Why Can’t You Be Normal?

It’s long been pointed out that a dedicated sports fan is just as obsessive and fanatical as any RPG gamer, being able to rattle off lists of career records, wins, loses, trivia, and rules minutiae. And that dressing up in a silly outfit comprised of bodypaint and a hat of glove made of floam is just as ridiculous as cosplay. The difference is solely one of societal acceptance. One is accepted, one is dismissed or laughed at.

Of course, there’s no reason nerds can’t be sports fans. I’ve had quite a few gaming groups whose schedules were planned around hockey games and sessions became sporadic during the cup finals. And fantasy hockey is pretty darn nerdy at the best of times.