Friday 5 – Saturday Edition!

Yesterday was Weller’s turn to do the Friday 5, but he was out-of-town and I completely dropped the ball.  So instead, you’ll be getting the first ever special edition.  Why is it so special?  Well, because it makes me look like I didn’t forget yesterday.

So today I’m going to count down my favorite sports.  Weller did something similar a while back and it’s easy enough to do.  Let’s get started.

5. Aussie Rules Football

This is kind of the odd sport in my countdown; similar to Weller’s rugby inclusion.  This game is rarely on TV, but if you make an effort, you can find it on the internet.  ESPN360 carried the Grand Final between Geelong and St. Kilda last night.  When I was in Australia in 2006, I had a chance to see St. Kilda play Carlton.  I was hooked.  It’s such an intense game, it’s like rugby, soccer, and American football combined.  I decided to be a St. Kilda fan and bought the scarves and wore our red and black.  A nice fan noticed my lack of accent and explained the rules to me.

The game itself doesn’t stop.  Fight on the far side of the field: “Ah, no, mate, they’ll just get the tribunal at midweek and be banned for a few games.  No need to stop the match!”  A guy breaks his leg going for a mark? “Wait until the play moves on, mate.  Get the stretcher.  Carry him off the field.”  Imagine if American football had no stoppages, no commercials, just awesomeness?  It would  be much cooler.

The rules are fairly simple.  Catch a kicked ball and you get a mark, or free kick.  Kick it through the center uprights and you get six points.  Kick it through the side uprights and you get one point.  No pass interference, that’s for wusses.  Tackle everything.  No pads.

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