By now, many of you have probably heard of Jeremy Lin, the undrafted basketball phenom who has set records and electrified NBA crowds since debuting this month for the New York Knicks. What makes Lin so compelling to so many, beyond his athletic prowess, is his unique biography. He is the first American-born player of Chinese/Taiwanese descent in NBA history. He attended Harvard, where he majored in economics. And he is deeply and unabashedly religious, thanking Christ in interviews for the opportunity he has been given.Lin’s story is quintessentially American, bringing together diverse and divergent facets of our country’s life and culture. It challenges our stereotypes. And it inspires and speaks to Americans from many different walks of life.Popular sports are often dismissed as mere diversion or entertainment, but “Linsanity” reminds us that at the best of times, sports are something more: a common language across class, race and creed that reflects the values and hopes we share as Americans.