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Jeremy Lin: A Ben & Jerry’s controversy, an offer from A-Rod

View Photo Gallery: Jeremy Lin wasn’t an All-Star, but he was in the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend.

Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees’ third baseman and tabloid darling, offered to let Jeremy Lin move in with him — and it wasn’t the worst idea that surfaced this weekend concerning the New York Knicks’ guard.

That award goes to Ben & Jerry’s for the “Taste the Lin-sanity” frozen yogurt it was selling at its Harvard Square store in Boston. It originally contained lychee honey swirls and crumbled fortune cookies — until the company substituted a waffle cookie for crumbling or dipping.

“There seemed to be a bit of an initial backlash about it,” Ryan Midden, Ben & Jerry’s general manager for Boston and Cambridge, told, “but we obviously weren’t looking to offend anybody and the majority of the feedback about it has been positive.”

According to Midden, the main reason for changing the cookie was that “a couple of [containers] got returned because the cookies got so soggy.”

As for A-Rod’s offer, it was juuuuuust a little late. Lin, who had crashed on his brother’s couch and then on Landry Fields’s, has a Manhattan apartment now that his contract is guaranteed.

“If he’s still looking for a place to crash, maybe he can crash at my apartment,” A-Rod said Saturday. “Imagine the tabloids then.”

Indeed. Sigh.

Linsanity consumed a great deal of the air at NBA All-Star Weekend, but Lin managed only two points — and a highlight-worthy feed to Blake Griffin — in the Rising Stars Challenge.

Lin revealed the trick shot he and Knicks teammate Iman Shumpert were planning in the dunk contest, until Shumpert had to withdraw.

“Landry was going to roll a couch out with a cover over it,” Lin said. “I was going to be sleeping underneath it. I was going to throw Iman an alley-oop from the couch and he was going to jump over both me and the couch, windmill it and then sit down and have Landry hand him a Sprite. That was our idea, but it didn’t get to happen.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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