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5 Sports Every Geek Should Consider – Even if You Hate Sports

Geeks and sports are not a typical pairing at all (one is into fitness and the other into computer games). Like water and oil or orange juice and milk. Like two negatively charged ends of a magnet. But believe it or not, there are some sports for geeks. 


I mean, after all, there’s always an exception to the rules, right?


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Check Out These Sports for Geeks

Professional Gaming


The percentage of those who are good enough at gaming to forge a professional career out of it is extremely small. Even if they manage to wipe out their friends in CoD4, they’re still unlikely to make it as a professional.


However, if a gamer does have a special knack for a joystick, there is always the possibility that they’re good enough to make millions of dollars in gaming competitions and corporate sponsorship.


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Segway Polo


Rich geeks ride on Segways around afield using a mallet to hit the ball in a high-tech version of polo. As Segways can reach such speeds as high as 20km/h, and there are five players on each team at any one time, it makes for some big-league Segway pileups.


Apple’s Steve Wozniak is a fan and could legitimately be the poster boy for the sport, which just gives it that extra layer of geekiness.


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Fantasy Football


Just two decades ago, Fantasy Football was an afterthought, if not entirely unheard of by the majority of sports fans. Ten years later, only math geeks and stats dorks were vying to work out the complexities of the numbers inside football.


In the 21st century, however, there are countless numbers of football fans gripped by Fantasy Football. The game dominates fantasy sports in general, with 93 percent of those being Fantasy Football players.


Of course, football fans still bet on the outcome of the actual games, too.


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Geocaching is essentially a high-tech treasure hunt, involving a geocacher who hides a waterproof container at specific GPS coordinates.


Other geocachers then attempt to find the container through GPS. Each container features a pen and logbook, in addition to low-value treasure, which can be traded should a player find the bounty.


There are endless variations to add excitement to the game, although it’s largely just an excuse to play around with GPS. The treasure, also called a geocache or cache, can be located anywhere in the world.


Currently, seven million geocachers are signed up to various websites, and geocaches are placed in locations in more than 100 countries.


Extreme Ironing



The name gives this one away. In case that wasn’t clear, it’s ironing, but extreme-style. Competitors take their creased shirts and ironing boards on the road to wacky locations, such as diving underwater.


They’d have to explain how you’re supposed to iron a shirt underwater, but that’s the mindset needed to become an extreme ironer.


While these games may not cause those who get involved to break a sweat, they certainly sound like fun. Let’s face it: geeks have a tendency to be socially independent and smart, and not sociopathic or menacing, so football and hockey are pretty much off the cards.

Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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