When I am tired from interviewing people, it’s good to sit back with a Bintang beer and watch some TV. The Australia Network is great for this purpose, especially on the weekends when it shows rugby almost non-stop. Australians take their rugby seriously. Having spent a good portion of last night unwinding by watching the Roosters play the Bulldogs in a fiercely contested NRL game, I have learned a couple of things.
The first is that I really enjoy rugby league a lot more than rugby union. JMP and I watched some rugby union when we traveled in New Zealand and again when we were in Australia, and my read is that rugby union is a lot slower with a lot less action. Rugby league is in many ways like a faster, continuous, more brutal version of American football, with 6 downs instead of 4.
The second is that I have no doubt that the rugby league players are the fittest people that I have ever seen. Simply massive shoulders, chests, and thighs, but not an ounce of fat on them.
The third is that Australian football, which is yet another sport, is weird. Apparently the technical term for a referee is a "white maggot."