I just found out this morning that there is such a thing as Australian rules football. I’m not sure if the word “football” is referring to the
real game American version or that thing they play in Europe, but it seems to be some kind of cross between football, soccer, and rugby.
The game looks to be about as odd as it can get in modern sports, featuring an oval playing field with an arced 50-metre line. But the weirdest part of all is that what looks like the foul or penalty of the century had this been any other sport is being lauded as the “mark of the year” in Australian football.
Take a look as Port Adelaide’s Chad Wingard essentially leaps into the air knees an opposing player in the back of the head to catch the ball:
So there’s that.
For those of you unfamiliar with this sports, and who am I kidding, that’s all of you, a “mark” is when a player catches the ball before it hits the ground, giving him a free kick on the goal. From my brief research on this odd sport, it seems that pushing a player to jockey for position isn’t allowed, but jumping into the air directly at an opponent with your knees extended is just fine.
In conclusion, Australia has been playing some XFL version of soccer/rugby/football since 1858 and we’re just finding out about it now.