Big Things are Afoot at The Footy Almanac (With thanks to Bill and Ted)

We’re gearing up for some exciting developments at the Almanac, and it all kicks off tomorrow (Wednesday).

BRAINBUSTER !!!

Who was your favourite professional wrestler and what were some of the more memorable holds? Wrestling is a language, can’t you read?

Crio’s Q? : Classic Racing Programs

TVN is about to formally pull the plug on its broadcast operations. Crio recalls the demise of some other great shows with a focus on the sport of Kings.

They Don’t Make Them Like This Bloke Anymore.

Terms like legend and great man get thrown around too easily these days, but Dips O’Donnell had the chance to knock off a few Crownies with a genuine legend and a bona-fide great man: Lunching with the Almanac’s favourite Gadabout.

It’s As Easy As A,B,deV.

Could there be a finer way to introduce the next generation to one-day cricket than to have them see Abraham Benjamin de Villiers blistering 162 not-out and the South African dismantling of the West Indies as your first live ODI? Steve Duffy took his son to the SCG last week for AB’s 50-Over batting masterclass.

Celebrating Essendon’s Back to Back Flags

Ahead of their 30th Anniversary and reunion celebrations later this year, Wesley Hull recalls a time of great joy for many Essendon fans: the back-to-back years of 1984 and 1985. [I still tear up in joy watching Leon Baker’s blind turn goal in the last quarter that starts the comeback avalanche! – Ed]

Kick-to-kick (from Loose Men Everywhere)

Recently Paul Daffey pointed Age readers in the direction of the kick-to-kick passage in Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North, suggesting kick-to-kick had rarely been written about. He’s right, although it seems the Almanac is home to a number of writers (like Vin Maskell) who have. Here’s a snippet from Loose Men Everywhere by John Harms published in 2002. [E. Regnans alerted Almanac readers to the Flanagan excerpt when it was first published – Ed).

Familiarity, New Courts and Gravel

Despite the familiarity of the courts at McDermott Avenue, Mooroolbark, after thirteen years of picking gravel out of her hands Sarah Black is looking forward to playing at the new netball facility at Pinks Reserve, Kilsyth.

2015 ICC World Cup – Australia vs. New Zealand : Audio Review

Missed the action on Saturday between New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park on Saturday? Kieran Deck summarises proceedings in this neat 2min, 14 second audio package for you.

NAB Challenge 2015 – Western Bulldogs v Richmond: The Doug Hawkins Wing Part II (As an Adult)

Damian Gibson visited with the ghosts of Fitzroy past at the Whitten Oval as the Bulldogs and Richmond clashed in their opening match of the 2015 NAB Challenge

Book Review: The Best American Sports Writing 2014

Braham Dabscheck takes a look at the recently released publication; The Best American Sports Writing 2014. The raw, the visceral and the heartbreak of sport, often without the Hollywood ending.

How the dinosaurs got extinct

Anna Harms has drawn her first cartoon strip

ICC World Cup 2015 – New Zealand v Australia : “You’re Worse than England!”

It was a pretty special day at Eden Park, Auckland on Saturday… if you’re a Black Caps fan, that is. The ICC World Cup match between New Zealand and Australia had a classic finish. Peter Cresswell provides a much-needed Kiwi perspective of the match.

Seasons in the Sun (Part Nineteen): And the winner is………….

Did you think that the Kiwis and the Australians at Eden Park was the low scoring thriller of the weekend? Callum O’Connor advises you to think again as the Lower Plenty Thirds stagger to a finals slot. Or do they?

ICC World Cup 2015 – New Zealand v Australia: One For the Ages

Almanacker Wayne Ball was at Eden Park for Saturday’s brilliant ICC 2015 World Cup Pool game between New Zealand and Australia, where the home side almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Almanac Music: Foo Fighters Review – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, February 28, 2015

There’s a reason that the Foo Fighters are arguably the biggest band in the world. A relentless work ethic, oodles of talent and a very, very special bloke up front who knows how to work a room. Paul Campbell caught the Foo Fighters at Etihad Stadium on Saturday. He thought they were just a little bit too good.

Almanac Music: The Selection Panel – Van Halen: Roth or Hagar?

Steve Baker kicks off a series of yarns looking at rock bands and personnel changes. Who pulled the right rein and who ended up in the spelling paddock?

Little Local Larrikins Part Three: Dodgy Disputes and Sour Shots

Back on the home court, Sean Mortell and his teammates declare ‘shenanigans’ on some dodgy tactics employed by an ECCA opponent. Stir the beast at your peril!

An AFL Lockout is the Only Answer

I suspect Rohan Coooper’s debut piece will generate a response. The players have too much power, he argues.

ICC World Cup – New Zealand v Australia: Woodface

ERegnans has had enough of MJ Clarke with his moaning and bully boy tactics. Has he got a Woodface as well as a tin ear? A game with four seasons in one day but in the end it’s only natural for BB McCullum’s kiwis.