Caulfield Guineas day brings out the best horses and the serious form analyst in Chris Riordan. Brother Budge; Oges; Jock; DD; Elvis and Cowshedend (unless he asks to be traded to Best Bets) offer their expertise.
Peter Baulderstone was wondering where he had heard the Bulldogs President’s speech before? He thinks he knows who the next coach will be.
Peter Baulderstone noticed some AFL merchandise collector’s items at the newsagent. “Official” Ryan Griffen/Adam Cooney Bulldogs and Dayne Beams Collingwood 2015 calendars anyone?
Sal gives his thoughts on the trade period, and takes a look at the Guineas meeting.
In a rather miraculous result the Reed-Smith tipping comp comes down to the wire.
Crio reckons the world; the fates; the punt; and the AFL are against him and his Bulldogs. Strong supporting evidence. But the Western Empire is fighting back, and wants Callan Ward for Ryan Griffen. And Sanderson for McCartney.
The serious injury to F1 driver Jacques Bianchi has Matt Watson wondering about the role of speed and danger in our love of motor racing.
Sean Curtain analyses this year’s AFL club best and fairest award results.
With footy season done and dusted, the podcasters re-convene on the couch with an eye towards spring racing. This week, they’re joined by RSN radio and Sky Racing’s Shane Anderson
We are busily finalising The Footy Almanac 2014. Sponsorships are available for the book.
Arabella Douglas explains the significance of South Sydney to her family, and the place of rugby league in her Aboriginal community. [This is a powerful piece which conveys the depth of connection between people and rugby league - Ed]
Patrick Skene watched the Redfern All Blacks do battle with Bondi United, institutional racism and their personal demons. (The most engaging, enjoyable, wide ranging, eye opening, heart warming, provocative piece you will read anywhere this week – Ed.)
Joe Moore loves his footy club, and tells us why. What does your footy club mean to you?
Vaughun Menlove’s mum never cared for football. And then along came the A League, Melbourne Victory and Danny Allsop.
Prof Bruce Bergland remembers Monday Night Football as a boy in Minnesota. Bruce is the editor of The Allrounder, an American Sportswriting site (mentioned by Peter Baulderstone in Crio’s Question this week). The Footy Almanac and The Allrounder will be looking out for each other. This piece was first published at www.pigskinalmanac.com our new American football writing site.
Rod Oaten has a tale we can all relate to – what to do once the footy is over?
Thanks to Peter Argent, we can see that Gavin Wanganeen can still turn it on at 41.
When is too much Hawthorn Grand Final celebration never too much? When the writing is as good as Crash Thompson’s memories of grand finals recent and distant.
Paddy Grindlay’s school mate Matty Goodyear is waiting on the AFL Draft. Paddy has his fingers crossed for Matt (and hopes he ends up in a Tigers jumper).