If you still can be bothered with the goings on of Lance Armstrong, then this piece by ESPN’s Bonnie D. Ford is one of the best going around.
For those familiar with the Manti Te’o saga around the whole “fake relationship with the nonexistent leukemia victim”, here’s a primer from Salon on ‘How to Buy a Fake Girlfriend’.
As many Almanackers know, the AFL just doesn’t borrow heavily (read, steal) from the NFL’s marketing department, a lot of the narratives in the sports pages during the year will also take their lead from what is considered An Issue in the States. With that in mind, Tom Junod’s ‘Theater of Pain’ from Esquire is well worth a read.
During the summer, some at The Almanac were happy to classify darts as a sport. I don’t necessarily agree, but using that as a precedent, I give you ‘pinnies’1 and this (longish) piece from Laura June from The Verge.
And finally, why don’t we see more of Anson Cameron in The Age? His take on the whole tanking saga was one of the best things found in the sports pages all week.
1. I challenge any Almanacker to beat me at Galaga… if you can find a ‘stand-up’ version of the game – there used to be one at The Brandon in North Carlton, but sadly no longer.