Anyone who reads my blog knows I am a huge fan of the Geelong Cats of the Australian Football League. A few years back Inky and I signed up DirecTv just so we could pay an extra fifteen bucks a month to watch the Cats play. Sadly, the network that carried the AFL, Setanta, went bankrupt and so the rights to broadcast the games were picked up by ESPN. Back in the 80's, when no American sport league would go anywhere near ESPN, they did have the rights to broadcast Aussie Rules.
Now, they are too big for their britches and when they got the rights they promptly buried the games on their on-line only channel: ESPN 3. But, a few times a year they pop an Aussie Rules game on cable for everyone to enjoy. Tonight is one of those nights as the Cats of Geelong will meet the Port Adelaide Power in a game that is a rematch of the 2007 title game. Since then the two teams have gone in vastly different directions. Geelong won another title in '09 and played for the title and lost in '08. Port have fallen on tough times and became a bit of a doormat over the last three years.
The game starts just past midnight tonight, and if you have some time and access to ESPN 2 I highly recommend you check out a few minutes. It is fast paced and full of exciting play. It takes a little time to pick up the rules, but even to the novice it is enjoyable. And as Inky will tell all the ladies out there, the boys do look quite good in their jumpers and shorts. Just sayin'.