Peter Baulderstone channels Aunty Jack to farewell the Great Helmsman. Please add your own tribute.
Damien Little has graphed the attacking/defensive performance of Ross Lyon teams in the 10 years that he has had senior coaching roles. Peter Baulderstone thinks there is a welcome pattern emerging, and speculates why.
Peter Baulderstone has seen the past, present and future of rock and roll. And his name is still Bruce Springsteen. Let us know your experience of Bruce’s tour and the impact of his music.
Peter Baulderstone uses Australia Day to consider our national identity and values, and how that is reflected in our sporting history.
The Almanac’s long range Cup tip has got up. Adam Goodes as Australian of the Year was a ‘lock’ when JTH put him on the cover of the 2012 Almanac. Peter Baulderstone uses editorial privilege to resurrect his 30 May piece when Adam was at the centre of the racism debate. Feel free to add your own tribute.
Peter Baulderstone swelters in Perth’s heat and ruminates on why we watch sport and what we take from it. He thinks that 50/50 Internationals show the ICC believes “too much cricket is never enough”.
Invers calls for nominations for Almanac writers for the Fifth Test (names and days please); and shares some holiday snaps from the family album.
A meditation from Peter Baulderstone on the meaning of tolerance, community, acceptance and Christmas/Festivus.
Peter Baulderstone shares a review of 2013 in sport from Brian Phillips at the US website ‘Grantland’. Cynicism and naivety are the staples of sports fans globally. Enjoy.
Invers calls for writers for the MCG Test. Should the poms be allowed to bring in Mickey Randall as a replacement for Swann? Let us know your availability and dates.
Peter Baulderstone reckons unexpected miracles are what keep us going. He shares the last day of the WACA test with blokes more down on their luck than Matt Prior. But they’re the ones smiling today.
Invers calls for Almanacker’s retractions and praise for the dazzling century by ‘our man’ Watto.
Peter Baulderstone mixes his biblical metaphors to praise our saviour St Mitchell. A poetic tribute to a prodigal son returned. The crooked made straight? The scales lifted from our eyes? Praise be to him.
Let us know who wants to write for the Perth Test. Which day suits you? The side is in good form but more writers and opinions keeps the team on their toes.
Peter Baulderstone heard Kerry OKeefe compliment George Bailey for having ‘Sticky Fingers’. With the Rolling Stones set to tour not long after the Ashes Series, can you suggest a Test lineup based on Stones’ titles? Is “I can’t get no Satisfaction” on high rotation in the England dressing room?
Peter Baulderstone’s joy at England’s humiliation in Adelaide, has been matched in recent memory only by the Dockers implosion on Grand Final day. Are there common causes in their joyless approach to the game?
Peter Baulderstone reflects on the life and miracle of Nelson Mandela. Mandela used sport to communicate and inspire. Sport used Mandela to find the ‘better angels’ in its own nature, and in those who play and watch it.
Invers writes for us from his Tahiti base, with a review of Gabba performances and the possible lineup for Adelaide. He is relying on us to keep Australia’s momentum going, and salvage his reputation. Nominations please.
Peter Baulderstone offers the companion piece to last week’s blog from top Irish hurling player Conor Cusack about his journey with severe depression. Conor’s even more illustrious brother Donal Og is profiled in this article about his ‘coming out’ as a gay sportsman.