So Kathleen happened to have the radio on this morning, tuned to a sports radio talk show. And it seemed that the volume and intensity of the discussion was inversely proportional to the degree of importance-in-the-grand-scheme-of-things that the subject matter had.
By fnord12 | June 27, 2006, 4:52 PM | Comics
damn. wayne beat me to it.
You know what I beat you for...? Manglue!
On one hand, you forgot about SportsNet New York, The Speed Channel, The YES network, The MSG network, FSN (Fox Sports News) NY, The Fox Soccer Channel, NBA TV, and Fox Sports en Espa�ol.
On the other hand, you also forgot G4TV which has the original Star Trek, and plays it often and is going to have coverage of Comic-Con 2006.
OK, so its still lop-sided. But I've more to say.
On a side note, having seen some of the stuff that they put on the Sci-Fi channel (Boa vs Python, anyone?), and what they decided to take off the Sci-Fi channel, I don't know if I could ever endorse it to people who are fans of Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror.
But if you look at the bigger picture you realize that while Sports rules the small screen, SciFi/Fantasy/Horror movies completely dominate Sports on the big screen. You've got 3 X-Men movies, 6 original Star Trek movies, some number of ST:TNG movies (I stopped caring when someone dragged me to the theater to watch mini-Picard fight Picard for his organs), 6 Star Wars movies, along with Spiderman, Batman, Ghost Rider, Daredevil (I never said they were good movies), and every major horror movie franchise out there (Jason, Freddy, Chucky, Damien, etc.).
And what does sports have? Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner? Drumline? That other movie with Tom Cruise about Nascar whose title I forgot and don't care to look up right now?
Besides, SciFi and sports can co-exist. ECW is on SciFi. OK, so thats not really a sport. Sci-Fi's not a really good channel (anymore). I think they work well together.
There's tons more sports movies than you've named. Off the top of my head: The Natural, The Program, Remember the Titans, Fridayin trouble! Night Lights, the Major League movies, the Bad News Bears, the Mighty Ducks movies, Miracle come to mind, and I'm by no means a sports fan (I've only seen....3...4 of those maybe). I'd say sports and sci fi/fantasy are equally represented on the big screen.
In any event, the question wasn't really how well represented SciFi/Fantasy is in entertainment, it's the treatment of the fans of SciFi/Fantasy, as opposed to sports fans, when both groups exhibit similar (NERDY) tendencies.
p.s. Wayne's trying to beat me for manglue, despite my repeated insistence that I just like him as a friend. This is sexual harassment!
ooh a new acronym. personally, i think sci/fi nerds prefer to be marginalized. and the cons appeal to that "us vs. the world mentality". it may not be big business, but the industry has come up with more than a few ways to take your hard-earned cash. like repackaging old comics on dvd. ahem.
do not tell her about the rip 'em up project!