Big Bells and Brass Balls: paddling out at Bells beach on a big day.

The feeling of a crisp autumn morning, hungover, excited and the majesty of a massive set at Bells; only a surfer understands this feeling. San Diego Catter writes a beautiful tribute to a classic surfing trip.

Almanc Golf: Golf Capital- Steel wins opener as Knox goes wide for World Cup teammate

Hamish Neal with his comprehensive weekly wrap of all things golf.

Almanac Music – Bruce Springsteen: arriving late, baseball and what is it with sportswriters?

David Wilson as bowerbird – describes a late coming to Bruce Springsteen – and collects shining pieces by Richard Ford, Joe Posnanski and Drew Magary along the way.

Almanac Reading – Pakistan’s national baseball team arrives, improbably, in Brooklyn

As Martin Flanagan contends: Sport has the power to illuminate aspects of our society and our social past that otherwise remain hidden. That is probably the case in this piece from “The New Yorker” last month on the Pakistan national baseball team.

Nail paint and crotchless knickers or ‘Leaps and Bounds’: a wander through footy, music and the contemporary world.

Brilliant from Ron Wells. This piece is composed to comment on the musos booked for the Grand Final – but it does so much more. Ron takes us through footy, music and life – with many sharp observations beautifully expressed. Molly even gets a mention and as he’d say: “Do yourself a favour.”

Almanac Book Review: Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

Chris Michaels reviews the Springsteen autobiography, Born to Run.

Golf Capital – Hatton conquers the Old Course, no Tiger in Napa.

Hamish Neal’s weekly golf wrap, including the Tiger no show and the sharp decline of the now 1460th ranked Robert Allenby.

WNBL Round 1 – Melbourne Boomers v Adelaide Lightning: The revolution will not be televised

Gill reviews the WNBL opener and ponders the importance of TV coverage.

American Football: The Superchargers and the scar spangled banner

Written in 2014 while watching American Football and paying his dues in San Diego’s County Jail, Charlie Wells had time to reflect and writes an amazing tale of football and incarceration from an Australian’s perspective. [Riveting read – Ed]

Almanac Golf: Golf Capital – Minnesota mauling, Tiger’s return draws closer

Covering the USA’s win in the Ryder Cup, the impending return of Tiger Woods and everything inbetween, there is no more thorough coverage of the golfing world than Hamish Neal’s weekly report.

Almanac Obituary: Vale Dick Custerson

Steve Earl pays tribute to his mate Dick “Dicky” Custerson, the most generous and positive of blokes who ‘walked sunshine into every room he entered’. Vale Dicky.

Almanac Opinion: Team success – victory and adversity

Are the Doggies the AFL equivalent of Seabiscuit? Lachlan Tighe draws parallels and applies the theory to Lawn Bowls.

NRL Grand Final 2016 – Cronulla v Melbourne: Our Year

Can this get any better! Paul Macadam is ecstatic about Cronulla’s great victory.

Grand Final 2016: What we have learned about visible and invisible teams

Lachlan Tighe is an elite lawn bowls coach and analyst who says we can learn a lot about sporting organisations from the Western Bulldogs.

NRL Grand Final Preview – Keep the light on for Jack

Kath Presdee shares a moving personal preview of Sunday’s NRL Grand Final. Maybe this is finally the Sharks’ year

Almanac Memories : ‘ave a good weekend.

In this tribute to Max Walker, Glen also asks recalls other VFL players and cricketers who combined their sports.

Almanac Golf: Golf Capital – Palmer farewelled, Hazeltine bound

From Arnold Palmer to the Ryder Cup, Hamish Neal covers all that’s happening in the golfing world.

Almanac Art: Remastering an 8-bit classic – Swans v Dogs

Mike Hugo has remastered Swans and Bulldogs characters into eight bit digital art.

Almanac Opinion: Growing sick of sport!

Some thoughtful insights from Neil about why he has become sick of sport.

Almanac Golf: Arnold Palmer tribute

The sporting world has lost two charismatic figures this year in Ali and now Palmer. Neil Drysdale pays tribute to Golfing immortal Arnold Palmer.