Not quite, but to me, just as unappealing. Sportsball, the catch all term for those games that celebrate hyper masculinity and the running and the scoring and kicking of the ball.
I’ve ended up sitting on the sidelines of an A Grade AFL (Australian Football League) practice game while my boyfriend umpires… for the enjoyment of it.
He loves AFL, he’s been involved in the sport since he was 14 and at one time was considering a career as a professional umpire. But now he just umpires as a hobby because he loves being involved in it.
I have my own feelings on his involvement because from getting to know him, it’s clear the sport and the types of people involved, were a huge part in his fear of coming out. But that’s not my business, he loves the game and wants to be involved. So here I am watching an AFL game where I don’t really know the rules.
But I did see a punch on so that was entertaining. No one took their shirts off, so it’s not like any of the football porn I’ve watched.
When I first met the boyfriend I lied and told him that I am more of an NRL supporter than AFL supporter. Which is technically true, because I’ve watched like 4 NRL games in my life. But after a couple of weeks he realised I actually just had no fucking clue about sportsball in general.
I honestly hope he doesn’t ask me any specifics about the game. Because I’ve spent the majority of it writing this post and taking photos.
And yes. My boyfriend is one of those losers in the fluro green 😂