Way OT but it's late, and it's the Grand Final: Collingwood vs. Geelong. I haven't watched Aussie Rules Football in many, many years. First encountered it in the dorm, where the lounge had cable and PASS. I wondered is it rugby? No, it's not rugby - what the hell is it?! It's weird to see them dribble that big oblong ball, punching it to pass, and the goal umps pointing with one or two hands to single a score. Huge field. Anyway, check out how they play football down under.
OT: Aussie Rules Football Grand Final @ Midnight (ET) on ESPN2
And if it ends in a draw, they'll replay the entire thing. Happened last year. The Magpies of Collingwood prevailed, eventually.
dont try to learn the rules. Aussie football is SO much better if you just watch in blissful ignorance
Anybody else want to play?
I have no freaking idea wtf is going on here but these guys are killing each other out there.
I have no idea what's going on, and I love it. Zoltan needs to dominate this when he tires of toying with the mortals in the NFL.
I kinda miss the long white coats the goal umps used to wear.
Reminded me of the Panama Jack guy.
I've watched one game before, and it instantly became my favorite sport outside the "big four." And I have no idea what's going on.
If they don't win I'll be shocked. They're unbelievable. Geelong is good but just the best of the rest.
Then I root for the underdog. Go Geelong.
What is up with the reverse throw in by the ref?
That's a way the ball goes back into play sometimes.
Yeah, I see that but why?
I'm gonna guess if no one has possesion when the ball goes out of bounds, the ref throws it in.
It's like a faceoff in hockey, but the ref faces backwards so there are no accusations that he's playing favorites by throwing it so a particular team is more likely to get the ball.
Do they have something against long shorts?
Dudes in bun-huggers lookin like 70's-80's nba... Fab Five needed in Australia.
Maybe it's easier to tackle somebody in long shorts?
10 hours 53 minutes to go...
The MCG is the Melbourne Cricket Ground, it holds 100,000 and once packed in 120,000. I would imagine there are probably about 100,000 there today or yesterday or whenever this match is being played. Is this live? I have no idea what time it is in Australia right now or even what day it is.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne_Cricket_Ground
It says live in my info bar.
I think it is live. Sat afternoon game. AFL site has the score.
Announcers said attendance was 99,537.
Cracka, Cracka, Cracka!!!!!
Immediatley reminded me of Dennis Bergkamp
That's a broken ginger nose.
Does 32 have eligibility left? Dude can kick from bad angles.
Geelong answers back.
Now, why can't we have a cool signal like that for touchdowns?
Mikoyan, any travelling pictures this week?
If you count Rynearson as travelling
the injured player has to sit out 20 minutes because he is being "stretchered" off and in "enormous pine"
A dislocated shouldah.
"Steve Johnson does the business!"...
This is crazy... Dude dislocates his shoulder and the "doctor" commentator said they removed him permanently from the game "too soon because they should have put the shoulder back in place and seen if he could have continued."
Not to many sports where you have this much physical contact and a dislocated shoulder isn't grounds to come out of the game.
"Sidebottom squeezes it through"...
Ha! Kicked it right into the ump, so he knows it's a goal.
Holy crap! What a goal from a really bad angle!
Dude looks like Mickelson with a wedge.
My first thought was "man there are a lot of refs out there..." And then I realized thaty both teams are wearing black and white stripes... Anyone else find the color scheme confusing after watching so much American ball? At least they're different orientations I guess...
I think Geelong has Blue horizontal stripes.
Anyone have a Sabermetrics Australian handy, I'm having a hard time figuring out who are the most efficient players. Cracka does look like a star though
Travis Cloke from Collingwood is the top scorer. He has really proved his worth in this match hitting from 65 meters then from a terrible angle at 50 meters.
Halftime = bedtime. Night all. Go Cats!
but it's better to be playing in the game than sprinting at halftime.
18.11.119 to 12.9.81 They lead after 3 and won going away.
We acutally have Nationals next weekend in Austin, Tx. There used to be a team in Detroit, but they went inactive awhile ago. There are around 40 mens teams and 10 womens teams. Check out usafl.com.
Geelong! Geelong! Geelong! 3 Premierships in 5 years!
What a win for Geelong. Good on 'em!