How many sci-fi nerds like sports?

Discussion in 'Sports and Fitness' started by TalkieToaster, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. TalkieToaster

    TalkieToaster Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Sep 17, 2009
    There's a stereotype that sci-fi nerds don't like sports, but I've been a big fan of sports and sci-fi since I was a kid, and know quite a few people who love both. What's your experience?
  2. Lucky

    Lucky Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 20, 2004
    My dad and I are huge sci-fi fans, but we follow college football religiously. Our favorite team is Ole Miss (our alma mater)
  3. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Admiral

    Apr 14, 2000
    QC, IL, USA
    I don't personally follow any sports, but I can enjoy a good game if it's on, and I love going to baseball games in the summertime.

    I'm also a bartender and a bodybuilder, which kind of goes against the scifi nerd stereotype as well.
  4. Avon

    Avon Commodore Commodore

    May 7, 2010
    i quite like nascar. which is weird for someone british.
  5. gblews

    gblews Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 13, 2004
    So. Cal.
    Yes, along with other stereotypes like can't get dates (much less actual sex), live with their parents as adults, etc. All perpetrated relentlessly by The Big Bang Theory.

    I was a high school and college athlete, have loved sports all my life as well as all kinds of Sci-Fi.
  6. Green Shirt

    Green Shirt Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 1, 2005
    We are obviously a diverse group of well-rounded individuals with a variety of talents and interests.

    Well, maybe except a couple of you. ;)
  7. RandyS

    RandyS Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 9, 2007
    I must be a representative of that stereotype then, because while I love sci-fi, just the thought of watching sports makes me itch.

    Although, I do enjoy bowling. Playing that is, not watching.
  8. Starbreaker

    Starbreaker Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 19, 2001
    Birmingham, AL
    Well, the forum here is pretty active. I love baseball, football (NFL and college) and soccer. And I will watch my teams religiously from beginning of the season to the end. I only got into sports about a decade again though.
  9. Broomhilde

    Broomhilde Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 27, 2011
    The Backwoods
    I break all of the stereotypical descriptions of what a Sci-Fi need is supposed to be like and I love sports. :p
  10. Alidar Jarok

    Alidar Jarok Everything in moderation but moderation Moderator

    Apr 14, 2003
    Norfolk, VA
    There's clearly enough support to justify a forum, so I would say quite a few.
  11. Joel_Kirk

    Joel_Kirk Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 16, 2009
    In the Joel Zone, identifying as Sexually Fluid.
    Well, I like basketball (and I do like playing it on PS2, or 3) but I find baseball and football boring.
  12. Jack Skellington

    Jack Skellington Part-time poltergeist Rear Admiral

    Oct 21, 2009
    Chess is a sport, isn't it?
  13. Timewalker

    Timewalker Cat-lovin', Star Trekkin' Time Lady Premium Member

    May 26, 2007
    In many different universes, simultaneously.
    I used to play a lot of badminton, but not any more. Croquet was fun, too (I used to set up some really weird courses in my back yard).

    Sports on TV... I'm an Olympics junkie. I'll watch almost anything, with the exception of the martial arts-kind of stuff, table tennis, regular tennis, curling, and short-track speed skating (that should properly be called 'roller derby on skates'). My favorite events are figure skating and gymnastics.

    Sports on the computer... I'm into miniature golf.
  14. Memory Alpha

    Memory Alpha Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    May 26, 2014
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Funny thing is, I'm not what you would call a sci-fi nerd. I'm certainly not into "fantasy." However, I've always liked Trek because it seemed real to me, only set in the future. So it interested me, and I loved the characters. I've always loved NFL and college football here in the USA and kind of like hockey and baseball although I'm not passionate about them. See, I don't think that physical activity is necessarily independent from mental activity. But I don't know that your typical "nerd" would agree.
  15. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    Great Britain
    As others have said we are a diverse bunch much like everyone else. Do I watch a lot of sports, I can't say that I do the only sport that I follow is F1. But that's not to say I don't watch other sports but most of those tend to be at the International level i.e Olympics, World Cup, Ryder Cup, And yes I've even watched a bit of American Football inc. the Superbowl
  16. iguana_tonante

    iguana_tonante Admiral Admiral

    Sep 15, 2006
    Italy, EU
    I kinda follow football (soccer for some of you). I'm not obsessed by it as many of my fellow countrymen, but I like to watch an important game once in a while. I also love to watch rugby: I can't understand anything that happens on the pitch, but it's great to watch it in a pub with a pint of bitter in your hands.

    I have also been practicing martial arts for almost 15 years, so yeah, I am into sports.
  17. Orac Zen

    Orac Zen Mischief Manager Super Moderator

    Mar 14, 2000
    Land of beauty and terror.
    I'm probably more into sport than SF, actually.
  18. HIjol

    HIjol Admiral and Consummate Peacemaker Admiral

    Feb 13, 2014
    In a time and place long past...
    I heard about sex once from some guys. They were asking me questions and stuff, but I can't remember because I was too embarrassed. They did laugh, though, so I felt pretty good about that. Sports is cool and all, but I keep breaking my glasses, and my Mom says if I do it again, I have to go buy my own tape to fix them. I live with my Mom, see. When I am in my Command Fortress in my basement, I like to watch curling and chess, and we like to play WEENIE on-line. Oh, sorry, that stands for "World Electromagnetic Extermination Nuclear Incineration Event". It is really cool. And this one time at a Con I watched some guys talk to some girls for a while. Oh, no, that is sex, not sports. I think.
  19. arch101

    arch101 Commodore Commodore

    May 3, 1999
    Quincy, MA
    Sci Fi nerd since birth and major league Trekkie.
    ALSO a major league NASCAR/Indycar/F1 nut. Follow the NE Patriots (but no other football), endurance sailing (I sail) and fencing (was on college team).
    Also, since I live in Boston, a sports nut city, I keep up a general knowledge of all the Boston teams I don't follow for use at cocktail parties and networking events. It opens doors, as John Cleese used to say.
  20. Mudang Harada

    Mudang Harada Lieutenant Commander

    Sep 17, 2014
    Andrei Kirilenko is a big sci fi fan.