Almanac Mixed Martial Arts: Making sense of a disturbing weekend

John Harms describes the weight of a weekend when he is challenged to be honest about what goes on in the human heart. [Yes, it’s complex JTH – Ed]

Almanac Horseracing – W.S. Cox Plate: Remembering the day punters finally nailed The Beaver

The day we beat The Beaver and a sympahetic Maso was paid with a signed IOU.

Oakey Golf Club – a story of country golfing

Today, October 19, 2015 is the 40th anniversary of John Harms’s hole-in-one. We re-visit the story of the course where it happened, and of the event. [Forty years! Really – JTH]

Footy history: Hawthorn (and Footscray) – Bobbin’ up and down like this

John Harms stumbled across the old Hawthorn song (which will be of interest to Scrays fans as well).

Grand Final Entertainment

John Harms elaborates on his suggestion (on ABCTV’s Offsiders) to include Paul Kelly and Mick Thomas in the Grand Final pre-match – every year. [Who else would you include? Ed]

2015 Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch: Match Report

The story of The Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch held at the Royal Melbourne Hotel in Bourke St last Friday. Cast your Brownlow votes.

Today’s Footy Almanac e-newsletter: I want my Johnno

JTH wants his Johnno.

Five minutes of Stevie J: the argument for a footy instinct

John Harms takes us back to five minutes of genius from Stevie J v the Bulldogs in 2012. Remember the moment? Is there a footy instinct?

Chappy: he’s so reliable

Chappy! He’s so reliable. [A piece first published for Chappy’s 200th – Ed]

Joel Selwood

P.J. Flynn, I’ll see your Stevie J and raise you 200-gamer Joel Selwood. How do we understand the skipper’s place in the remarkable cultural transformation at Geelong? [More Cats stuff! About time.]

Footy Loons

Michael Duffy’s piece from Loon Pond has a crack at those who see a little too much in footy (I think?) [Thanks to Ian Syson for finding it – JTH]

Craig Davis and David Bridie: an unlikely combination? Or not?

Steve Fahey’s piece on Craig Davis reminded me of the time Craig contacted me (in 2011) about David Bridie’s masterful song The Deserters, the film clip for which is also outstanding. Here’s that little article. [Do yourself a favour – JTH]

Ultimate Wool Team – Riverina: Ross Wells has crossed the river

Ross Wells continues to stake his claim for a spot in the Ultimate Wool Team for Riverina.

Ultimate Wool Team – Victoria: Brian ‘Moo’ Muir

Brian Muir was a wool classer, analyst and later a manager at Dalgety’s. He played at St Kilda, coached the Under 19s and has been a club stalwart for over half a century. He spoke to JTH yesterday. [A worthy nom for the Vic side – Ed]

The Ashes 2015 – First Test: N’yuck! N’yuck! N’yuck!

JTH is slapping himself about the face on this one. Here he argues that Watto must play, and that the boy from Ipswich is, by nature, a bowler.

Wimbledon: Volatility and security in early-round, late-night tennis punting

The $1-nothing winner and the long shot sit side by side in Grand Slam tennis.

And the long-shot potential quarter finalist can also offer some value.

John Harms explains. [He reckons he’s found the value – your thoughts? Ed]

VAFA – Ajax v Fitzroy: We’re playing away

Fitzroy played away on Saturday.

Ultimate Wool Team: Western Australia

Here’s the WA team based on nominations that have come in this season, and earlier. Please argue for changes (as the South Australians have been doing). And add any further nominations. There’s quite a few nominations of footballers who MAY have an association with wool. If you can shed any light on these please do by adding a comment.

Pretty good side I’d have to say!

The Yips

The Yips! Classic examples?

Round 11 – Port Adelaide v Geelong: Boris

John Harms on Geelong’s spirit-lifting win at the Adelaide Oval and then chance meeting with Corey Enright at the Adelaide Airport.