PAX East 2013 - Dorks vs. Sports Panel
Many who call themselves dorks want a high wall around their culture keeping everyone out. Jocks or athletically-minded individuals in school might have terrorized those who played Magic or Mario, but some nerds have responded by heaping just as much abuse upon those among us who happen to enjoy a sports contest or two. And that's just wrong. It's perfectly normal for a guy or a girl who likes playing with elves and orcs to also enjoy a baseball game or, Cthulhu forbid, the Olympics. In this discussion of individuals who happen to be both geeks and sports fanatics, we'll talk about the similarities between sports and nerd culture - from the dedicated cosplayers to the unholy obsession with stats - and how we nerds should embrace sports fans as kindred spirits, not shun them as enemies.
Greg Tito, Senior Editor of The Escapist
R. A. Salvatore, Author
Jason Schreier, Writer for Kotaku
Rob Zacny, Freelance Journalist
Sean Sands, Gamers With Jobs
I've played video games heavily since I was 3 (1989). I've watched every sporting event I can since I was 4 (1990). I'm now a professional sports journalist, living my dream, who takes breaks from watching events and writing articles to play Metal Gear Rising, Disgaea 4, Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires, Minecraft, and Bayonetta, and maybe watch an episode of Evangelion or Blood+. Finding people who overlap both categories is extremely difficult, and the attitude of many people, including many on this site, doesn't help.
Only issue I have is the comparison of D&D and Fantasy Sports. While there is a comparison to be had, Fantasy Sports is closer to gambling, wagering future success based on past performance.