Everyday Obituary: An ode to my old man, the Olympics and Usain Bolt.

Matt O’Hanlon’s father was a wonderful Queenslander (as is Matt). In this magnificent tribute to his Dad, Matt can’t help but demonstrate those elements of a sporting life which once drove the sporting culture and broader Australian culture. Those in powerful positions – in government, in sports administration, in media, and even in educational bureaucracy (not at the coal-face so much) – should read this piece. They will see what sport means to people, the level of their interest and engagement, and the sheer wisdom in Michael Joseph O’Hanlon’s approach. Vale Pop O’Hallaron. [An all-time classic – JTH]

Almanac League: JT Enters the Starship – Nothing’s Gunna Stop the Cowboys Now!

After deafting the Bulldogs at Belmore, Archie, with artistic licence from Starship, feels nothing is going to stop JT and his Cowboys.

Almanac Golf: Golf Capital – Park victorious in Rio on stellar weekend for South Korea

What does Rio and Luck have in common, both part of Hamish Neal’s Golfing round up.

Almanac League: NRL Round 24 – Souths v Cronulla: Chumbawumba

Paul Macadam’s Cronulla Sharks were hot, now it seems they’ve gone cold, losing this time to Souths.

Almanac Olympics: Polishing Tarnished Ideals (an extract from the Griffith Review 53 – Our Sporting Life)

In this essay, extracted from The Griffith Review 53 – Our Sporting Life, John Harms remembers two wonderful months immersed in the theory and practice of Olympism at the little-known International Olympic Academy, at Ancient Olympia, in Greece.

Almanac Olympics: Sayonara Rio

The carnival is over. And as the Olympics ends, Tony Robb gives his review of the Rio games.

Almanac Music (and Ice Hockey): The Hip

The Tragically Hip played their last show last night. Rob Chanter is moved to paint us this wonderful picture of Canada, ice-hockey, people and place.

‘Democratised’ Olympics? The International Workers’ Olympiads

Demonymic offers this timely perspective on the early Olympic movement, contrasting it with the ideals of Spartakiad – an ongoing, international multi-sports event sponsored by the USSR Communist Party between the wars.

Almanac Olympics: Saudade

John Harms caught some of the closing ceremony from Rio this morning and was pleasantly surprised to see the reference to saudade.

Almanac League: Archie Correctly Calls the Provan-Summons Trophy Lifter Six Weeks Before the Big Day Out in September

It’s Official! Archie has made the call, JT and Cowboys will storm into the NRL final four and take the Anchor north again.

Almanac Olympics: Boom Boom Boom, Pau Pau Pau and it’s Hasta La Vista Skippy – The Spaniards Sink the Sunshine Boys in the Last Ten Seconds – It’s the Greatest Choke Since Peter in the High Priest’s Courtyard

Archie has endured the Boomers Olympic Basketball campaign through early mornings and sunset sleeps and is not happy with the result.

Almanac WAFL: Early elimination final for WAFL by Les Everett

Les Everett reviews WAFL round 22 with one spot still available for top 5, who will take it?

Almanac City2Surf 2016: Choking like an Aussie Swimmer (Leg 2 of a Sydney Sporting Triathlon)

Mick Jeffrey shares his disappointment with his Cate Campbell moment at the recent City to Surf. We are confident he can make amends in some upcoming distance events across the country. May the wind be at your back Mick.

Almanac Soccer: Oh Zlatan

Aidan has flown his Manchester United colours and feels optimistic, especially with Zlatan playing for the Red Devils.

Almanac Olympics: Gold Medal Recriminations

Robbo wants to see a greater focus on grass roots participation for Olympic campaigns and change the Golf and Tennis classification while you are at it.

Almanac Olympics – An Antidote to the Hysteria

Where are the Brazilians? Neil Drysdale isn’t impressed with the hosts of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Almanac Soccer: Getting the Fans Offside

John Green is avoiding Richmond’s season in England observing the local Football, you will enjoy his post on an English League Cup fixture.

Almanac Olympics: An Olympic Spirit and Kangaroo Diplomacy

DaveP has returned from Rio, no Zika, no muggings and no idea what time it is, to present his final Olympic chapter.

Almanac Athletics: And a marathon came calling…

When David Downer’s life hit a few speed bumps, he started running. Those 20 minute runs eventually increased, leading to life as a marathon runner. This is a fantastic tale of a man with a healthy addiction. The full story of the journey of the marathon runner. (Superb- ed)

Almanac Golf: Golf Capital – Rose triumphs in Rio, Ko favourite for women’s crown.

A collection of Hamish Neal’s golf thoughts from the week plus some player performance/form notes for the next few days.