Crio’s Question: Secret Stardom?

Crio follows his cricket as closely as his racing. He was shocked to find that the West Indies captain at the World Cup is someone he’s never heard of. Who else has reached lofty heights before you even noticed them?

Crio’s Question: Beware the Ides of March….or…?

Ever had a bad feeling or a bad omen that came true about your team or your selection? Crio asks about the portents of doom for your boys or the (un)faithful steed?

Crio’s Question: Any room at the stables?

Crio reflects on the growing necessity to book ahead for prime sporting contests. What happened to our birthright to check the weather; our hangover; our finances; and make a last minute decision about turning up?

Crio’s Q?

How do you like your celebrations? Quiet reflection and relief or party like it’s 1999? Crio reflects on how title and championship celebrations are covered in different sports, both here and abroad.

Crio’s Q? – Sport and Politics

The 2015 Asian Cup has caused Crio to delve into that morally ambiguous place where sport and politics often collide

Crio’s Question: Is T20 good for the game?

Crio has spotted a truism developing and throws us this one to consider. Is T20 really good for the game?

Crio’s Q? Loved and Unloved?

Some possum stirring from Crio as he asks for the Appreciated XI v Despised XI.

Crio’s Question?

“Wonderful memories of happy times often accompany loss” – Crio asks for readers’ thoughts on both from the previous twelve months.

Crio’s Q? Sporting Verbs

Crio ponders the place of the verb in sports-talk. What’s some of your favourite sporting verbs?

Crio’s Question: Memorable Indian performances?

Another Australia v India series is upon us. Crio prods your memory bank with tales of 2003/04, Adelaide, Dravid and Agarkar. Which Indian performances stand out for you?

Crio’s Q? The Five

The Declared Five: After Jordan Speith cleaned up in style in the 2014 Australian Golf Open, Crio ponders aloud who’ll be the top five golfers for the Australian leg of the OneAsia tour, while challenging you to declare your all-time five best golfers.

Crio’s Question: Which other team best fits your AFL team?

Crio wonders which teams from other sports best align with those of our AFL? While it’s off season for the AFL, there’s plenty of supporting to do.

Crio’s Question: Slow burners?

Crio’s Question moves from the overrated last week to the serially underrated who have proven their worth with time and persistence. Nominations please.

Crio’s Question: More sizzle than sausage?

Remember those sportspeople whose strut, clothing, hairstyle or attitude set them apart? But whose performances on the field were not so… exceptional? Crio wonders whether Glenn Maxwell is merely the latest in a long line.

Crio’s Question: What racing memories can you share?

The Cup carnival brings anticipation. And reflection. What are your great memories of racing and the Cup?

Crio’s Question: Racing Aphorisms – True or False?

Crio considers the endless pithy advice that pervades racing circles. “Never bet odds on and never run up stairs” as Ken Howard implored. True or false? Give us your racecourse wisdom for carnival week.

Crio’s Question?…time to “bare your molars to the breeze” as this Spring “flattens out for the run to the judge”

Racing has it’s own vernacular for the true aficionado of the turf. Join us in helping the novice to understand the true meaning of “hanging like granny’s tooth”; “gone for a bath” and “on the nod”. Suggestions please.

Crio’s Question: Nominate your Racing Rendesvous?

It’s horse racing’s time in the spotlight. As the Spring Carnival unfolds, Crio asks about your viewing platform. Will you be watching from the lawns at Flemington; an idyllic rural racing venue; or the pubtab at a special local watering hole? Nominations please.

Crio’s Question: What other floozies do you visit?

Now that footy season is over a young Almanacker’s eye drifts to other sports. Crio asks what other sporting websites and information sources do you visit for entertainment over the coming months?

Crio’s Question: Can bad boys make good leaders?

Crio applies a bit of lateral, counter-intuitive thinking to the question of captaincy selections. Can the responsibility transform ‘bad boys’ like NRL’s Todd Carney? Odd examples and nominations please.