Posted on: June 20, 2009 3:54 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2009 4:02 pm
That's a good question and I'm not quite sure I have the answer. So what is the best thing to do when you don't have an answer? Make up a word. That means they cranly. All of them. What am I talking about? Australian Rules Football players and rugby players. While at an Irish bar last night, McSorley's on the fort lauderdale beach to be exact, I happened to have the opportunity to watch Australia play Italy in the Australian Football League, which is very similar to rugby. I have watched this sport before, so when I saw them wearing helmets that were fit for a child when it first starts walking, I wasn't shocked, but I still had to shake my head and mumble a few curse words to myself which involved the word crazy, followed by an noun and a verb. I also found the scrums to be pretty intriguing, which is pretty much the equivalent of what happens on the line of scrimmage after the ball is slapped, except in this sport, they don't have any real helmets or pads on. Like I said, "crazy adjectiver verbers!!!!"
But the most intriguing thing about what I noticed is that a) I only say one guy get injured and b) when the guy did get injured, the game didn't stop and nobody even flinched. The guy layed there for about thirty seconds before any trainers came onto the field, and when they did reach the injured player, play continued. The guy was just laying there with about four trainers around him and people were running past them It was as if the guy didn't exist. Can you imagine if during the Super Bowl, Santonio Holmes wen't down with a leg injury and along with the trainers, another receiver was just sent on the field and play resumed. That sounds archaic right, well apparently not. So this is why I asked myself, are Australians just crazy or are they manlier than wimpy Americans. After a long discussion with myself, yes I talk to myself and don't act like you don't, I came to the realization that I don't really want to go on record as refering to Ray Lewis as a wimp. With that in mind, I can't really say Australians are manlier than Americans, but I know so many people that are out of their minds that Australians can't possibly be crazier than Americans. So with all this information, I am now just going to refer to Australians as cranly. Or maybe I'm just a wimpy American in denial...
This is an American "so called scrum." Notice the nice pretty helmets and padding. Below the red line is an Australian Rules scrum. Notice the lack of helmets....actually forget that, notice the lack of visual heads. What is going on down there!?!? Now take a glance to the right and look at the difference betweent the helmets. The American football helmet on the left has thick padding surrounded by a hard shell with a facemask, while the Australian rules helmet has thin padding surrounded by...cranliness!
Posted on: February 11, 2009 11:05 am
After watching the Pro Bowl this weekend, I came to the realization that the game desperately needs some changes. OK, so I didn't really watch the game, but neither did you, and I doubt you know anyone that did. And if someone was watching the game, I am more confident than Jack Bauer in a life threatening situation that they were not paying attention and have no idea what the final score was. It is apparent that the NFL realizes the Pro Bowl needs an energy boost as the game was moved to the weekend before the Super Bowl, which I think will slightly help ratings, but this just isn't nearly enough.