This is evil and wrong, and we don't have anything like it in the U.S. Umpires? Disgusting. In real football, they have refs.
Proper, which is to say American, football is all about refs. And timeouts. And taking a really, really, really long time doing anything. That's completely different, you see. It's an art, and specifically it's a martial art: listen to the guy next to you on the couch, as he explains how it's basically about war, and how this and that general and blah blah blah..... Well, I figure, if that game was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me. :crazy:
Steak and chips? Jeepers, these Aussies are babied -- Americans get spicy wings, bbq ribs, hamburgers, and the like, and they're very lucky indeed if they get it homemade instead of reheated from their favorite premade packages. Fries (i.e. chips) come frozen and get reheated in the oven according to package directions -- and if your wife doesn't love you any more, she does them in the microwave so they get mushy.
And then the guy and his pals get into this whole argument about whether Coors Ice is really better, and whether the seller has really handled it properly, and comparing it to Bud Light, and one guy is a Miller Lite fan, and then with any luck there's a serious foul or a touchdown or something because otherwise it's going to get ugly. Meanwhile the ladies are drinking cheap vodka mixed with a range of weird instant-drink mixers ("'nother margie, Janice, c'mon, lemme warm ya'up....") and at least one couple is going home in a taxi.
Superbowl, World Series, stuff like that -- that's a whole 'nother thread.
Just a little note from Chris, who is not always the most comfortable member of the Monday Night Football Couch Brigade in his blue-collar neighborhood.