Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin faces what could be his biggest test yet Tuesday — and we’re not talking about the woeful Toronto Raptors. Lin is gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated for the first time, pitting the 6-foot-3 point guard against a force that has stopped other careers in their tracks — the jinx!
Don’t think there’s a cover curse? Consider what just happened to Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. The New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers quarterbacks were on SI covers last month — just before they were mowed down by the Super Bowl victory—bound New York Giants.
In fact, the SI cover curse is such a part of sports lore that even the magazine that spawned it has laid out lists of athletes who crashed and burned after appearing on the cover.
Terry McDonell, editor of the Sports Illustrated Group, said he had no qualms about putting Lin — who in five games has gone from benchwarmer to breakout star — on the cover.
“Jeremy Lin has done more in these past five games to captivate a fan base than any player in NBA history – and not just with his historic statistics,” he said. “Look at what’s going on in this city.”
Sporting goods stores are having trouble keeping Lin’s No. 17 jerseys in stock. And Lin-sanity has suddenly become part of the city’s sports vocabulary.
Story @ NYDailyNews
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