Have just finished listening to my boys (Adelaide Crows) play their last footy match of season 2010. We won the game, which makes it a total of 9 wins out of 22 matches for the year. But considering the start to the season – six straight losses – a better result than I had feared.
The history of this season is bought home graphically to me every time I go to my fridge and see my ticks and crosses marked against the fixture.
A cross is applied to the fixture with a definite finality – there will be no more thinking about that game! While the tick gets added in a celebratory manner – somehow prolonging the joy. This small ritual helps me though the highs and lows of being a footy fan.
Other footy fans will know exactly what I mean, and I am sure have rituals and habits of their own.
Non-believers however are bound to be bemused.