Speaking of Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister sat behind Joe Biden yesterday as she watched her Eagles bring home the win at the MCG, next to her partner David Panton. Sitting next to Biden himself was Mason Cox, the new Collingwood forward who hails from Texas in the United States, who took the opportunity to explain Australia’s own game to the sports-loving Vice-President. On SEN Radio this morning Cox described the experience as “pretty wild man, I’m not gonna lie”.

While Biden and his granddaughters were plied with Carlton gear, Cox said he also presented the VP with a jumper with his name on it and Cox’s number. Cox, who has made quite the splash at Collingwood this year, said Biden’s knowledge of the game was quite good, and only needed a bit of extra guidance when it came to the rules and scoring system. Ms Tips particularly likes this photo of Biden enjoying the match. We imagine that Cox is explaining why Julie Bishop is whispering “chewy on your boot, chewy on your boot” while a Carlton player lines up for goal …

Joe Biden football

Peter Fray

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