Athletes by and large are stupid people. You don't necessarily need to have an advanced degree to be intelligent, but if you can't articulate or form coherent and logical thoughts, you are a stupid person. Professional athletes tend to have lower and more simplistic reasoning than the average person, so I really have no problem with labeling them as stupid on average. I often wonder if part of the reason why many athletes are so successful at their sport is in fact because they are stupid people. But I have no room to psychoanalyze people--that's Piazza's job.