Thursday, September 25, 2008
While Arsenal are storming the EPL, somewhere on the other side of the world, Lis is watching ARF - that's right - Australian Rules Football.
For those of us who only know of AFL because Russell Crowe is a huge fan and co-owner (go South Sydney Rabbitoh's!), ARF is basically rugby - the inspiration for american football that combines soccer and kill the carrier (did anyone else play this as a kid?).
Lis sent me this excerpt from a website explaining the whole crazy, sport
1.9 Why are umpires 'booed' off the ground ?
In a large proportion of matches, whenever the umpires leave the field at half-time or the end of the match, the majority of the crowd will 'boo' them as they leave. Although more prevalent at games where the home team is losing (lost) and received controversial umpiring decisions against them, that doesn't explain this common action. Some propose that it comes from Australian's anti-authoritarian feelings as an ex-convict settlement that leads supporters to generally dislike umpires, but now, it comes as almost a tradition that the umpires are hated.
Gotta love the wild west aspect of it all.
Typical Australian outlaws.
Long live Chopper.