It was billed as one of the biggest matches of the round, but the funniest moment arguably came before the first bounce of Friday night’s blockbuster between Collingwood and Essendon.
Just shy of 24 hours after defeating the Boomers, Team USA hit the hallowed MCG turf to soak in the atmosphere ahead of attending their first AFL match.
The team’s coach Gregg Popovich had been generous with his time with a host of media outlets, but when Channel 7 caller Brian Taylor approached him unannounced the result was rather hilarious.
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Popovich immediately backed away from Taylor — who’s renowned for his post-match “Roaming Brian” segment — leaving viewers in stitches.
Even West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui weighed in, calling it “quality television”.
Despite Popovich’s reluctance to speak to Taylor, Team USA were in awe of the size and scale of the MCG — not to mention the footballers.
Donovan Mitchell, who plays for the Utah Jazz, described the occasion as “incredible”.
“I’ve never been to a stadium this big before,” Mitchell said.
“I kind of don’t know what’s going on, but I’m just excited to be here it’s pretty special.”
While Mitchell was impressed with the stadium, Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez was more focused on the players themselves.
“I’m just impressed by their size,” Lopez said.
“Some of them are pretty close to our height and out size and they’re out here doing their thing on the pitch. It’s really cool.”