When the Maroons scored for the 4th time in a row in the first half, a guy at the table next to us got so angry he slammed the table spilling his beer and tossing food.
When Thurston was down on the ground in agony because of his knee injury, a woman behind me was brought to tears.
It’s a passion. Sports bring out the emotions in people, create rivalries between states and countries and overall give a sense of pride (or the opposite).
We watched game 3 of the State of Origin between the Blues (New South Wales) and the Maroons (Queensland) last Wednesday in a bar in Balmain. It was packed, and it was a good game to watch (even if the Blues kept messing up left and right).
The passion in the crowd was in full force, as mentioned in the examples above, and even though I really have no interest in rugby, it was awesome being able to watch such a big match with loads of passionate people.
It reminded me of the soccer games I watched in Spain and Italy where the entire crowd was chanting and cheering. It made me think of the big baseball games I watched as a kid.
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