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Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 10:00 am  |  162 responses

Contest: Jeremy Lin ‘BAL-LIN’ Tee

Your chance to take it back to the days of Mars Blackmon.

by Bryan Crawford / @_bryancrawford

For the past couple of weeks, the entire NBA community has been buzzing about the emergence of Jeremy Lin. Seemingly coming out of nowhere, Lin may have not only saved the New York Knicks’ season but also Mike D’Antoni’s job. He’s been the toast of the blogosphere, the Twitterverse, and everywhere in between.

Everybody with an opinion has weighed in on what has been dubbed “Linsanity.” As long as his strong play continues to back up the hype, the entire lockout-shortened ‘11-12 season will forever be associated with Jeremy Lin. Crazy, right?

Take a look around Madison Square Garden during Knicks home games these days and you’ll see No. 17 t-shirts and jerseys all over the arena. You’ll even notice that some fans have taken their own creative liberties and made their own shirts, signs and slogans in support of the newest star to crash Gotham’s sports scene.

But when super-supreme-Knick-fan-numero-uno Spike Lee gets on your bandwagon, you’ve officially been stamped (at least in New York City) as legit. Not only has Spike been seen in his usual courtside seat rocking Lin’s Knicks jersey, he’s also worn his Harvard collegiate jersey and his Palo Alto high school jersey as well.

But during All-Star Saturday night this past weekend, in a move that cemented Lin’s ascension to stardom, “Spizike” rocked one of the latest t-shirt mashups from the folks at The Forest Lab, who have a steadily growing reputation for putting out some of the nicest apparel in the game. The shirt is pure dopeness and pays homage to both Jeremy Lin and Spike Lee by taking it back to the days of Mars Blackmon.

And the best part is they want to show love to SLAMonline readers and bless you guys with a tee so your friends can ask, “Yo, where’d you cop that from?”

All you have to do to get one is come up with a creative slogan using “Lin” (Linsanity, Linsane, etc.) and leave it in the comment section below—nothing offensive, please. We’ll pick five winners and they’ll receive the exclusive “BAL-LIN” shirt from The Forest Lab.

So that’s all you have to do to “Lin, Lin, Lin.” See what I did there?

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  • Dave Ensley

    FE-”LIN” IT!

  • Marijn
  • CT

    Is he ballin?? Lindeed

    Go head take a picture. #Linstagram

    Straight to the hoop #Linertia

    To Linfinity and beyond

  • johnadonis robinson

    Lin the underground king
    (Lin-king)

  • http://slamonline.com Jordan Nafekh

    He’s Linvulnerable

  • Mike Naclerio

    Does it get any better than a Mars BlackLIN collaboration? Only if Michael JordLIN was to LINtake in all of this LINsanity.

  • Chris

    Unbe-LIN-vable!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543861399 Barron

    I KEEP TEL-”LIN” ‘EM

  • Indiana

    TIME TO List-LIN

  • ber

    Super LINtendo

  • http://nonstopsports1.blogspot.com/ WeKnowSports

    Lin Long and Prosper.

  • Dre

    He’s been a shot of insuLIN to the big apple!

  • Dre

    AsLIN (Asian) pride

  • Jayy

    “linsane in the membrane”

  • SomeGuyinMontana

    Jeremy Lin just clowned his defender. Dave Chappelle-esque, kil-Lin them softly.

  • baller34

    When J drives by he’s quick like a breeze/ got ankles and chicks falLIN like my girl alicia keys/

  • Curtis

    LIN-sane in the Brain!

  • Hussein Ali

    The boy is ill. He got that LINfluenza!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Jeremy has taken over the LINternet.

  • Ian Yu

    Lingestion – n. a recent sudden onset malady afflicting certain NBA guards after games against the Knicks such as Deron Williams, John Wall, and Kobe Bryant.

  • Evic

    WWF old school :) for all the LINmaniacs out there!!!

    “What’cha gonna do, What’cha gonna do brother when LINmania runs wild on you?”

  • jayman

    The 2012 Documentary of the Year: LInception.

  • Top$helf

    Madison Square GardLIN has a sign on the door that says LIN at work the Knicks can’t lose with the starting backcourt of LIN and deuce(LINdry Fields#2) it’s no way 2 stop LINny Hardaway aka the LIN master he’s bigger in NY than Jay LINo that’s why I’m all about the LINjamins they’re no longer the Knicks just call them the league of extraordinary LINtlemen

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    that Jeremy kid got the Knicks gelLin

  • Marcus

    The Lin-ner Within (Don’t tell Riley though)

  • Gulian

    NY ChilLIN
    DeaLIN out the good FeeLIN

  • Matt

    It’s like he’s running on alkaLIN batteries with all his adrenaLIN. There’s no chance of him cooLIN down

  • Edward James Lacanaria

    LINsanity
    LINpossible
    LINcredible
    LINternational
    LINfinity
    and
    BEYOND!

  • EJ Chou

    LIN for the WIN!!!

  • Paul

    BROOK-LINNNNNN!

  • Sandra S.

    The MayLIN CaLINder LINaccurately predicts this to be the last year of human existance. Obviously this is a conspiracy from the LINuminati. LINsanity is taking over the world, from IceLIN, state wide LINdecent exposure in NY, and AustraiLIN fans are LINcapable from showing him love. Even Sunday’s Celtics game was filled with LINsaniacs LINcognito. With LINpecable basketball skills and a LIN-your-face attitude, he has showed the world that NOTHING is LINpossible. History texts will forever refer to this era as the LINdustrial Revolution.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Double J

    LINstant Fame.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    LINstant Magic in New York

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    whoops, sorry Double J; amazingly didn’t see yours.
    -
    LINvest in some Knicks Gear Today!

  • http://Pintofmcguinness.blogspot.com Kelly

    New York keeps stealing games making people wonder: Do the Knicks have a Linside man? (i even used a Spike movie!)

  • Steve the cannon

    LINstanious combustion is what is making the knicks kick up

  • Steve the cannon

    *blow up not kick up. My bad

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Jeremy LINundating fools since 2012!

  • Andre Fernandez

    From Harvard to the Knicks. The Man, the Myth, the Legend… Jeremy “Mr. LINtastic” Lin!

  • Darius

    The Linsane Mane (insane mang)

  • Darius

    The Linsane Mane (insane man)

  • Christopher Landis

    Earth, Lin, and Fire!

  • AD

    Jeremy is “feeLIN it” (singing) from the media.

  • rainbow

    LinIndomitable will

  • Andre Fernandez

    The LIN SAGA continues from Harvard to the Knicks. The Man, The Myth, The Legend… Jeremy “Mr. LINtastic” Lin!

  • rainbow

    New York is FalLin LinLove

  • YVR

    DumpLINgs, baby, DumpLINgs (Onions, baby, Onions)
    *Chuck Swirsky Voice*

  • http://www.nba.com JB

    are u SHILIN me??

  • GB

    He’s LINtegrated the Nicks.

    When he finally gets around to dating, he might be asked what his LINtentions are.

    In bootcamp you might hear, “Have some backbones, you LINvertebrates!” [hope this one doesn't come across as offensive :-]

    When it comes to basketball, he certainly isn’t LINsouciant.

    … nor is he LINsolent. [Yeah, I don't like this one too much ... probably not suitable.]

    Ok, I’m LINished. :-)

  • Chat

    The most linteresting man in the world…#Linsanity

  • cecil

    Jeremy’s arrival in New York was just Lin Time.

  • Boo

    That boy is wiLIN out!

  • twinparadox

    All he does is lin, lin, lin no matter what…

  • dasniper14

    is he on LINked in?he must be LINkstagator…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Enigmatic: SLAM comments aren’t working for me. Lol, I was gonna post “The Linstigator of the New York Knicks’ Linsurrection” on the Lin t shirt post.
    .
    Take that as Enigmatic’s entry if you would Slamily.

  • Don L.

    Slash-”Lin”g to the rack and Dish-”Lin”g the ball to Novak.

  • Rob

    “kil-Lin cats since grade school”

    “Lincompetence is not Lin my vocab”

  • Flo

    Everday I’m ShuffiLIN

  • BT

    Linvincible

  • Flo

    Everyday I’m shuffLIN

  • Andrew Chen

    Skyrocketing to fame in a New York LINute!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=753553826 Damion Magnuson

    Mr. LINcredible

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    Spidey’s new Vil-LIN (villain)

  • Knish

    Bal*Lin & Shot Cal*Lin

  • kil-lin’ it

    He’s dribb-lin’ it. He’s kil-lin it. We’re fee-lin it.

    He’s a vil-lin he’s just chil-lin.

    Girls be thinking he’s appea-lin’, while they gigg-lin’

    He’s steal-lin msg, he’s a straight-up mer-lin G

    We’re gamblin’ that he’s lin-nin’ it.

    Lin is bal-lin’ like a king; haters bawl-lin under his wing

    So errbody keep smil-lin in the games, cuz’ he’s school-lin’ errday without shame.

  • Knish

    Everyday be Hust*Lin

  • rezo

    Linternational Geographic: Linspiring people to care about the planet since 2012

  • Flo

    LINspirational
    LINvasion
    LINvirus
    Lin-synergy: The combination of forces to produce a dangerous and potent outcome

  • Jude T. Bernard

    All yours Lins (sins)are forgiven.
    Carmelo and Amare might be Lincompatible.
    The knicks are Linconsistent.
    Jeremy is fatally ill, he’s Lincurable.
    Jeremy is raising the demand for pepto bismal causing all kinds of Lindigestion.
    Jeremy is one cool Lindividual.
    Jeremy Lin is a Linfectious disease.
    Im very Linsecure
    Nothing can Linterfere with the knicks winning the NBA Championship!
    I hope you Linjoyed this!!

  • http://slamonline.com Yusuf Y

    what the heck my post aint showin

  • http://Slamonline.com Yusuf Y

    New York’s Best Linsurance, offered by the New York Knicks

    He’s the President of China, Hu Lintao

    He’s the President of Russia, Vladamir PuLin, running the show at the KremLin, just like Josef StaLin

  • nick peralta

    Mars Lin-Mon

  • http://slamonline troy b

    We lost to the celtics yesterday its kool..can’t LIN em’ all..

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    To loosely quote the great Bill Withers, “We all need somebody to Lin on”

  • shelley alleyne

    LINkage will make the Knicks LINvincible.

  • Tao

    A journey that Jeremy leads Knicks all the way to championship is going to make movie called “Mission of Limpossible”

  • Geek

    LINspector Gadget!

    Mr. LINternational!

    LINtoxication!

    LIN Living Color!

  • rob stewart

    Linspector Gadgett (he has many tricks up his sleeve)

  • rob stewart

    Lintimidator

  • rob stewart

    The Linstigator

  • rob stewart

    This mission is Lincomplete

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Yo, I got Lincepted into watching the Knicks!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    When will I wake up from this Linception?

  • Jasmine

    LIN YOUR FACE

  • Jasmine

    CHALLINGE ACCEPTED

  • Jasmine

    LIN MEAN MACHINE

  • chuyuy

    You’ve got to be in it to Linnit!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Everyday I’m HustLIN

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Listant Replay

  • Kyle Gallagher

    The Most Linteresting Man in the World

  • matt

    He Batt-LIN

  • Ezi

    Insane is when someone does the same thing expecting a different result
    Linsanity brings it every night and gets the same results

  • John Z.

    FTL (For the LIN!)
    She got Pinterest, I got Linterest
    LIN-volve yourself

  • http://www.slamonline.com jose

    jeremy lin is amazeLIN

  • brandon

    The LINvincible LINsanity is as smooth as LINderella because he’s so LINcredible that his LINvincibility has become my LINspiration on the LINtendo and when I’m real life balLIN. #17 LIN

  • Dion

    LIN It To Win It!
    From Ewing to Ooh, LINg

  • Al John Jordan

    SuperJeremyNewyorkLinsticKnickerbockerdocious

  • DEEP

    “LINDERELLA MAN”

  • Andy

    Nuclear LINter

  • DEEP

    “LINDERELLA MAN”

  • dan the man

    KIL-LIN the game, one Lin at a time.

    Im going LIN!

    #lin lin lin

  • Logan W.

    butterLINgers…naw, he’s getting better with the TOs. So maybe LINger roll?

  • MaliciousJRomy

    *** * * *** **** *** * * * * ***** **** * * *** ***
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    Seven Seconds or Less System

  • Jason Ye

    Using his superior lintelligence to play these fools like its super lintendo.

  • Albert

    Everytime see Jeremy playing that gives me the ” WinLin FeeLin “

  • Mike

    cLINching a playoff spot!

  • http://yahoo.com ciolkstar

    Jeremy The LINtertainer

  • Peng

    Thanks to Jeremy’s Linspiration so our kids
    can fly higher than an eagle,
    ’cause there is LINd beneath their wings.

  • R

    “JEREMY when he shuts em down and steals the rock, the defenders will be left bambooz-LIN.” lol

  • Dion

    If you think Super LINtendo is fun, wait til he drops 64

  • OneShot

    LINternational All-Star

  • R

    JEREMY ” when he shuts em down and steals the rock, he will leave the defendors BAMBOOZ -” LIN. lol

  • dj

    Mars BlackLin!

  • V

    When he steps on the court, he does nothin but keep the defendors GRIL-”LIN”

  • R

    “JEREMY” Don’t make him angry or he’ll turn into a grem “LIN”

  • VVR

    Jeremy “Sooner or later, he’s gonna go back to his Mothership with Led Zepp-” LIN

  • dj

    Wil”Lin” to Win!

  • VVR

    Sooner or later, he has to go back to his Mothership with Led Zeppe-”LIN”

  • VVR

    “So fly, he doesnt even need any B”LIN”G

  • VVR

    Sooner or later he’s gonna have to go back to his Mothership with Led Zeppe-LIN

  • http://www.ryc.es Martin

    Da S-LIN-G …

    …for throwing rocks to teh rim!!!

  • http://www.ryc.es Martin

    Da sLINg…

    …for throwing rocks to the rim!!!

  • VVR

    My comments not being posted…

  • http://blog.livedoor.jp/magicalinside651/ 651ALLROUNDMAGIC

    Lin-GO STAR
    Manhattan SkyLINe

  • Lebron

    Lincrediable, linazing,

  • Lebron

    Jermery Lin is just linazing and lincrediable

  • Lebron

    Jermery Lin is just linazing and lincrediable :)

  • Ramzi

    Knicks for NBA ChampiLIN’s

  • Tre Hicks

    LIN-derella man

  • black_dragon_roll

    All he does is Lin Lin Lin, no matter what
    From barely in the league to the starting line up
    Now every time he steps up in the Garden
    Everybody’s hands go up

    And they stay there
    Cause he’ll stay there
    Up down, up down, up down
    Cause all he does is
    Lin
    Lin
    Lin
    This one’s for Jeremy Lin so put your hands in the air, make em stay there

    Harvard! Jeremy Lin going in for the win
    Cause he finally got his shot and he won’t stop now
    Keeps his hands up puts em in the sky
    For his one and only Lord and peeps in Taiwan

    He had been everywhere
    Been to D-League and back
    Owners had doubted him
    Now he’s on his own attack

    And he’s on his scholar ish, like only scholars know
    Handshakes with Landry Fields, like Ivy-leaguers go
    His passes still be serving, backed by a billion Asians
    Spectator from the bench, now watched by all the nation

    Can’t never count him out, y’all better count him in
    Slept on his brother’s couch, now Donald rents to him
    Makes millions now this year, the Mecca’s champion
    Cause all he does, all he, all he, all he…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Mojtaba

    Sometimes you Win, Sometimes(Dimsum) you LIN

  • colby

    New York City Linja…kickin’ butt one team at a time

  • Noah O

    #LINNING

  • black_dragon_roll

    All he does is Lin Lin Lin, no matter what
    From barely in the league to the starting line up
    Now every time he steps up in the Garden
    Everybody’s hands go up
    /
    And they stay there
    Cause he’ll stay there
    Up down, up down, up down
    Cause all he does is
    Lin
    Lin
    Lin
    This one’s for Jeremy Lin so put your hands in the air, make em stay there
    /
    Harvard! Jeremy Lin going in for the win
    Cause he finally got his shot and he won’t stop now
    Keeps his hands up puts em in the sky
    For his one and only Lord and folks from Taiwan
    /
    He had been everywhere
    Been to D-League and back
    Owners had doubted him
    Now he’s on his own attack
    /
    And he’s on his scholar ish, like only scholars know
    Handshakes with Landry Fields, like Ivy-leaguers go
    His passes still be serving, backed by a billion Asians
    Spectator from the bench, now watched by all the nation
    /
    Can’t never count him out, y’all better count him in
    Slept on his brother’s couch, now Donald rents to him
    Makes millions now this year, the Mecca’s champion
    Cause all he does, all he, all he, all he…

  • James

    Bal-Lin is my hobby

    Strictly for my Linjas

    P.S. I never received my adiPower Howard Shoes from the Dwight Howard Contest. Kind of doubt I’ll still be getting them at this point, which sucks as I was really looking forward to getting them.

  • todd diesel

    Linner linner chicken dinner!
    don linuminati and the 17 day theory
    Lin-tang clan:enter the 17 chambers
    Lin hard or die trying!

  • Jeni Bird

    “I’ve been Lin-fected.”

  • Marko Sotirovic

    Law and Order: Criminal LIN-Tent

  • Milos Sotirovic

    Jere-Meat Sauce with Lin-Guine

  • Filip Sotirovic

    Lin-Ternational House of Lin-Cakes!

  • Nate C.

    Batt-LIN
    LIN-vincible
    If you can believe it, you can LIN it
    LIN City
    LIN-pressive
    LIN-possible
    LIN-tensity
    Easy. Hard. Expert. or Lin
    LIN-courage

  • Nate C.

    freestyLIN

  • david le

    the LINability to operate heavy machinery caused by LINebriation

    LINfluenza… cuz he’s just so sick

    buckets, check.. assists, check.. boards, check.. steals, check.. blocks, check.. LINventory complete

  • Nate C.

    LIN-famous

  • Steph

    champ-a-”lin” instead of champion

  • http://www.double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Got opponents reeLINg, stay falling down like wallpaper peeLINg.

  • kevin

    “Everyday he’s shuffLIN” “thrilLIN” “LINdemonium” “Are you not LIN-tertained” “Just LIN time” “Amasian”

  • North pole Andy

    Lin don’t run when he can wok,Ivy league is all he’s got. as a knick how can he rate? Send him down to golden state!

  • Bj Jordan

    Lin Tube Presents The Wonderful World of Lintasia.

    JLin17 now playing in Lin York!

  • Jason

    You’re tripping cause I’m balLin

  • rich lee

    Don’t Stop Believe-Lin!

  • J Blackburn

    He obviously is very linfluential in exposing other teams linadequacy in scouting!

  • Shelley Alleyne

    The key to a team’s success is LINkage.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Spike Lin

  • Andre Rossignol

    “linderella”

  • The kid

    Blowin’ up the Lin-ternet

  • Nick D

    He’s Linfuego

  • Nick D

    Do you wanna play some Lintendo

  • Nick D

    Do you want to play some Lintendo?

  • http://SLAM Drew L.

    Notorious L.I.N.

  • http://SLAM Drew L.

    I’m getting really LINpatient… I want this t-shirt already.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Hi all!! So I’ve gone through the many submittals to this contest and I want to say thanks for everyone’s participation! It wasn’t easy to pick the best 5 out of everyone’s comments and while all were great, everyone can’t win. So without further ado, I’ll announce the winners. You’ll all receive an email from me directly requesting your mailing address and shirt size and we’ll be sure to get them out to you ASAP.
    1. Drew L. – Notorious L.I.N.
    2. Marijn – SLAMonLIN.com
    3. Christopher Landis – Earth, LIN and Fire
    4. Flo – Everyday I’m ShuffiLIN
    5. The Kid – Blowing up the LIN-ternet
    Thanks again everyone for playing!!

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