Archive for July 19th, 2012

ESPN loves it some Jeremy Lin. Ever since that February night when Lin — the former undrafted Harvard point guard who was unceremoniously dumped by several NBA teams before emerging as a midseason starter for the NY Knicks  — cemented his place as the best story in sports by hanging 38 on Kobe and the Lakers in only his fifth career start and giving rise to an endless string of lazy titles like the one used above, the worldwide leader has had Lin squarely in the crosshairs of its unique brand of suffocating coverage. Stated another way, if Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow ever released a sex tape together, ESPN would collapse on itself like a dying star.

So when the clock struck midnight this Tuesday without the Knicks matching the 3-year, $25.1 million offer sheet Lin signed with the Houston Rockets, ESPN’s endless string of bombastic talking heads were left to ponder: How could this happen? Further muddling this quesiton were reports indicating that the Knicks had previously agreed to match an informal, four-year offer from the Rockets before Lin called Houston back to the negotiating table to restructure the deal. The reworked offer sheet pulled more money into year three, a poison pill that would prevent the Knicks from matching without severe financial consequences.  If true, this would certainly seem to indicate that Lin wanted to leave NY. But why?

Why would a guy with 26 career starts leave the one team that had given hm a chance? Particularly to go to Houston, one of the teams that previously had Lin in their coffers, only to deem him not good enough? Why would anyone forsake the bright lights of the Madison Square Garden stage to ply their trade in Texas, of all places?

How about for an extra $3,000,000?

With the move from New York to Texas, Jeremy Lin says goodbye to the oppressive New York State and city income tax regime; one that would have taken 8.8% and 3.8%, respectively, off the top of his shiny new $25,000,000 contract. Texas, of course, has no income tax, meaning Lin just pocketed himself a cool $3.1 million over the life of his deal.

Lin’s shortcomings are no secret — turnover prone, can’t go left, and a turnstile for a defender — but the guy did go to Harvard. Maybe he just did the math.

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I kid, I kid. We all know accountants are widely lauded for their aerobic capacity and obsession with exercise. But even among such a fit group, Gwen Jorgenson stands out.

In 2009, the former University of Wisconsin swimmer and track star traded in her goggles and cleats for the Code and Regs, taking a job with E&Y out of Milwaukee. But when USA Triathlon came calling  a year later to see if she’s like to give the sport a go, her competitive spirit forced her to say yes, and E&Y was kind enough to grant her a leave of absence.   

Perfectly suited for triathlon with a lethal swim/run combination,  Jorgenson was a natural. Once she dialed in her cycling, she quickly rose to the top of her sport at the Olympic distance (1500m swim/40k bike/10k run), winning USAT Rookie of the Year  in 2010. Just two years later, she took 2nd at the London test event to qualify for this summer’s Games, where she’ll compete against the world’s elite on Sunday, August 4th.

As if Jorgenson’s athletic endeavors weren’t enough to differentiate her in an industry where many of her peers need a nap after a particularly demanding copy and paste, she was also recently named to this list of 99 Sexiest Olympic athletes.

Smart. Athletic. Sexy. I’m starting to think Jorgenson has a great chance to become the second-most Googled Big 4 accountant of the summer.

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