalgic for what could have been here.

I just posted this video online of Dennis and myself doing "Line For Lyons". I hope you enjoy it.


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