Forget the pointless monotony of the “test” cricket (D Minuses all round). Today’s sporting highlight is the deciding Game 7 of the Baseball World Series between the biggest underachievers in the sport’s history – the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians starting at 11am today (Eastern Summer Time). Think Western Bulldogs v Leicester City. Peter Baulderstone suggests an introductory read of the New Yorker’s profile of their outstanding managers Joe Maddon and Terry Francona. Think Claudio Ranieri and Luke Beveridge. Go Cubs.
An epic Footy Almanac Grand Final Lunch topped only by an epic Grand Final. Can the Bulldogs drop their hangdog persona? Peter Baulderstone adapts classic Australian verse (apologies to John O’Brien) to record the events of recent days.
Peter Baulderstone reviews his Eagles being outsmarted and outworked by the Bulldogs on Thursday night, and how the season has gone for Adam Simpson’s underachievers.
Peter Baulderstone and his Eagles experienced their 15 minutes of fame on Friday night before Nic Naitanui ruptured his ACL. He was expecting 5 more weeks like that.
Peter Baulderstone writes an apologetic love letter to his West Coast Eagles. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
The Olympics fills Peter Baulderstone with cynicism and loathing for 206 weeks every 4 years. On Monday a chance encounter with the Superfish sprinkled him with Olympic fairy dust for the next 2 weeks.
A meditation from Peter Baulderstone on golf, life and the final round duel between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson at Royal Troon.
Peter Baulderstone enjoyed the Avenging Eagle’s chicken rolls, the replay of Rake and his Eagles win over Essendon (in that order). Perhaps the Eagles can rise from their slump like Cleaver Greene.
Peter Baulderstone remembers Muhammad’s Ali life as it unfolded and his impact in changing the culture and attitudes in the 60s.
Peter Baulderstone watched Gary Ablett Jnr rage against the dying of the light on Sunday. Not so much a match report as a reflection on the significance of second acts in all our lives.
Port Adelaide’s descent into thuggery reminded Peter Baulderstone of their past ‘heroes’ like Grave Danger and ‘Chicken’ Hayes. Any Eagles away win is a good win. A fizzling cracker of a game (and Eagles season to date).
Peter Baulderstone loved every minute of footy on the weekend. The underdogs triumphed and his Eagles vanquishers. But the highlight was hearing the boy next door kick the footy alone in the dark after his Navy Blues won again against the odds. (Poetry Warning: Swish – contains Bobby Gibson reference).
Peter Baulderstone reckons his Eagles were ordinary (and won by 10 goals). Collingwood is “a shiver looking for a spine to crawl up” (op cit – former #1 ticket holder).
Peter Baulderstone saw his Eagles demolish an insipid bunch of Tiggers last night. Rulebook’s analysis flattered them last week.
Peter Baulderstone asks what Marshall Foch, Ross Lyon, James Alexander Gordon, Ernie Els and Jason Day have in common? He’ll just have to settle for his Eagles and Jason Day winning ugly.
Peter Baulderstone writes exclusively for the Almanac from his locked ward at the Royal Melbourne. Typing in a straight jacket was tricky, but unlike his Eagles he bravely soldiered on.
Peter Baulderstone is disturbed by the hatred and trivialisation of American society and its presidential politics. He seeks explanations from their sport.
Peter Baulderstone takes advantage of the Almanac’s recent disappearance from cyber-space to suggest that sports history should really have ceased last September. You know it makes sense.
Hawthorn and East Fremantle premiership player, and former Hawks, Eagles and Sharks coach, Ken Judge passed away today. Peter Baulderstone shares some memories.