A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport
When it comes to sport, Australians are mad. Completely, irrationally insane. It's the closest thing we have to a culture. From Don Bradman's singular focus to Steven Bradbury's heroic not falling over, sport has shaped our sense of self.
But how did we get here? Part history, part social commentary and a lot of nonsense, Titus O'Reily, Australia's least insightful sports writer, explains.
Covering Australian Rules, League, Union, soccer, cricket, the Olympics and much more, Titus tackles the big topics, like-
A How not to cheat the salary cap
A The importance of kicking people in the shins
A The many shortcomings of the English
Titus takes you through the characters, the pub meetings, the endless acronyms, the corruption and the alarming number of footballers caught urinating in public.
Sport is important - gloriously stupid, but important. To understand Australia you must understand its sporting history. With this guide you sort of, kind of, will.
Writer and broadcaster Titus O'Reily was born in Melbourne and raised by the Sisters of Collective Misery, a kindly but sombre order who placed an emphasis on sport above all other things, including religion.Titus's unique take on sport has been hailed by some of the most respected figures in sport as 'awful', 'childish' and 'barely comprehensible'.Known as 'the voice of Australia's working class', despite the fact he long lost touch with them and, in the main, reality, Titus has somehow become a popular satirist of Australian sport.Aside from despairing over the state of his beloved Melbourne Football Club, Titus lives alone in his city apartment which is described as 'unwelcoming' and 'sparsely decorated'.