Round 5 – Port Adelaide v Geelong: Apathy on the field leads to apathy off it, and the death of the bump

For Chris Michaels, the reaction to Lindsay Thomas’ bump on Scott Selwood was overwrought – unlike the reaction of the Port faithful, who were decidedly disengaged compared to their Footy Park days

Almanac Music: Dire Straits Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

Over the weekend just passed, rock band Dire Straits were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, but their creative maestro wasn’t there to accept it. Chris Michaels revisits the great band’s history to put the pieces together about why he stayed away.

Round 4 – Essendon v Port Adelaide: The ruck stops here

The Bombers were back, but a former Don is still missing for Port. Without Paddy Ryder or any viable backup, a rethink of the ruck is needed according to Chris Michaels

Round 3 – Port Adelaide v Brisbane: Like Old Times

Chris Michaels remembers some classic games between Port and Brisbane and is enthused by the direction the two clubs are heading in.

Round 2 – Sydney v Port Adelaide: Leadership at the core of Port’s impressive SCG victory

It’s a team game, but sometimes special players both enhance and surpass collective efforts. Port Adelaide had not one but two of them at the SCG, putting a smile on Chris Michaels’ face.

Round 1 – Port Adelaide v Fremantle: Welcome back football, my old friend.

Chris Michaels has bought into the potential of this Port Adelaide side, who were a class above Fremantle. Could it be the start of something special in 2018?

Almanac Book Review: Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

Chris Michaels reviews the Springsteen autobiography, Born to Run.

Almanac Book Review – Comeback: The Fall And Rise Of Geelong (James Button)

Chris Michaels reviews James Button’s recently released book, looking at the fall and rise of the Geelong Football Club.

Almanac Book Review – Quentin: Not All Superheroes Wear Capes by Quentin Kenihan

Chris Michaels brings us this review of Quentin Kenihan’s story. It “is a timely reminder about courage and determination; that’s three-o’clock-in-the-morning type of courage that few of us possess.”

Almanac Book Review: All This In 60 Minutes – Nick Lee (Allen & Unwin – $32.99)

A hard hitting review of ’60 Minutes’ cameraman Nick Lee’s new book, “All This In 60 Seconds”, from Chris Michaels.

Almanac Book Review – Prince: Purple Reign

Chris Michaels is impressed by Mick Wall’s biography, “Prince: Purple Reign”.

Almanac Season Review: Port Adelaide Football Club

Leaving no stone unturned, Chris Michaels examines what went wrong at Port in 2016.

Almanac Book Review – Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing

Chris Michaels reviews Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing by Ashleigh Wilson.

Round 22 – Port Adelaide v Adelaide: Time to walk down the road less travelled

Chrism76 presents a perspective on the recent incident and the social media aftermath from Saturday night’s Showdown.

Round 20 – Sydney v Port Adelaide: A sorry swansong for Port at a ground it loathes

In describing his Port Adelaide, this week Chris Michaels tries out the following terms: “insipid,” “woeful,” “lousy,” “shocking,” “unfit,” “lazy,” “over-adulated,” and “uninspiring crap.”

Round 18 – Port Adelaide v GWS: There is the edge of insanity, then there is the abyss

Chris Michaels considers some tough questions around the Port Adelaide list. And his verdict is in.

Round 17 – North Melbourne v Port Adelaide: Port grapples with history as North falters again

Chris Michaels sees a slot in the Top 8 opening up for Port, who continued building, this time “against a Kangaroos side with everything to play for and much to lose.”

Almanac People: A Favourite Son to return to Alberton, but it’s not who you think!

Chrism76 has firm opinions about a former favourite returning to Alberton.

Round 13 – Fremantle v Port Adelaide: A club with hope in their minds, not knowledge

Chris Michaels is bewildered with Port Adelaide’s performance in Perth. He and 60,000 paid up members are seeking answers to a range of questions – and they “won’t be placated easily.”

Round 12 – Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs: It’s a Fine Line Between Pleasure and Pain

The scores were close at the end of the Divinyl quarter. Chris Michaels and 40,000 others witnessed an entertaining battle.