Ah, yes, International Rules football. That goofy sport that mixes Gaelic football, Australian-rules football and...pantsing?
Well, that's what Kieran Donaghy of Austin Stacks seemed to think when he pulled down the shorts of Carlton Football Club's Zach Tuohy in the middle of a postgame interview on live television, thereby giving a whole new meaning to the term "Down Under."
For American sports fans, the image will certainly evoke memories of "Psycho" Steve Lyons, then of the Chicago White Sox, who dropped trou at first base, supposedly so he could readjust his uniform on the fly.
Or, for you NBA fans out there, you'll undoubtedly recall when Ron Artest, during his days with the Indiana Pacers, used Donaghy's strategy as a defensive tactic to slow down Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics.
As it turns out, pantsing is more than just a novel prank; it's a staple of sporting tradition, a way to awaken (however rudely) a friend, foe or self in the arena of play.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but pantsing may yet have been the inspiration behind the ubiquity of the jock strap in the wide world of sports.
Either way, let's give a round of applause to these International Rules footballers for never forgetting that sports are about fun and horsing around, even if that means exposing yourself or others while the cameras are running.
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