Brutal Australian Rules Football, the rugby-like sport in which men hit each other hard without pads and helmets, debuted last night on Channel 12. That’s according to Westword, which notes “such fare seems unusual” for the channel, a “hyper-local public-TV station that’s broadcasting the show on its MhZ Worldview affiliate, accessible at digital channel 12.3.”

But a station spokeswoman responds in an e-mail that the offering is just one of a diverse array of programs now available through the station.