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26 signs you're a genuine sports nerd
Can you claim to be a true anorak?

1. You grew up addicted to Eurosport


2. You think you’re cool by virtue of the fact that Jonny Sexton is also a self-confessed ‘sports nerd’


3. You think Bill Simmons is basically God

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4. Whenever you were assigned a short story in English class, you’d always write it about the team who came back from an impossible scenario to secure a heroic victory (basically, the end of The Waterboy)

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5. You were useless at computer games, apart from FIFA, Pro Evo and Jonah Lomu rugby, at which you excelled


6. You blame all of your failures in life on Football Manager-related distractions


7. You drink coffee on account of your fondness for insomnia/staying up late and watching NFL


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8. You castigate bandwagon-jumpers whenever Ireland win a medal in some obscure sport that you’ve followed closely for years

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9. Not only do you play Fantasy Football but you also play Fantasy Rugby, Fantasy GAA, all the Fantasy US sports, study the numbers religiously and bet serious sums on them


10. When someone asks an “impossible” sporting trivia question in the bar, you’re the person who refuses to give up until you’ve guessed the right answer


11. You have the Football Italia theme tune as your ringtone

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12. When someone says “I think it was…” in relation to a sporting event, you’re able to give them chapter and verse until they’re bored stiff with the details


13. Every year, you make an effort to read all of the book’s nominated for the William Hill prize 


14. You tell everyone you know to watch ‘Hoop Dreams’


15. You buy newspapers/read websites solely on the strength of their sports coverage

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16. You’re a big fan of snooker, darts and WWE and insist that ACTUALLY, they do count as real sports

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17. You’re not going on holidays this summer — you’re taking a month off to watch the World Cup instead

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18. You enjoy explaining the finer points of minority sports to people who only watch them during the Olympics


19. You constantly get frustrated at people’s failure to understand sportspeak


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20. You were a big fan of shows like Fantasy Football before graduating to newer ones like Soccer AM

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21. You support the women’s national teams just as fervently as the men’s equivalent

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22. You admire more cerebral TV pundits like Gary Neville and Shane Horgan

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23. You regularly quote the speech from ‘Any Given Sunday’


24. You prefer to watch matches at home rather than in a pub, so you can concentrate

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25. You roll your eyes when someone claims that a last-minute goal denied them their 12-team accumulator


26. You remember years by sporting achievements

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