The recent embracing and rooting for the “UNDERDOGS” with the likes of Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin brought me to the thought that we have seen this at least once before. It is not a unique event.
Before these two, there was a race horse named Seabiscuit. Just as Tim Tebow was not considered good enough to be a franchise NFL quarterback, nor was Jeremy Lim talented enough to even play in the NBA; Seabiscuit was not thought to be of enough quality breeding to be a contender for the major horse racing events across the country.
In the 1930’s, Seabiscuit was a horse who had claimed the admiration and identification linking with the working Middle Class segment of society. Seabiscuit came from an inauspicious start, and became an unlikely champion and a symbol of hope to many working Middle Class American Citizens during the Great Depression.
It should not be surprising that in our current “Great Depression 2.0,” we are seeing the same working Middle Class shouting the accolades of these two young men. The citizens of this nation are finding an identification with Tim and Jeremy because working Middle Class Americans know that it will not be the “Entitled & Elite 1% Thoroughbred Ruling Classes” that is going to get this country out of our current economic situation. No, it will be the same working Middle Class citizens who pulled us out of the Great Depression mess back then to be cleaned up by the workers that was caused by the abuses of the 1% back then too. The working Middle Class citizens have to clean up this current mess and pull ourselves up by the bootstraps.
Just as Seabiscuit embodied the underestimated working class values back then, people are transposing the same to Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin.