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2012-09-12 06:33:34 AM
[ilol'd]

Comic needs a Canadian chart.

/Only two seasons in Canada.
//Hockey Season and "drink to kill time until it's hockey season again" season.
 
2012-09-12 07:44:51 AM
Missing the world's second most popular sport isn't very cricket.
 
2012-09-12 08:15:03 AM
Well, if it wasn't all of 'non-US' in the second column, and maybe some European countries and a few former British colonies instead, Rugby maybe one of their argued sports.
 
2012-09-12 08:38:07 AM
Suck it, sepak takraw
 
2012-09-12 08:41:38 AM
 
2012-09-12 08:42:14 AM
So is there a relevant XKCD comic for this discussion?
 
2012-09-12 08:45:11 AM
Chart mentioned baseball in October. I thought they quit that in 1985?
 
2012-09-12 08:48:21 AM
Don't worry about which sports are missing. They real thing missing is humor. If there were some way to make the chart funny, instead of stupid...
 
2012-09-12 08:49:12 AM

Sybarite: Missing the world's second most popular sport isn't very cricket.


I know... WHERE'S THE HOCKEY!

/VBS: The thing about Arsenal is, they always try to walk it in!
 
2012-09-12 09:01:33 AM

neilio42: Don't worry about which sports are missing. They real thing missing is humor. If there were some way to make the chart funny, instead of stupid...


Nerd view of life: "Sports are hard for me therefore irrelevant. Let me write 3,000 words on this super-important viewpoint of how this one wireless driver is superior on Ubuntu 11.0.3.3213xPandaWaffleiron"
 
2012-09-12 09:06:56 AM

meddleRPI: neilio42: Don't worry about which sports are missing. They real thing missing is humor. If there were some way to make the chart funny, instead of stupid...

Nerd view of life: "Sports are hard for me therefore irrelevant. Let me write 3,000 words on this super-important viewpoint of how this one wireless driver is superior on Ubuntu 11.0.3.3213xPandaWaffleiron"


This sounds like a response from someone who isn't intelligent enough to be a nerd who seems to think playing a game well is somehow important to society.

See, I can be an asshole too.
 
2012-09-12 09:08:43 AM
It seems like baseball lasts longer than that.
 
2012-09-12 09:12:48 AM

Im_Gumby: I know... WHERE'S THE HOCKEY!


Bettman got to him too...
 
2012-09-12 09:22:12 AM
www.bossyboots.org
D'awww....

/hot
 
2012-09-12 09:26:48 AM

Vacation Bible School: Did you see that ludicrous display last night?


He kicks the Ball! There is another player there, AND HE RECEIVES THE BALL!!

probably not the exact words but that show has some great moments.
/favorite is the antipiracy video
 
2012-09-12 09:26:59 AM

aniyn: [www.bossyboots.org image 500x375]
D'awww....

/hot


Leave that c$&p for the caturday thread.
 
2012-09-12 09:27:54 AM

Cythraul: meddleRPI: neilio42: Don't worry about which sports are missing. They real thing missing is humor. If there were some way to make the chart funny, instead of stupid...

Nerd view of life: "Sports are hard for me therefore irrelevant. Let me write 3,000 words on this super-important viewpoint of how this one wireless driver is superior on Ubuntu 11.0.3.3213xPandaWaffleiron"

This sounds like a response from someone who isn't intelligent enough to be a nerd who seems to think playing a game well is somehow important to society.

See, I can be an asshole too.


Yeah so, look at my Fark handle, and look up that university. I have a degree in Mathematics and work as a research engineer, working with some of the world-leading faculty in several disciplines. I was in a World Top 20/US Top 10 guild in WoW. Yeah, I'm neither intelligent nor nerdy.

And yet, I appreciate sports for what they are. I don't harbor some deep-rooted resentment of my youth that I can't quite seem to get over. I understand football better than most fans. I play hockey. I can tell you every world series winner from the last 15 years, from memory.

Mocking the self-righteousness of nerd culture does not exclude me from being part of nerd culture.
 
2012-09-12 09:28:18 AM

theurge14: It seems like baseball lasts longer than that.


So, it's not on the care chart.

/Japan has baseball
//Canada has hockey and drinking until hockey seasons
 
2012-09-12 09:32:59 AM

Benni K Rok: and drinking until hockey seasons


Gonna be a long drinking season this year, I fear...
 
2012-09-12 09:34:29 AM
The joke of "everyone outside the US cares about association football" thing is a little overblown. Soccer is at best a secondary sport in most of Asia, Australia, and Canada.
 
2012-09-12 09:36:02 AM

Cythraul: meddleRPI: neilio42: Don't worry about which sports are missing. They real thing missing is humor. If there were some way to make the chart funny, instead of stupid...

Nerd view of life: "Sports are hard for me therefore irrelevant. Let me write 3,000 words on this super-important viewpoint of how this one wireless driver is superior on Ubuntu 11.0.3.3213xPandaWaffleiron"

This sounds like a response from someone who isn't intelligent enough to be a nerd who seems to think playing a game well is somehow important to society.

See, I can be an asshole too.


Well the important thing is that you've both found ways to sound superior.
 
2012-09-12 09:39:09 AM
Whenever anyone starts talking to me about sports I mention how well the Cubs are doing this year, and excitedly go on about their chances in the World Series.

People generally don't talk to me about sports anymore.

/I get some great confused looks around January or so
 
2012-09-12 09:44:12 AM

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: Whenever anyone starts talking to me about sports I mention how well the Cubs are doing this year, and excitedly go on about their chances in the World Series.

People generally don't talk to me about sports anymore.

/I get some great confused looks around January or so


In January, just use "Rangers" and "Stanley Cup" and you should be all set.
 
2012-09-12 09:47:46 AM

Grither: Benni K Rok: and drinking until hockey seasons

Gonna be a long drinking season this year, I fear...


farm3.static.flickr.com


College hockey is never canceled!
 
2012-09-12 09:48:16 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man


Leave that c$&p for the caturday thread.


FYI, we're allowed to say "crap" here.


And "carp". And "clip", etc.
 
2012-09-12 09:49:44 AM

quatchi: [ilol'd]

Comic needs a Canadian chart.

/Only two seasons in Canada.
//Hockey Season and "drink to kill time until it's hockey season again" season.


By which you mean curling?

/watched that on the CBC once
//liver decided to hop out and take a walk
 
2012-09-12 09:55:12 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com

Did you see that ludicrous display last night?
 
2012-09-12 10:11:06 AM

Sybarite: Missing the world's second most popular sport isn't very cricket.


Just because only India cares about cricket and there are a billion people in India.
 
2012-09-12 10:12:03 AM

enry: quatchi: [ilol'd]

Comic needs a Canadian chart.

/Only two seasons in Canada.
//Hockey Season and "drink to kill time until it's hockey season again" season.

By which you mean curling?

/watched that on the CBC once
//liver decided to hop out and take a walk


Well, yeah but nobody actually admits to watching curling.

Calling it "drink till it's hockey season again" season saves one that embarrassment (or at least it *did* until you broke the code there).

The cowbell thing is admittedly a little weird and yes, it does tend to encourage hard core binge drinking sessions among it's fans but it still beats watching baseball.

Seriously there's not enough beer in the world... 

/K, the Red Sox thing a couple years back was worth the bandwidth but other than that? Meh.
 
2012-09-12 10:16:28 AM
Has anybody referenced the IT crowd yet?
 
2012-09-12 10:20:39 AM
art.penny-arcade.com
 
2012-09-12 10:43:13 AM
Do self-important nerds that hate so much on sports and employ this "sports fans are all mindless morons that only can get excited about sports but they get REALLY excited about sports" mindset really not understand the sort of impacts, societal and economical, that sports bring to metro areas, or are they so insecure that they have to dump on people that generally accumulate more respect and admiration from a broader audience?
 
2012-09-12 10:50:46 AM

Cheesehead_Dave: [art.penny-arcade.com image 800x466]


I have several friends who are gamers that don't watch sports, but they keep track of the scores to find out when they can get cheap pizza.

Papa Johns has a pizza deal for when the Orioles win and score 5 or more points they get 1/2 price online orders. Then when the Ravens win, the next day they get a $10 pizza was toppings for each TD.

Papa Johns is the main reason why many gamers are interested in sports. Of course the Penny Arcade guys have enough money that they don't have to worry about discount food specials, so they are a bit more insulated from sports.
 
2012-09-12 10:54:03 AM

meddleRPI:

Yeah so, look at my Fark handle, and look up that university. I have a degree in Mathematics and work as a research engineer, working with some of the world-leading faculty in several disciplines. I was in a World Top 20/US Top 10 guild in WoW. Yeah, I'm neither intelligent nor nerdy.



Don't you have to be at the gym in 26 minutes?
 
2012-09-12 10:59:56 AM

DayTripperIntro: Do self-important nerds that hate so much on sports and employ this "sports fans are all mindless morons that only can get excited about sports but they get REALLY excited about sports" mindset really not understand the sort of impacts, societal and economical, that sports bring to metro areas, or are they so insecure that they have to dump on people that generally accumulate more respect and admiration from a broader audience?


It's not that they hate sports, it's that they hate having to pretend that they care about sports.

You don't have to pretend to care that Evil Geniuses took out Team Liquid is IPTL last night. Nor do you have to care if Chris G defeated Marlin Pie (again) last night on Eight Way run. You don't need to know that the Phantasy Star Universe servers closed down for good last Friday. That Star City Games Classic Series is in Richmond this weekend or that ArenaNet is reopening sales of Guild Wars 2 this weekend.

You don't have to pretend to care about any of those things, but gamers are expected to know what happened in a sports game when a random stranger walks up to them on the street and asks them about it. Then when they say they don't know, people look at them like they are weird.
 
2012-09-12 11:02:04 AM

meddleRPI: Cythraul: meddleRPI: neilio42: Don't worry about which sports are missing. They real thing missing is humor. If there were some way to make the chart funny, instead of stupid...

Nerd view of life: "Sports are hard for me therefore irrelevant. Let me write 3,000 words on this super-important viewpoint of how this one wireless driver is superior on Ubuntu 11.0.3.3213xPandaWaffleiron"

This sounds like a response from someone who isn't intelligent enough to be a nerd who seems to think playing a game well is somehow important to society.

See, I can be an asshole too.

Yeah so, look at my Fark handle, and look up that university. I have a degree in Mathematics and work as a research engineer, working with some of the world-leading faculty in several disciplines. I was in a World Top 20/US Top 10 guild in WoW. Yeah, I'm neither intelligent nor nerdy.

And yet, I appreciate sports for what they are. I don't harbor some deep-rooted resentment of my youth that I can't quite seem to get over. I understand football better than most fans. I play hockey. I can tell you every world series winner from the last 15 years, from memory.

Mocking the self-righteousness of nerd culture does not exclude me from being part of nerd culture.


He says self-righteously...;)
 
2012-09-12 11:08:50 AM

degenerate-afro: You don't have to pretend to care about any of those things, but gamers are expected to know what happened in a sports game when a random stranger walks up to them on the street and asks them about it.


a) That's what happens when something exists in the mainstream.
b) Since when does this EVER happen? I love sports and no one has ever asked me about a sports team in public at any point in my life.
c) Because no one talks about sports to anyone who actually likes them, it comes across as you inventing a scenario where people ask you about things so you can pretend you're being oppressed or whatever.
d) Sports are a much larger part of the culture and have a much deeper history than video games. Because there are massive events televised for free nationally, it's possible to connect instantly with millions of others through a shared experience - gaming is largely like fantasy football, in that you're in your own small group and no one outside of that group really wants to hear about your small group's experience, because they weren't there.
 
2012-09-12 11:17:32 AM

degenerate-afro: Papa Johns has a pizza deal for when the Orioles win and score 5 or more points they get 1/2 price online orders.


Spoken like a true non-sports-fan!

Seriously, though, that's gotta be killing them this summer, what with the Orioles actually being good and all... though it's probably made up by the fact that they haven't had a winning season in 15 years.
 
2012-09-12 11:20:57 AM

Driedsponge: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: Whenever anyone starts talking to me about sports I mention how well the Cubs are doing this year, and excitedly go on about their chances in the World Series.

People generally don't talk to me about sports anymore.

/I get some great confused looks around January or so

In January, just use "Rangers Maple Leafs" and "Stanley Cup" and you should be all set.


FTFY
 
2012-09-12 11:34:47 AM

meddleRPI: Cythraul: meddleRPI: neilio42: Don't worry about which sports are missing. They real thing missing is humor. If there were some way to make the chart funny, instead of stupid...

Nerd view of life: "Sports are hard for me therefore irrelevant. Let me write 3,000 words on this super-important viewpoint of how this one wireless driver is superior on Ubuntu 11.0.3.3213xPandaWaffleiron"

This sounds like a response from someone who isn't intelligent enough to be a nerd who seems to think playing a game well is somehow important to society.

See, I can be an asshole too.

Yeah so, look at my Fark handle, and look up that university. I have a degree in Mathematics and work as a research engineer, working with some of the world-leading faculty in several disciplines. I was in a World Top 20/US Top 10 guild in WoW. Yeah, I'm neither intelligent nor nerdy.

And yet, I appreciate sports for what they are. I don't harbor some deep-rooted resentment of my youth that I can't quite seem to get over. I understand football better than most fans. I play hockey. I can tell you every world series winner from the last 15 years, from memory.

Mocking the self-righteousness of nerd culture does not exclude me from being part of nerd culture.


You're proud of that? That doesn't make you a nerd, it makes you a loser.
 
2012-09-12 11:38:29 AM

IAmRight: degenerate-afro: You don't have to pretend to care about any of those things, but gamers are expected to know what happened in a sports game when a random stranger walks up to them on the street and asks them about it.

a) That's what happens when something exists in the mainstream.


True, but people get mad at gamers when they don't care... for some reason or another. Examples above.

b) Since when does this EVER happen? I love sports and no one has ever asked me about a sports team in public at any point in my life.

Really? Do you live in a major sports town? Walking through Baltimore this summer I had people giving me updates on the Orioles when I was at the inner harbor. Not that I mind since I'm an Orioles fan, but it was certainly unsolicited information.

It's much worse if you work in the service industry. Working as a cashier or waiter generally means that people will make small talk with you. Many times that small talk is sports related. Heck, when I was working for Royal Farms (a local convenience store like 7-eleven) back in middle school, I would constantly get updated on random sports information that I didn't really care about.

c) Because no one talks about sports to anyone who actually likes them, it comes across as you inventing a scenario where people ask you about things so you can pretend you're being oppressed or whatever.

Again, I don't think you understand how things work when you are in retail (which a lot of gamers are.. not quite as much as IT, but certainly a large number of the younger ones). Even outside of retail, I work in IT and I get asked daily about things like Dancing with the Stars and Survivor even though everyone around me knows I don't watch TV at all outside of sports and could care less about who Kim Kardashian is sleeping with right now.

d) Sports are a much larger part of the culture and have a much deeper history than video games. Because there are massive events televised for free nationally, it's possible to connect instantly with millions of others through a shared experience - gaming is largely like fantasy football, in that you're in your own small group and no one outside of that group really wants to hear about your small group's experience, because they weren't there.

Gaming is getting bigger. Of course it's not as mainstream as sports and never will be (a lot of it due to gamers not wanting it to be more mainstream), but it's easy enough to watch a gaming event if you want to. Twitch.tv and Own3d.tv, even ustream, constantly have gaming events on. However, as I mentioned before, gaming is never going to be mainstream. Many gamers are introverts and don't care to have their lives televised for all to see. Many gamers also hate dealing with companies that would help them generate ad revenue and expand their brand. You don't want to be labeled with the dreaded "sell-out" moniker just because you tried to make a few dollars. Trying to expand the recognition and revenue generating possibilities of gaming while still staying just below the "sell-out" mainstream level is a challenge for many pro gaming leagues.

Of course all of this is a different discussion from the whole "why do gamers feel superior because they don't watch sports" argument. Which I answered by saying "they don't 'feel superior' they just don't care and wish people would stop expecting them to care".
 
2012-09-12 11:42:16 AM

Loomy: degenerate-afro: Papa Johns has a pizza deal for when the Orioles win and score 5 or more points they get 1/2 price online orders.

Spoken like a true non-sports-fan!

Seriously, though, that's gotta be killing them this summer, what with the Orioles actually being good and all... though it's probably made up by the fact that they haven't had a winning season in 15 years.


Not only is there one for the Orioles, there's also a similar deal for the Nationals
 
2012-09-12 11:45:29 AM

degenerate-afro: Gaming is getting bigger. Of course it's not as mainstream as sports and never will be (a lot of it due to gamers not wanting it to be more mainstream), but it's easy enough to watch a gaming event if you want to. Twitch.tv and Own3d.tv, even ustream, constantly have gaming events on. However, as I mentioned before, gaming is never going to be mainstream. Many gamers are introverts and don't care to have their lives televised for all to see. Many gamers also hate dealing with companies that would help them generate ad revenue and expand their brand. You don't want to be labeled with the dreaded "sell-out" moniker just because you tried to make a few dollars. Trying to expand the recognition and revenue generating possibilities of gaming while still staying just below the "sell-out" mainstream level is a challenge for many pro gaming leagues.


Indeed, I think there was a big Magic tournament/world series a few weeks back? (that is, evidence that it can be televised/streamed and watched)

/Doesn't play Magic.
//But has several good friends that are judges, and who now work at Star City Games.
 
2012-09-12 11:47:15 AM
"Soccer" strangely absent
 
2012-09-12 11:56:10 AM
My problem is that whenever i start getting into the hockey season it takes all of 10 miniutes for some half drunk highschool dropout to call me the worlds biggest moron for my take on the game. Fark you buddy -- i know Ryan Smyth doesn't make points like Ovechkin. God forbid i think a team of decent players with good morale and the work ethics of a draft horse are worth more than 5 guys on hot streaks.

People break it down into a shiatty numbers game and if your ideas about what makes a good team doesnt fit with how they (allot of fans that is) structured their fantasy team then you might as well go to hell.

If statistics were that important to sports people wouldn't bet on it.
 
2012-09-12 11:59:31 AM
Actually, football only runs about 9 months of the year. Players need to rest and it's too damn hot to play. From July to September, cricket is the biggest sport in Britain.

And then, there's the fact that in some areas of Britain, rugby is a bigger sport. Walk into a pub in Gloucester, Northampton, Cardiff, Bristol or Leicester, and you'll probably find more talk about the rugby. There's also a bit of a class divide - middle class people are generally more into rugby than football.

If you meet a white guy in South Africa, he'll probably talk about cricket and rugby. A black guy, football.

In New Zealand, rugby is pretty much a religion. Likewise, some of southern France.
 
2012-09-12 12:03:05 PM

chris9611: Grither: Benni K Rok: and drinking until hockey seasons

Gonna be a long drinking season this year, I fear...

[farm3.static.flickr.com image 500x333]


College hockey is never canceled!


NBC Sports Network released their college hockey coverage schedule. Also known as BU vs. BC.
Link

I have to think they will augment this if the lockout looks to extend deep into the new year. 

FTFA: Feb. 15 - Boston University at Maine 7:30 p.m.
I also feel bad for the crew that has to drive up to the middle of farking nowhere to cover the BU vs. Maine game in one of the crappiest arenas in Hockey East...
 
2012-09-12 12:04:56 PM

degenerate-afro: DayTripperIntro: Do self-important nerds that hate so much on sports and employ this "sports fans are all mindless morons that only can get excited about sports but they get REALLY excited about sports" mindset really not understand the sort of impacts, societal and economical, that sports bring to metro areas, or are they so insecure that they have to dump on people that generally accumulate more respect and admiration from a broader audience?

It's not that they hate sports, it's that they hate having to pretend that they care about sports.

You don't have to pretend to care that Evil Geniuses took out Team Liquid is IPTL last night. Nor do you have to care if Chris G defeated Marlin Pie (again) last night on Eight Way run. You don't need to know that the Phantasy Star Universe servers closed down for good last Friday. That Star City Games Classic Series is in Richmond this weekend or that ArenaNet is reopening sales of Guild Wars 2 this weekend.

You don't have to pretend to care about any of those things, but gamers are expected to know what happened in a sports game when a random stranger walks up to them on the street and asks them about it. Then when they say they don't know, people look at them like they are weird.


I personally have never, ever seen anyone look at someone like they are weird if they say something like "Nah, I'm not a Patriots fan" or "No, I don't really watch baseball" or "The Lakers aren't my thing", any more than I've seen anyone get a weird look for saying "No, I didn't watch The Avengers, I don't get into comic book movies" or "Yeah, I've never actually watched Star Trek."

It sounds like you're being overly self-conscious. If someone is trying to make conversation and says, casually, "Did you catch the game last night?", you can just say "No, not really my thing" and then suggest something else to talk about.
 
2012-09-12 12:05:57 PM
When you're young, sports are great because you can pass the time with your buds playing games. In that sense, gaming is like sports.

When you're older, sports are great because you can pass the time and since your wife probably doesn't like them, she'll leave you the hell alone...which is nice.

Sports have their purpose.
 
2012-09-12 12:06:31 PM

degenerate-afro: IAmRight: degenerate-afro: You don't have to pretend to care about any of those things, but gamers are expected to know what happened in a sports game when a random stranger walks up to them on the street and asks them about it.

a) That's what happens when something exists in the mainstream.

True, but people get mad at gamers when they don't care... for some reason or another. Examples above.


I have never, ever, ever seen this happen. I've seen lots and lots of people casually asked about spots, demur the conversation, and turn it to another topic and no one has ever gotten "mad".
 
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