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06.americans accidental introduction to the greatest game of all - and how he grew to love it..

Posted by... quigs eraofthebiff - on ... Saturday, May 05, 2012

YARN OF THE MONTH #06 ..... (original entry date) July 2005


Get some more beers, or make another
coffee, take your time and have some fun.

Just a quick note here. This is where Quigs selects the best "Your Story" received for the month or a selection of a favorite older yarn - no correspondence will be entered into and the winner gets bugger all.
All yarns are unsubstantiated and are posted in good faith. Its just meant to be a fun thing, share some of our great memories from the Greatest Era of the Greatest Game of All.


Yarn from Christopher Davis, New York, USA ,

An americans accidental introduction to the greatest game of all - and how he grew to love it..

Christopher Davis
New York, USA
Club followed Philadelphia Eagles (NFL)

Approx date and year of story: August 3-5, 1997

I discovered Rugby League football by accident.

A New York store selling overseas newspapers displayed the Sydney Morning Herald's Grand Final coverage.

I assumed they meant Australian Rules football; I didn't know what game Canberra and Balmain played.

Three years later, the Tigers, Toreador's March and all, were featured on a Radio Australia broadcast I listened to on Sunday morning, 1 AM.

Earlier in the week, the Rodney King verdict had sparked riots, and the commentator said that the ref at Leichardt "must have been on that Los Ange-leez jury."

I finally got to see this great game ; a Friday night on the hill in Newcastle the year the Knights broke through (a controversial loss to Manly, avenged eight weeks later), the Roosters beating Gold Coast at the SFS on Saturday and then North Sydney Oval on Sunday, as evocative as Geoffrey Moorhouse's description in At the George, on Flo Day with the Bears running out to ZZ Top's "La Grange."

I'm loyal to the football of Bronko Nagurski and Joe Montana, but who wouldn't want to be Puig-Aubert or The LIttle Master, if only for a weekend in August?



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