Sports-hungry Americans started the first round of the AFL season – led by former NFL punter Pat McAfee, who described it as “my favorite sport I’ve ever seen”.
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McAfee was again the leader in a segment of the Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday morning.
“The thing that stunned me when I was moved was my newly found love – the AFL,” said the former Colts-Punter before explaining how he had lived for 32 years without ever seeing a game.
“I was doing a radio show in Australia … and they asked me how I had never seen Aussie run football before. I said,” Actually a good question. “Because there are a lot of Australian players going to America have come to stab soccer balls.
“I don’t want to offend my newly found friends in Australia, but whenever the Australian players came here, the original message was that they poked in rugby style.
“I actually played rugby in college, that’s what we called it when it wasn’t ultimately rugby style, but Australian football style.” But we called it rugby. Marketing from the beginning was wrong.
“Everyone said,” He’s doing rugby, “and then I started talking to some of those Australian players who said,” It’s really Australian football, buddy. “
“I always knocked her out and thought,” Yeah, I understand, but it’s rugby, it’s the same as rugby. “
But McAfee has seen the light and has no doubt which Australian sport he prefers.
“Rugby, very tough sport, I respect it, but it’s a little too slow for me,” he said.
“For me, the mosh pits and the whole thing are not what I would like to see. But when I saw a football game with Australian rules for the first time in my life, I said:” Wait a minute, this sport is great. “A lot wide, open running, a lot of juking, there are about six or seven points per minute.
“The jump-off is the only way to score. There are these mossy catches of people, there is an American in the league named Mason Cox – they call him Cox-Zilla – he is six feet ten, he is Randy Mosse’s people.
“It was always late in the morning (aired) and in my eyes it was rugby. And then I saw it Friday night … it’s not rugby.
“It is a completely different game. The players, the volleyball hitting the ball, the football-like attack style, it was the sport that I was supposed to play as a child.
“If I had known as a child that there was sport, I would have played football according to Australian rules.
“Now is a time when many Americans have been introduced to this great sport. Now it was time to run. To improve everyone’s health, this will of course be postponed to June. So now we have nothing left. “
But McAfee said he was planning to watch old games on YouTube and promised Australia that he would be “in the long run”.
“This is a sport that I enjoy a lot,” he said. “I love it. We will go to Australia at some point and watch one of these games.”