August 7, 1858

On August 7, 1858, the first Australian rules football game was played between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College. While on paper, this looks to be unfair, a bunch of college boys playing against a grammar school. It’s Australia. Both were grammar schools. One just went hoity-toity and put College in their name. Also, it was 1858 and it was still legal to punch a kangaroo if it wandered on the pitch (the playing field for the European sports illiterate). It was also legal if one of those Australian spiders walked up to you, to set it afire. Burn it. Burn it. Only the cleansing flame of God could remove those monstrosities from existence. Seriously. Google Australian spiders and then try to sleep at night.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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