Early Saturday morning, at half past midnight, a small but passionate group of fans will gather in front of our American TVs to watch the Grand Final, the Super Bowl of Aussie rules football.
Something unites those of us — insomnia, perhaps? — who choose to adopt a sport from the other side of the globe, one that’s way beyond the comfort zone of our upbringing.
But niche fans cheer on all sorts of sports from afar, a comforting reminder of just how much the world is shrinking.
“I started watching and really love it,” said T.J. Sherwood, a 19-year-old college student in Tennessee who also happens to be a footy fan.
Sort of like the folks in soccer-mad Britain, who have a growing hankering for the U.S. brand of football, brought to their side of the Atlantic with a big push from the NFL and an increasingly diverse media landscape.
“It’s a good sport. It’s got violence….