The Footy Almanac Podcast – Episode 11

The Goddess Advantage and Peter Mattessi join The Elbow and Matty Q on the couch as they talk World Cup, great sporting hairdos, the Tour, Wimbledon, and how more is less in the case of the AFL’s saturation approach.

To Be Or Not To Be … Yourself, in Defeat or Victory?

Gregor Lewis celebrates Wimbledon, Silverstone, the Tour de Yorkshire – and, above all, the human strength and courage to succeed. Greatness reached for and grasped. While in Brazil the fear of loss has subdued the beautiful game.

Sunday Evening Coming Down: It’s a funny old game

“Aussie” Tony Robb offers a non-discriminatory all-inclusive spray at Mick, the Magpies, dodgy NRL results, the Pepsodent pissoir and selective nationalism. Good to have him back.

Hunger or Entitlement? Why Limit Yourself to One?

Sleep is for the weak. Your man on the couch, Gregor Lewis, volunteers for the late night shift. From Hawks v Roos to Colombia v Brazil to Federer v Raonic Gregor shifts between sports, continents and time zones discussing a common thread.

Sunday Musings – Is it just me or is AFL your 5th favourite sport too?

Peter Baulderstone had a great sporting weekend. AFL did not feature high on his list. Are others struggling to maintain the passion when local footy and elite international sport offers so much?

Silly, childish and pointless. Yes, but I’ll ‘boo’ if I want to.

In Praise of Booing: Sean Curtain mounts a spirited defence of the much-maligned art. Don’t tell him he can’t boo. It’s the crowd’s right to have a crack.

Tennis: The Big Four

Bernard Whimpress sums up the Big Four in contemporary world tennis. [Rather concisely and neatly – Ed]

Kokky in the Back Yard

Another beauty from Kate Birrell. What’s better? The painting or the story? The story or the painting? You decide.

Australian Open: Oh Bernie

MIddle Australia speaks on behalf of Middle Australia regarding the disappointing end to Bernie’s Open.

Australian Open : Frank Dancevic v Bernard Tomic

Our Australian Open Tennis correspondent braved his heated imagination to bring you this pictorial report on yesterday’s epic Centre Court battle between Frank Dancevic and Bernard Tomic (or Snoopy as he is affectionately known around the Almanac locker room).

Who do I send the invoice to?

Saint66 has REALLY had it with the cross-promotional advertising on televised sport. Who knew that My Restaurant Rules is now an Olympic sport?

Australian Open: Taking no prisoners

Rod Oaten braved the heat so that you didn’t have to. Here’s his report from day 1 of the Australian Open. Some old-fashioned women’s tennis, and an injury for Hass – or was it?

Lazy media days of Summer

Tony Robb reckons media coverage of summer sport is as predictable as “night follows day”. Let us know your favourite media beat-up staple: “best ever pre-season”??

Australian Open: DNQ

Swish Schwerdt asks: What was Spaniard Oscar Hernandez doing trying to qualify for the Grand Slam of the Asia-Pacific?

Tennis: Follow a Stranger

After his first visit to the Australian Open last year, Swish Schwerdt hit on a method of keeping the interest up all year long.

Sam Stosur: Is she not pretty enough?

Phil Dimitriadis is perplexed. Why doesn’t Sam Stosur get the recognition she deserves?

Tennis is big business

Jake “Cobba” Stevens looks at sponsorship in men’s tennis and finds some surprising results.

Australian Open Tennis: Head v Heart

John Harms is letting his heart rule when looking for the winners at the tennis. He’s followed a few out of loyalty over the years – and not just tennis players.

Tennis: Grunting

Cheryl Critchley just doesn’t get tennis grunting.

Understanding the decline of Australian tennis

John Harms explains the root cause of the decline of Australian tennis.