I have friends outside the academic world, and I find them more widely versed in the world: sports, politics, TV, movies, music, etc.
When I have a conversation with an academic, it's about school, teaching, books, and usually all of those things that make up the work day for me. Even when I try to find out if they're backing the Pats or the Giants, it's a non starter.
My friends outside academe, however, are ready to go toe to toe on Gingrich and Tiger Woods and that new Alcatraz show. And they have no problem weighing in on whether Eli Manning is a pretender or not.
And my academic friends sometimes don't just show disinterest in sports, there's often a particular disdain for it. "Football is stupid." "Basketball is stupid."
Q: How "sporty" are you or your colleagues? Can you get a good debate going about any of the major sports?