Only from Tinsel Tony Wilson. A tale of the competitive juices which flow on Grand Final day. [More Tinsel madness - which somehow makes sense, and has a heart-warming denouement - JTH]
Peter Goldsworthy’s fine poem about an end-of-career sportsman. [oustanding - Ed]
Philadelphia Eagles’ fan Scott Langford and New York Giants’ fan Cody Royle have a (very civilized, I must point out) debate about the big upcoming rivalry game between their two teams.
Miles Wilks takes issue with soccer appropriating the marketing slogan of “the World Game”.
This piece by Jason Kevin Groves from 2011 is one of the most eloquent descriptions of the journey into and out of serious depression. (Hope you are doing well Jason. Give us an update on your footy or personal adventures – Ed.)
Prof Bruce Bergland remembers Monday Night Football as a boy in Minnesota. Bruce is the editor of The Allrounder, an American Sportswriting site (mentioned by Peter Baulderstone in Crio’s Question this week). The Footy Almanac and The Allrounder will be looking out for each other. This piece was first published at www.pigskinalmanac.com our new American football writing site.
Thanks to Peter Argent, we can see that Gavin Wanganeen can still turn it on at 41.
John Harms will deliver the Tom Brock Lecture in Sydney on Oct 8. All welcome.
A blessing! [Well that should help - Ed]
American student Christian Panebianco shares the experience of his first AFL Grand Final. Lucky that he is living and studying in Hawthorn.
Digger and Teddy are ticketless and looking for Gloria when they arrive at the MCG on Saturday. Here’s what happens.
Some professional sportsmen are left floundering and unsure what to do with the rest of their lives when their playing careers are over. But not former NRL star Ian Hindmarsh.
Order your Footy Almanacs now.
2015 promises to be a big year in sport. We were eyeing off a trip to the British Open and the Ashes, and would love to gauge the interest of Almanackers to come along!
Ray Wilson has listen to all the experts explain what happened out there on Saturday. But he knows they have missed the boat, because he has the inside knowledge. [Well there you have it - Ed]
It was all happening at the Almanac Grand Final Eve lunch on Friday.
If you were there, give us your Brownlow votes for the day.
Another beaut story from our new sister site Stereo Stories. Almanacker Lucia Nardo recounts the tale of taking her father to record this all time classic on a worn Paolo Soprano piano accordian.
Our very talented eight year old reporter Kaisha Thompson (our youngest so far) was at the MCG for the preliminary final. Here is her report. [And we love the photo too Kaisha]
Guy Ragen reflects on the (now defunct) Balmain Tigers agonising loss in the 1989 NRL Grand Final. Why does that game matter so much, and what did it tell us about our changing times? [Terrific example of trying to understand sport in its broader social context - Ed]