Footy date today

It’s a date!

Australian Rules aficionados, trivia tragics and numeric numbskulls look forward with great anticipation to the first official day of winter on Friday written as a date, Australian style, namely 1/6/12. Enjoy it while you can because this is the last year until 2107 that the calendar provides us with just the one scoreboard date. Next year we return to the twice-yearly occurrence with 2/1/13 and 1/7/13, with that pattern followed through until 2099.

Thankfully I won’t have to again live through those barren, date/scoreline-less years endured early in each new century. Maybe if fellow Bomber supporter Max Wiggins survives to reach his century (not totally improbable given his current tender years and the prospect of common centenarians by then), he’ll recall his life journey through the scoreless years (2000 – 2006), the one-off years (2007 – 2012) and the regular seasons (2013 – 2099), to clock up his personal milestone in 2100. Then he can start the cycle all over again!

Now if you want to hear a really good one about church, hymn numbers and the end times, get JTH to regale you with one of his childhood theological theses. The modern digital age where hymns and orders of service are projected onto a big screen has a lot to answer for in undermining his unique take on eschatology.

 

 

About Ian Hauser

A blissfully happily retired teacher with a (very) modest sporting CV. A Queenslander through and through who supports the Broncos and the Redcliffe Dolphins in rugby league, the Bombers in the AFL and Sturt in the SANFL, country teams generally (I was brought up on a farm), and the Gunners in the EPL. Looks for those beautiful moments in sport (and life) that capture the spirit rather than the law of the game. Also looks for the humourous and quirky moments which help us remember that it's only a game. Married (twice), two adult kids, love reading and good wine - and hope to write a good piece or two for the Almanac.

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