Australia v Pakistan – MCG Test, Day 2: Azhar Ali and the endless fight

David Wilson was at MCG Day 2, prompted by his old imaginary horse, Clarrie Grimmett; a horse who rises only for a scrap…

Australia v Pakistan – MCG Test: Call for writers

Calling all writers for the MCG Test. Pick a day to cover; let’s cover this Australia v Pakistan game in style.

Australia v Pakistan – Gabba Test: Call for writers

The Gabba Test begins on Thursday. All entries for cricket reports happily received at The Footy Almanac. Pick a day.

Finding North Hobart Football Club in disguise: Never Say Die

A group has mobilised in North Hobart – aiming to resurrect the North Hobart Football Club name. It’s timely to revisit this one – David Wilson’s midwinter pilgrimage to North Hobart oval from 2014, where he found a club and its supporters steeped in history.

Almanac Cricket Poetry: The Ballad of Bluey Jenner

e.regnans, in his typically beautiful way, tells the story of Bluey Jenner, a bush cricketer with the world at his feet.

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test: Call for writers

The Adelaide Test begins on Thursday. Let’s cover the game in style at the Footy Almanac. Pick a day.

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, pre-game: Agile, innovative, creative selection

Alright Australian squad – acknowledge your luck, look after each other and have a crack. That’s David Wilson’s message to the unrecognisables. And their teammates. What a time to be alive.

Australia v South Africa – Hobart Test Day 4: Of Aesop’s goose, motivation and whose team is this anyway?

Day 4 in Hobart was a debacle. Overheard* at Blundstone Arena; just one of many awkward conversations concerning a torn and frayed Australian cricket scene (*imagined). This is the theatrical expression of some of what has been discussed on this site, but takes things a little further and considers cricket and T20 cricket as competing codes. Thought-provoking. [A lot of these taking place this week. – Ed].

Australia v South Africa – Hobart Test: Call for writers

This is an invitation for writers of Test cricket; all styles, all ages; to submit their observations and thoughts on the Hobart Test. All welcome. Nominate a day.

Australia v South Africa – Perth Test Day 5: Blockheads of colour-by-number Impressionists

E. regnans has recorded an Australian pub conversation from somewhere, anywhere, maybe everywhere. It seems cricket, Test cricket and the approach of senior cricket officials is the talk of the sporting world at the moment. It certainly is in this pub. [Much to consider here – JTH]

Almanac Cricket: Perth Test, Australia v South Africa – Call for cricket writers

Almanackers old and new are invited to submit their stories of the 2016 Perth Test. What did you notice? Where were you? Let us know your preferred day.

Almanac Cricket – One Crowded Summer: T20 is king

We all know that T20 is king. When it comes to scheduling, actions speak louder than words – but what does this mean for competing forms of “cricket”? David Wilson’s reading of the schedule shows that interesting complications are just around the corner.

Almanac Music – Bruce Springsteen: arriving late, baseball and what is it with sportswriters?

David Wilson as bowerbird – describes a late coming to Bruce Springsteen – and collects shining pieces by Richard Ford, Joe Posnanski and Drew Magary along the way.

What is wrong with Big Sports Media?

David Wilson hears the noise, sees the noise, and suggests we should all expect more from Big Sports Media.

Almanac Book Cover 2016: Creazione di Gentilezza

David Wilson borrows from Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” for this 2016 cover nomination: “Creation of Kindness.”

Grand Final 2016 – The mystery is that there is no mystery

E. regnans is on a couch in Geelong West, with friends and family, moved to tears, aware that he is in the midst of something profound, reminded of words which speak to him in a similar (the same?) way.

Finals Week 3: Western Bulldogs and the existence of unicorns

E Regnans sees the music, the poetry, the drama, the everyday, the transcendent in the Western Bulldogs. He can even see Gabe Kotter and Vinnie Barbarino.

Finals Week 3 – A coach’s address: Clear eyes, full hearts

On the cusp of premiership glory, Coach E. Regnans delivers a stirring pre-match address to the troops doing battle this weekend.

Finals Week 1 – There is only now: Everybody needs somebody to love (Go Dogs)

E Regnans expresses his feelings for Footy and the emotional contests that he witnessed in Week 1 of the Finals.

Almanac Paralympics: We’re the Superhumans

“It is advertising that changes people’s perceptions…” The wonderful Channel 4 ad for the Rio Paralympics. Share widely.