i was posting this over at the bigfooty site, thought i'd put it here too, and seperate from the main thread ======================= ok, i'm american, a fan of aussie footy and plan to watch the grand final. its on tv here in NYC from 11:30pm until 4am, here's whats happening..... (btw, hilarity is suppose to ensue while reading this) 11:32 pm music intro starts, sounds just like the noise they play for survivor. i like survivor. this new season at vanuatu makes me laugh each time i hear the island's name b/c it reminds me that this tiny nation already knocked NZ out of the Soccer world cup btw, its not the Survivor music. 11:35 some guy is now talking about the olympics, his accent almost fools me into thinking he is an american. thats almost. more cheesy music now, reminds me of a Disney ride. 11:38 Guy Sebastian is singing Waltzing Matilda. it looks like a Matilda just waltzed on his hair. was that a funny zinger? this guy didn't win the Aussie Idol thing did he? 11:52 ok, WTF?!?!?! there are a bunch of guys dancing on stage in AFL jumpers, but i definitely know by their dancing style, theres no way these guys are footy players. what is this?? and dear god my eyes are burning seeing this womans thong. mercy please. i am wishing this wasn't live for the US viewers, and this part was edited out for us. wishful thinking. 11:57the 'men' and women are leaving now, not quick enough. 11:59 ok, now i am laughing, the port power anthem and Lions anthem are being sung by ten men in suits, apparently all the way from....Frankfurt germany. 12:07am their singng stops and so does my laughter. 12:13 the magic number in Footy in #4 according to the faceless voice. if it is soo magical i wonder if there are fights to have that # on their jumpers? yes, i know the Lions are going for #4. 12:15 ok, onto good stuff now, the pregame guys are talking and let me know only 10 minutes to go! 1218 Power come out to a lukewarm response, not 'great' as the announcer professes. 12:21 Lions come out to a louder cheer, but boo's are noticable too. now i wonder, how many beers would i have had by now if i was at the game? how many pee breaks? i should erase that last bit. 12:23 first commercial break, talking about pee breaks......... 12:26 Lets get it started is playing. pointless info for ya. the song was originally called lets get retarded. 12:27 Hey, PM Howard is here! i wish i could tell him don't turn around, some mean looking lady in an army uni is staring him down. 12:29 game is almost starting now, i put on my NYC Magpies jumper for no reason. 12:30 for no reason i was wasn't looking at the tv, and i miss the coin toss. damn. 12:31 game is about to start, and there is already pushing and shoving. ohhhhhh, and gonna be a good one........ ========================== that ends the pregame fun!