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.

Upcoming lacrosse finals around Melbourne

With footy finals going on all over the place, I thought I would bring to your attention another sport which has finals scheduled over the next couple of weeks. Lacrosse. Over the next couple of weeks, there will be lacrosse finals played all over Melbourne. Check out the roster to see if they are playing near you.

The Boomers and the “insult” of tanking accusations: Spare me

The Boomers didn’t try to win, contrived to lose, could have won if they needed to or wanted to enough, and now have egg on their face and funding out of their pockets as a result. There’s no tanking by Sean Curtain in his analysis of tanking claims against the Boomers.

Finals Bliss: Who will tell a story; make us believe?

Inspired by Peter Carey’s novel Bliss, David Wilson tells a fable about finals footy, a bloke called Des Pair and his mate Des Peration. And a hippopotamus called Self-Doubt

Almanac Darts: The Sid Waddell Memorial, Waterside Hotel, Brownlow Medal night.

All darts lovers are invited to toss the tungstens in pursuit of the inaugural Sid Waddell Memorial trophy. (Registrations essential and must include notification of DN, WOS, WOC)

The Perth International Darts Masters: A night at the opera

The darts carnival is now in Sydney. Last week it was in Perth. Dennis Gedling dressed up (like many of the fans) and headed along.