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There's nothing quite like sports to get a bunch of self-identified nerds to start competing about who can be the most ignorant.

  • If you value knowledge (doubly so for obscure or trivial knowledge) it seems ridiculously petty to start arbitrarily deciding some knowledge is Good and some knowledge is Bad.
  • Really, people: football, basketball, and hockey are no more similar than Halo, Warcraft, and Civ.
  • I don't see how it's possible to stay in touch with local current events (that will affect your life much more directly than national ones) without hearing about the two or three local favorite teams. Failure to at least recognize those shows that you're either out of touch entirely, or willfully ignorant (see first point).
It seems like people forget that little knowledge of the overculture goes a long way towards successfully navigating it.

(Not prompted by anything in particular, just a thing I've been noticing...)


This entry was originally posted at http://memnus.dreamwidth.org/407847.html.



Oct. 6th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
This, exactly this.

I noticed that I'd been doing what you described a lot... so the next time I was in a situation where there was a football game on and people watching enthusiastically, I actually started asking questions about what was going on. They seemed excited that I was actually interested in how football worked, and they were noticeably nicer to me after that.

(Interesting thing I found: as long as the topic is football as a game, it's actually pretty fascinating. When it starts being about individual players, I'm less interested - never been much for celebrities - but asking questions about strategies, and "why are they doing this counter-intuitive thing?" ended up being just like a lot of the gaming stuff I love.)

John Hodgman has a podcast where he adjudicates disputes, and he had some words about sports nerddom and how it really wasn't all that different from other flavors of nerdery, even though our culture makes a huge distinction. It was an interesting point.
Oct. 6th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, definitely. Stuff like fantasy leagues is a lot like RPGs for sports nerds.
Oct. 7th, 2012 05:16 am (UTC)
I do have to admit that I was really disappointed many years ago when I learned that fantasy football wasn't football played by orcs or something.
Oct. 7th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
Hey, at least they have character classes.
Oct. 7th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)