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Can geeks be sporty? 6 years 7 months ago #7764

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Someone on another forum who isn't herself a geek but knows a fair few had her son tell her that if someone was sporty they couldn't be a geek. They could be smart, but by definition not a geek, if they were sporty. She disagreed, but wanted to know what others thought. I thought THIS forum was the ideal place to ask, and said so.

So - Can a geek be sporty?

What do you all think?

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Re: Can geeks be sporty? 6 years 7 months ago #7765

I suppose it depends on what you call sporty. I enjoy watching sport and I even partake in a few but they are usually the more laid back kind like swimming and golf. I certainly don't think being one means you can't be another.

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Re: Can geeks be sporty? 6 years 7 months ago #7766

Sporty people ARE geeks. They're sports geeks. Most football nerds are TOTAL sports geeks.

Obsessive over detail? Check.
Fanatical following? Check.
Arguing with other geeks over which "show" (or sport) is better? Check.
Hundreds of pounds wasted on merchandise? Check.
Convinced that no matter how the showrunner (or manager) performs, they could do a better job? Check.

Hell, not only are sporty people geeks, they're Russell T Davies-style ming-mongs.

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Re: Can geeks be sporty? 6 years 7 months ago #7767

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I enjoy sport- football in particular, but it could never be my passion the way sci-fi is since, at some point in the distant past, I decided that I'd rather fill my head with Doctor Who episode titles rather than the names of football players.

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Re: Can geeks be sporty? 6 years 7 months ago #7769

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You can be a geek who's sporty, geeky about sport and sporty about being a geek, So yes you can.

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Re: Can geeks be sporty? 6 years 7 months ago #7771

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I think they can be, just usually aren't.

I can't be bothered watching sport for the most part. Not really escapist enough. It's unlikely I'll ever be a premiership footballer, but its still just a load of men kicking a ball.

I am sporty in the sense that I like to keep fit though.

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Re: Can geeks be sporty? 6 years 7 months ago #7774

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the thread on the other forum has people working in IT and those married to those working in IT testifying to the existence of sporty geeks, but I think I may not have made myself clear enough in my OP - we're talking about people who play and are good at sport being geeks rather than people who follow sport but don't themselves play

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Re: Can geeks be sporty? 6 years 7 months ago #7775

I suppose to some degree I could be regarded as athletic. I enjoy martial arts. I'm a pretty fast runner (or was). I climbed things well, a benefit of being slender and small. I applied myself in gym class enough to warrant the gym teacher to move me from team to team. This has more to do with my inability to properly pace myself than actual athletic ability, though.

I had a passing interest in sports that never took. The same could be said of many geeky things. My interest in The Uncanny X-Men died as soon as I mistaking bought a comic I already owned. This signaled my waning interest in the franchise.

I suppose many geeks can be sporty and vice versa. However, nerd vs. jock is another issue entirely. Can one who is fully focused on competitive sports also be devoted to science and technology? This may be due in part to the interchangeability of nerd and geek. Do they mean the same thing or have the meanings of each diverged over the years?

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Re: Can geeks be sporty? 6 years 7 months ago #7776

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I imagine some sport scientists are quite sporty and possibly nerdy and maybe even geeky.

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Re: Can geeks be sporty? 6 years 7 months ago #7778

The ultimate in sporting geekery is Fantasy Football League and that's played by millions of people worldwide. There are websites devoted to fine details that would put even Trekkies to shame.

I suppose the main barrier to be being geeky and sporty is that being geeky usually involves sitting down reading or watching TV so geeks often end up being unfit and a bit fat.

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