I was reflecting on how the word 'nerd' has changed from an insult to a badge of pride. And it got me thinking about how nerds are far superior to jocks. After a little reflection, jocks are pretty useless.
For jocks, they have to stay in top shape. They train all the time and then they perform multiple games every year. And that's if they only do one sport and only play professionally. It's even worse if they do other games, or play for fun on the side. The thing they don't realize is that all that abuse really wears out the body. Once your body is all worn out and your game starts slipping, you're dropped from the team and replaced by someone else.
I mean, look at the statistics. Average career length by sport:
NFL - 3.5 years
MLB - 5.6 years
NBA - 4.8 years
NHL - 5.5 years
Half a decade each. I won't pretend like I know the reason for that, but a stab in the dark would point to how much damage that starts to do to a person's body. Practicing several times a week, playing major games several times a year, for 5 and a half years? That's like doing a burnout every single time you go to drive your car. It may be fun and thrilling, but that's going to wear your tires down super fast.
My little brother was playing GTA (one of the modern ones, Gay Tony I think) one time. He got into a car, held the breaks and started to rev the engine and spin the tires. He kept it up and kept it up and kept it up, spinning his tires in place, until they exploded and he was left spinning rims. He was confused as to why his tires burst. I had to explain that he wore them down so much that they became thin and weak, and inevitably the pressure inside the tire became too much for the weakened rubber and they burst.
No doubt being a jock is the same way. It starts when the body is teenage, sometimes younger. Pre-teen and teenage bodies can take it. They're new, still. Jocks are large, full of testosterone, and still a fairly new tire when they start getting into sports, and they think their larger frame and grotesque muscle makes them better than the smaller and more slender. They pick a sport and start training, often starting in middle school. Middle school is usually 4 years, then high school is 4 years. College can be anywhere from 8 to 16 or more, but jocks rarely stick around that long. These poor fools, already that much worse for wear, then go on to pursue more serious games, or even go major league. Going with the shortest time possible, and going off the averages I listed before, that's 21 and a half years of training and playing sports, at the least. That is a lot of constant abuse. Assuming they started when they were 13, they'd be 34 years old when they stopped being able to play. The average Jock is washed up by his mid 30s.
I know this is already long, but if you had jock problems growing up, then stick around. I'll make it worth it, because it gets even better.
Sports talent is useless. Being a football player isn't a talent that's useful outside the game.
Butthurt Jock: "Being a nerdy game developer isn't a talent that's useful outside game development."
Not so, my primitive, lummox friend. Being a game developer is the Swiss army knife of talents. I can do sprite art, traditional art, design images/logos for companies, character/world concept art for movies, cartoons, other video games, etc. I can draw comics, I can do 2D animation, I can illustrate books. I can write books, I can write news articles, and I can write blogs. I can do 3D design, 3D animated movies, 3D prototypes, 3D presentations, and even 3D print. (I knew some boulders with legs back in high school who would have had their minds blown at even the mention of 3D printing) With my knowledge of coding, I could probably design my own software. To be an indie game developer, you need to have more than one talent. I'm multi-talented. If I were to stop being a game developer right this instant, I have useful skills I could apply other places.
Butthurt Jock: "I'm multi-talented, too, nerd! I can play football, soccer, and baseball!"
Sorry, that's not multi-talented. My abilities expand beyond one career possibility. The oversized cavemen we refer to as jocks, however, have a conditional ability: They can play fetch with a ball, puck, etc, or beat the shit out of each other. And that ability can only be put to real use in a sport stadium while the player is still young enough.
Disclaimer: No, I'm not saying everyone who plays a sport is a caveman. Just the jocks.
You see, jocks, your worth vanishes once you step out of that stadium. And what happens when your body starts to wear out, you start to slow down, lose your competitive edge, get dropped from the team, and never return to the stadium?
Butthurt Jock: "What happens when your body wears out?"
Jack and shit. My talents don't rely on my ability to compete with younger people in speed, strength, and dexterity. I don't have to keep my pencils away from other artists who are running after me to tackle me and get my pencils. Coding doesn't require me to knock another person silly while avoiding being knocked silly first. I don't have to guard a goal and be able to block other writers from shooting their books into my team's goal.
I could completely lose my ability to walk, and I could still do all the things I'm talented at. But what happens to the football star who loses his ability to walk?
They're discarded faster than a Playboy mag at a gay bar.
Butthurt Jock: "That's because you don't draw with your feet, idiot."
Ok, let's say we were both reduced to brains in jars, and somehow had a computer hooked up to our brains, and we could control that computer. I could still use that computer and my talent. With it's word editing software, I could write a book, or with image editing software, I could draw pixel art. With a little practice, I might be able to learn how to use 3D software.
As for jocks.... good luck catching balls, sliding to bases, and tackling people when you're just a brain in a jar.
Jocks spend all their time relying on abilities that training will wear out their ability to perform by the time they're 30. Jocks' glory only lasts for about a decade or two, where as wimpy nerds like me and the great Stan Lee can keep up our glory long into old age, and we don't need a stadium and two teams to make use of our skills. You don't see anyone Stan Lee's age on a major league football field, or in a champion title boxing ring, do you? Yet, Stan Lee still creates comic book heroes to this day.
Yes, Jock McRebar-eater could probably beat me up, but at least I'll be able to do what I love for as long as I live. Muscles and strength will fade, but the mind can stay strong for much longer. Albert Einstein, Stan Lee, Mark Twain, all masters of their craft long into their old age. I'd like to see Jock McRebar-eater remain master of his sport in his 70s, 80s, 90s...
So yes, being a nerd is superior to being a jock. Those muscles they love so much will fade away. The great jocks of the world learn how to fetch balls like good little doggies, the great nerds of the world become artists, writers, scientists, etc. The jocks wear out and become forgotten, the nerds invent computers, cars, and space rockets, cybernetic prosthetics, etc.