Some stathead stereotypes are unfair: very few of them, I have found, live in their mothers’ basements. They’re good with computers and stuff, so they got jobs and rented apartments and bought condos. Sure, those apartments and condos are every bit as sad as their mothers’ basements would have been given the 100% absence of a woman’s touch, but let no one say that your average sabermetrician doesn’t have a place of his own.
Some stathead stereotypes are, however, entirely justified. For example, that they’re geeks. Look, I know some aren’t, but many many of them are, and I say that even though I count a number of them as my friends and THT colleagues. If there was any doubt about this, check out this BTF thread, in which THT’s own Colin Wyers engages in an argument about whether or not a batter swinging at a pitched ball would constitute a melee attack or, rather, be a defensive thing subject to a saving throw if the game were controlled by Dungeons & Dragons rules. He thinks it’s the former. Here’s his opponent’s argument:
I mean really, if you were DMing it…
“You enter a large space. There’s a box painted on the ground ahead of you. Two masked men await.”
“I approach them.”
“One looks at you, the other pays you no heed.”
“I step into the painted box.”
“A missile comes hurling at you! Roll for save!”
In other news, if you’re constructing the optimal RPG lineup, your number three hitter should be a half-orc fighter and a human paladin should bat cleanup.