Introduction to Australian Football (My New Obsession)

Need something to look forward to? Need something to watch? If you're a sports fan, check out Australian Rules Football! You may have heard me mention it or seen me post about it on Instagram, because I have been obsessed!

I started watching 'Aussie Rules' or 'Footy' back when I was in high school (10+ years ago), but I haven't paid much attention to it in the last decade...until COVID-19 hit. While scrolling through channels I saw that a game was on and decided to tune in! This was while all sports in America were postponed/cancelled, so it was very exciting to watch live sports again! I immediately got hooked and decided to start following the league.

So...what is it?!

At first glance, you might think it's rugby...but it's very different. I would say it's a combination of Soccer, Rugby, and Quidditch (for my fellow Harry Potter nerds). It's very fast-paced, high scoring, and high intensity. The video below will explain it all!

I have been watching games regularly over the last two months. Unfortunately, due to the time difference, all the games are late at night and early in the morning. I've woken up around 4am multiple times to catch a game...I've also been taking way more naps, haha! Of course, there are ways to watch games when it's more convenient. Some games are available with replays, you can DVR, record games with YouTubeTV, etc. The games are on the Fox Sports and ESPN networks.

If you've never seen a game, give it a chance! I'll definitely be watching so reach on on Instagram and Twitter.

P.S. The team I'm supporting is the Carlton Blues and they had an epic win this weekend!

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