Memoir: Facing Michael Kasprowicz

John Harms has faced a Test bowler at a Test venue, and lived to tell the tale. Just. He was put into this situation because he paid insufficient respect to a top opening bowler.

Almanac Milestone: 4,998,443 at 11.30am Thursday

The Almanac is approaching a milestone. Find out more here.

Almanac Sports History: John Carlos and Mexico City 1968. (From Democracy Now)

Recently Democracy Now interviewed John Carlos (1968 Mexico City podium salute) and sports writer Dave Kirin.

Introducing KB Hill: father, sportsman, writer.

John Harms met KB Hill at his 70th birthday, and this is KB Hill’s first piece for the Almanac.

Ipswich Rugby League: Goodna RLFC are premiers (again) and Ted and Tracey and TC and crew are still celebrating

Goodna are premiers which makes TC’s version of the Goodna song timely – and popular. Take it away TC.

Round 17 – Geelong v Hawthorn: The sins of their father

Patrick Dangerfield turned back time on Saturday afternoon. John Harms felt he was a kid again.

Round 20 (2009) – Essendon v St Kilda: A fine son

Jobe Watson will retire at the end of the season. He won the Brownlow in 2012, but for a long time he was heavily criticised. We re-visit John Harms’s story about a 2009 match between Essendon and St Kilda.

Vale Betty Cuthbert: ‘I felt free when I ran’

Betty Cuthbert has died at the age of 79. She embodied so much. Her attitude to running made an impression on the Almanac community in a simple and unlikely way.

Photo Gallery: The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017 Launch

A fantastic photo gallery capturing all the excitement of the Women’s Footy Almanac 2017 launch. So many passionate fans of women’s footy filled the bar for this special event.

Almanac Party: The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017 launch

Join us to for the launch of The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017 – Thursday, July 27, at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel. All welcome. Details are in this post. If you can’t make it you can still order books now.

Trobers’ fiftieth anniversary celebrations: Book Launch (Aug 4) and Anniversary Dinner (Aug 11)

The La Trobe University FC is celebrating its 50th year. They have produced an excellent book – No Ordinary Football Club – which will be launched on Aug 4. All welcome. This will be an informal and entertaining lunch – of reminiscing, and character assassination. They are also having their Anniversary Dinner on Aug 11.

Streets of our Town: All hail the Community Cup!

John Harms reports on The Community Cup of 2017 – in all its splendour.

Almanac (Fun) Footy: Blundstone training night at Arden St and the Unhall of Fame

John Harms was a little nervous about going to the Blundstone training night at Arden St on Tuesday night. What did Turbo Thompson and half a dozen other players have in stall for the well-tummied crew? [Great night – JTH]

Play On

Those interested in the session at the Williamstown Literary Festival may like to re-visit Play On which is the omnibus edition of John Harms’s first three books: Loose Men Everywhere, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, and Confessions of a Thirteenth Man.

A tiny window into The Age might reveal quite a bit

John Harms received this email from The Age earlier this week. He’s trying to make sense of it. What would you tell the Age?

Michelle Payne’s story ‘Life as I know it’

Time to remind yourself of a magnificent story. Do yourself a favour.

Round 4 – Hawthorn v Geelong: Dam Busters

John Harms tells the happy Geelong yarn of the boys great win on Easter Monday.

Almanac Soccer: The A-League and the place of meaning in sport

In the lead up to Friday’s Roy Hay lunch, we reprise John Harms’s piece which was first published last October:

The A-League clubs generate heartfelt support from loyal supporters. But, given the growth agenda of Australian soccer, will the broader community find the A-League meaningful enough to get involved? John Harms considers the state of play.

Almanac Junior Footy: Looking for three footballers to play with Fitzroy Under 10-S

Fitzroy Under 9-S (about to become Under 10-S we hope) is one of the great footy teams on the planet. However, to guarantee we remain together, we need three more players. John Harms is helping with the recruiting.

AFLW Round 1 – Carlton v Collingwood: Footy is about struggle

John Harms and family went to Princes Park last Friday night. He regards the Carlton v Collingwood match for premiership points as one of the most memorable sporting events he’s attended. Although he will never do it justice, here’s a glimpse into why.