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.

Even ‘A Little Death’ is too much for some brains to handle

There are numerous reasons why Sam Soliman should not fight Jermain Taylor. In explaining why, Gregor Lewis also tells us that the boxing world remains a tangled web of ‘colourful’ characters.

The Footy Almanac Podcast – Episode 16

Nice and early for you after an unavoidable hiatus, the podcast crew are back on the couch with this week’s guest; sportswriter and Almanacker, Jill Scanlon.

Wallabies Strive to Break Bledisloe Drought

Tim Ladhams reminds us of the good old days when Australia last held the Bledisloe Cup and our repeat spoiling of the Kiwi chase towards a record winning streak.

Obituary: Wally Stubbings – wharfie, communist, athlete

Wally Stubbings, a great character of Australian life, passed away last month at the age of 101. Labour and rugby league historian Greg Mallory tells Wally’s story.

Women’s Rugby World Cup: semi-finals (lo! Ireland)

A brother-in-law’s glimpse of a women’s rugby team in Paris leads David Wilson to an expanded understanding of the 2014 Womens’ Rugby World Cup. Bergman and Bogart kick off proceedings.

Remembering the role of top level sport

E.Regnans has come to the end of his European tour, and the experience makes him philosophical about the role of sport. Inspiration or just respite from greed and hatred?

Bloody brutality of boxing – mean intentions

According to Matt Watson, no man is built for boxing. Here’s his take on Golovkin v Geale.

Golovkin v Geale: Time Itself Stood Still

Gregor Lewis doesn’t buy into talk of boxer Daniel Geale being ‘exposed’ in his loss to Gennady Golovkin. Rather, he saw a true heart and an unwavering resolve.