The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vol II by DBeams)

Inspired by his literary heroes (Haiku Bob, Dr Seuss and RFlanagan) Peter Baulderstone ghost writes DBeams farewell note to Collingwood.

Shock News: Pakistan lose the unloseable

Peter Baulderstone holds his nose after Australia’s “miracle” last over ODI win against Pakistan at the home of cricket in Abu Dhabi. The ICC must think we are all mugs. World Cup – who cares?

New Bulldogs Coach: “A good government (sorry footy club) was losing its way”

Peter Baulderstone was wondering where he had heard the Bulldogs President’s speech before? He thinks he knows who the next coach will be.

Official Calendars 2015: Remaindered Stock – Any Offers?

Peter Baulderstone noticed some AFL merchandise collector’s items at the newsagent. “Official” Ryan Griffen/Adam Cooney Bulldogs and Dayne Beams Collingwood 2015 calendars anyone?

Gone Girl/Guy: What movies tell us about Essendon and ourselves

Peter Baulderstone saw a great movie on the weekend, and wonders who is the ‘Gone Girl’ in the Essendon saga? And what does each of these modern fables tell us about how we choose to understand our “truth”?

Robbie Flower: Poetry in Motion

A link to Melbourne Football Club’s video montage tribute to the artist made footballer Robbie Flower. Monet in red and blue with white shorts. Your memories welcomed.

Alastair Clarkson: Ghosts of Futures Past

Peter Baulderstone meditates on the nature of success and building sporting dynasties, with an imagined conversation between Alastair Clarkson and thoroughbred visionary Colin Hayes.

Almanac Book Cover 2014 Unveiled

Kate Birrell and Jim Pavlidis eat your heart out. [The work of P. Baulderstone, being amusing - JTH]

Terror Threat Alert from Team Australia

The Minister for Homeland Security writes to warn about the increased terrorist threat, and that only Team Australia can be supported after Saturday.

Matt Priddis: Last Man Standing

Peter Baulderstone pays tribute to the 2014 Brownlow Medallist Matt Priddis. A triumph for footballers over athletes; work rate over talent; durability over the spectacular; and humility over ego and macho.

AFL Round 22 – West Coast Eagles v Melbourne: Pride of the Eagles, Demons and Bombers

There wasn’t much to talk about in his Eagles desultory win over the struggling Demons, so Peter Baulderstone thought he would focus on a man close to both clubs in Neale Daniher.

AFL Round 21 – Essendon v West Coast: All down my leg and very little pleasure

Peter Baulderstone remembers a time when greatness was within his grasp, and the weight of expectation let it all slip. Just like his Eagles let an almost certain finals berth slip away after half time against the Bombers.

AFL Round 20 – West Coast v Collingwood: Floreat Aquila (Prosper Big Birds)

Peter Baulderstone expected a contest but got an unexpected surprise. Are his Eagles that good or are Collingwood that bad?

AFL Round 19 – Adelaide Crows v West Coast Eagles: Flake and Hot Chips

Peter Baulderstone finds evidence to support his faith in Adam Simpson as the man to transform his Eagles. The Crows need deafeners, concussion plates, block winkers and a change of stables.

Water Polo Round 18 – Hungarian Eagles v Russian Tigers: Blood in the Water

Peter Baulderstone saw ‘blood in the water’ at the Subiaco Pool last night. Tiger Tyrannosaurus is expected to face the War Crimes Tribunal for bringing down the Eagles leader with a cowardly act.

On Swearing

Peter Baulderstone muses on the role and effectiveness of swearing in entertaining the crowd and furthering debate. Don’t like it? STFU and SIUYAWYAI.

Sunday Musings – Is it just me or is AFL your 5th favourite sport too?

Peter Baulderstone had a great sporting weekend. AFL did not feature high on his list. Are others struggling to maintain the passion when local footy and elite international sport offers so much?

State of Origin: Dumb v Dumb & Dumber

Peter Baulderstone watched the rugby league State of Origin 2. He saw the future of AFL, and the past of NRL. He would like his 2 hours back.

AFL Round 13 – West Coast v Gold Coast: Eating my Hat

Peter Baulderstone has stopped caring about his Eagles performances this season. The reduced pressure on players and spectator alike produced encouraging results on Saturday.

The Sporting Web: Piccies, Pundits and Passings

This week Peter Baulderstone gets all nostalgic for the passing of 70’s rock singers, dramatic images of beautiful horses with stupid owners, and old woollen footy jumpers where the owners think the Socceroos can win the World Cup. Check out these romantic yarns from the sporting web.