Almanac Weekend Reading: Twas the [Weekend] Before Christmas

Enjoy a collection of some great writing from around the world of sport with The Footy Almanac’s Weekend Reads

Sport’s Many Cups Runneth Over, and Over

Jeff Dowsing muses on the supply-side economics of professional sport; “Give us time to miss you…”

The comeback – Injury, Surgery and Stupidity

‘Dirty Harry ‘Callaghan once said: “A man’s got to know his limitations…” Matt Watson recently learnt his. And – with a little bit of patience – overcame them.

July 2005: It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Mickey Randall takes us back to the London Underground suicide bombings of 2005 – the horror, the agony, the fear, the sadness… and finally the feeling that life would find a way to continue.
[i]If you believe…[/i]

Fore!!!!

Tony Robb argues that it’s time for revolution in the genteel sport of golf. He’s got a few ideas.

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)