I've harbored a grudge against Geelong Football Club supporters since 1997, when I was walking out of the SCG with a two-year-old Wonder Boy on my shoulders after the Cats had beaten the Swans. A Geelong fan walked up to me, bent down to shout right into my face and yelled, "Oh look, a whole family of losers." I've never been able to forgive the ungraciousness of that comment and I admit I have allowed it to colour my view of all Geelong supporters ever since.
But last night, as we were leaving the SCG again, this time after an amazing last-second win by the Swans (I don't carry Wonder Boy on my shoulders any more -- soon he will be carrying me!) I finally had my revenge.
A disconsolate Geelong supporter grumbled, "Don't celebrate too early, you've got St Kilda next week." To which I replied, "Mate, at least we've got next week."
Tickets to the semi-final: $150
Hideously expensive and tasteless catering: $37
The look on the Cats' supporter's face: Priceless!