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Re: Wide World of Sports: The Thread!
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Re: Wide World of Sports: The Thread!
« Reply #166 on: February 05, 2017, 09:16:48 pm »
Dammit falcons.
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Re: Wide World of Sports: The Thread!
« Reply #167 on: February 06, 2017, 05:20:00 am »
They really can't blame anyone but themselves. Great game!

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Re: Wide World of Sports: The Thread!
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Re: Wide World of Sports: The Thread!
« Reply #169 on: February 06, 2017, 10:04:08 am »
Oooh take that Gauph.  Ya big nerd.
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Re: Wide World of Sports: The Thread!
« Reply #170 on: February 06, 2017, 10:20:29 am »
Aren't the Mad Max films supposed to be from the word burgers of the History Men?

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Re: Wide World of Sports: The Thread!
« Reply #171 on: February 06, 2017, 10:29:15 am »


For real though there's a particular category of annoying un-self-aware nerd who I think would be best described as a "book fetishist". They talk a lot about how much they love reading, sometimes implying that other sedentary hobbies are less worthy. They almost exclusively read pulpy scifi, fantasy and young adult fiction and they share that "one billion fake words for weirdly specific feelings" meme on facebook, and anything from blogs called "word porn" or similar.

Basically they think reading books makes them special or is like, a hobby exclusively for really smart, sensitive, imaginative people. God damn assburger wordburgers.   
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Re: Wide World of Sports: The Thread!
« Reply #172 on: February 06, 2017, 10:42:56 am »
I don't know too many nerds of that variety but I know what you mean.  Kind of in line with that "but at least they're reading!" line of thinking that pops up whenever there's a popular but not very deep book series.  I haven't bought it ever since the Goosebumps was big in elementary school.  Put down the book about the monster hamster that ate your teacher or the bondage themed Twilight fanfiction and go watch a nature documentary or something.
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Re: Wide World of Sports: The Thread!
« Reply #173 on: February 06, 2017, 10:46:50 am »
I don't mean anything towards Gauph specifically and the stuff he was saying was funny but it just made me think of the constant OOOH SPORTSBALL thing that the nerd community does.

Like football is just an older version of LARPing. You all like games and stats so much, why don't you like this one. I don't like it but that's because I just don't think it's fun to watch, not because I think I'm above it

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Re: Wide World of Sports: The Thread!
« Reply #174 on: February 06, 2017, 10:50:40 am »
nerd community

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Re: Wide World of Sports: The Thread!
« Reply #175 on: February 06, 2017, 10:52:48 am »
Okay really though if you don't stop me I'm gonna go off about how much I hate nerd culture again. Like ****

Me personally, really I can't say any of it better than The Nerd Crew can, but that's just me personally.

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Re: Wide World of Sports: The Thread!
« Reply #176 on: February 06, 2017, 10:55:53 am »
It is honestly surreal to hear about the superbowl and realise that it's not some niche thing. International sports are one thing - the Olympics make sense no matter how disconnected you are from society - but the superbowl is just the same as any weird contest in anything. What makes it so special?

And don't even say "hurr lurk it's because football is universal everyone plays it duh". It's a convoluted game that takes a ridiculous amount of setup to play. It's probably more complicated than baseball (and only stats nerds like baseball). You can't go down to the court and shoot some basket-touchdowns. It's not the "world's game", soccer, where all you need is a ball and you can play a solitaire version so it's universal to basically every culture on Earth.

Of course people who are into football are going to like the superbowl. But is marketing and consumerism the only reason anyone else cares? Are people really that shallow?

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Re: Wide World of Sports: The Thread!
« Reply #177 on: February 06, 2017, 10:57:18 am »
Hockey is the master-race sport. And bowling.

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Re: Wide World of Sports: The Thread!
« Reply #178 on: February 06, 2017, 10:58:50 am »
I like word burger. That is brilliant and I will use it at the earliest possible opportunity.
And yeah, I just poke fun at sports a bit because it's not really my thing. Wanna throw a frisbee? I could do that until I was buff as hell.

I just found it funny because it was superbowl and I honestly had no idea. Totally snuck up on me. There was just all this football commotion everywhere and I was like why tho.
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Re: Wide World of Sports: The Thread!
« Reply #179 on: February 06, 2017, 11:49:02 am »
So a couple of reasons why football and the Superbowl are so big.

You can play pickup versions of the game like you're saying with soccer or basketball.  Two people to practice throwing, a couple people can play touch football (as opposed to full tackle).

And yeah, football is one of the biggest sports in America, America dominates world culture and your favorite english speaking parts of the internet, so you all end up hearing a lot about it.  It's big and loud and violent, all things Americans love.  The Superbowl has been built up as this big media event where companies compete to have crazy ads, that side of it is marketing that's built up over the years. 

As for why other sports' finals don't get the same level of hype as the Superbowl, I think it's because they have multiple games.  Basketball, baseball, hockey, it's all a tournament.  Best of 7 games wins.  For football it all comes down to one game.  That's been part of the NFL and college football's success in general.   Basketball and baseball, there's a game on every night during the regular season so who cares if you miss a few.  In football a team only plays once a week, so if you're a fan of a specific team every game is more of a can't miss event.
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