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14 Things Australian Sport Can Learn From The Super Bowl

Or "Why Tom Brady should come play AFL."

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1. Referees have microphones, and everyone can hear them.

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@SuperBowl Referee #BillVinovich CoinToss @DeanBlandino @MikePereira @RefereeJimD @MikeCareyRef94 #SuperBowlXLIX

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There's nothing quite like the cautious silence of a crowd of 80,000 people waiting to hear one man's decision. You can also hear players that are near the referees, sometimes. Like Tom Brady when he's yelling at his own / opposition players.

2. Brighter marking on the field. The grass really *is* greener.

.@Seahawks take the lead after a field goal in the 3rd quarter, 17-14. #SB49 http://t.co/5taF4oEqrd

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.@Seahawks take the lead after a field goal in the 3rd quarter, 17-14. #SB49 http://t.co/5taF4oEqrd

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The grass pops out, both live and on-screen. I'm not sure what they do to create such pristine fields – but we should maybe ask. The rugged figure of Tom Brady also makes a really good contrast up against the lush grass.

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3. Larger crowd.

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The ASU marching band performed @taylorswift13's 'Shake It Off' for the #SuperBowl crowd: http://t.co/4iQjEb6aLS

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I'm aware this isn't something that Australia can actually fix - but maybe mic up the crowd a bit louder to add to the atmosphere (looking at you, A-League). Players also benefit from the increased noise from the crowd, adding to the spectacle – like Tom Brady when he threw that touchdown pass to become the new record holder for most TD passes in Super Bowl history,

4. Our commercials during big games should be less shitty.

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This was the commercial that everyone was talking about during and after the Superbowl this year. Sure, it's heavy. Sure, it's a real bummer. But it also made people talk - online and in person. This is something that doesn't happen during Australia's grand final commercials. Maybe we could work on some Tom Brady-endorsed alcohol advertisement, I don't know.

5. War paint.

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Apparently for the reduction of glare (?!) war paint also makes everyone look pretty badass, which is always a good thing. It's also an easy thing for the kids to do at home, and Tom Brady looks great in it.

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6. Half time show.

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This is Katy Perry on a lion. She did this at the Super Bowl. Let's think back to all the great, motivating Australian sports' grand final half time shows...

Remember the time Seal showed up at the NRL Grand Final and just kind of walked through the crowd singing?

Or the time Meatloaf was the *Guest of Honour* at the AFL final and just kind of embarrassed everyone?

Those shows were OK. They weren't great – and they certainly weren't Katy Perry on a god damn lion great.

How are big name players, like, for example, Tom Brady, meant to keep up their aggression and motivation when Seal comes out singing "Kiss From A Rose"?

7. Let players wear whatever they want in their promos.

Sick hat, bro... Michael Bennett giving some style tips.

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Sick hat, bro... Michael Bennett giving some style tips.

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Look at this guy's hat. That's cool, man. That's freedom. Why can't we let Gary Ablett wear something cool, or one of the Burgess boys wear beefeater hats. That'd be swell. Tom Brady doesn't wear anything crazy though – his lifestyle is crazy enough.

8. Roman numerals for grand finals.

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Maybe even stop calling it a grand final? It makes it sound mysterious and cool, especially when people can't figure out what number we're talkin' about. Tom Brady could, though. He's great at maths. XLIX also sounds like a high fashion brand, when said out loud.

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9. Names on the back of jersey.

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See this dude? This is Tom Brady. How do I know? No, it's not because of his rugged physique, or general aura of calm control. It's because he has his name on his back. That's handy. Real handy.

10. Impact players, like Tom Brady.

Tom Brady seriously spent most of the game sitting on the sideline looking sad, but he also had a killer arm that dominated the field with touchdown winning passes. Doesn't matter though - because less is more. Every minute he spent on the bench was a minute the crowd held its breath.

11. Bar on the sidelines, with nibbles and snacks for the players.

Marshawn Lynch actually ate Skittles before Super Bowl XLIX (Video) http://t.co/or8TolbHK5 #SuperBowI

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Marshawn Lynch actually ate Skittles before Super Bowl XLIX (Video) http://t.co/or8TolbHK5 #SuperBowI

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This is kind of self explanatory. Nibbles are fun, as are snacks. Everyone's gotta keep their adrenalin pumping and blood sugar up. Give them snacks, dammit. How else does Tom Brady keep up his energy?

12. Coaches who seriously DGAF what they look like.

…and Bill Belichick goes wild!!!!

This is Bill Belichick. Dude won the Superbowl, dunno if you heard - and he did it wearing a goddamn hoodie. Let's pay attention. Less is more.

13. A lot of footage of big name players sitting on the sidelines looking sad. Like Tom Brady.

RT “@sarahcolonna: When Tom Brady looks sad it's a good reminder that models have feelings too.”

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RT “@sarahcolonna: When Tom Brady looks sad it's a good reminder that models have feelings too.”

10:28 AM - 11 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite