The NFL season kicked off last night and I couldn’t be more excited. Actually, if I had Peyton Manning and his seven touchdowns on any of my fantasy teams I would be more excited.
I always feel like my nerd credibility takes a hit during the NFL season. While I still have my favorite nerdclinations, they sometimes take a back seat to football and fantasy football. As Mike suggested in a comment last week, perhaps that’s because being a sports nerd is far more socially acceptable than being a sci-fi or fantasy nerd.
For me, though, football meets a lot of the same needs as our favorite nerdclinations. The best part about our nerdclinations is that they bring us together with other nerds. We can’t play Magic by ourselves and watching The Avengers is more fun when we have others with whom to dissect it.
Football does the same thing.
Last night I hung out with a large group of my friends to watch the NFL kickoff.
Earlier this week I had fun talking about fantasy football after youth group.
This Sunday I hope to hang out with friends and watch some of the late NFL games at church.
God created us to be in relationship with people and nerdclinations or football can help facilitate those friendships. Obviously our friendships need more than super heroes and touchdowns but they can’t hurt.
What nerdclinations bring you and your friends together?