Wednesday @ The Footy Almanac

A special edition of Jen Muirden's painting: 'Roo Boy' to commemorate the Round 16 'Fight Like Maddie' match -  Jen Muirden, 2015

A special edition of Jen Muirden’s painting: ‘Roo Boy’ to commemorate the Round 16 ‘Fight Like Maddie’ match – Jen Muirden, 2015

LUNCH WITH LUKE ABLETT – Friday, July 31. 12.30 for 1pm. Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke St, Melbourne. Two courses. $50 ($40 for members)

The Ashes Series

Third Test at Edgbaston: Thoughts and Previews

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Round 17

Carlton 4.11.35 lost to Hawthorn 27.11.173
GWS 6.6.42 lost to Geelong 9.15.69
Adelaide 19.11.125 defeated Gold Coast 12.8.80
Richmond 10.18.78 lost to Fremantle 12.10.82
Essendon 17.14.116 lost to Port Adelaide 20.9.129
Brisbane 5.8.38 lost to North Melbourne 16.14.110
Western Bulldogs 15.14.104 defeated Collingwood 13.8.86
Melbourne 6.10.46 lost to St Kilda 12.11.83
West Coast 15.13.103 defeated Sydney 7.9.51


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Round 17- Carlton v Hawthorn: Hiatus Interruptus

Like The People’s Elbow earlier in the week, John Butler wonders if the powerbrokers at Princes Park truly understand the enormity of the task ahead of the club in the post-Pagan, Ratten and Malthouse tenures at Carlton.

Hold Your Horses

Rick Kane is trying to keep a lid on the Hawks’ 2015 season. Straps hit, horses held – what does the next month hold for them?

A guide to busting the Adam Goodes excuses

Lachie Gaylard weighs in on the Adam Goodes debate with his deconstruction of the “I’m not racist, I boo Goodesy because…” arguments.

Goodes, AFLPA, Fans, Media – where to from here?

Geordie McMillan takes aim at some of his Hawks’ actions regarding the “Goodes Issue”.

Pigskin Almanac: The underdogs who won the Superbowl

Some of the most memorable sporting contests in history have been provided by NFL Super Bowl contests. Pigskin fan Logan R. Grayson recalls famous underdog wins in the NFL’s ‘big dance.’

The Time I Lived With England’s New Coach, Trevor Bayliss

Wayne Ball shares his first hand insights into the new England coach, Trevor Bayliss.

Round 17 – West Coast v Sydney: Gwen, Chuck the Truck and other gurus

Metaphor? Allegory? You be the judge.

Round 17 – Western Bulldogs v Collingwood: Bontification and the renaissance of the Bulldogs

Like a lot of his Western Bulldogs supporting brethren, Neil Anderson senses that something special might be in the air. Viva la Bontification of the kennel!

Round 17 – Western Bulldogs v Collingwood (Floreat Pica Sociey): Five straight spells despair/joy for Pies

Dave Nadel has the honours for the Floreat Pica Society this week. 0-5 often spells despair. While no one’s happy about that win/loss ratio, there is a lot for the Magpie faithful to draw comfort from as we enter August and beyond.

Northcote Park defeat bottom side North Heidelberg to stay in third position

Stephen Marson brings the news from Northcote Park’s fixture with North Heidelberg, Division 1, Northern Football League. Places for the finals are tightening and the Cougars in in the thick of the action.

The Ashes 2015 – Third Test Preview: Edgbaston is…

The Ashes returns to Edgbaston, Birmingham, England on Wednesday. What are your associations with Edgbaston?

Please fill me in on what has happened today in the Goodes booing issue?

I have been flat out all day. Can you please help me by recounting the direction of public discussion in the Goodes booing issue today?

Mob Mentality

Josh Pinn states his case against the booing of the 2014 Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes.

Stop and Listen, AFL: The Goodes Debate

David Zita dwells on the Adam Goodes crowd reaction debate. Simply put, it’s a complex issue with, as is often the case in life, far too much grey for reductive black and white posturing – on both sides of the argument.

Almanac Lunch with Luke Ablett – Friday 31st of July at the Royal Melbourne Hotel

Lunch this week is shaping up as a beauty. Come and join John Harms this Friday at the Royal Melbourne Hotel as he chats to Swans premiership player Luke Ablett about his life in footy, as well as his life as a writer, international volunteer and project officer promoting gender equality in sport.

Round 17 – Melbourne v St Kilda: Ground control to Saint Nick

“It was an ugly match, two teams still learning how to understand themselves running around a cold and sodden end-of-July field, but inspiration takes many forms. Riewoldt was inspiring.” writes Patrick O’Brien in this mighty fine report. What I need to explain that it was inspired by Saint Nick reminding Patrick of David Bowie.

Round 17 – Carlton v Hawthorn: Friday Night and the End of Optimism

The People’s Elbow celebrates Carlton’s “Back to the 90’s” promotion, unaware that the club had actually left that decade.

Round 17 – GWS v Geelong: Arm wrestle at Manuka

Sports historian – and Cats fan – Bruce Kennedy was all too familiar with the Hoops’ record in Canberra, and approached the clash against the Giants with a degree of caution. Class and experience, however, won the day.

AFL Multicultural Round – An AFL Umpire’s Journey…via Cambodia

With the AFL Multicultural Round just around the corner from 7-9 August, Wesley Hull takes the opportunity to look at some lesser-known examples of how people with vastly diverse ethnic and multicultural backgrounds have contributed to the great game of Australian Rules Football. Meet Sampho from Cambodia.

Almanac Rugby: Hands Up If You Saw a Wallaby Flanker Put an Argentinian Merchant Banker on His Ass This Morning?

The sharp eyes of Archie Butterfly hail the “athletic prowess”, shall we say, of Wallaby flanker Michael Hooper during the Wallabies 34-9 rout of the Pumas [A beautiful right cross, but a SANZAR judicial hearing will have the final say on his availability for the rest of the Rugby Championship, after citing Hooper for foul play. – Ed].