Now that we have that disclaimer out of the way.
Last night, my neighborhood was alive with raucous screams and yawps. Apparently, the NBA finals were being played and the Lakers were involved. I appreciate enthusiasm, and I encourage it. I grew up in a house where the Cleveland Browns games were the highlight of the week. My mom even has a sports logo tattoo. I think that past has a lot to do with my apathy towards sports now. I was more or less forced to be a fan lest I be considered the “un-cool” child.
I knew that regardless of the outcome of the game, the streets downtown would be filled with the potential for a giant brouhaha. I predicted – correctly might I add – at least one car set on fire and the riot gear having to be pulled out of storage. Though in LA, I doubt that it ever stays in storage long enough to get dusty. I also heard gunshots in my neighborhood, and my roommate observed a thrown LIT firecracker whizzing across his car windshield on the freeway after the game. So even if I can understand the enthusiasm, I don’t get turning over vehicles or setting things on fire because of a game. As Jayne says, “Where’s that get fun?”
And no, I’m not comparing sports fans to reavers. Hmm, well…
The point I want to make is that even when the most geektacular of things occur, us nerds don’t take to the streets in rabid match-wielding hoardes. Do we have too much self restraint? A lot of things have happened in my lifetime that would warrant riots. Just think of these amazing moments:
- the first trailer for The Fellowship of the Ring
- the release date for every Harry Potter book
- the announcement of Firefly being made into a movie
- the iPod
- the Star Wars prequels
So, I’m conflicted. I’m proud of us for not rioting, for not giving geeks a bad name everywhere. We have not burned the local Gamestop when the latest WoW release came out. No one has lightsabered a friend in pre-prequel in excitement. I think it makes us stand apart and shows that we are not the barbarians we emulate in RPGs.
But at the same time, I think we should make a little more of a statement. Though we may be quiet, geeks are not to be trifled with.
I’ll bring the flamethrower to SDCC.
*Look, it's a webcomic about sports guys.