Finals Week 1 – West Coast v Western Bulldogs: Outcoached, Outsmarted and Outplayed

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.

Round 22 – West Coast v Hawthorn: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knees

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.

Round 21 – GWS v West Coast: Love Letter to an Old Flame

Peter Baulderstone writes an apologetic love letter to his West Coast Eagles. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

The Superfish and Olympic Fairy Dust

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.

Almanac Golf: British Open Golf – Duel of the ‘sons

A meditation from Peter Baulderstone on golf, life and the final round duel between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson at Royal Troon.

Round 15 – West Coast v Essendon: Raking over the Rolls

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.

Once Were Warriors – Remembering Muhammad Ali

Peter Baulderstone remembers Muhammad’s Ali life as it unfolded and his impact in changing the culture and attitudes in the 60s.

Round 10 – West Coast v Gold Coast: Second Acts

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.

Round 9 – Port Adelaide v West Coast: Grave Danger

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).

The Boy Next Door

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).

Round 6 – West Coast v Collingwood: Double and Nothing

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).

Round 4 – West Coast v Richmond: Dead Tiggers Bounced

Peter Baulderstone saw his Eagles demolish an insipid bunch of Tiggers last night. Rulebook’s analysis flattered them last week.

Round 3 – West Coast v Fremantle: Winning Ugly

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.

Round 2 – Hawthorn v West Coast: Little Deaths

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.

Sport Trumps Politics

Peter Baulderstone is disturbed by the hatred and trivialisation of American society and its presidential politics. He seeks explanations from their sport.

The Summer that Time Forgot

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.

Here Comes the Judge

Hawthorn and East Fremantle premiership player, and former Hawks, Eagles and Sharks coach, Ken Judge passed away today. Peter Baulderstone shares some memories.

Overpaid, oversexed and over here

Diggers fought the Battle of Brisbane in WW2 to defend Australian women from “overpaid, oversexed and over here” GI’s. Peter Baulderstone reckons it’s time to get down to Etihad and continue the tradition.

Happy Christmas (Footy is Over) – For Now

Peter Baulderstone and the Avenging Eagle extend Festivus greetings from Perth. Ghosts and glad tidings of seasons past.

When the going gets weird, the weird get to the cricket.

So what are the young cricket crowd saying? [Thinking?] And who is in a cricket crowd? And in cricket terms what is a WASP? Peter Baulderstone had been at the cricket and sends us this comment.