Almanac Boxing: Murray Thomson – A boxing life.

Dave Griffin doesn’t hold the punches in this article about boxing stalwart Murray Thomson

The Foreign Legion

Pre-season is a time for hope, Wesley Hull shares his optimism for Essendon’s Season

Who’s versing? Melbourne

Alex Darling continues a poetic look at the AFL sides with some Dees observations

Almanac Cycling: Le Tour de Arthur Siege

Tackling the final stage of the Sun Herald Tour at Arthurs Seat has left a lasting experience on David Parker

Almanac Weekend Review

All the sporting results you may have missed

Life and what’s really important

Malcolm Ashwood (Rulebook) provides perspective in our sporting priorities.

Almanac Six Nations Rugby: Calcutta Cup

Neil Drysdale is disappointed. It wasn’t that the Scots lost to the Old Foe at Murrayfield, it was the lack of spirit.

Kosciusko – what’s in a name?

The Australian Open has set Glen Natalier’s lively mind on a track of tennis players, mountains, Polish explorers, and rarely-used words. And that’s only if he can keep Serena Williams out of his mind. [amusing – Ed]

The Essence of Sport

Tony Robb is fired up by the changing sports landscape and what sport has come to mean – or be. I suspect this discussion was inspired by Waleed’s comments on Offsiders this morning. What do you think?

Merging with footy by Les Everett

Les Everett stumbled upon a footy show at the Perth’s ‘Fringe World Festival’ of all places. He is now a premiership player.

Not to be forgotten: the 22 best Crows re-treads

No apology necessary, Lord Bogan. Anything Victorians can do, South Australians can do in reverse order. Including the best Crows team that started elsewhere.

‘Super’ Sanders and his lessons for reaching the young and restless.

Super Bowl 50 means it is Grand Final week for marketers in the USA. The Airport Economist looks at what they can learn from a 74 year old socialist.

Stereo Stories – Remembering Black Saturday

Three Stereo Stories about the Black Saturday bushfires on 7 February 2009, which killed 174 people: Passover by Joy Division, No Longer There by The Cat Empire, Down Down by Status Quo.

Who’s versing? North Melbourne

Alex Darling continues a poetic look at the AFL sides with some Roos observations

Whatever Exclamation Glen can do for Geelong, Lord Bogan can do for Collingwood

Exclamation Glen! That mysterious man with no surname and a proclivity for unnecessary emphasis has inspired me this week. Glen! got me thinking about the best 22 to represent the Pies who started their careers at other VFL/AFL clubs. Indeed, there is a VFL/AFL bias in this team and my apologies go out to Ashwood, Baulderstone, Brown, Randall and Schwerdt in advance.

Speakola: Fabulous at the Lodge

A ripping speech from Alex Marcou detailing Carlton’s trips to the Lodge in the early ’80s.

The Big Day Not Out

Ever wonder what a beige rainbow is? Wonder no more as we get a glimpse inside the wonderful world of the Yarra Pub Cricket Association

A-League 1,000: The Recruit Edition

With new signings jetting into the countries by the day, Hamish Neal previews Round 18 of the A-League

Super Rugby trial: Force blow Canes over in Gosford

Force defeat Hurricanes in trial, Hamish Neal suggests Canes shouldn’t worry

Almanac Art: Footy Grandstands

More great artwork by Mike Hugo including Vic Park and EJ Whitten Stands