Lou: Cricket and potatoes

Lou’s limped often enough to know a bad back when he sees one, and has some advice [surprise, surprise] for the Australian selectors on the captaincy.

AFL Round 1 – Geelong v Adelaide: Eight Good Hours

Remember back to the start of the 2014 season. What were we thinking back then? JTH headed to Kardinia Park for the Cats’ opener.

What is sportswriting, anyway?

E. Regnans with a creative conversation about the nature of sportswriting. [Comes nicely on the tail of last week’s art v sport debate – Ed]

A media release from the Fans’ Association. Your thoughts?

The AFL Fans Association is keen to have a voice at the (match day) summit which starts tomorrow. Your thoughts? Should they have an invited representative? What’s your view of the AFLFA?

The golden age of indigenous Australian footy in Victoria (Patrick Skene in the Guardian)

Patrick Skene has had a fantastic debut year as a feature writer both with us here at the Almanac and now he has been picked up by the Guardian. Here’s his latest.

The 2014 Jack Miller Cup

A little off-season update from Earl O’Neill. Cricket’s stuffed; NFL’s great but bikes and music are better. Oh, and there have been a few changes on the home front (did my invite get lost in the mail – Ed?)

The day Football arrived in Australia

Vaughan Menlove celebrates November 15th as the day world football came of age in Australia, with the dramatic penalty shoot out win over Uruguay in the World Cup qualifier at Homebush. Where were you when Aloisi scored?

Yea Picnic Race Meeting , Saturday 15/11/2014

Our country racing correspondent, Glen Davis, had a bumper day out at Yea, with 3 winners saluting from 3 wagers! “Fill the Fridge” seems the best named galloper for punter and drinker alike.

Lou: 264 off 173?

Would this bloke Sharma made those runs in such time off DK Lillee or Jeffery Robert Thomson, Gus Gilmour or even Tangles?

AFL Coaches and Technology

Yoshi Imagawa is interested in the different technologies that coaches deploy to communicate or capture match stats. Phone or headset? Paper or tablet? Boomer or Gen X?

Killing the Mockingbird: Recollections of the 1997 Bulldogs and Crows Preliminary Final

Sensational dreamlike memoir from Mickey Randall as he naps during the 1997 Prelim. Sadly for the Doggies, the nightmare was theirs on this day.

The Sport and Enlightenment Debate: Angela Pippos

Angela Pippos took the anchor leg for the Basil Sellers Art Prize great debate and smashed them like guitars.

The path to enlightment debate: Tinsel Tony Wilson’s opener

Tinsel Tony Wilson got the team off to a flyer with this speech which sets out very clearly (and amusingly) why sport is the better (more reliable, quicker?) path to enlightenment.

The path to enlightenment: sport v art

Tinsel Tony Wilson, Ange Pippos and I were definitely wearing the white shorts for this one. The debate at the Ian Potter Museum of Art attracted a terrific audience (very responsive). But we got flogged by Robert Nelson, Alicia Sometimes and Justin Heazlewood (hearty congratulations). Thanks to Dave O’Neill for sitting in the chair.

Lou’s Latest

Lou has a crack at high performance coaches and sends a fruiterer’s warning to Sachin.

Harms v Art: for whom the bell tolls

Almanac founding editor John Harms was lucky to escape censure at Wednesday evening’s sport versus art debate at the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum of Art.

The White Noise of T20

Jill Scanlon went to watch the T20 “cricket” at the MCG on a Friday night. She found that the firewalker, hoop twirler, DJ, bmx rider, neon lights and fireworks obscured the view.

Cricket, Skin Cancer and Women

Anne Cahill Lambert makes a telling case for cricket commentary to include the better half of the Australian population. (Surely no woman could improve on Slats and Heals? – Ed.)

Crio’s Racing: Zipping down the Highway

Crio is off to picturesque Dunkeld this weekend for their cup meeting in the shadow of the Grampians. But he has cast an eye over the Sandown fields for the traditional Zipping Classic benefit for the ‘not quite carnival’ types. Tips please.

Dean Jones @ East Coburg Cricket Club Sports Night

Great night to be had at the East Coburg Cricket Club on 2nd December with Test legend Dean Jones as guest speaker. Contact George Georgiou and let him know you’ll be coming along.