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Usually people don’t get very excited about the NFL debut of a third-string running back/second-string punt and kick returner. However, Jarryd Hayne is not your typical third-string running back/second-string punt and kick returner. He was a rugby superstar in his native Australia who risked that career to pursue his dream of playing NFL football, only to blow American football fans away in the preseason and earn a spot on the Niners’ 53-man roster.
So Hayne’s NFL debut on Monday Night Football? It was kind of a big deal in America. And it was a HUGE deal in Australia.
Of course, as you can imagine, most sports fans down under (or anywhere in the world outside North America, really) are not familiar with American football. So there’s a bit of a learning curve for those trying to follow Hayne’s NFL career, and some news organizations are trying to explain the game to Aussie fans.
Not The Guardian, though. They realized that it would be a lot more entertaining to have somebody who knows nothing about American football liveblog Hayne’s NFL debut. So that’s what they did. They got a guy named Matt Cleary to liveblog the game and provide some observations and commentary.
Result? A pretty hilarious look at football from the eyes of an outsider.
Well done, Matt Cleary. Or as I guess you would say, top stuff.
Hat Tip – [The Guardian]