The famous Jeremy Lin couch has vanished

22 Oct

The most famous couch in New York sports history has gone missing.

Earlier this year, when he was an unheralded and unknown rookie taking up space on the bottom of the New York Knicks roster, Jeremy Lin was also taking up space on various couches across New York.

Lin wasn't a couch-surfing moocher, exactly; he was waiting for an $800,000 contract to vest, and while he did so, he spent some time on the couches of both his brother and former teammate Landry Fields. It was Fields' couch pictured above, in fact, upon which Lin slept the night before his Feb. 4 breakout game against the Washington Wizards, where he scored 793 points, sang opera while doing so, and cured the sniffles of a little girl he sprinkled with sweat at courtside, thus sparking the creation of the worldwide religion known as Linsanity. (It is entirely possible this tale may have grown somewhat in the telling.)

These days, both Lin and Fields are gone after the Knicks declined to match offers from the Rockets and the Raptors, respectively. Before a preseason game, Fields recently revealed that the famous couch is no longer in his possession:

"It was a rental couch," Fields told the New York Post. "I had to give it back. I wonder if they even know (the couch's fame). It's probably boxed up." That wailing sound you just heard? That was the moan of memorabilia dealers all over the greater New York metropolitan area, seeing the chance at a one-of-a-kind collectible vanish into a warehouse, Indiana Jones-style. If baseball card companies carve up old bats and jerseys for collectible purposes, you think they'd hesitate one second to slice that couch to valuable bits? (Which would probably be the best thing for that monstrosity, honestly.)

Anyway, so the Lin Couch is no more. Hopefully it's gone to a good and loving home. We could think of a few suggestions.

-Follow Jay Busbee on Twitter at @jaybusbee.-

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76ers hold on to beat Nets in Brooklyn (Yahoo! Sports)

19 Oct

Philadelphia 76ers' Thaddeus Young (21) leaps over Brooklyn Nets' Mirza Teletovic (33) during the first half on an NBA preseason basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

NEW YORK (AP) -- A reserve the last three seasons, Thaddeus Young's ability to outmuscle opposing defenders could very well land him back in the Philadelphia 76ers' starting lineup.

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Steinbrenner won’t address A-Rod return next year (Yahoo! Sports)

19 Oct

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez runs back to the dugout after grounding out in the ninth inning during Game 4 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Detroit. The Tigers won 8-1 and move on to the World Series. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hank Steinbrenner says too much blame is being directed at Alex Rodriguez for Detroit's sweep of the Yankees, and won't address whether the slumping star will be back in New York next season.

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Pregame routines going on the clock (Yahoo! Sports)

17 Oct
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tired of its games starting late while players go through elaborate handshakes, chest bumps, hugs and other routines, the NBA is putting players on the clock.
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A-Rod, Swisher benched by Yankees (Yahoo! Sports)

16 Oct

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez walks out of the batting cage following batting practice before the start of Game 3 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

DETROIT (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher were benched by the Yankees for Game 3 of the AL championship series at Detroit on Tuesday night, the latest attempt by New York to reverse a deep hitting slump that threatens to knock New York out of the postseason.

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The Jeremy Lin revisionist history begins in New York

15 Oct

Remember Jeremy Lin? Sure you do. Good kid, impressive numbers, came from nowhere to save the New York Knicks from yet another season of irrelevancy last season.

But after a historic run at the point guard position, Lin committed the cardinal sin, in New York City terms, of looking elsewhere for employment. The Houston Rockets offered Lin an impressive contract, and New York bade him farewell. The Knicks will start the year with Raymond Felton and a wizened codger who bears a vague resemblance to Jason Kidd at the point position.

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Still suffering from the effects of a knee injury, Lin hasn't exactly lit Houston on fire. And that has brought out the gleeful told-ya-so types in the New York media. As Tom Ziller at SB Nation notes, Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News is among those helping New York Knicks fans "remember" that hey, maybe Jeremy Lin wasn't all that great after all:

Lin didn't have microfracture surgery or tear his ACL, so we can now safely assume that he's one of the world's slowest healers. But let's also remember that even before his storybook career in New York effectively ended [in March], he was anything but a premier athlete. Any problem he might have because of the knee in the future is going to make the Rockets' $25 million investment look even more ridiculous than it did last July.

Lawrence also goes the "anonymous source" route in ripping Lin, a move Ziller calls "pure cowardice."

[Related: Royce White attempting to secure a bus for some Houston road games]

It's possible that Lin was a lightning-in-a-bottle, flash-in-a-pan, pick-your-cliche shooting star, and that the Rockets did indeed overpay. But Lin did what no other player since Patrick Ewing and John Starks has been able to do -- make people outside of New York care about the Knicks. Slicing him to pieces before he's even played a regular-season game for Houston smacks of spurned love. And if there's one thing that sportswriters, and particularly New York sportswriters, can't stand, it's to be left behind. Expect much more of this out of the Big Apple as the year goes on, whether or not Lin plays up to expectation.

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October not the same without Yanks’ missing man (Yahoo! Sports)

14 Oct

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reacts after injuring himself in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya )

NEW YORK (AP) -- A player stood at shortstop at Yankee Stadium, yet the shortstop was missing.

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Girardi stays in Yanks dugout after father’s death (Yahoo! Sports)

11 Oct

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi listens to a question during a news conference before Game 4 of the American League division baseball series against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in New York. Girardi's father Jerry Gerardi died on Saturday, in Metamora, Ill., the Deiters Funeral Home said. He was at 81. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Yankees' team bus was on the Henry Hudson Parkway last Saturday when Joe Girardi's phone rang. After deteriorating from Alzheimer's disease since the 1990s, his father had died in Illinois.

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Ibanez hits for A-Rod, homers twice in Yankees win (Yahoo! Sports)

11 Oct

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz leaves the field as New York Yankees' Raul Ibanez (27) heads to home plate after hitting the game-winning home run in the 12th inning in Game 3 of the American League division baseball series Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in New York. The Yankees won 3-2. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Down by a run in an all-even AL division series, Joe Girardi approached Alex Rodriguez and told baseball's highest-paid player he was going to pinch hit for him.

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Another week, another end zone visit for Trent Richardson

07 Oct
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If you expected the Cleveland Browns to deliver Sunday's first two touchdowns, then ... well, then you're most likely a visitor from the future. Can't say I thought the Browns would race out to an early lead, but that's exactly what's happened in New York.

Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw lost a fumble on his team's first play from scrimmage, setting up Cleveland just outside the red zone. Two plays later, Trent Richardson did this.

The rookie had a wide running lane and he certainly didn't miss it. If they didn't know it already, New York's defense has now learned that Richardson isn't an easy man to arm-tackle.

That's four touchdowns in as many weeks for T-Rich, who looks like he's gonna be a matchup-proof fantasy commodity — a huge deal for any AFC North running back. Richardson has been as good as advertised, if not better. If we were redrafting a 2012 fantasy league, he wouldn't slip outside my overall top-eight.

The Browns aren't having much early difficulty moving the ball against New York's defense, we should note. On the team's second possession, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden hit Josh Gordon with a deep strike off play-action for a 62-yard score. No idea how or why a linebacker ended up on Gordon, but that's what happened. As of this writing, Cleveland leads 17-7, mid-way through the second quarter. Bradshaw is still carrying the load for the Giants, despite the early ball security issues.

This game has a serious Eli-leads-fourth-quarter-comeback vibe, so don't flip away. Expect more goodness for Richardson owners while we wait.

(Update: Make that, "Eli-leads-second-quarter-comeback." The Giants scored 20 unanswered points before halftime, surging to a 27-17 lead).

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