In the history of athletic rivalries, for the Australia Baggy Green Cricketers to prepare for the away Ashes every four years by making a traditional stop at Gallipoli—that’s just brilliant. Alas, it is untrue. Well, it did happen, once, in 2001, evidently, but not again. It’s too bad, really—it’s a rare and wonderful opportunity to both reverence and cheapen a historical event by tying into an otherwise irrelevant sporting match. I can’t think of anything like it.
I mean, if the District’s NFL team ever made it into the NFC finals against their rivals, they could stop on their way to Dallas at… I dunno, the Major Ridge house in Rome, GA? Or is it possible that the team doesn’t really identify with our First Peoples?
Seriously, the Australians at Gallipoli before playing for the Ashes? That’s fucking poetry, that is.
Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,