August 24, 2003
Dubya’s numbers are down. So are Arnie’s. But I don’t care.
Posted by Tim Blair at August 24, 2003 05:39 PM
Two years ago when Collingwood looked hopeless (to the untutored eye) I bet a friend of mine a considerable about of money that they would win the Grand within three years. This is year two: looking good.
Newsweek-style poll questions:
Who would you say caused: 1. Rain during the weekend, 2. Traffic lights to turn red when you approach them, 3. Your favorite sports team to lose? Select from the following: George Bush the son, G.W. Bush, Dubya, or George W. Bush.
Newsweek is from a bygone era. In the era of the blog and other sources of information nobody (except like-minded liberals) take Newsweek, Time, and a host of others seriously. The only place you can find it is in the reception area of doctor's office.
Yup, when the big picture's not to your liking, sublimate yourself in muscular men in tight shorts wrestling with eachother for a bit of leather.
AFL is for wusses. Now if they attached razor-sharp spurs to the players' elbows and ankles, armed the umps with sawn off pump-action shotguns and stopped searching us for booze and weapons, then you'd have a decent afternoon out.
More (Captain) blood, less thinly veiled homo-eroticism.
I tried. I really tried. I watched the Brisbane Lions - Geelong game on the weekend. All of it. But I still think Aussie Rules is a silly game. I'm sorry. I know some of you really like it.
I like rugby league, and rugby union. Even though these sports have their rabid fans, they still do not seem to generate the, umm, fanaticism and reverence that fans of Aussie Rules hold for their favourite team, and their code.
What is it about this game that I'm just not getting?
Well the Brisbane - Geelong game was silly.
Oz Rules looks like chaos the first few times you watch it - after a while the patterns start emerging. After a few years you realise the genius of it.
There are two things to be said against the game:
1) A bad game of Aussie Rules is worse than a bad game of any other sport.
2) Wet conditions ruin the game as a spectacle. I have an English friend who, having watched a game in the wet, forever describes Aussie Rules as 'fumble ball'.