In response to my post about how World of Warcraft is considered nerdy, Peter writes:
A guy who spends six hours every Sunday sitting in front of his wide screen HDTV eating Cheetos while watching the NFL is as NON-nerdy as you can possibly be.
This is a valid comparison. Countless man-hours are spent vegetating in front of the television watching football, baseball, and basketball. But this type of passive entertainment is considered far less nerdy than playing WoW, which to its credit requires a lot more interaction from the user than watching sports on TV.
One benefit of watching sports is that you can bond with your coworkers by talking about Sunday’s game when you go to work on Monday.
Furthermore, no one doubts that the people who play professional sports are very manly and non-nerdy, so perhaps some of that rubs off on the spectators.