Cubs now the Maddon Crowd

The baseball World Series has just finished but Mic Rees is already on board for his Chicago Cubs run at the 2015 pennant. Baseball fans will enjoy this history of the “loveable losers” managers, occasional successes and new season prospects and signings.

The 2014 Jack Miller Cup

A little off-season update from Earl O’Neill. Cricket’s stuffed; NFL’s great but bikes and music are better. Oh, and there have been a few changes on the home front (did my invite get lost in the mail – Ed?)

Cycling in Sapporo, Japan

Yoshi Imagawa reveals a man of many talents and interests, with his experiences of cycling around Sapporo in Japan (summer months only).

American Football: A visiting Australian sees the Denver Broncos

Tony McLeod is studying in Colorado. He is following the Broncos and the University of Colorado.

A Fly in the Pool

A moving piece from Dips O’Donnell about triumph and struggle and his daughter Kate.

Non World Sports

Rod Oaten has been thinking about ultra-local sports. Here he describes half a dozen of them. Add your suggestion.

NFL: Eagles-Giants rivalry Q & A in preparation for the big clash

Philadelphia Eagles’ fan Scott Langford and New York Giants’ fan Cody Royle have a (very civilized, I must point out) debate about the big upcoming rivalry game between their two teams.

Football in Australia: “The World Game” – Is this marketing phrase a tad deceptive?

Miles Wilks takes issue with soccer appropriating the marketing slogan of “the World Game”.

Speed, racer

The serious injury to F1 driver Jacques Bianchi has Matt Watson wondering about the role of speed and danger in our love of motor racing.

American Football Week 5: Boyhood memories of the Minnesota Vikings

Prof Bruce Bergland remembers Monday Night Football as a boy in Minnesota. Bruce is the editor of The Allrounder, an American Sportswriting site (mentioned by Peter Baulderstone in Crio’s Question this week). The Footy Almanac and The Allrounder will be looking out for each other. This piece was first published at www.pigskinalmanac.com our new American football writing site.

No Sporting Life

Rod Oaten has a tale we can all relate to – what to do once the footy is over?

The All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final (Replay) 2014: Kilkenny v Tipperary

Braham Dabscheck always thought that Australian Football was the fastest and most exciting team sport of them all. Not any more. Hurling, he says, is a game that has no truck shillyshallying.

Rugby star follows dairy passion

Some professional sportsmen are left floundering and unsure what to do with the rest of their lives when their playing careers are over. But not former NRL star Ian Hindmarsh.

Almanac on Tour – British Open and the Ashes.

2015 promises to be a big year in sport. We were eyeing off a trip to the British Open and the Ashes, and would love to gauge the interest of Almanackers to come along!

Ramblings From The Oche

Michael Howard flung a few arrows the other night. As in life not many of them went straight. (Wonderful, moving piece from Michael-Ed)

Invented Sports – Episode 47 – Squarsh

A sport designed for lads by lads: squarsh.

Retirement for the Weekend Warrior

Vaughan Menlove shares the difficult decision facing the competitive athlete about when to quit. The heart and mind are willing but the body chooses to differ.

American football: a Green Bay memory

Rod Oaten has wide interests in football and they extend to American football. Here’s his piece about the Green Bay Packers from www.pigskinalmanac.com

The Violence in our Hearts

Sam Steele reflects on violence in sport and asks if it truly appals us or excites us? Your thoughts welcomed.

Revenge: The Rematches

Gregor Lewis riffs on REVENGE and how it will motivate the remaining teams in the AFL Finals, just as it will today’s Mayweather – Maidana boxing rematch.