Dad Jokes, Geelong Cats and Footy Talk

Dedicated to My Dad “Pav”

Define ‘Dad’:

The most embarrassing person you’ll ever know. Enjoys telling ‘Dad jokes’ and dancing in public. Likes to annoy you and your friends. Is always around.

But I couldn’t ask for a Dad better than my footy loving mad Dad Nic.

My dad had brought me up into the blue and white scene that is the Geelong Cats. From the day I was born, to now, I have been with my dad to hundreds of footy games.

I went to my first AFL game when I was 4 months old. It was in 2001, the Cats v Hawks game, where the Cats won by 3 points. My Dad was overjoyed with the win, but probably more excited that he got to bring me along.

Since my first game at 4 months, I literally haven’t stopped going to the footy with Dad. We’ve been to Geelong and back, to the ‘G, to Etihad and even to the Gold Coast!

I remember when I was 6; I would talk to my Dad about stats and clearances and hard ball gets. He was blown away by my knowledge, but I think he was secretly proud that he’d taught me this himself.

 Another thing my dad has taught me about is tradition. It’s actually a big thing in my family, especially when it comes to footy.

When we drive down to Geelong, we always listen to old footy songs. ALWAYS.

We must get Hungry Jacks on the way home from the footy. MUST.

And even if this is stupid, dad has to roll up my flag after every game. HE JUST HAS TO.

Traditions like these have started because of my Dad.

There is one special thing I share with my Dad. Something that my mum calls “footy talk”. It’s our footy language. Whenever the footy is on, we talk a language only we can understand. We talk about history and stats and our best footy memories. We don’t really plan it; it just comes out like we know everything there is to know about AFL.

But there’s something that is always mentioned in the Pavlou household, apart from the footy. That’s Dad jokes. My Dad tells the most cringe-worthy dad jokes of all time, and has been telling them for the past 13 years.

Here are some examples:

“What do you call a guy with no legs? Kneel” (Dad laughs hysterically)

And:

‘Dad brings out box of shapes’ “Hey look, I’m shape shifting!” (Dad continues to laugh hysterically.

But apart from all the embarrassing moments and annoying dad jokes, my Dad has taught me to be myself. He’s shown me that we all should be grateful for everything we have. He’s been there to support me my whole life. And he’s taught me to be a footy fanatic. And I couldn’t be happier with that.jun

By Anna Pavlou, 13 years old

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