I'd just like to put a stop to the rumour that all Victorians are sports mad.
Categorically, emphatically, not.
I come from a long line of healthy, happy, well adjusted, (well we think so anyway) non sport loving people.
But there are occasions when I almost wish I had a basic understanding of things related to sport. Almost is the crucial word here. You see, everyone assumes that Victorians are passionate about AFL (AKA footy) for starters, and love a variety of other sports ranging from soccer and cricket, to rugby, tennis and netball, in fact pretty much any sport particularly of a team nature.
I've tried to enjoy them, I really have, but it just doesn't work.
Sadly it kind of kills the conversation when the confession is apologetically uttered. It comes across as being unVictorian, and possibly even unAustralian, of letting the side down.
But it doesn't mean we are ill. Or to be shunned. Or destined for the white jacket with arms that tie behind the back.
We simply don't relate to sporty events.
But I don't think I'm on a winning streak with my disinterest in sport. So I sometimes feign interest, and make inane comments. I confess I'm grateful to the 'IT Crowd' episode where Moss and Roy bluff their way through a conversation at a pub pretending to be "real men". It gave me a few clues and useful phrases that work quite successfully with taxi drivers :)