It’s 25 years since Brutas Mudcake discovered cricket. Curtly Ambrose. Cricket cards. Mervmania. It does not rank as one of the most memorable seasons in cricket history on the surface but to a seven year old, it was magical. But could we possibly beat the Windies?
Mickey Randall takes a trip down memory lane to revisit some of the biggest tonks of our time. Some on the public stage, some local glories. Mickey is sometimes the victim, never the perpetrator.
Peter Baulderstone offers the companion piece to last week’s blog from top Irish hurling player Conor Cusack about his journey with severe depression. Conor’s even more illustrious brother Donal Og is profiled in this article about his ‘coming out’ as a gay sportsman.
Jeff Dowsing discusses whether victory in the end justifies sometimes distasteful means.
Just to emphasise: writers, please wear a footy jumper at the Melbourne launch tonight. It’s a fun part of the evening. (Look in on wonder as middle-aged men squeeze into an old jumper bearing hoops.)
The Guardian is at again, this time running excerpts from the best sports books in 2013. It’s a British award (what, no footy?), but buckle in nonetheless.
Luke Reynolds shows us that there are still new tricks for old dogs on the cricket field. (We won’t tell Mick about the back.)
Peter Baulderstone noticed a lot of suspicious names in the AFL Rookie Draft. “Say it ain’t so”.
Crio takes a quick whirl around the country, then comes home with a scenario that some might consider unlucky.
What, no footy films? The Guardian has listed its top celluloid depictions of blood, sweat and tears. Let’s hear about a few of yours.
Andrew Starkie offers a calm, sensible, thorough analysis of both teams in the first Ashes Test. Despite this we have decided to publish it.
Jackson Clark posts a thoughtful analysis of the Ahmed Saad case. There are degrees of culpability, and the disempowered suffer while the law is optional for the rich and powerful.
He’s been in a fairly good paddock the last few years. What will happen when Rob tackles the world’s toughest half-marathon? Will a good playlist and a fit wife be enough to see him through?
Mark Schwerdt has set himself the task of associating each AFL club with both an Australian and overseas musical artist. There’s a couple of gaps that need your input.
With the news of Jonathan Trott and the remembrance of Marcus Trescothick similarly leaving a tour of Australia with mental illness, the current headline-grabbing furore over sledging has a particular poignancy. David Wilson considers the conflict of acceptance (in order to maintain mental health) versus the everlasting refusal to accept (in order to succeed).
Mark Schwerdt was lucky enough to meet one of Australia’s premier netballers, Madison Browne, of Australian Diamonds and Melbourne Vixens fame. It’s amazing how accessible and down to earth an elite player can be. Will this always be the case?
Have you looked beyond the obvious when seeing tracks around the nation? Crio waxes lyrical.
Peter Baulderstone wants to send Watto a ‘special’ copy of the new Almanac book. Harms wants to send him an invoice for $30 + Day One Gabba admission price.
Australia’s most successful cricketing Watson (Matt) spent Day 4 with his 20 month old son and the 94yo bloke across the road. It put a zip in their step and a glint in the eye.