Were you a nerd as a child? I was something of a hybrid. Not quite a complete outcast, but certainly not one of the cool kids.
(At this point, it is important to note that any comments that get added to this post about how dopey I was as a child will be authored by people who were in my circle of friends at that time, thus proving that they, too, were little geeks.)
Gym teachers and nerds have a longstanding history of animosity, evidenced most recently by this tale, from Westchester County, NY:
New York police say a substitute gym teacher put a 10-year-old student in a chokehold after the two got in an argument over a dodgeball game. The Daniel Webster Elementary School sub was charged Friday with third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment.
Detective Thomas Leak said the 58-year-old sub apparently began calling the boy ‘a big baby’ and a ‘crybaby’ after they argued about a call in a dodgeball game.
The most shocking fact may be that Dodgeball has “calls.”