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I’m not really sure if this is indicative of anything really. More than anything, I just wanted to post it because it is kinda funny. However, “stats geeks” are mentioned specifically as a group to be derided. I guess I could maybe say that the deployment of the stats geek as a trope does show that there is some kind of critical mass where a writer thought that it could be included in a skit for a comedy sketch show for an nationally televised show. I could also say that the use of “stats geeks” does fall in line with the dichotomy set up by the media that pits what Howard Cosell called the “jockocracy” against “eggheads”. Furthermore, I could say that this shows how the general public has misapprehended what sabermetrics is all about. The vast majority of sabermetricians that I talked to, just don’t give a flying crap about steroids. For whatever reason, this skit decided to paint “stats geeks” as the people who are to blame in making an issue out of steroids. I doubt that the writer actually thinks this, but the point is, he or she relied on the jocks vs. nerds trope and felt that it was ok to substitute the nerds with sabermetricians, even though it actually doesn’t make any sense to here.However, it is just a Saturday Night Live skit, so I doubt I’ll be using this in the dissertation. Still though, it’s funny.