This isn't aimed at anybody, but I've been noticing another form of stereotyping while following Linsanity ( which I honestly hope becomes a real word by the time this season is over).
I don't get the whole "Lin is a good PG because he's smart, because he's from Harvard". Your intelligence in school has absolutely nothing to do with what you do on the basketball court. It's a completely different set of skills. When you study or pick up information, it's a long term process and all goes on in your head. He's reacting to defenses, seeing a man setting himself up for an open 3 seconds before the defense does. He's not consciously thinking on the basketball court any more than Jared Jeffries is knocking down three pointers. It's more of a see and react thing, definitely not "Ivy League basketball".
I mean, sure, he might pick up the playbook quicker, or might notice different things on the game tape than other people on the team. But it's such a small fraction of what makes him a great player, that I feel it's a shame to stereotype him further by saying his great play is because of his intelligence. Book smarts and basketball smarts are two completely different things, and I wish the fine folks in all those sports talk shows realized that.