Sport is one of the few things in life that has the magical power of uplifting people. Indeed, sport transcends our everyday life and takes us to a place where the impossible often becomes possible. Ask any sports lover and they will tell you how enchanting that place really is, where real-life tales of courage overcomes hardship and leave you feeling inspired. There really is nothing like sport in terms of a sensational pick me up.
Like Nelson Mandela said “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.”
In reality, there are few sports that get people to their feet as Aussie Rules does. The only problem at the moment is that the only supporters getting to their feet are Australians as the game remains untouched by the rest of the international sporting community. You’re left scratching your head as to why given that as far as excitement goes, Aussie Rules has it all and then some.
Indeed, part of the attraction of Aussie Rules is how the game can ebb and flow. You’re only ever one moment of magic away from a comeback that will leave the hairs on the back of your neck standing upright. And as for real-life heroes who defy the odds, well, Aussie Rules has them in spades. Who can forget Jason McCartney’s return to Aussie Rules in 2003? McCartney would inspire North Melbourne to a win over Richmond and in doing so complete the greatest comeback Australian sport has ever seen.
"I often wonder how I would've been able to get through and gone about it if it wasn't for the amazing support of everyone involved at the Alfred Hospital."— AFL (@AFL) August 29, 2019
Jason McCartney opens up and reflects on his famous footy comeback following the Bali tragedy in 2002. pic.twitter.com/R2ezjHpzoC
These days, it must be said, Richmond don't seem susceptible to losing and find themselves the favourites in Aussie Rules betting to win a hat-trick of Grand Finals in 2021 after dominating during the last two seasons. But then again, that is just another nail-biting narrative that will play out next season. Indeed, if punters enjoyed how the Chicago Bulls went about building a dynasty or even how Manchester United became England's most successful football team, then they will love what could happen in Melbourne next season. Although Richmond's rivals will be doing everything they can to stop them, which should we say, will make for interesting viewing.
Indeed, the sport, of course, has an emotional and inspiring side in terms of defying comebacks, but it can also deliver bone-crushing hits that can lead to heated moments on the pitch. So with everything considered, why oh why does the rest of the world not want a piece of Aussie Rules?
ðŸﾐ¯ðŸŸ¡âš« YELLOW AND BLACK!— ABC SPORT (@abcsport) October 24, 2020
ðŸﾏ†ðŸﾏ†ðŸﾏ† @Richmond_FC have won their third AFL flag in four years. It's a Tiger dynasty!
They downed a valiant @GeelongCats in a brutal Grand Final. 81 - 50 the final score. #AFLGF #AFLGrandFinal #AFLTigersCats pic.twitter.com/r0Ilp8wbtJ
2021 is going to be a big year for the powers that be of the AFL as they go about trying to capture a new audience. Aussie Rules is indeed the perfect package, it just needs to be expertly sold to the world.