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Aussies Behaving Badly

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Sometimes a blog post is handed down to you from God in his heaven. And sometimes it comes from my friend Wutton in Hackney, who sent me this link to a Wikipedia page listing all controversies involving Australian rules football players. It’s quite long.

I try and avoid perpetuating broad national stereotypes but some of this is fair dinkum true blue stuff, tastier than a shrimp on the barbie. Cobber.

Admittedly much of this material isn’t that laughable: it seems being an early AFL player involved being bribed to ‘play dead’ in matches or just being dead. However, it seems that latterly Aussie rules incidents have lurched from the tragic to the tragicomic to the just plain mental. There’s the standard affray, drug-abuse, and drunken high-jinks gone too far. And then there’s the stealing bags of potatoes, defecating on strippers, and wiping your blood on one of the opposition’s guernsey. I had to look guernsey up. Apparently it means shirt.

I’ll leave you to peruse at your leisure but I’ll point you in the direction of Aaron Edwards, Shannon Grant and Hamish McIntosh who have neatly gone one further than ‘starting a fight in an empty house’ by ‘getting thrown out of a Lionel Richie winery gig’.


Written by harrisharrison

May 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm

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  1. A guernsey is a “jumper” and a shrimp is “prawn”, mate.


    May 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    • No, Tony. A shrimp is a shrimp and Guernsey is part of a collective grouping known as the Channel Islands, mate.


      May 31, 2010 at 6:18 pm

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