First bounce. I do have my concerns about the state of the umpire's spine, but you can't question his commitment.
The MCG was everything I expected. Very reasonable ticket prices, excellent views across the ground, good food and drink, easy walk back to the station. The atmosphere never really got going, but I've learned to lower my expectations on that front. Premier League tribalism is hardly likely to be replicated when fathers and sons, husbands and wives, and groups of friends sit alongside each other barracking for opposing teams. And that family-friendly vibe can only help when it comes to pulling in the punters. A half-full MCG is still an awesome sight. I'll be back.
IN OTHER NEWS...
I was in the supermarket and asked where to find satsumas. The look I received in return suggested Australians do not use this word. I settled for mandarins, which could well be the same thing.
State of Origin kicked off last week, Queensland beating New South Wales 18-10 in Melbourne. In the rugby league world, this is as fierce as it gets, but to me, it's more like the Boat Race without water. Maybe game two (of three) next week will capture more of my imagination.
Euro 2012 starts in less than two weeks but I will be starved of good TV coverage - and almost without any coverage full stop. Is anyone able to screen England games to Australia via Skype?