Posts Tagged ‘ Tom Brady ’

Jeremy Lin: Where’s The Indian Version?

By Palash R Ghosh for International Business Times

I am as excited and thrilled with the sudden meteoric climb of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin as anyone else. I am completely immersed in ‘Linsanity’ and hope he becomes a dominant superstar in the NBA over a nice long career.

Jeremy Lin is the greatest sports story I’ve seen in years, perhaps decades. As an Asian-American, Lin’s brilliant play has special meaning and significance to me.

However, I must admit, since I am neither Chinese nor Taiwanese, my appreciation of Lin is somewhat as an “outsider.” That is, I can’t quite reach the same level of excitement about No. 17 as my Chinese and Taiwanese friends have.

I have waited many years for an Indian boy in the United States to become a professional sports superstar. Thus far, such a thing hasn’t happened, and, sadly, I doubt it will in my lifetime.

The term “Asian-American” is impossibly vague, broad and diverse, encompassing everyone who claims descent from the Philippines to Afghanistan. Indeed, it’s a rather meaningless phrase, but, for the sake of simplicity, it really means Americans whose parents or ancestors immigrated from a handful of major Asian nations.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there were 17.3-million Americans of “Asian” descent, representing about 5.6 percent of the total population.

I found a breakdown of that population for 2008, which indicated that the Chinese formed the largest group among Asian-Americans at 3.6 million, followed by Filipinos (3.1 million), East Indians (2.7 million), Vietnamese (1.7 million), Koreans (1.6 million) and Japanese (1.3 million).

In the popular vernacular, Indians are sometimes not even considered “Asian” since they are sometimes more associated with Middle Eastern peoples, especially since 9-11.

No matter, I consider the people of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Afghanistan as “Asians.”

So, with these large numbers, why are there no Indian star athletes in the United States?

To the best of my knowledge, no Indian lad has ever reached the NBA or Major League Baseball.

Sanjay Beach had a brief career as a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers; Brandon Chillar (whose father is Indian) played linebacker for the Green Bay Packers; and Manny Malhotra (an Indo-Canadian), plays for the Vancouver Canucks in NHL.

And that’s it — and none of them are exactly ‘household names’ or superstars.

Part of the problem is that Indian parents pressure their children to succeed in academics and to shun ‘frivolous’ pursuits like sports, arts and music. Hence, the large number of Indian-American doctors, engineers, accountants, mathematicians, scientists, corporate executives, and, uh, underpaid journalists.

Indeed, Indians (like Chinese and Koreans) are among the highest-earning, best-educated people in the U.S. The residue of being a dreaded “model minority.”

This is all fine and dandy… but, frankly, I’m rather tired of Indians in America being pigeonholed into dull, safe careers. I would be much happier if an Indian boy could pitch a 95-mile-an-hour fast-ball, or slam dunk a basketball or throw a football with pinpoint accuracy for 60 yards.

Realistically, an Indian reaching the NBA and NFL is probably beyond the realm of reality. But what about America’s grand old pastime, baseball?

After all, Indians have excelled at cricket – a sport that requires skills similar to baseball.

If Sachin Tendulkar had grown up in California, perhaps he would now be the starting centerfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. If Muttiah Muralitharan were raised in New Jersey, maybe he’d be a 20-game winning pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. They certainly have the ability to excel in baseball.

What about U.S. football? Indians are pretty good at soccer — surely some NFL club could find place for an Indian placekicker or punter, no? NFL teams have, over the years, employed a number of former European soccer players for such humble (non-violent) duties.

Will we see an Indian-American athletic superstar in my lifetime (I probably have about 30 years left on this earth)? My guess is no.

Most Indian parents compel their children to study subjects in school that will lead to good, solid, stable high-paying jobs. Sports are fine as long as they don’t become an obsession or, worse, a career goal.

Indian parents likely tell their children that becoming a professional athlete is the longest of long shots (even if one has great talent) — and indeed, they are right. Consider that in the NBA there are 30 teams with a roster of 12 players each.

That’s just 360 players.

Thus, for every NBA player, there are about 850,000 people in the United States.

It makes no logical sense to pursue a career in sports – unless your name is Jeremy Lin, of course.

And let me add that if a young Indian man rose to the top of any American sports leagues, he would likely become the number one celebrity on the planet, especially if he is telegenic.

He would not only enjoy the fame and wealth that is bestowed upon those lucky few that reach the zenith of pro sports in the western world, but he would also have about one-billion people on the Indian subcontinent as rabid, devoted followers. He would be like a combination of Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Joe DiMaggio, Elvis Presley, John Wayne and Salman Khan.

It would be utterly incredible… but highly unlikely.


Mark Sanchez Has Arrived

By Manzer Munir for Pakistanis for Peace

I have to admit, I have already become a fan of him but if he wins today, I will have to go and buy me a #6 Mark Sanchez NY Jets NFL  jersey if my boy Mark of the NY Jets goes and wins again today, and this time at the home of the Steelers late in the playoffs!

 In what would become an unprecedented three consecutive weeks of facing and defeating past Super bowl winning quarterbacks, Sanchez has a chance to make special history.

He could be on his way to his 1st Super bowl appearance since coming into the league just a mere 2 years ago and in choronological order would have defeated: Peyton Manning with his 1 ring, Tom Brady and his 3 and now Ben Roethlisberger, who has 2 and is himself looking for his third?!!

If he does this, he will have become the first NFL quarterback to win a Superbowl after winning three consecutive victories over previous champs on his way a Super bowl appearance  against either the Chicago Bears or the Green Bear Packers.

Having just come into the league from USC just 2 years ago, this would be quite a feat and especially considering all the competition he is defeating along the way! It would certainly put Mark Sanzhez in some rare company.

There was never a doubt that this guy was an amazing pick for the Jets by their front office when they drafted him with their first pick in the 2009 draft. Surprisingly he was not even the 1st quarterback picked in that year’s draft. No, that honor belongs to the starting QB of the Detroit Lions, a Mr. Matthew Staddford out of Georgia who was picked first overall by the Lions in that year’s draft.

It seems that even then, people weren’t giving Mark much credit! Despite having just won the Rose Bowl earlier that year in 2oo9,  he was coming off being named the 2009 Rose Bowl Offensive MVP also.

The following turn of events according to Wikipedia after the Rose Bown are in quotes: “After the Rose Bowl, Sanchez said it would be “hard” to leave USC for the NFL and “probably couldn’t do it; He also mentioned that the New York Jets were a possible to team to sign with. Though he would have entered his redshirt senior year if he had stayed. However, with the subsequent announcement that other NFL-caliber quarterbacks, such as Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy, had decided to stay in school for their junior and senior seasons respectively, rumors arose that Sanchez would use the opportunity to be one of the first two quarterbacks selected in the 2009 NFL Draft

In January 15 of 2009, Sanchez announced his plans to forgo his final year of college eligibility and enter the 2009 NFL Drat, although he continued as a USC student and finished his degree in the Spring of 2009 while preparing for the draft. During the press conference, Carroll made it clear that he did not agree with Sanchez’ decision, and that he advised him of the low success-rate of quarterbacks who left the college game early to enter the NFL, and suggested he attend graduate school to use his final year of collegiate eligibility. Despite the public disagreement, the two remained close afterward. Sanchez was the first USC quarterback to turn pro before exhausting his eligibility since Todd Marinovich did so after the 1990 season.”

And since coming out a couple years ago after that fateful decision at the end of his junior year in college, Sanchez has proved and continues to prove himself to his doubters. I was a fan of his casually during his college days, but I am certainly an official convert and praying today at the “Altar of Sanchez” and hoping that his day has indeed arrived!

Already with his last win in New England, Sanchez tied the legendary Kansas City Chief Len Dawson, Hall of Famer Roger Staubach,  and good QB’s in Jake Delhomme, and Joe Flacco for most post-season road victories by a quarterback in NFL history.

And so I want to wish Good luck to the boys in green today against the Steelers and their terrible yellow towels and I hope they fight like they are mad at no one giving them any credit or respect despite all that they have already done all season as Bart Scott stated in that now, classic ESPN post game on the field interview following the victory over Brady and the Patriots!

As for me, I know that I will be chanting “J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!” all game long~

Longtime KC Chiefs fan, Manzer Munir is a proud Pakistani American and peace activist, is a Sufi Muslim who is also the founder of Pakistanis for Peace and blogs at and at other websites such as,, and as a freelance journalist and writer. He asks that you like the Official Facebook Page of Pakistanis for Peace to get the latest articles as they publish here:!/pages/Pakistanis-for-Peace/141071882613054


%d bloggers like this: