I am a nerd. I am also a sports fan. Most of the time these worlds are at odds. But being privy to both worlds, I see they have more in common that many realize.
Let’s talk about obsession. For both the NERD and the SPORTS FAN have passions about what they love. Some nerds can quote to you every appearance of the Black Suit Spider-Man in every comic book since 1986. There are sports fans who can tell you how many players have ran for the most yards in the rain. Neither piece of information is that important and 99% of the world will live a happy life without ever knowing. To the nerd and sports fan, they are badges of honor. SACRED KNOWLEDGE. These are known as STATS. Whether it is how much armor class a bugbear has or how many yards a player threw for, it’s all useless knowledge. If the world ends tomorrow, no one will care.
I would be remiss to not mention dressing up. Is there really any difference between a dude dressed as Wolverine versus a guy in a dressed up in Michigan Wolverine attire?
Each would be accepted by their mutual cliques and on the other hand shunned by each other.
Dungeons & Dragons. A game long associated with virgin nerds. Mostly made up of males, they meet each week to pretend to be a mighty warrior or wizard and do battle with enemies based on stats. They spend hundreds of dollars on the game, meticulously writing down and recorded each outcome. Keeping track of hit points. When they can’t meet together in person they engage in ONLINE games over the internet. The game is the same, pretending to be something or someone they are not. When they do get together there is soda, beer, chips, wings and pizza.
Fantasy Football. A game long associate with married, under sexed males. Every week they compete with each other based on stats. They spend hundreds of dollars on the game, meticulously writing down, researching, and recording each outcome. Keeping track of points. When they can’t meet in person, they engage in online fantasy football websites. When they do get together there is soda, beer, chips, wings and pizza.
Oddly enough, neither can see the similarities.