New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has taken the sports world by storm with his linsational play. In a matter of 5 days, Lin had a cult-like following. Jeremy Lin mania is both ample and contagious. Having said that, he's not the first athlete to create a mania. Tim Tebow birthed tebowmania late last football season.

When an athlete captures the imagination, spirit, and conversation of sports fans everywhere, he or she has officially crossed over into the sports mania threshold.

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