R.I.P. Carly-Mae Pye

In the wake of a tragic racing incident in Rockhampton in which a young jockey lost her life, Chris Riordan reflects on the inherent dangers which face hoops every time they climb aboard their mount.

Celebrating Richard Flanagan’s Man Booker Prize 2014: footy

Richard Flanagan’s magnificent work: “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” was awarded the Man Booker Prize 2014 for fiction overnight in London. This novel, of and by a Tasmanian, includes footy. To celebrate, here is a wonderful school yard scene; “and then began the magic of kick to kick…”

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Round 1 of the A-League

Dennis Gedling offers a colourful and comprehensive review of the first week of the A League. The World Game is on the march to capturing the summer sport market.

My Footy Recollections

Brenton ‘Nose’ Eckert has what his life insurance and superannuation providers like to call a “terminal medical condition”. What will happen to his collection of football memories? (Now with bonus ‘Nose’)

AFL Grand Final: Glory Equals Pie Art Shared

Only from Tinsel Tony Wilson. A tale of the competitive juices which flow on Grand Final day. [More Tinsel madness - which somehow makes sense, and has a heart-warming denouement - JTH]

Stereo Stories Live, this Sunday at the Newport Bowls Club

Almanackers will feature prominently at this Sunday’s performance of Stereo Stories Live at the Newport Bowls Club. Rick Kane is making his Stereo Stories debut and Vin Maskell is MCing.

First ever Almanac article: Eastlink v RingRoad

We think this is the first ever piece to be published on footyalmanac.com.au
And it was from Dips, who is still an advocate of entertaining direct football, and getting crankier and crankier about rubbish, trades, and sloppy surf.

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.

Liquid football: Are AFL players trading loyalty for success?

Tim Butcher saw Footscray’s VFL flag and then his Hawks AFL triumph. The subsequent fortunes of both clubs shows that footy is becoming a tradeable commodity in the marketplace for talent and entertainment dollars.

Trick Knee

Peter Goldsworthy’s fine poem about an end-of-career sportsman. [oustanding - Ed]

NTFL Round Two Wrap-Up

Jackson Clark updates us on the second round of NTFL matches in the Top End.

Shock News: Pakistan lose the unloseable

Peter Baulderstone holds his nose after Australia’s “miracle” last over ODI win against Pakistan at the home of cricket in Abu Dhabi. The ICC must think we are all mugs. World Cup – who cares?

Seasons in the Sun (Part 2) – Leg Theory

Callum O’Connor’s cricketing travails continue as his opening spell is Harmisonesque. What to do when the skipper offers redemption via an over at the death?

Dear Gillon: Tears before Tradetime

Keiran Croker may be paranoid, or the AFL may be out to get his Swans with their sudden crackdown on the COLA and the Swans trade opportunities.

NFL: Eagles-Giants rivalry Q & A in preparation for the big clash

Philadelphia Eagles’ fan Scott Langford and New York Giants’ fan Cody Royle have a (very civilized, I must point out) debate about the big upcoming rivalry game between their two teams.

AFL Round Trade – Citizens v Consumers: Dreams matter

E.Regnans was familiar with the commodification of football. But trade week has made him uncomfortable with the commodification of footballers. What price dreams?

Old (woollen) footy jumpers: An early photo of KB the Bulldogs fan

Well that’s three things I didn’t know. Thanks to Neil Anderson for telling us (1) that KB barracked for Footscray when he was a kid (2) that KB went to Hawksburn Primary and (3) he’s hardly changed a bit. Ripper photo.

Football in Australia: “The World Game” – Is this marketing phrase a tad deceptive?

Miles Wilks takes issue with soccer appropriating the marketing slogan of “the World Game”.

A tippler discovers Bulldogs aphorisms

Over a glass of wine or two, Barb Smith reads Caro’s analysis Peter Gordon’s press conference and has a few thoughts of her own.

AFL Grand Final – Sydney v Hawthorn: The Sweetest Victory of All

Magpie William Schack relives the Hawks Grand Final victory, and contemplates where it sits in the pantheon of Hawthorn premierships.